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Trauma-Informed to Resiliency-Informed Practice Training

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Trauma-informed Training: "Healing trauma, increasing emotional awareness, and strengthening resiliency".

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DATE: Sunday May 8, 2022

TIME: 10:00AM am to 3:30PM PST (Vancouver BC time).

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

This is a Foundational/introductory trauma-informed training workshop geared to non-therapists, and open to all. It is suitable for allied health professionals, organizations, the general public, and anyone interested in increasing their understanding of a growing body of trauma-informed knowledge and research; particularly in the area of healing trauma, emotional triggers, individual/societal polarization, and building resiliency. No pre-requisite is required.

Certificate of completion will be provided.


A key component in the healing of emotional and psychological trauma is the building of resiliency. Today, in the midst of tragic 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 and resiliency. This strength-based workshop is adapted from a series of Trauma-informed Practice trainings being provided to mental health practitioners, and provide an easy to understand, and highly useful foundational understanding of these same key concepts for the general public. Psycho-education is a critically key tool in trauma healing, increasing emotional awareness and building resilience.

Primary components inherent in the experience of psychological trauma are feelings of overwhelming helplessness, feelings of a lack of safety, uncertainty, and disconnection; whether it be from self, other and/or the world. Our nervous system has adaptively evolved to respond, often below the level of conscious awareness, to threats in the service of survival.  As with a trauma response, societal uncertainly, fear, and exposure to certain events can lead to chronic shutdown, collapse, fear, helplessness, anxiety, and depression; presenting as a myriad of symptoms within ourselves and those around us. Our nervous system has adaptively evolved to interpret certain feelings, certain bodily sensations, experiences, and even feelings of isolation and disconnection, as a potential neurobiological threats. In turn, this invokes prolonged threat response cycles within our nervous system, increasing symptoms of emotional dis-regulation (such as hypervigilance, emotional shutdown, anxiety, and higher levels of emotional reactivity), as well as, potentially, a myriad of emotional and physical symptoms stemming from unresolved trauma. Research also shows that a direct correlation between our levels of emotional dis-regulation, with higher levels of 'threat bias'; which is the way that we view and interpret the world around us. This in turn, perpetuates the body's instinctive defensive mechanisms and cycles of dis-regulation, often leading to ongoing suffering, and/or re-traumatization.

Much new information has been learned in the area of the neurobiology of trauma, and trauma healing, over the last two decades in particular. Increasing our understanding of trauma, and the body's natural defense mechanisms in the face of threat, both real and perceived - are critically important components of healing and building long term resilience.

This workshop is grounded in research and focuses on understanding, and providing practical, effective tools for healing emotional dis-regulation, unresolved trauma, and emotional triggers. It is focused on providing tools for strengthening emotional self-awareness, building psychological and emotional resilience, and fostering post-traumatic growth; both at individual and cultural/societal levels.

In the poignant words of AEDP founder, Dr. Diana Fosha, healing is found in the: “undoing of aloneness”. Relatedly, research by experts in the field such as Dr. Daniel Siegel, Dr. Stephen Porges and Dr. Kristen Neff, among many others, show that co-regulation, attunement, and allowing ourselves to be truly seen, and feeling that we are felt and understood by others, are critical components of healing. Feeling connected and being held in a compassionate, attuned presence is a powerful source of not only trauma healing, but also for healing emotional dis-regulation, empathy fatigue, and for building resilience. Research now shows that these relational tools, and may other tools for internal and external resourcing are important components in preventing PTSD, depression, and anxiety.

This workshop will also provide participants with a clear, 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, Dr. John Briere, Dr. Steve Cole, Tara Brach, Dr. Susan David, Dr. Ale Duarte, Dr. Diana Fosha, Dr, Linda Graham, Dr. Chris Germer, Prune Harris, Dr. James Hollis, Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad , Dr. Donald Hoffman, 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, Dr. Elizabeth Stanley, Jesse Thistle, and Dr. Michael Unger.

This workshop 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:

  • The basics: What is trauma? How unresolved trauma can impact our view of self, other and world
  • The basic neurobiology of trauma
  • The signs and symptoms of trauma
  • How traumatic memory is formed, and stored
  • Understanding implicit memory, and its role in the formation of trauma-based beliefs and emotional triggers.
  • What are: vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and moral injury. Tools for healing, mitigation and prevention.
  • How to prevent re-traumatization, and re-triggering others
  • What is meant by our nervous system's "window of tolerance". How is it widened?
  • What is allostatic load
  • What is emotional resilience
  • What is anxiety? It's function, and how it differs from emotion. What are 'anxiety pathways'. We will also touch on new research in the area of unprocessed emotion and its connection to physical ("medically unexplained") symptoms - recent research from from Dalhousie University, and others.
  • Overview of the concept "neuroception"; and the role of the vagus nerve in emotional regulation.
  • What are emotional triggers? How they are formed, and healed
  • Triggers that could be associated with recent climate based events, and the Cov19 pandemic ; tools for healing
  • How trauma-based beliefs are formed, and healed
  • Why we hold on to beliefs that keep us suffering
  • Understanding the concept of emotional projection, its connection to unresolved trauma, and tools for healing.
  • What are psychological defense mechanisms
  • Learn a very clear process to quickly identify a trauma based belief that is underlying an emotional trigger, and the steps to healing. A live demonstration will be provided.
  • Resourcing and self regulation skills/tools.
  • Important components in trauma healing
  • An overview of therapies, tools, modalities, which are aligned with trauma-informed practice and facilitate the healing process. What to look for when seeking a trauma therapist
  • Somatic and expressive arts methods recently developed to heal trauma
  • What is Intergenerational trauma and new research re: healing epigenetic transmission.
  • What is meant by post traumatic growth, and how is it fostered? Questions to ask which are specific to fostering post traumatic growth following the pandemic.
  • Spirituality and trauma healing. Why many experts/researchers in trauma healing are connecting the two.


    Trish Walsh

    Trish is a 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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