​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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. ​​

You will receive:

  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered! (**Note: The workshop recording will not include the videos of clinical sessions sessions or other copyrighted videos that will be shown during the workshop).

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 

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


May 3 & 4, 2021, 9 am - 4 pm ET  *
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​​CEU's and Certificates of Attendance

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (11), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is recommended that you contact your college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's. This workshop has been pre-approved for 11 continuing education hours by the CACCF.  ​​

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 individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.

​​​​​Instructor: Natalie Zlodre, MSW, RSW
Location: Online Line Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $319 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by April 5, 2021
Regular Cost: $349 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after April 5, 2021
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.79 USD (as of January 10, 2021 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 30, 2021 at 12 pm ET

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