​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description​

​​Trauma-Sensitive Care involves understanding how past trauma (including developmental trauma such as childhood abuse) impacts a service user's current behaviour, mental health and physical health. When trauma is misinterpreted, misunderstood, and minimized, people are left to respond repeatedly from wounded places, without awareness. When combined with developmental disability or substance abuse, the challenges for individuals living with trauma are compounded enormously. As a result, 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 can play 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. We become more effective supporters to the people we care for, and the spin-off is that we’re highly likely to understand ourselves better as well. This approach can be applied across all settings including (but not limited to) Social Services, child welfare agencies, schools, homeless shelters & women's shelters, group homes, enforcement agencies, addiction agencies, community & health care settings, and businesses.  

This practical, interactive workshop will introduce participants to the principles and practices of Trauma-Informed Care. Kim’s presentation style will include a combination of lecture, video analysis, and small and large group discussions.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an appreciation for the deep impact that trauma has upon brain development, relational skills, coping strategies and behaviour
  • Identify the red flags in behaviour that are suggestive of relational trauma, and the complexities when coupled with developmental disability
  • Develop skills of attunement and “holding space” as a force for regulation, healthy brain rewiring, reflection, self-esteem and learning
  • Develop practical scripts and skills related to compassionate communication 
  • Understand the importance of neurodiverse affirming practices as trauma-sensitive
  • Integrate the concepts of trauma sensitive practice to support ourselves and others 
  • Discuss how to encourage and facilitate collaboration between individuals and professional organizations, towards a more effective and sustainable community of practice

 Who Should Attend?

Any helping professional including (but not limited to) mental health professionals, health-care professionals, educators, first responders, hospital staff, chaplains and direct service workers. The workshop is also helpful for parents and foster parents.

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!
Trauma-Sensitive Care: Principles and Practices


June 12 & 13, 2024, 10am – 5:30pm ET*

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​​​​Instructor: Kim Barthel, OTR​
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $379 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by May 12, 2024
Regular Cost: $419 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after May 12, 2024
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.74 USD (as of February 9, 2024 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 10, 2024 at 12pm ET

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts
click here.

Certificates of Attendance / CEU's / CE Information

For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon either: 

1. Verification of 100% attendance during the live broadcast OR
2. Successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed)*
    *This option is for those who do not attend the full workshop “live”.

Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (12), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is the participant’s responsibility to contact their college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's / CE’s. This workshop has been pre-approved for 12 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.

*For Helping Professionals from Developing Countries, email us for discount codes*

About the Presenter

Kim Barthel, OTR, is an award-winning occupational therapist, multi-disciplinary teacher, sought-after speaker, consultant, and best-selling author. She is also an Advanced Neuro-Developmental Treatment Instructor as well as a Sensory Integration Instructor.

Kim travels widely as an instructor to a range of therapists, educators, social workers, physicians, special-needs care providers and parents. Her specialties include Trauma-Sensitive Practice, Sensory Processing, Attachment Theory, and understanding and supporting complex behaviour and mental Health. In May, 2019, Kim was honoured as the recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

As an author, Kim co-authored Canadian National Best-Seller 
Conversations with a Rattlesnake: Raw and Honest Reflections on Healing and Trauma with Theo Fleury in 2014. She has written and contributed to several published works related to therapy, personal growth and mental health. Most recently, she wrote chapters in textbooks related to pediatric therapy and Neuro-Developmental Treatment.

​For more information about Kim and her work, visit www.kimbarthel.ca​​

Can’t attend live?  Register anyway to get 60-day access to the workshop recordings and materials after the course.