Live Virtual Workshops

Body-Oriented Trauma Counselling Strategies

June 18, 2024 - June 19, 2024
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM CDT )
$529.00 (regular rate) + tax
Location: Online Virtual
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Body-Oriented Trauma Counselling - Live Virtual - June 18-19, 2024; 9am-4pm Central Time

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When trauma occurs, its impact can be felt physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. While traditional cognitive counselling approaches may not always be helpful in decreasing reactivity or increasing feelings of vitality, research shows that a body-based counselling approach can positively transform the impact of traumatic memories. This highly experiential workshop explores holistic body-based approaches to working with clients that focus on building resources and increasing tolerance of body sensations and related emotions. Participants will learn and practice strategies to help clients monitor and reduce traumatic arousal and move toward approaching life and relationships with hope and choice.

Please note: Those attending this workshop should have previous training in the area of trauma recovery. If you don’t have existing training or experience, please attend our Trauma – Counselling Strategies for Healing and Resilience Workshop.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Identify key principles of body-based counselling approaches including awareness of present experience, resourcing, and self-regulation interventions
  • Apply tools to help resource clients and prepare them for trauma processing
  • Practice skills to help clients build affect and sensation tolerance in preparation for trauma processing
  • Describe the theory behind processing and transforming trauma within a body-based framework
  • Deepen your existing approach to working with trauma by incorporating body-based techniques

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, experiential practice, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

*Please allow only the registered individual(s) to view the materials.

Some of the Topics Included

  • Body-Oriented Counselling Approaches
  • How Trauma Is Stored in the Body
  • The Role of the Helper as Guide and Co-Explorer
  • Four Components of Body-Oriented Trauma Therapy
  • Mutual Learning: Deep Listening and Psychoeducation
  • Stabilization and Restoring Connection to the Present
  • Tracking Body Sensations and Movement
  • Strategies for Transforming Trauma
  • Integration and Meaning Making
  • Integrating Body-Based Counselling Into Existing Approach

Target Audience

Attendees should already have some training and experience working with trauma. This is an intermediate–advanced level workshop for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone working with people who have experienced trauma.

Terms & Conditions

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Trainer: Michelle Gibson


Michelle is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, who runs a group practice in Ontario. She is trained in a number of modalities, but focuses her work on IFS, somatic therapy, and EMDR. Michelle uses her expertise to provide support to individuals who have experienced trauma or stress, grief or loss, and those undergoing life transitions or dealing with self-identity and esteem issues. She also provides guidance to other professionals in the helping field.

Michelle is a contributing author to CTRI’s book, Counselling Insights, and teaches at Western University and Lakehead University. She believes in the inherent abilities of individuals and communities to heal themselves, and that this healing can be assisted by a compassionate approach and an emphasis on the mind-body connection. As a trainer, she creates a warm and engaging learning atmosphere, and uses examples and strategies that participants can bring directly into their practice.

Read blogs written by Michelle here.

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