3) To pay with cheque: click here ​to download the registration form and follow the instructions on the form.

For more information about Natalie and her work, go to www.nataliezlodre.com

Cancellation Policy

An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations.  Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice.  The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather.  If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.

2) To pay with EMAIL MONEY TRANSFER: click here ​to access the google form and follow the instructions on the form.

Working with Survivors of Complex & Developmental Trauma:
Effective Strategies for Front-Line Workers

May  4-5, 2020, 9:00am - 4:00pm

​​​​Instructor: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW ​
Location: Quality Inn & Conference Centre Festival (formerly "The Festival Inn"), 
1144 Ontario Street, Stratford 
Early Bird Cost: $399 CAD + 13% HST (=$450.87) by April 3, 2020

Regular Cost: $429 CAD + 13% HST (=$484.77) after April 3, 2020
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.75 USD (as of Aug 9, 2019 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 27, 2020 by 4pm

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts 
click here.

1) To pay with CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL: 
click here ** to register online via Eventbrite for this option (see highlighted note below)

To download the poster, click here

Workshop Description

​​Anxious and disorganized early attachment patterns intertwined with early childhood trauma (emotional deprivation, physical /sexual abuse) and the strain of adversity or ongoing victimization may lead some clients to experience chronic and complex intrapsychic and interpersonal reactions. For some individuals, their adult lives are filled with a pool of unmet needs, a legacy of interpersonal turmoil, a range of disruptive trauma reactions and a deficit of skill, motivation and support to move beyond their past. These individuals may become chronically depressed, have addictions and are vulnerable to ongoing victimization. They may also be more likely to become “stuck” in counselling and to be prone to therapeutic impasses.

In this workshop, a conceptual framework for understanding and guiding your work with complex individuals will be discussed. You will learn how to assess and respond ethically and appropriately to clients with complex trauma, given the parameters of your workplace.​

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the core characterological features of Complex Trauma and the key developmental pathways that are arrested by trauma
  • Distinguish between PTSD, Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Understand the fundamental role of insecure attachment patterns in the development of Complex and Developmental Trauma
  • Identify key questions to assess and guide interventions for clients with complex trauma
  • Discuss key treatment directions, strategies and models for working with complex trauma
  • Identify practical strategies to assist clients to develop adaptive coping and overcome the debilitating effects of PTSD symptoms and rigid maladaptive patterns and the core beliefs that drive these patterns
  • Apply 4 key strategies for enhancing and maintaining our capacity to be a conscious and resilient professional while working with human suffering on a regular basis 

​*Please be advised: this program offers explicit video images of trauma reactions (popular film and clinical tapes) and frank discussions of trauma related images  

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for experienced front-line workers (social workers, nurses, clergy, addiction counselors, residential workers etc) who are not trauma counsellors but who provide support and/or counselling contact with vulnerable populations in community-based settings.​

**Please note that an Eventbrite fee is added when registering online and paying by credit/debit/paypal.  To avoid this fee, register using one of the below options

About the Presenter

Natalie Zlodre M.S.W., R.S.W. is the Director of Community Resources and Initiatives, a trauma-informed consulting firm based in Toronto.  Previously, she was Head of the Trauma and Resiliency Centre and Associate Director of Training at the Gail Appel Institute, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre.  Her professional focus is in the areas of: acute trauma, developmental/complex trauma and the impact of trauma on professionals and on mental health services. Natalie provides clinical consultation and supervision to mental health professionals and organizations.  Her theoretical framework is trauma-informed and strength-based.

Natalie is an experienced training facilitator and has provided hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally.  She is known for her direct and lively style and her ability to translate complex theories about traumatic responses into relevant practices for post-traumatic growth in vulnerable populations.


Quality Inn & Conference Centre Festival (formerly "The Festival Inn") is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $119 + taxes.  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until April 3, 2020. For reservations, call 1-800-463-3581 or 519-273-1150 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit www.welcometostratford.com