In-Person Workshops

Giwiidabindimin – Responding to Trauma and Grief Certificate Program

for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

November 18, 2024 - November 22, 2024
(09:00 AM - 04:00 AM MST )
$2,499.00 (regular rate)
$2,299.00 (*early rate)
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Venue TBA
*early rate expires 10/21/2024
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Giwiidabindimin - Responding to Trauma and Grief Certificate Program - Calgary - November 18-22, 2024; 9am-4pm Mountain Time

Early rate expires 10/21/2024

Quantity: 1 $ 2,299.00
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Giwiidabindimin (“we sit together”) captures the essence of togetherness and the experience of participating in this program. When we sit together, we can acknowledge grief and trauma, share our perspectives, and learn from each other in a reciprocal way.

Join us for an enriching five-day program that weaves together Indigenous and Western knowledge to provide a two-eyed seeing understanding of trauma and grief. Two co-facilitators will share their wisdom and expertise to provide a relational approach to providing meaningful support. The co-facilitators will create a collaborative and reciprocal learning environment that allows space for everyone to be learners and teachers. You will have the opportunity to self-reflect on your personal journey while considering effective approaches to supporting individuals, families, and communities affected by trauma and grief.

Key Elements

  • Two-eyed Seeing perspective as put forward through Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall’s concept of a Two-eyed Seeing view of the world, the weaving together of Western clinical and Indigenous cultural approaches for responding to those experiencing trauma and grief
  • Co-facilitated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous trainers
  • A relational, reciprocal approach to sharing and understanding the impacts of trauma and grief

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Define trauma and understand the possible variations of potential impact
  • Identify key assessment areas for individuals who have experienced traumatic events
  • Describe the connection between traumatic experiences and post-traumatic stress symptoms
  • Recognize the influence of dominant discourses and mainstream understandings of grief
  • Respond and support individuals, families, and communities impacted by grief

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussion.

Some of the Topics Included

  • Understanding Clinical and Cultural Approaches to Healing
  • Building Self-Awareness of the Impact of Working With Trauma
  • Intergenerational Impacts of Trauma
  • Reconnection and Resilience
  • Exploring the Impacts of Grief and Loss
  • The Role of Sharing on the Healing journey

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop for those working in Indigenous communities and organizations and working in social service and health care roles, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone supporting people working through trauma and grief.

Terms & Conditions

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Trainer: Marwa Fadol

MA, RPsych

Marwa is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a Mental Health Therapist, providing triage and assessment to people struggling with addiction and mental health concerns. She also has a private practice where she works with families around various issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and family relationships. Additionally, Marwa consults with community and faith-based organizations on topics related to mental health. As a clinician she believes that people are the experts in their own lives and have within them the strength and capacity to enact change. Marwa approaches her work through an attachment and developmental lens and sees that her role as a therapist is to help empower people to write their own life stories, explore their own values and beliefs about how the world works, and develop authentic, fulfilling relationships. She is also a contributing author of CTRI’s book, Counselling in Relationships, and is the author or editor of several of CTRI’s training materials, including those on the topics of attachment and counselling in relationships. As a trainer she brings warmth and humour and draws on her varied experiences to make for an engaging, relevant training experience. Read blogs written by Marwa here.

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Trainer: Lacy Runner


Lacy is the Director of Health Services for the Tsuut’ina Nation, where she oversees all physical and mental health programs for her community. She also provides equine therapy to Treaty 7 and 8 nations when requested. When supporting individuals on their healing journey, Lacy draws from her Dene and Secwepemc heritage and cultural practices to create a hybrid model of support. In her practice, she consults with Elders both within and outside her own community to ensure she provides the best support possible. Lacy holds a Master of Counselling Psychology degree, is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Indigenous Studies. She is also a PhD candidate with Yorkville University for the Counselling and Psychotherapy doctorate program. Through her education and life experience, Lacy has gained the skills to support individuals with diverse mental health needs. She believes in spreading awareness and education of trauma-informed practices to break down colonial systems and beliefs, and support people from diverse backgrounds with a compassionate and empathetic approach. As a trainer, Lacy encourages open dialogue and positive, healthy communication among participants. She firmly believes in incorporating community practices, beliefs, and values, to create a supportive environment for every individual in the room.

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