Trauma is defined as an experience that overwhelms an individuals capacity to cope. Traumatic experiences occur at any age, and may include experiences such as child abuse and neglect to violence and war. Trauma can interfere with a persons sense of safety, self and self-efficacy as well as the ability to regulate emotions and navigate relationships. For those who have faced multiple traumatic events, repeated experiences of abuse, or prolonged exposure to abuse, trauma is overwhelming and may have a significant impact on living.
This training is dedicated to understanding the impacts of traumatic events and how to best support highly traumatized clients by promoting a climate of awareness, safety, trust, collaboration and control. Learning to be trauma informed also emphasizes the importance of recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma exposure in the professionals who interact and support highly traumatized individuals and how to promote our own resiliency and self-care.
NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual training session, which is different from a webinar. Participants will be expected to participate through voice and video, and to engage with each other and the facilitator in large and small group discussions, to learn from each other and practice skill development.
Any staff in a human, social or community services organization
Eight, two-hour online sessions over the course of two weeks
Session Dates and Registration
Members: $400 + HST
Non-Members: $520 + HST
OMSSA will be hosting this virtual training using Webex, an online, interactive training platform that you can join straight from your web browser, or by downloading the Webex Meetings desktop application.
Participants will be expected to join the session via both video and audio. Participants should therefore have access to a desktop computer, laptop computer or tablet with:
a webcam or built-in camera
a built-in microphone or a headphone jack where you can plug in a headset or earphones
We strongly recommend that participants use a headset or earphones with a built-in microphone in order to limit background noise.
System requirements: Click here for more detailed information on system requirements from Webex.
Megan Phillips is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience working in multiple roles within community and social services. As a former Case Worker and Manager with Ontario Works, as well as a Concurrent Disorders Specialist in a community mental health program, Megan utilizes her additional award-winning experience in instructing post-secondary education to bring captivating, illustrative, relevant, and humorous educational seminars to a variety of non-profit agencies and organizations.
As an experienced presenter, Megan has dedicated herself to the educational advancement and enhancement of her fellow colleagues and community professionals in areas such as Motivational Interviewing, Burnout, Resiliency Building, PTSD, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Working with Clients with Multiple Barriers.