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**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.

For more information about Natalie and her work, go to 

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.

​​​​Instructor: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW ​
Location: The Festival Inn, 1144 Ontario Street, Stratford 
Early Bird Cost: $199 CAD + 13% HST (=$224.87) by April 23, 2019

Regular Cost: $219 CAD + 13% HST (=$247.47) after April 23, 2019
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.76 USD (as of Sept 6, 2018 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 17, 2019 by 4pm

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Trauma in the Mind's Eye: Mitigating and Eliminating Intrusive Thoughts, Flashbacks and Nightmares

May 24, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm


​The Festival Inn is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $129 + taxes (includes breakfast).  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until April 23, 2019. For reservations, call 1-800-463-3581 or 519-273-1150 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit 

Workshop Description

​​This workshop is designed for experienced front-line workers who provide short-term counselling contact with vulnerable populations in community-based settings. Traumatic experiences that are frozen, stuck and unprocessed have the potential to exacerbate and generalize stress reactions. We will learn what causes certain memories to become traumatic. We will review the neurobiology of stress on memory systems and cognitive distortions that sear trauma responses in the nervous system. 

Some memories are based on fear, helplessness and horror, and others memories are fortified by cognitive stuck points (guilt, shame, absorption of perpetrator messages, cultural/religious beliefs). 

*Please be advised: this program offers explicit video images of trauma reactions and frank discussions of trauma related images.

Participants Will Learn:

  • Effective interventions that target source traumatic memories
  • An overview of evidenced-based treatment (CBT, CPT, PET, IRRT)
  • How fear hijacks cognition
  • Why people do what they do when they are overwhelmed
  • How people get 'stuck' and how to get them 'unstuck'
  • 3 techniques for processing 'horror'
  • How to process 5 cognitive 'stuck points'