Trauma Education Essentials


Workshop October 4, 2019. Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 1

Workshop October 4, 2019. Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 1

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Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma: Level 1
Friday, October 4, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Holiday Inn Sudbury
1696 Regent St, Greater Sudbury, ON P3E 3Z8
This is a scent free event.
The Holiday Inn is an accessible venue.
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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, psychiatry 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 of the neurobiology of trauma, can be personalized to your clients specific needs. A wide range of skills and strategies will be demonstrated by the facilitators so that attendees can leave feeling confidant in how to apply the tools they have learned. The content presented in this workshop covers best practices in complex trauma assessment and treatment. The principles and approaches taught in this workshop are utilized on a daily basis when working with our own diverse client population. Space will be limited as the workshop will be highly interactive, and skills-focused.

Who should attend?
Health professionals and trainees in psychology, social work, psychotherapy, nursing, psychiatry, counselling, and medicine, as well as other allied health areas. 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 as this is the currency of our e-commerce store):
- Early Bird Regular $150 USD (rate after September 12th = $165 USD)
- Early Bird Student (full-time) $100 USD (rate after September 12th = $115 USD). Please note that If you are registering as a student, proof of full-time status will be required. Please email proof of status to
- Group rate: 15% discount
To qualify for the group rate, there must be 5 or more people registering from the same organization. If you are registering as part of a group please have someone from the group email for more details. The group discount rate is not available for students.

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.

8:30 - 9:00 - Registration and continental breakfast
9:00 - 10:10 - Core theory and principles of trauma treatment
10:10 - 10:30 - Morning break
10:30 - 12:00 - Clinical strategies and practical skills Part 1
12:00 - 1:15 - Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 - Clinical strategies and practical skills Part II
2:30 - 2:45 - Afternoon break
2:45 - 3:55 - How to work with traumatic re-enactments
3:55 - 4:00 - Wrap up, feedback, and goodbye

Additional Information
- A week before the workshop, we will send a reminder email with information on downloadable handouts and additional materials. See you in October!
- Continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 am. Coffee, tea, and water will be available all day. Light snacks will be available for the afternoon break. Lunch will be on your own. There is a restaurant in the hotel and many nearby places to eat.
- Contact us for more information at . Please email us if you require accommodations or have special needs we can assist you with.
- A certificate of attendance will be emailed to you following the event.
- No CE credits are available for this workshop.
- Distance participation is not available for this event and it is not being recorded. 
- Full refunds are available up until September 20th, 2019. After that date, the final numbers will have been provided to the venue and no refunds will be available, however, you are welcome to send a colleague in your place.

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Presenter Bios


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, 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 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.