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CA $287.61

AT-682 Intergenerational Trauma (W19)

Begins February 23, 2019

February 23-24, 2019 - 10 am-5 pm - pre-requisites: AT-681, AT-685. This is module 3 of the AT-680 Introduction to Trauma Informed Care certificate program.

This certificate program may be taken by health professionals who are allowed to perform the act of psychotherapy (psychotherapists, psychologists, doctors, nurses, social worker, or occupational therapists). 

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. Moving from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”. 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 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.

Description: Each generation teaches the next. Along with knowledge, skills and culture, we also transmit the impact of traumatic experience. This course explores the biological, familial and social transmission of trauma.
Instructor : Julie Brown, MSW, RP