​​​​Instructor: Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP
Location: The Festival Inn, 144 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $349 +HST (=$394.37) by Sept 17, 2018
Regular Cost: $379 +HST (=$428.27) after Sept 17, 2018
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.79 USD (as of Feb 12, 2018 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 14, 2018  at 4pm

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Principles and Practices of Trauma-Informed Care

October 18-19, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm

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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.

About the Presenter

Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP is a trauma therapist and founder of The Refuge: Centre for Healing and Recovery in Guelph, an integrative facility focusing on trauma and attachment treatment approaches. Her 15 years of experience are supported by a trauma-focused master's degree and training in the Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution method, EMDR, Body Memory Recall, the Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists, the Somatic Resilience and Regulation – Early Trauma Training, and trauma-focused equine-assisted therapy and ecotherapy. She also weaves mindfulness and DBT-inspired skills as well as psychodynamic therapy, ego state/parts work, attachment-oriented psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, and indigenous principles into her practice. She has been involved in the field of animal-assisted interventions since 2003, including the development of standards of practice. Fluent in English and French, she is a sought-after trainer and frequently delivers trainings and workshops throughout the province and Canada.

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The Festival Inn is pleased to offered preferred rates for Mission: Empowerment guests. Rooms start at $119 + taxes (includes breakfast).  A block of rooms has been set aside for this event, up until September 17, 2018. For reservations, call 1-800-463-3581 or 519-273-1150 and quote "Mission Empowerment Block".  For other accommodation options, visit www.visitstratford.ca

​​​​​​Workshop Description

Trauma-Informed Care involves having an understanding of how past trauma (including developmental trauma such as childhood abuse) impacts a service user's current behaviour, mental health and physical health.  The principles and practices of trauma-informed care can be utilized whether or not the client has disclosed the trauma.  When agencies and service providers are not trauma-informed they run the risk of misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment or service provision, damage to the helping relationship, and inadvertently re-traumatizing clients. 

A trauma-informed approach recognizes that past trauma plays a major role in mental illness, addiction, homelessness, crime and even chronic diseases and physical ailments.  Instead of asking “what is wrong with this person?” we ask “what happened to this person?”. With that lens, compassion, safety and empowerment for the service user are key principles that are integrated into all aspects of service from intake procedures to individual interactions with service providers.  This approach can and should be applied across all settings including (but not limited to) Social Services, child welfare agencies, schools, homeless shelters & women's shelters, enforcement agencies, addiction agencies, clergy & health care settings.  

This practical, interactive workshop will introduce participants to the principles and practices of Trauma-Informed Care.

Day 1: Fundamentals of Trauma and Attachment

  • The impact of various types of trauma and chronic stress on development and functioning
  • Signs of traumatic stress in children and adults
  • Findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, demonstrating that stressful experiences throughout development (including childhood trauma) are associated with a number of mental health and physical health problems across the lifespan
  • Risk and resiliency factors
  • Regulation, dysregulation and the brain and nervous system
  • The window of tolerance model
  • ​The defense response cycle and recognizing signs of fight, flight, freeze and fawn
  • Secure and insecure attachment
  • A trauma lens:  reframing symptoms and behaviours as adaptations for survival

​Day 2: Trauma-Informed Care Principles and Skills

  • Staged models of trauma treatment, and ways to support clients in the safety and stabilization phase, even if not providing trauma therapy
  • The core trauma-informed principles of safety, consent, choice, voice, control/empowerment, trust, collaboration, compassion and trauma awareness
  • Practical skills for presence and self-regulation for professionals to hold space for clients, manage personal triggers and maintain boundaries 
  • Recognizing the limits of one’s scope of practice, knowing when to refer, and what options exist for trauma-specific treatment
  • Grounding, orienting, containment and self-soothing skills for clients
  • Resources for further exploration, including organizational self-assessment tools
  • If time and interest: Q&A to discuss clinical scenarios