In-Person Workshops

Certificate Program

Responding to Trauma and Grief for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

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May 29, 2023 - June 02, 2023
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM CDT )
$1,899.00 (regular rate) + tax


This workshop is full. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)
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.

Statement on Reconciliation

As we walk the path of reconciliation, we are mindful of the connections we share with all our relatives. We understand that these connections are impacted by colonization and that there is trauma in our relationships and to the land and Indigenous ways of life. We commit to listening and learning from our relationships, and to be guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Trainer: Tara Petti


Tara is a member of Peguis First Nation in Treaty One territory, and her family community is the George Gordon First Nation in Treaty Four Territory. She has primarily worked in the child welfare field, starting on the front line and later moving up to the management and executive levels. While working in the field, she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work. Early in her career, Tara discovered a passion for administrative work, focusing on creating and maintaining efficient and positive work environments that operate within a state of planned and unplanned change. She shaped her career and education by concentrating on positive outcomes and operational and management practices that inform First Nations children, families, communities, and governments. She believes in taking a holistic approach to wellness, and understands that real change happens through meaningful connection. As a trainer, Tara’s philosophy is to bring forth and realize a brighter future for Indigenous communities, families, and children through First Nations led practices and change.

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Trainer: Heather Woodward


Heather holds a Master of Social work degree, is a Registered Social Worker and has been working in the field for close to 20 years. She has spent much of her time working directly with children, youth, and families. Specifically, Heather’s passion is working with youth of all genders (ages 14-24) that have been impacted by violence, sometimes with gang involvements, all forms of trauma (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual), addictions, mental health, and with individuals living with a FASD. She believes that even in the thick of trauma and/or crisis, people can use relationships and laughter to work through these critical moments. Heather values the lives and the stories of all the people whom she has the honor of meeting and walking with on their life path. She is an energetic and engaging facilitator who strives to find ways to build relationships and incorporate 'laughter' into the work she does families and communities. Read blogs written by Heather here.

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