Strengthening Resiliency During Stress, Trauma, Uncertainty & Change

Strengthening Resiliency During Stress, Trauma, Uncertainty & Change

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"Widening our Window of Tolerance": Strengthening resiliency, resourcing and agency during times of stress, trauma, uncertainty and change.

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DATE: Sunday October 16, 2022

TIME: 9:00AM am to 1:30PM PST

ONLINE ( using Zoom. Participants will be sent Zoom link prior to the workshop start time)

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This is a Foundational/introductory trauma-informed training workshop and open to all. It is suitable for anyone interested in increasing their understanding of a growing body of trauma-informed knowledge and research. No pre-requisite is required.

Certificate of completion will be provided.


The "Window of Tolerance" is a term coined by Daniel J. Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, to describe the optimal emotional “zone” we can exist in, to best function and thrive in everyday life.

This metaphor is very helpful to understand and describe our brain and body reactions, during times of stress and especially following adversity and trauma. The Window of Tolerance—the optimal zone—is characterized by a sense of groundedness, flexibility, openness, curiosity, presence, an ability to be emotionally regulated, and a capacity to tolerate life’s stressors. We may experience hurt, anxiety, pain, anger that brings us close to the edges of our window of tolerance but generally we are able to draw upon internal and external resources sufficient to keep us within this window. It is the comfort zone in which we have the ability to self-soothe and self-regulate our emotional state.

If our window of tolerance is eclipsed—if we experience internal or external stressors that cause us to move beyond and outside of it—we may find ourselves existing in either a hyper-aroused or hypo-aroused state. Hyperarousal is an emotional state characterized by high energy, anger, panic, irritability, anxiety, hypervigilance, overwhelm, chaos, fight-or-flight instincts, and startle response (among others characteristics). Hypoarousal, by contrast, is an emotional state often characterized by shutting down, numbness, depressiveness, withdrawal, flat affect, and disconnection.

No two windows will look exactly the same. For many, and particularly for those who have experienced chronic stress, or unresolved trauma, our window narrows, and it becomes difficult to regulate emotions and function effectively; we may be frequently and easily triggered and pushed outside of the optimal emotional regulation zone into hyper- or hypoarousal. These are natural adaptive responses.

Today, in the midst of distressing news events, the impacts of the Covid19 pandemic, and increasing societal and individual polarization, it is more important than ever to gain an understanding of the components of psychological and emotional health, self-regulation, co-regulation and relational resiliency.

This workshop focuses on providing an in depth understanding, tools, and practices to 'widen our window' of tolerance. This workshop is grounded in research and focuses on providing practical, effective tools for expanding the window, healing emotional dysregulation, unresolved trauma, and emotional triggers.

It will also provide participants with a very clear, and easy to understand process for identifying and healing emotional triggers.

The workshop is grounded in research, and informed by the work of experts including: Dr. Allan Abbass, Tara Brach, Dr, Linda Graham, Dr. Chris Germer, Prune Harris, Dr. James Hollis, Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad , Dr. Rick Hanson, Thomas Hubl, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Byron Katie, Dr. Peter Levine, Nick Ortner, Dr. Susan Pinker, Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Isabelle Mansuey, Dr. Monica McGoldrick, Dr Resmaa Menakem, Nick Ortner, Dr. David Richo, Dr. Allan Schore, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Dr. Diana Schiller, and Dr. Elizabeth Stanley.

This training is suited to both personal and professional interest, and those working with individuals who are affected by childhood, intergenerational, complex, single-incident, environmental, collective, community, gender based or racialized trauma.

*Please note - if you would like to attend this workshop but are unable to due to experiencing financial hardship, please contact the organizer.

Certificate of Completion will be provided.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • What is meant by our nervous system's Window of Tolerance
  • How to recognize our Window of Tolerance
  • The continuum between stress and trauma
  • The body during stress & the body during trauma
  • Understanding allostatic load
  • Brief overview of new research on somatic anxiety pathways from Dalhousie University and somataform disorders due to chronic stress and unresolved trauma.
  • Signs of the autonomic nervous system's discharge and recovery
  • Understanding and recognizing dysregulation (incl. physiological, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and spiritual symptoms of dysregulation)
  • Understanding the characteristics hyperarousal and hypo-arousal
  • Understanding self-regulation and co-regulation
  • Understanding the concept of psychological attunement
  • Understanding the concepts of internal and external resourcing
  • Tools for external and internal resourcing
  • Research based practices and habits for widening our window of tolerance
  • Somatic psychology tools for widening the window
  • Energy psychology tools for widening the window
  • Expressive arts practices for widening the window
  • Co-regulation practices for widening the window
  • Awareness and reflection practices for widening the window
  • How to identify and heal emotional triggers
  • How to identify the implicit and/or explicit belief (s) underlying an emotional trigger
  • Tools to increase relational 'response flexibility' and decrease reactivity
  • Triggers that may be associated with the Cov19 pandemic and recent distressing news events; tools for healing


    Trish Walsh BA, MTC

    Trish is a Master Therapeutic Counsellor, Instructor, teacher, and workshop facilitator, located in Vancouver, British Columbia,  the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.   From 2008 - 2016 Trish was the Executive Director of the InnerChange Foundation; a Canadian foundation with the mandate of increasing funding, education and awareness in the area of addiction and concurrent disorders.  In Trish’s clinical practice her focus and training are in the area of Transpersonal Psychology, which integrates eastern philosophies within the framework of modern psychology.

    Since 2016 Trish has focused on developing and facilitating strength-based trauma informed trainings for university students along with health and mental health professionals who working in the field, and who are interested in updating their knowledge and skills in the area of trauma healing.  Trish also provides trauma-informed, and resilience-informed, trainings and workshops on healing intergenerational trauma, collective trauma, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, and moral injury, to front line workers, school teachers/school administrators, organizations, and the general public.

    In addition to Trish’s counselling practice, her work over the last 20 years has focused on knowledge translation: specifically, conveying research findings in medicine and mental health care to government decision makers, and to physicians, mental health professionals, allied health care providers, along with corporations, community groups and the general public. She has also consulted for several organizations to bring health information to their staff, stakeholders, and the general public. Trish has a particular passion for conveying research information in an engaging and easy to understand way, aiding decision makers in their funding and public policy decisions, and helping individuals to learn practical strategies for better health, happiness, and personal success. 

    Trish also provides training in Trauma-Informed Coaching and Transpersonal Coaching, for professional coaches.

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    Recent feedback:

    Recent Feedback:

    "Trish, thank you for your wonderful presentation on Trauma-Informed Care. The feedback received from many of the participants was very positive, with many people saying it was the highlight of the 3 day conference!  We found it highly valuable". - BC Provincial Health Authority 

    "Thank you so much Trish, this was beyond doubt one of the best and most useful trauma trainings that I have ever attended! Thank you! " – Emily Chan, Vancouver BC

    "Trish you have such a passion for this work that comes across in your delivery even through a screen. I love how each topic is presented with such clarity. You make the work so accessible and tangible. Thank you!!” – Jenn Anderson

    “The Family Support Institute of British Columbia had the good fortune to do a custom tailored workshop on Trauma Informed Practice with Trish and Galen for our provincial staff team. The session was profound and impactful. The presenters were gentle, skilled, and imparted deep knowledge, research and practice into all aspects of our time together. They made space for all participants to feel safe, nurtured and left them with a newly acquired set of tools, strategies and knowledge. Our time together was set at a wonderful pace and had great structure to enable the participants to easily ask questions, pause and reflect, and take breaks or connect as they personally needed. FSIBC would highly recommend Trish and Galen to anyone who is looking for a team session on Trauma Informed Practice”.

    – Angela Clancy, Executive Director of the Family Support Institute of British Columbia:

    “I want to thank you so very much on behalf of the Jordan's Principle Hub Team and the participants. Many found your presentation informative, relevant, and safer for them. The participants came for varied cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and felt that was respected. We received very good feedback during the day spent with you, and the positive conversation about your presentation continued into the second day. It was good to have such an interactive and responsive presentation style. Many commented that it helped them remain engaged. I am certain that we will be looking to work with you again in the future.”

    - With gratitude, Raymond Cauchi, Jordan’s Principle Hub Resource Coordinator, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

    "The workshop is filled with very relevant material that can be used directly in your therapeutic practice. Trish's delivery style and notes makes the material very accessible and clear. I appreciate her warmth, compassion and passion for this work that puts the participants at ease and generates engaging conversations" - public training survey feedback

    “Trish’s way of conveying the neuroscience was very well articulated and understandable (especially for myself who has “academic burn-out” and finds scientific language/jargon hard to understand) with the right mix of personal stories and examples. Thank you! " - public training survey feedback

    “This training created space for individuals to learn alongside one another; this training was both educational and experiential, in that we learned rich educational content, but we also engaged in discussion, and learned from the stories of one another, or the stories of those who have walked the journey of trauma before us. This seminar was an incredible opportunity to honor Indigenous peoples through active participation in celebrating Indigenous culture and modes of healing.” – Hannah Hube

    “This workshop is filled with very relevant material that can be used directly in your therapeutic practice. Trish’s delivery style and notes makes the material very accessible and clear. I appreciate her warmth, compassion and passion for this work that puts the participants at ease and generates engaging conversations” – public training participant; written survey feedback

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