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Trauma-Informed Practice Training

Level 1 Certificate

Workshop Details:

This workshop will provide participants with tools, knowledge and some expertise on how to assist clients with trauma and understand how trauma impacts the healing process. Research supports that knowledge of Trauma-Informed care is critical to help clients move through barriers to healing.

Topics Covered:

  • The Neurobiology of Trauma

  • Polyvagal Theory

  • Signa and Symptoms of Trauma

  • Creating a Safe Space for Trauma Healing and Attunement

  • Brief Overview of Therapeutic Models That are Congruent with a Trauma-Informed Practice and Facilitate the Healing Process

  • Experiential Exercise

  • Example of a Trauma-informed Somatic Approach

  • Window of Tolerance

  • How Embodied Emotion and Trauma Memory is Released from the Body,

  • Triggers and How to Release Core Beliefs

  • Building Client Resilience and the Role of Lifestyle in Healing

Feedback received from participants who recently attended this workshop:

"I enjoyed the workshop very much. I used the concepts learned the day after, and the positive results were immediate.”

"Being able to practice the Breathe and feel and metaphor and tapping and mindfulness/ breathing exercises was very helpful. Having Alyson as a resource during the exercises was also helpful".

“I loved it! Thank you for sharing your valuable wisdom”.

"I really appreciated the clinical experience and that it was research based.”

“Great, clear delivery and presented at the perfect level. Excellent!”

"The course was practical to a broad range of support industries”.

“I really appreciated the integrative approach of the different interventions.”

“Appreciated the experiential exercises, the real-life demo’s of sessions, and the language to use with clients. I also liked that the instructors addressed the audience’s questions and wonderings.”

“It was a wonderful workshop! Will recommend to others! Thank-you for sharing your knowledge and experience.”

“I really appreciated the anecdotal evidence from both of your practices – and the handout! I also appreciate all the tools, tricks and strategies that I am walking away with! “

“I enjoyed this course immensely!”


“I really enjoyed the in-depth look at trauma.”

“I really appreciated the info about trauma and the brain, EUT, and tapping – thank-you!”

“I appreciated thinking of trauma in terms of the body and where trauma is held. I also appreciated moving the focus away from talking exclusively”.

“Great workshop!“

“The opportunity to practice using the tools and applying the knowledge – being encouraged to connect with your own intuition and that it is essential to do this work more effectively – love having more tools to help my clients heal trauma and transform”.

“Thank you! This is tremendously important work: uplifting and empowering for all”.

“Thank-you for everything! It was a wonderful experience!”

“I enjoyed the practice and enjoyed the science based approach.”

Meet the Facilitators:

Alyson Quinn

Alyson has been an Adjunct professor at UBC’s School of Social work for seven years, and will be teaching at UBC this year in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology. She has been a counsellor for 30 years specializing in group therapy, trauma therapy, and conflict resolution. She is a Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Conflict resolution from Royal Roads University.

 Alyson has taught students in a Trauma informed Counselling class, in a group work class and also in an Integrative Seminar and has a great deal of experience as an individual and couples counsellor.She is an author of 3 published books. Alyson’s Pedagogy for an Integrative Practice is published in the text book Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work education in the 21st Century. Her text book Experiential Unity theory and model: reclaiming your soul published in 2012 is aligned with the principles of a Trauma Informed Practice. Alyson has taught her model at both International and Canadian conferences. Alyson was born in Zimbabwe and trained as a Social worker in South Africa. She launched her Social work career in London, England and then emigrated to Vancouver, Canada. Her self help book Reclaim Your Soul: Your Path to Healing published in 2014 also builds on Trauma informed principles. You can visit her website here.

Suzanne Ferera

Suzanne Ferera is a registered Occupational Therapist with 25 years of experience in mental health and is trained as a certified Calmer, Easier, Happier parenting practitioner.  Her private practice work takes her into both families’ homes to help with children who have behavioural difficulties, and also into schools where she teaches classroom management. She has worked as a Family Counsellor for the Vancouver Family Preservation and Reunification services, working with families who are at risk.

Learning about a trauma informed theory and practice has long been a passion of hers and also her commitment to bringing a somatic oriented approach to her work with families. Her work is most often focused on the impact of triggers and how they impact relationships particularly parent/child relationships. Her work often involves facilitating increased awareness for parents around their own trauma triggers. This assists in contributing a deeper understanding to their interactions with their children in order to avoid reactivity, and maintain a close relationship.  She helps parents, teachers and professionals who work with children explore ways of understanding and working with these triggers, using the Calmer, Easier, Happier, parenting and teaching strategies and trauma informed modalities. 

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"Suzanne’s Calmer, Happier Parenting workshop exceeded our expectations. Her insight and effectiveness while warmly and empathetically listening and responding to the young parents questions was evident by their responses and desire to request more time and sessions with her.

Judi Brown, M.Ed
Coordinator, JCCGV Parent & Family Centre


Suzanne Ferera has been an invaluable asset in working with our staff to help them improve the learning environment for our students by using positive classroom management strategies that improve student cooperation.

Russ Klein

Head of King David High School, Vancouver

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