Trauma Education Essentials

Courses & Workshops


In-Person Workshop

Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 1

Friday, November 16, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Toronto, Canada
The Gladstone Hotel


Presented by:

Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist in the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. See full bio below.


Presented by: 

Marlene Duarte Giles, MSW, RSW

Marlene Duarte Giles MSW., RSW is a Clinical Social Worker with the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Canada. See full bio below. 


The Gladstone Hotel, The North Ballroom, 1412 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON, Canada. This is a beautiful space with hardwood floors, exposed brick, and a lot of natural light. The Gladstone Hotel is fully accessible
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Event Description:

Trauma Education Essentials is pleased to present this 1-day interactive workshop titled 'Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 1' for health professionals and trainees in psychology, social work, psychotherapy, nursing, counselling, and medicine, as well as other allied health areas. Gain foundational knowledge, insights and skills for working with adults who have experienced childhood trauma. We will first explore the importance of a sequenced, yet flexible, approach to treatment that is grounded in strategies related to enhancing safety and stabilization. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of the therapeutic relationship and how trauma-informed principles can guide collaborative interventions. Common issues that arise in the therapeutic relationship, including traumatic reenactments, will be explored, and a discussion on how to recognize vicarious traumatization and approaches to minimize risk will follow. The facilitators will also explain how interventions, rooted in an understanding the neurobiology of trauma, can be personalized to your client’s specific needs. A wide range of skills will be demonstrated by the facilitators so that attendees can leave feeling confidant in how to apply the tools they have learned. 

Space will be limited as the workshop will be highly interactive, and skills-focused. 

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the term complex trauma and recognize how symptoms and behaviours can often be better understood as attempts to self-regulate and cope.
2. Identify ways in which traumatic stress impacts the body and brain, including cognitive functioning.
3. Name top-down and bottom-up techniques for coping with both hyper- and hypo-arousal.
4. Define the term ‘traumatic reenactment’ and name specific treatment strategies for working through reenactments.
5. Describe physical, behavioural, psychological, and emotional signs of vicarious traumatization.

Who should attend?

Health professionals and trainees in psychology, social work, psychotherapy, nursing, psychiatry, counselling, and medicine, as well as other allied health areas, who work with people that have experienced complex trauma, or are interested in learning more about this area. This workshop aims to deepen your understanding of the impact of trauma, and will focus on practical treatment strategies and skills. Content is at an introductory to intermediate level. 

Rates (in US dollars):

- Early bird regular: $115 USD  (before October 12, 2018)
- Regular: $135 USD      
- Student (full-time): $80 USD
- Group rate: 20% off each individual registration for groups of 5 or more. Email for more information. 
- Lunch is included with the cost of registration. Gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegetarian options are available. During registration you will be asked about any dietary issues or preferences. Fresh fruit will be available in the morning, and coffee, tea, juice, pop, and water will be available all day. 

Full Bios: 


Marlene Duarte Giles, MSW, RSW

Marlene Duarte Giles MSW., RSW is a Clinical Social Worker with the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a clinician for over 20 years, and within the Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP), a day treatment program for women who have experienced childhood trauma, for the past 18 years. She holds expertise in providing trauma informed psychotherapy to individuals who have experienced interpersonal trauma.

She has published in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation related to her work in WRAP. In addition, she teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer within the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto. Marlene started her career in Vancouver, BC as an Addictions Group Therapist, working within various community agencies, Burnaby Correctional Center for Women, and Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Marlene finds spending time in nature with her family restorative.


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. 

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 recently began her first term on the international Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (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. 

More Info

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A certificate of attendance will be available
No CE credits are available for this workshop at this time.
Distance participation is not available for this event and it is not being recorded. 
Full refunds are available up until October 31, 2018. After that date, no refunds are available but you are welcome to send a colleague in your place.
Our workshop 'Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 2' is currently in development. We anticipate it will be held in winter/spring 2019.

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In-Person Workshop

We are currently in the early phases of planning a workshop in Yellowknife, NWT, Canada for late spring/early summer 2019. 

Online Courses

We are in the process of building a foundational level series of online courses on concepts related to trauma-informed care, trauma-focused treatment, and other important topics related to complex trauma.  Sign up for out free newsletter for updates or check back here! If your organization is looking for specific content please contact us at We will happily collaborate with you to meet the educational needs of your organization. 

See our upcoming live webinars, and our recorded webinars for currently available content.