In-Person Workshops

Giwiidabindimin – Responding to Trauma and Grief Certificate Program

for Indigenous Communities and Organizations

November 25, 2024 - November 29, 2024
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM EST )
$2,499.00 (regular rate)
$2,299.00 (*early rate)
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Venue TBA
*early rate expires 10/28/2024
30
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

Giwiidabindimin - Responding to Trauma and Grief Certificate Program - Toronto - November 25-29, 2024; 9am-4pm Eastern Time

Early rate expires 10/28/2024

Quantity: 1 $ 2,299.00
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Giwiidabindimin (“we sit together”) captures the essence of togetherness and the experience of participating in this program. When we sit together, we can acknowledge grief and trauma, share our perspectives, and learn from each other in a reciprocal way.

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 personal journey while considering effective approaches to supporting individuals, families, and communities affected by trauma and grief.

Key Elements

  • Two-eyed Seeing perspective as put forward through Mi’kmaq Elder Albert Marshall’s concept of a Two-eyed Seeing view of the world, the weaving together of Western clinical and Indigenous 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

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

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Trainer: Tom Walker

MSW, RSW

Tom has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of mental health and addictions within the social service sector and in private practice. His background includes working in front line, management and senior leadership roles. In addition to training with CTRI, Tom is a Human Factors Specialist with Ornge where he provides trauma support and therapeutic interventions for paramedics and staff. His responsibilities with Ornge also include therapeutic interventions, debriefing staff and the development and implementation of a peer support program. Tom believes that real change happens through relationship, authenticity and empowerment. He is a gifted facilitator who integrates real world experiences into practical examples in the workshops he facilitates. Read blogs written by Tom here.

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Trainer: Barbara Sevihny

Barbara is an Inuk woman with over 30 years of experience working in the health and social services field. Originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut, she currently lives in Ottawa, and works as a Client Liaison Officer for the Nunavut Government, where she helps people off all ages find resources and treatments that are not available in Nunavut, so they can move towards healing and repatriation. She enjoys working with all aspects of an individual, and is passionate about educating people about healing in an “Inuit way,” using a psychosocial approach. Barbara believes that empowering people to recognize their strengths and abilities in creating change for themselves will lead them toward a healthier, more self-sufficient lifestyle

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