Course Description

This two-day, highly experiential workshop will introduce participants to the concepts of becoming ‘trauma informed’. The focus is on a foundational understanding of what trauma is, what becoming trauma informed means and skills for the integration of those concepts into a non-clinical helping practice. The workshop will use lecture, role play and case studies as a way of engaging participants in the acquisition of practical skills. Participants will be expected to actively participate in this workshop.

Throughout the two days participants will:

  • Become familiar with the definitions of trauma and what it means to be trauma informed.
  • Gain an understanding about working with people through a trauma informed lens.
  • Practice those skills through role play, observation and coaching.

Specific aspects of the two-day workshop include:

  • definitions of trauma and the impact of trauma on individuals
  • trauma and the impact on the brain
  • principles for becoming trauma informed
  • exploration of post-traumatic stress, injuries and growth and the myths often associated with trauma
  • diversity and cultural issues
  • self-care and resilience

This workshop will be of interest to those working in any setting where working with others is paramount. This may include, but is not limited, to human resources staff, healthcare providers, educators, police and law enforcement personnel, first responders, residential staff and those considering work or volunteering in the helping professions.


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

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This workshop is currently not available. The 2021/2022 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available in early July 2021.

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