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CA $287.61

AT-681 Foundations of Trauma Psychotherapy I (W19)

Begins January 12, 2019

January 12-13, 2019 - 10 am -5 pm 

ADLER Trauma Psychotherapy is based on extensive research that connects the experience of traumatic stress with common mental and physical health problems including anxiety, depression, addictions, self-harm behaviours, personality disorders, interpersonal and family dysfunction, and a multitude of somatic symptoms. The program is designed for those who wish to specialize in Trauma Psychotherapy or to enrich their skills and education in order to incorporate into any front line focused work.   


Alfred Adler’s emphasis on social context links trauma psychotherapy to the Adlerian tradition. Trauma psychotherapy strives to interpret and reframe the individual’s response to overwhelming situations, transforming maladaptive coping strategies into socially useful ones and to examine the resiliency of individuals by de-pathologizing them.


Many individuals who struggle with behavioural and emotional health issues have histories of trauma, but they often don’t recognize the significant effects of trauma in their lives; either they don’t draw connections between their trauma histories and their presenting problems, or they avoid the topic altogether. Likewise, treatment providers may not ask questions that elicit a client’s history of trauma, may feel unprepared to address trauma-related issues proactively, or may struggle to address traumatic stress effectively within the constraints of the work place, clinical orientation or personal level of comfort. The definition of trauma is often misunderstood and misused.  It is assumed that trauma refers only to terrible events, such as abuse, sexual exploitation, death, violence, etc.  Trauma is not restricted to horrific experiences, it refers to any set of events that, over time, impose more pain than the individual can process and discharge.  Professionals working with people, in any capacity, will be working with trauma.  Each trauma psychotherapy course will equip students with a trauma-informed framework that will serve as a critical guide for all future interactions with a variety of populations.   


The elective certificate offers the student the opportunity to become immersed in the fascinating and cutting-edge field of trauma. Participants will be exposed to theory, research, and practical hands-on application providing rich clinical insight and highly sought-after skills.  

Course Outcomes:

•Develop an understanding of trauma informed practice.

•Define trauma and its impact.  

•Acquire understanding of the relationship between stress and trauma and why individuals can react differently to traumatic events.

•Develop knowledge in the varied presentations of trauma in the form of behavioral, personality and relationship difficulties and diagnostic categories.

•Examine the role of addictions, eating disorders and self-harm

•Develop an understanding of the critical process of establishing safety and developing a therapeutic alliance.

Instructor : Julie Brown, MSW, RP