Trauma Education Essentials

Introducing Trauma Education Essentials

Introducing Trauma Education Essentials

Education for Health Professionals on Psychological Trauma and Trauma-informed care

Welcome! Trauma Education Essentials offers educational webinars, online courses, and in-person workshops for health professionals on topics related to complex trauma. Enhance your understanding of the wide-ranging impact that traumatic experiences can have on people, explore a variety of treatment strategies and learn about new developments in the field. We feature international experts in our webinars and workshops who cover a diverse array of clinically relevant topics, all delivered in a dynamic and interactive format. We look forward to meeting you online or at one of our events!

– Colin A. Ross, MD  &  Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC


News & Announcements

Our first online course series on emotion regulation skills is launching in late fall 2018. We will provide updates here and in our newsletter.

We are hosting an interactive workshop for health professionals titled 'Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 1' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2018 at the Gladstone Hotel. Click here for more details!

Upcoming Live Webinar

What Queer Folks Say They Need from Trauma Therapists

November 1, 2018: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

 Leah Keating, PhD, C.Psych. (supervised practice)

Leah Keating, PhD, C.Psych. (supervised practice)

Leah Keating, Ph.D., C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)

Leah Keating is completing the York University Postdoctoral Fellowship program under the supervision of Dr. Robert Muller. She also works as a clinician in two private practices. Her clinical work is focused on complex trauma, LGBTQ2SIA issues, emotion regulation, and eating disorders. See full bio here.

 Jenna MacKay, MA, MSW, RSW

Jenna MacKay, MA, MSW, RSW

Jenna MacKay, MA, MSW, RSW

Jenna MacKay is a Toronto-based qualitative researcher and therapist. Jenna has completed a MSW (2017, University of Toronto) and a MA in Psychology (2012, Carleton University).  Her work has focused on trauma and health equity, with a focus on women and LGBTQ people’s experiences of mental health. See full bio here. 

What is this webinar about? 
This webinar is intended assist health professionals when working with LGBTQ+ people who have experienced trauma. Two queer-identified, early career therapists and researchers, who have experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, will facilitate this webinar. The workshop will briefly review of what is known about trauma among LGBTQ+ populations.

Each facilitator will present findings from Ontario-based research in which they have collaborated. These studies have examined LGBTQ+ adults’ experiences of trauma therapy, and bisexual people’s mental health. This research focuses on different types of trauma, as well as microaggressions (or insidious trauma) that LGBTQ+ participants have experienced when accessing mental health care. Participants in these studies reported heterosexist and cis-sexist experiences accessing care, which pose a barrier to accessing and benefiting from trauma therapy. Based on these findings, the presenters will explore practical strategies to improve the mental health care of LGBTQ+ people through a trauma-informed lens. You can submit questions throughout the live webinar for the presenters to answer during their Q&A sessions. 

Why Should I Attend This Webinar?
Learn how to respond well to disclosures of mistreatment as well as ideas about how individuals and institutions can constructively promote institutional courage. You will benefit from hearing about an approach to minimize ethical and legal risk when working collaboratively with trauma survivors. You can submit questions throughout the live webinar for the presenters to answer during their Q&A sessions. 

Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1.   Describe behaviours that LGBTQ+ people may experience as harmful to their therapy.
  2.   Identify ways therapists can make trauma therapy more accessible to LGBTQ+ people.
  3.   Demonstrate increased awareness of practical steps to improve therapists’ practice with LGBTQ+ individuals.
4.   Increase their understanding of, and use of, appropriate language when working with the community.

Registration Fees - This is a 2 hour webinar

  • Regular Registration $55 USD

  • Emerging Professionals $35 USD

  • Registration is free for full-time Students.

  • Trauma Education Essentials is pleased to offer this live webinar at no cost to students with proof of current full-time student status. See FAQ's for more information on student status.

  • All courses are intermediate level unless otherwise specified.

  • Registration to a live webinar includes access to the recorded webinar as well which will be emailed to you within a few hours of the live webinar ending.


7:00 – 7:55      Review of what is known about trauma among LGBTQ+ populations, and research findings
7:55 - 8:00       5 minute break
8:00 - 8:50        Practical strategies to improve the mental health care of LGBTQ+ people through a trauma-informed lens
8:50 - 9:00        Question and Answers

Continuing Education Credits

  • 2 CE credits for this 2 hour live webinar (APA, NBCC, NAADAC) available at checkout for an additional $6 USD.

  • 1.75 ASWB CE credits available at checkout for an additional $6 USD.

  • Trauma Education Essentials, #1673, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Trauma Education Essentials maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 08/30/2018 – 08/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.75 continuing education clock hours.

  • Click here for more info on CE credits. CE credits are only available for live webinars, and are not available for recorded webinars.


I envision these webinars as a place for learning and growth, as well as a meeting place for community-building and inspiration.
— Dr. Dana Ross