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Trauma-Informed Practice Training Vancouver: Level 1 Certificate

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This workshop will provide participants with tools, knowledge, and some expertise on how to assist clients who are suffering from trauma, and understand how trauma impacts the healing process. Research supports that knowledge of Trauma-Informed care is critical to helping clients move through barriers to healing.


The Neurobiology of Trauma

Polyvagal Theory

Signs and Symptoms of Trauma

Creating a Safe Space for Trauma Healing and Attunement

Brief Overview of Therapeutic Models that are Congruent with a Trauma-Informed Practice and Facilitate the Healing Process

Experiential Exercises

Example of a Trauma-Informed Somatic Approach

Window of Tolerance

How Embodied Emotion and Trauma Memory is Released from the Body

Triggers and How to Release Core Beliefs

Building Client Resilience and the Role of Lifestyle in Healing

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Alyson Quinn

Alyson has been an Adjunct professor at UBC’s School of Social work for 7 years, and will be teaching at UBC this year in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology. She has been a counsellor for 30 years specializing in group therapy, trauma therapy, and conflict resolution. She is a Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Conflict resolution from Royal Roads University. Alyson has taught students in a Trauma informed Counselling class, in a group work class and also in an Integrative Seminar and has a great deal of experience as an individual and couples counsellor. She is an author of 3 published books. Alyson’s Pedagogy for an Integrative Practice is published in the text book Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work education in the 21st Century. Her text book Experiential Unity theory and model: reclaiming your soul published in 2012 is aligned with the principles of a Trauma Informed Practice. Alyson has taught her model at both International and Canadian conferences. 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

Robbie Ruddell

Robbie completed a Master of Arts in Psychology and Italian at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Following this, he started his counsellor education at the University of Cambridge, UK where he attended specialized training in working therapeutically through using creative arts. From there he returned home to Vancouver, Canada where he is currently completing his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His master’s thesis is investigating the construct of self-esteem and how it is measured in the counselling field. Robbie completed part of his practicum degree requirements at the Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Services with the Fraser Health Authority. During this placement, Robbie had the exciting opportunity to work alongside Alyson Quinn, implementing her Experiential Unity Theory and Model to co-facilitate several crisis stabilization groups for individuals experiencing acute emotional distress. Robbie and Alyson are currently in the process of writing a book with the aim of supporting clinicians to integrate Quinn’s model into their practices. Alongside his graduate program, Robbie has been working as a Career Advisor with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers at UBC. He is also currently working as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology at UBC, supporting students with their multidisciplinary research projects and statistical analyses. He has further assisted teaching for courses on developmental, social, personality, and clinical psychology. In Robbie’s clinical work with clients, he utilizes a trauma informed lens including right brain orientation of the clinician to the right brain orientation of the client, bottom up processing, and an emphasis on integrative modalities that assist clients in relying on the inherent wisdom of their bodies to guide the therapeutic work.

Neringa Dainaraviciute

Neringa was born in Lithuania, where she pursued her Master’s in Social Work. Her clinical practice includes 20 years of experience in mental health, both in inpatient and community settings. She presently works as a social worker at Vancouver Coastal Health. In her work, Neringa integrates the Experiential Theory and Model to assist individuals healing from trauma, and experiencing grief and anxiety. Neringa is also completing her Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology, while working as a researcher in the Child Study Lab at UBC. Her primary area of interest is resilience and vulnerability in the context of multiculturalism, oppression and historical trauma. Her scholarly contributions include a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presentations at national and international conferences on the topics of resilience, global perspectives on trauma and healing, and life transitions in early childhood and older adults. She has taught at the departments of social work at a university in Vilnius, and later at the University of British Columbia.

Feedback received from past participants of this workshop:

• "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 demo’s 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”.

• “Great workshop!! “

• “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 enjoyed the science based approach.”

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