Online Workshop

Strong Back and Soft Front: Trauma-Informed Leadership and Skills Workshop

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About this Online Workshop

There is a tremendous amount of suffering caused by complex situations that leaders are regularly confronted with. This is particularly true social and community services sector. In order to be an effective, caring, and compassionate leader, Individuals need to broaden skills and deepen self-reflection.  

This workshop aims to support those in leadership and supervisory positions by building on their trauma- informed practice, and is focussed on developing a foundation for trauma-informed leadership growth to take place. The following topics will be covered: communication, debriefing and supervision skills; emotional awareness; conflict resolution, counter transference and parallel processes; and self care and collective care.  

Participants will engage with concepts of vicarious trauma and burnout, and will learn to support and lead staff in meaningful ways using micro, mezzo, and macro approaches. Participants will reflect on their own leadership styles while also critically engaging their understanding trauma and leadership from a social justice and compassionate lens.

NOTE: This is an interactive, virtual workshop, 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Outlining the fundamentals of trauma-informed leadership

  • Gain confidence in using trauma informed tools and strategies

  • Reflection and insight into one’s own individual leadership style

  • Deepen skills on supervision, debriefing, self-reflection, navigating crisis and communication

Who Should Attend?

Any manager, supervisor, or leader in a human, social or community services organization.

Format and Duration

Three sessions total: one three-hour session, one two-hour session and one ninety-minute session.

Workshop Dates and Registration

All sessions in Eastern Standard Time

November 15 – December 9, 2024

  • Part 1: Friday, November 15 | 9:00 – 12:00

  • Part 2: Monday, November 18 | 10:00 – 12:00

  • Part 3: Monday, December 9 | 9:00 – 10:30

  • Registration Cut Off: Wednesday, November 13  

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  • Members: $695 + HST

  • Non-Members: $900 + HST

  • Non-Member Education Level 1/2: $725 + HST

Bring This Workshop to Your Staff

OMSSA can work with you to deliver this workshop to you and your team in an in-person format at a time that works for you. We can also customize the content of each workshop to meet your specific needs. Contact OMSSA's Director, Education Christie Herrington to learn more about bringing this workshop to your staff. 


Here are what some attendees had to say about this workshop:

[I enjoyed] the numerous techniques and takeaways. Karine had an inviting nature.

Amazing, really enjoyed her approach in this workshop.

Karine’s presentation style was very calming!

About the Facilitator

Karine Silverwoman, MSW, is a passionate practitioner, consultant and educator with over 20 years of experience in the social work sector. Her work is informed by an understanding of how  trauma and oppression how impact our bodies and communities. She has extensive training in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches, clinical supervision and leadership and in applying strategies to assist front-line workers and other practitioners to deepen their skills and align their  work with their values. She has worked in a wide variety of settings and roles including, Director of Counseling for a gender based violence clinic, consultant , street outreach worker, therapist,  youth worker and social work instructor at Toronto Metropolitan University and George Brown College. Her approach is guided by a social justice, anti-colonial, queer/trans affirming and strength-based lens. As a trainer, she embeds a trauma-informed lens and creates brave, reflective learning spaces. She interweaves practical examples, a sense of humour and an ethic of care into all her training, believing, as she does, in a world where everyone should be able to live with dignity, safety and belonging.

Technical Requirements

OMSSA will be hosting this virtual workshop using Zoom, an online, interactive platform that you can join straight from your web browser, or by downloading 'Zoom Client for Meetings' on your computer or tablet

Participants will be expected to join the workshop 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 Zoom.