In-Person Workshops

Certificate Program

Responding to Trauma and Grief for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

IN-PERSON Certificate Program
March 20, 2023 - March 24, 2023
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM CDT )
$1,899.00 (regular rate)
$1,699.00 (*early rate)
*early rate expires 02/20/2023
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Certificate Program in Responding to Trauma & Grief - Ottawa In-Person - Mar. 20-24, 2023; 9am-4pm Local Time

Early rate expires 02/20/2023

Quantity: 1 $ 1,699.00
Attendee 1 Information
This five-day program blends Indigenous cultural practices with a Western clinical approach to responding to grief and trauma. It will be co-facilitated by gifted Indigenous and non-Indigenous trainers. Together they will offer a relational approach to sharing and understanding traditional teachings, the personal impacts of trauma, and locating ourselves on the ongoing journey of reconciliation. Participants will have the opportunity to consider both clinical and cultural approaches for responding to those experiencing trauma and grief.

Workshops Include


This is an open enrollment public 5-day certificate program for those working in Indigenous communities & organizations.

What you Will Receive

  • A single binder containing all workshop manuals and materials
  • Daily lunch and refreshments (please note any dietary restrictions in the order notes during checkout)

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

View our cancellation policy and other information regarding your live virtual workshop or for your in-person workshop.

Trainer: Noela Crowe-Salazar


Noela is Cree and is a member of Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan. She holds a Master of Social Work degree and is a Registered Social Worker with over 20 years of experience working with children and families in child welfare and mental health settings. Her clinical background has a special focus on problematic substance use with special populations. Noela has worked extensively with First Nations in direct practice, policy, program design, and management roles. In addition to training with CTRI, she is a private practice counsellor and consultant, as well as a sessional lecturer at the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work. The foundation of her work and practice are grounded in her culture and values as an Indigenous woman, and a belief that everyone has inherent strengths and wisdom. As a trainer, Noela is passionate about collaborative work and sharing information that is meaningful and practical. She is also a contributing author of CTRI’s book, Counselling in Relationships. Read blogs written by Noela here.

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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