In-Person Workshops

Certificate Program in Responding to Trauma and Grief

for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

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February 19, 2024 - February 23, 2024
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM MST )
$2,499.00 (regular rate)
$2,299.00 (*early rate)
*early rate expires 01/22/2024
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Certificate Program in Responding to Trauma and Grief - Edmonton - February 19-23, 2024; 9am-4pm Mountain Time

Early rate expires 01/22/2024

Quantity: 1 $ 2,299.00
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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 reconciliation journey while considering both Western and Indigenous approaches to supporting individuals, families, and communities affected by trauma and grief.    

Key Elements

  • Two-eyed Seeing view of the world as mentioned in Albert Marshall's book - which is the blending of both Western clinical and 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

Trainer: Derek Chewka


Derek’s areas of focus include Intergenerational trauma, Indigenous concepts of well-being, and the delivery of child intervention services to Indigenous children, youth, families, communities, and Nations on and off reserve. He is a Registered Social Worker working as a sessional instructor at MacEwan University and University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills. Derek has had various roles within the Government of Alberta, including Regional Manager of Children’s Services, holding the portfolio for Aboriginal Services and Supports, and Advocate for the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate. Most recently, he was the Director of Child and Family Services, and was an instructor in their Indigenous Social Work department. Derek’s belief system is grounded in ceremony and he has Indigenous knowledge as a foundation. He practices the concept of miyo-pimâtisiwin – the good life – in everything he does, including his work with individuals, families, and communities. As a trainer, Derek’s approach is relationally based, which helps create safe learning environments that allow participants to share their wisdom, knowledge, and lived experiences. Derek provides practical information that is easily transferable to one’s work environment. He is approachable, engaging, and infuses humour throughout to create fun and memorable learning opportunities.

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Trainer: Deborah Foster


Deborah is a registered social worker in Alberta and has been working as an individual and family therapist, adult educator, and group facilitator for almost 40 years. She has taught at multiple universities and Indigenous colleges and has written over 30 peer reviewed publications on a wide range of topics. Deborah has sat on numerous boards and committees including two research ethics boards, and the Ministerial Advisory Council on the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. She is a community member of the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta, has degrees in psychology, family studies, and human ecology from McMaster University, University of Guelph, and University of Alberta. Deborah’s studies have focused on relationships, sexuality, psychology, and individual/couple/family/sex therapy using solution-focused, trauma-informed, systemic, and feminist approaches. In addition, she has certificates in management and supervision from MacEwan University and the Banff School of Management. Deborah has worked extensively in the areas of sexuality, addictions, trauma, diversity, family and workplace issues, and violence. She believes that embracing a strengths-Based, solution-focused approach is the key to success for individuals, couples, and families to achieve a happy and productive life.

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