Live Virtual Workshops
Responding to Trauma and Grief for Indigenous Communities and Organizations
Credit Hours (CEC)
- Vicarious Trauma – Strategies for Resilience
- Trauma – Counselling Strategies for Healing and Resilience
- Walking With Grief – Helping Others Deal with Loss
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)
In-person events follow local guidelines for gathering. This workshop will transition to a virtual event should COVID restrictions limit in-person gatherings. Please call CTRI before booking flight/hotel room.
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
*Please allow only the registered individual(s) to view webinar materials
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
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.
Trainer: Cindy Deschenes
Cindy is from the Kitigan Zibi and Kitiganik Algonquin communities in Quebec. In her career, she has worked with numerous First Nations and non-First Nations communities and schools. Cindy is a Registered Social Worker and her educational background includes a diploma and undergraduate degree in Addictions Counselling and a Master’s degree in Social Work. In addition to training with CTRI, she has a small private practice and is working on her PhD research in the area of mental health and wellbeing. As a helper, her approach draws on holistic, Indigenous worldviews and practices that have included storytelling, ceremony, trickster teachings, traditional games, and arts. She believes that although some of us may feel broken inside, we are never truly broken as we each hold four sacred gifts that enable every one of us to tap into these if we so choose. As a fun-loving, kind-hearted presenter and trainer, Cindy weaves her lived experiences and traditional cultural knowledge into her training, and believes in working with the shared wisdom and values of every individual in the room. Read blogs written by Cindy here.
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.