Course Description

In this innovative course you will learn not only the neurobiological, psychosocial and emotional impacts of trauma but also the specially engineered cognitive behavioural interventions to help your clients process, recover and even grow from their traumatic experiences and history. Based on the most forefront trauma research and knowledge, this course will guide you through assessment, in-depth cognitive behaviour treatment techniques and post-traumatic recovery and growth for adults, children, adolescents and their caregivers. Special topics will include recovery techniques for the most common types of trauma in a Canadian context, including traumatic grief, interpersonal trauma, profession related trauma and Indigenous historical trauma experiences. Handouts and tailored homework assignments and examples will enrich your learning, as well as additional peer supervision sessions following the completion of the course.

At the beginning of the course you will be assigned to a small peer supervision course. Upon completion of the 36-hour course, each group will meet monthly for three months for a one-hour peer supervision session through Zoom (for a total of three hours of peer supervision). These peer supervision sessions are mandatory and make up sessions are not available. The focus of the sessions will be case conceptualization. Each week one participant will be responsible for presenting a case that the group will then discuss and analyze from a CBT trauma perspective. Each participant will be required to present one case during the supervision sessions. An instructor will be assigned to each peer supervision group to moderate and lead the discussion.

Prior to the start of the course, you will be able to select the timeslots that are most convenient for you to participant in the peer supervision (i.e. morning, lunch, afternoon, evening, weekend).

There are no required textbooks for this course. All required material will be provided during the course.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Remote: 548-889-5128
Online: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This course is currently not available. The 2024/2025 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 8, 2024.

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