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FSI Learning Exploration ~ Trauma-Sensitive Practice with Kim Barthel

October 11, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT


Course Overview: Living with trauma is a universal experience. Talking about mental health and emotional pain used to be taboo – but no longer. Thankfully and appropriately, trauma-sensitive practice is becoming an increasingly common topic within forward-thinking organizations world-wide. This is essential if we want the individual people we serve to be receiving the most effective levels of support needed for them to thrive.

An individual’s experience of their life’s trauma impacts every area of human functioning: physical, mental, behavioural, social, and spiritual. Circumstances such as violence, abuse, neglect, addiction, loss, racism and exclusion are examples of what can dramatically affect a child’s development and it can significantly impede their capacity to function throughout their lifespan. But the understanding of “trauma” is frequently misinterpreted, misunderstood and minimized – leaving people responding repeatedly from wounded places, without awareness. When combined with developmental disability or substance abuse, the challenges for individuals living with trauma are compounded enormously.

As professionals, we are most effective at supporting others when we understand how personal trauma experiences influence overall function and healing processes. Whether we work in the fields of therapy, education, social work, child protection or business, and whether we are counselors, police officers or foster parents, this mental health workshop will help us develop new skills in working mindfully and effectively with other people. The upside is that we’re highly likely to understand ourselves more too.

Each session of the 7 session series (totaling 9.5 hours of recorded video) will be facilitated with a FSI host and a Live Q & A Session on Wednesday March 8, 2023.

Registration is for the entire series, if you are unable to attend a session, you will have repeated access via live streaming for 90 days.

  • Gain an appreciation for the deep impact that trauma has on brain development, relational skills, coping strategies and behaviour
  • Identify the red flags in behaviour that are suggestive of relational trauma, and the complexities when coupled with developmental disability
  • Appreciate the value of attunement and “holding space” as a force for regulation, healthy brain rewiring, reflection, self-esteem, and learning
  • Develop practical scripts and skills related to compassionate communication
  • Learn how to support others with trauma in any setting
  • Understand how, as one person supporting another, your awareness and mindfulness can open the door for improved connection with people who live with these challenges, and in doing so, increase the sustainability of your practice

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Date Module Title
Module  1 Tuesday Oct 11, 2022 – 7 pm -8:30 pm The Impact of Trauma on Development
Module 2 Tuesday Nov 1 – 7 pm -8:30 pm Arousal as a Foundation for Behaviour, Learning and Function
Module  3 Tuesday Nov 22 – 7 pm -8:30 pm The Stress-Trauma Continuum and Regulation
Module 4 Tuesday Dec 13 -7 pm -8:30 pm Attachment
Module  5 Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023 – 7 pm -8:30 pm Trauma-Sensitive Practice in Action (Part 1)
Module  6 Tuesday Jan 31 – 7 pm -8:30 pm Trauma-Sensitive Practice in Action (Part 2)
Module  7 Tuesday Feb  21 -7 pm -8:30 pm The Only Person You Can Change is Yourself
Live Q & A Wednesday March 8 –  7 pm -8:30 pm

Kim’s mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit. She’s an award-winning occupational therapist, multi-disciplinary teacher, speaker and best-selling author who is active in supporting people in many contexts globally. Kim is passionate about understanding complex behaviour, neurobiology, trauma-sensitive practice, sensory processing, attachment, leadership and mental health. Kim has 37+ years of practice in helping people to be their best selves. She pulls together information from many academic disciplines and combines them with a wealth of personal and professional experiences – in her heart and mind being a keen life-long learner. www.kimbarthel.ca

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October 11, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
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