photoTrauma Trainings from The Refuge are an opportunity to enhance your existing skills and expertise through interactive, experiential learning. Workshops emphasize not only theoretical understanding of concepts, but also embodied self-awareness of how the material applies to you as a person, and practical skill building in terms of your own therapeutic presence and techniques for working with clients. Top down knowledge is enhanced by bottom-up experiencing to provide a well-rounded learning experience.

We offer trainings that will be of interest to mental health and addictions treatment programs, health care professionals and facilities, frontline workers, therapists, crisis and distress lines, social and community services, foster care, group homes, emergency and first responders (EMS/paramedics, fire fighters, police), educators, schools, refugee and settlement services, and aboriginal services.

Our menu of offerings ranges from hour-long presentations to full-day and multiple-day trainings, solo or co-facilitated depending on the topic. For more information about existing topics, or to have a custom training designed with your organization’s needs in mind, contact us for more information.

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  • Sarah has an amazing teaching ability. Her way of discussing neurobiology and linking it back to a personal experience helped me understand the concepts. I would like a more in depth training with Sarah. Most one day workshops I have not taken away as much as I did with this one!

    Training participant,
    Psychophysiology of Self-Regulation, Burlington, ON

  • Brilliant workshop! I highly recommend this to my colleagues, whether a seasoned professional or new practitioner. Sarah is a natural presenter. She is gifted with a wonderful way of infecting us all with her passion for learning and the power of somatic therapy. Her workshop is engaging, clear, and full of information to enhance our own practices immediately.

    Tressa Porter, MA, RP
    Registered Psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist
    Guelph, ON

  • Sarah has a wonderful, open and comfortable way of presenting her ideas. Everyone attending this workshop will come away with valuable information.

    Cathy Middleton,
    Director, YWCA Kitchener/Waterloo

  • I attended the training after it was recommended by the co-ordinator of Freeing the Human Spirit, to teach at the Toronto South Detention Center. I was expecting to learn the yoga teaching techniques to effectively teach people in a sensitive setting. And I did! But wow it was so, so much more! Both on a personal level and from the perspective of being a yoga teacher. The training added tools to my toolkit for life! I cannot speak highly enough about the course or the facilitators – the knowledge and compassion of both Sarah and Caroline is evident and they truly complement each other. I would highly recommend this this training to all yoga teachers regardless of base style.

    Tania Lutz,
    RYT-200, Mississauga, ON

  • I am very excited about the information. Sarah’s presentation skills are exceptional, fantastic!

    David Woods, MEd, DipAT, CCC
    Art therapist, London, ON

Upcoming Events and Workshops view more

Tier 2: Principles of Trauma-Informed Practice

Community sector training hosted by the Halton Prevention and Intervention Committee
Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
Round 1: February 15-16, 2018, 9am-5pm
Round 2: April 5-6, 2018, 9am-5pm
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Holding Hands

Trauma-Informed Supportive Housing Training

Hosted by Gateway Residential and Community Support Services
April 10-11, 2018, 9am-5pm
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