Teacher Training Programs

Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Training

Friday September 7th 2018 - Sunday September 9th 2018

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Daily Schedule: September 7: 8:30am - 5pm September 8-9: 9am - 5pm
Cost: $745 + HST (early bird ends July 11, 2018) $795 + HST (regular rate)
Email: reception@healingrefuge.com
Phone: 519-265-4681

Mindfulness has become a popular tool in many clinicians' toolkits, and the research behind it is overwhelmingly positive. Trauma survivors often seek out mindfulness or other forms of meditation or spirituality, such as yoga, to support them in their healing journey, or have been "prescribed" these by a professional. However, without the proper awareness or safeguards in place, these practices can be activating and re-traumatizing for some people, leading to many adverse effects, such as anxiety, panic, psychotic breaks, terror, dissolution of ego boundaries, flashbacks, repressed material resurfacing, and uncomfortable physical sensations associated with unresolved trauma responses. Others turn to contemplative practices as a form of spiritual bypassing, a way to dissociate and avoid or disconnect from distressing symptoms. As is true with other approaches, no one modality is a panacea and recognizing when a tool is the right fit or not is important. This East meets West workshop will review the shadow side of spirituality, and introduce practical principles to adapt mindfulness in a trauma-informed way.

Drawing from trauma and attachment neuroscience, polyvagal theory, Somatic Experiencing, best practices in the field of trauma-informed care and trauma treatment, the training is geared towards therapists and meditation instructors alike.

*For participants who have attended the Trauma-Informed Yoga Training, the Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Training will have some review of familiar content and significant new content focused specifically on leading mindfulness practices.*

Learning goals:

• Learn about the most common ways mindfulness and other contemplative practices can be challenging for trauma survivors, as well as other adverse effects
• Understand the psychophysiology of attachment, trauma, stress and emotional dysregulation
• Understand how somatic activation and procedural memory can get triggered during contemplative practices
• Reframe client resistance through a trauma lens
• Learn about spiritual bypassing and caveats around breath work exercises
• Incorporate trauma-informed principles and skills into your existing approaches in alignment with staged models of trauma treatment
• Discover ways to adapt mindfulness meditation to increase client safety, choice, voice and empowerment
• Help clients build internal capacity, resources and resiliency
• Additional learning goal: Should the group decide they would like more information about how to guide trauma clients with regards to selecting a yoga style or studio in support of their recovery, workshop content will be adjusted slightly to include this information

The training features a combination of PowerPoint, lecture, group discussion, experiential learning and dyad/triad practice. If weather permits, some learning activities may take place outdoors in the green space on the grounds of Humber College.

Trainer: Sarah Schlote, MA, RP, CCC, SEP
Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Continuing education credits through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association