Trauma Informed Practice Training Level 1 Certificate: Trauma and the Body

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Trauma Informed Practice Training Level 1 Certificate: Trauma and the Body

Certificate in Trauma Informed Practice for professional practice and/or personal development.

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The Trauma Informed Practice Institute is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education. If you are interested in receiving CE credits for your participation in this workshop, please be sure to add this option to your registration.

Please note, this workshop will be held online via Zoom and the link will be sent out 48 hours prior to the start of the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

This workshop will provide participants with tools, knowledge, and some expertise on how to assist clients with trauma and understand how trauma impacts the healing process. Research supports that knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) is critical to helping clients move through barriers to healing. The Level 1 training includes how embodied emotion and trauma memory is stored in the body and ways it can be released. The workshop provides both didactic and experiential exercises to facilitate deeper integration of knowledge.

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the ways in which trauma impacts the body
  • Describe the human social engagement/ communication system and its relevance and significance for TIP
  • Assess how well therapeutic models and/or interventions align with the principles of TIP
  • Describe the window of tolerance and recognize the signs associated with states of hyper- and hypo-arousal
  • Identify signs and symptoms of trauma
  • Create safety for clients

Topics Covered:

  • Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Signs and Symptoms of Trauma
  • Window of Tolerance
  • Creating a Safe Space for Trauma Healing and Attunement
  • Overview of Therapeutic Models consistent with Trauma Informed Practice
  • Live Demonstrations of a Trauma Informed Somatic Approach
  • Trauma Triggers and How to Release Core Beliefs
  • Experiential Exercises for Working with Disconnected Clients

Intended Audience:

Anyone with an interest in Trauma Informed Practice, both professionally and personally, is invited to attend the training. This program is designed to assist individuals with no, little, or substantive expertise in the content area, as well as graduate students in relevant disciplines.

Typical Workshop Schedule:

  • 9:00 AM: Registration Opens for 'CE Credit' Attendees
  • 9:15 AM: General Registration Opens
  • 9:30 AM: Workshop Starts
  • 12:15-12:45 PM: Lunch Break (approximate time only)
  • 4:00 PM: Workshop Ends

Continuing Education Credits (Optional):

This workshop is approved for 6 CE credits from the Canadian Psychological Association upon completion of the final quiz with a grade of at least 80% and declaration of full attendance.

Important: If you are interested in receiving CE credits for your participation in this workshop, please be sure to add this option to your registration and follow the specified instructions (e.g., early registration and completion of final quiz). More details will be provided prior to the start of the workshop.

CPA Disclaimer: "The Trauma Informed Practice Institute maintains responsibility for the program."

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Alyson Quinn, MSW, RPC

Alyson has been an adjunct professor at UBC School of Social work for a period of 7 years. Recently she has taught in the Faculty of Education Counselling Psychology in the Fall term of 2020 and in the Summer of 2022. She has been a counsellor for over 30 years specializing in Group therapy, Individual trauma therapy, and Conflict Resolution. She is a clinical counsellor with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Royal Roads University. Alyson has taught a Trauma informed practice approach to students in a Counselling class, a Group work class, in several Integrative Seminars and some courses on Interviewing skills. She is an author of 4 published books and a chapter in Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work Education in the 21st Century. Her textbook, Experiential Unity Theory and Model was first published in 2012 and a second edition published in 2022 Experiential Unity Theory and Model: Treating Trauma in Therapy is aligned with the principles of a Trauma Informed Practice. Alyson has taught her model at both International and Canadian conferences and at a variety of workshops on Trauma informed Practice. She founded and is the Director of the Trauma Informed Practice Institute established in May 2021. Alyson was born in Zimbabwe and trained as a social worker in South Africa. She launched her social work career in London, England and then emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Her self-help book, Reclaim Your Soul: Your Path to Healing, published in 2014, also builds on trauma informed principles. Her website is

Taj Dhanoa, RCC, MA, BSc (Hons)

Taj is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), she is a member of the BCACC (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors). Taj has 2 degrees in Psychology, as well as a background in neuroscience and has published several research papers in the world’s top scientific journals. Taj has worked both independently and as a member of several inter-disciplinary mental health teams within the health authorities, including the UBC Mood Disorders centre for over 10 years. She provides a range of evidence-based psychotherapy and counseling services from a person-centred, strengths-based and trauma informed perspective. Taj is engaged in therapeutic work as an individual and group therapist, a researcher as well as a clinical instructor. Her work focuses on chronic pain, anxiety, bipolar disorder, problems with emotion regulation, trauma and the many issues affecting quality of life. Her website is

Ursula Carus, MC, RCC

Ursula was born in Alberta and is a member of the (Blackfoot) Nation. She acknowledges the unceded, ancestral territory of the Southern Stl’atl’imx near Pemberton, BC where she has lived since 2006. Ursula’s employment history includes varied fields such as: adventure tourism, emergency services, hospitality, community development and mental health. Her postsecondary education includes a bachelor of arts degree in cultural anthropology from the University of British Columbia, and a master of counselling degree from City University of Seattle. Ursula has worked in both indigenous health and education organizations over the years. For the past 6 years she has had her private clinical/consultant practice. Ursula is a clinical counsellor providing services to adults and youth. These services, in both individual and group formats, include: therapy, psycho-education, workshops and consultation. Much of her work focuses on complex trauma, land-based healing and wellness.

Feedback Received from Past Participants of this Training:

"I enjoyed the workshop very much. I used the concepts learned the day after, and the positive results were immediate.”

"Being able to practice the breathe and feel, and metaphor, and tapping, and mindfulness/ breathing exercises was very helpful. Having Alyson as a resource during the exercises was also helpful".

“I loved it! Thank you for sharing your valuable wisdom”.

"I really appreciated the clinical experience and that it was research based.”

“Great, clear delivery and presented at the perfect level. Excellent!”

"The course was practical to a broad range of support industries”.

“I really appreciated the integrative approach of the different interventions.”

“Appreciated the experiential exercises, the real-life demos of sessions, and the language to use with clients. I also liked that the instructors addressed the audience’s questions and wonderings.”

“It was a wonderful workshop! Will recommend to others! Thank-you for sharing your knowledge and experience.”

“I really appreciated the anecdotal evidence from both of your practices – and the handout! I also appreciate all the tools, tricks and strategies that I am walking away with! “

“I enjoyed this course immensely!!”

“I really enjoyed the in-depth look at trauma.”

“I really appreciated the info about trauma and the brain, EUT, and tapping – thank-you!”

“I appreciated thinking of trauma in terms of the body and where trauma is held. I also appreciated moving the focus away from talking exclusively”.

“The opportunity to practice using the tools and applying the knowledge – being encouraged to connect with your own intuition and that it is essential to do this work more effectively – love having more tools to help my clients heal trauma and transform”.

“Thank you! This is tremendously important work: uplifting and empowering for all”.

“Thank-you for everything! It was a wonderful experience!”

“I enjoyed the practice and the science-based approach.”

Cancellation Policy

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