Trauma Education Essentials


Our past, present and future.


Our Story

Trauma Education Essentials Inc. was formed in 2017 by Dr. Colin Ross and Dr. Dana Ross, who are both psychiatrists, and also father and daughter.  Its purpose is to provide trauma-focused educational webinars to mental health professionals, as well as other health care providers and organizations. As we grow, we hope to build a program of online educational videos in addition to live webinars. The founders have focused on teaching, training and education in their careers, through direct in-house education of students, interns, residents, and professionals, and through public speaking and writing.

The prevalence of trauma in our society is unacceptably high, and people who have experienced trauma can find it difficult to access trauma-focused and/or trauma-informed treatment. We hope to contribute to building capacity in the health care system by providing educational opportunities for health care providers to learn more about all aspects of psychological trauma. Our speakers will include those engaged in clinical work, research, and advocacy, as well as experts who can speak to larger health systems issues. 

Trauma Education Essentials combines expertise, convenience, and value all on one educational platform. If you are a student, an emerging professional, or a seasoned therapist looking to further enhance your skills, come and join our online community by registering for a webinar! 


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Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dana Ross, M.D. is a psychiatrist in the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. The Trauma Therapy Program specializes in treating those who have experienced childhood interpersonal trauma. She practices trauma-focused individual and group therapy, and is a lecturer in the Division of Equity, Gender and Population at the University of Toronto. She has a strong interest in teaching and education, and has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate classes at the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Ross completed her psychiatry residency in Ontario, Canada, at the University of Toronto and at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She completed a Master of Neuroscience degree at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta and finished her undergraduate degree in psychology at York University in Toronto. She is a member of the Student and Emerging Professionals committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She recently began her first term on the ISSTD Board of Directors. 

She has had numerous speaking engagements across North America with a focus on trauma, education, and psychotherapy. Dr. Ross co-chairs the Trauma Talks conference ( in Toronto which is a conference focused on the concept and practice of trauma-informed care.

Dr. Ross was born in Inuvik in the Northwest Territories in Northern Canada and is of Dene descent. She identifies as Métis. Her interests outside of psychiatry include writing, movies, and painting.   




Colin A. Ross, MD, FRCPC

Colin A. Ross, M.D completed medical school at the University of Alberta and his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is the author of 200 papers and 29 books. He has spoken widely throughout North America and Europe, and in China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a keynote speaker at many different conferences, and has reviewed for over 30 different professional journals.

Dr. Ross is the Director of hospital-based Trauma Programs in Denton, Texas, Torrance, California and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He provides weekly cognitive therapy groups at all three locations, in person in Texas and by video-conference in Michigan and California. He has been running a hospital Trauma Program in the Dallas area since moving to Texas in 1991.

Dr. Ross has published a series of treatment outcome studies in peer-reviewed journals, which provide evidence for the effectiveness of Trauma Model Therapy. Many of his papers involve large series of cases, with original research data and statistical analyses, including a paper entitled ‘Trauma and Dissociation in China” in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Besides his clinical psychiatry interests, Dr. Ross has published papers and books on cancer and human energy fields, as well as literary works including essays, fiction, poetry and screenplays. He has several different hobbies including travel.

For more information about Dr. Colin Ross, or to learn about his inpatient trauma programs, or to purchase books, please visit The Colin A. Ross Institute