ATTCH is pleased to offer a Trauma Integration certification program to provide current, quality trauma and attachment training in Canada for individuals, clinicians, and organizations and trauma-integration training in our Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM)® and Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM-A) Adapted Non-Clinical Stream®. Our program is quite comprehensive and holistic in nature focusing on mind-body neuroscience and somatic approaches.
Training Content Trauma certification training with ATTCH is comprehensive and integrative. Our approach provides will include a combination of lecture modules with slides and video, case examples, small group discussions, experiential exercises, and pairs practice.
Days 1 & 2: Day 1 Understanding the Foundations of Trauma and Attachment, Day 2 Phase-Based Clinical Applications to Promote Healing and Integration of Trauma and Attachment Dysregulation and Day 3 Trauma Processing Experiential (description below) with Lori Gill, Founder and Lead Trauma Therapist, Attachment and Trauma Treatment Centre for Healing (Days 1& 2 are the same for both certification streams ITATM-A & ITATM)
The fields of attachment and trauma research and intervention are growing rapidly. It is apparent that this is an area all clinicians can benefit from training in as it crosses all sectors and populations in some manner. However, we know that it can be difficult to keep up with all of the readings and resources. As this is our area of specialization, let us share what we have learned through our literature and research reviews and what we have effectively put into practice with you in an engaging and practical manner.
Day 1 will provide insight into current trauma, attachment, and neuroscience research ensuring an understanding of critical information and best practice strategies for working with trauma. This training will also help you to enhance your clinical skills and learn how you can add trauma regulation and attachment healing strategies to your repertoire.
Day 2 will focus on putting it into practice. Through this Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM) participants will learn how to make historical connections, engage in integrative trauma-specific treatment approaches, and promote resiliency and wellness. Participants will learn about phase-based treatment of complex trauma and review of best practice and evidence-based approaches will also be experienced.
Upon completion of training participants will have a strong understanding of:
What it means to be trauma-informed at an organization, service system and societal level
Core principles, guiding values and common language of trauma-informed care
Understanding what is helpful vs. what is harmful
The difference between trauma-informed and trauma-specific services
Understanding top-down, bottom-up and integrative trauma treatment modalities
The Neuroscience of Trauma, Addictions, Mental Health and Violence
How stress and trauma affect the brain, body and behaviour
The role of attachment in self-regulation and the capacity for relationship
The impact of attachment injuries on child development and adult health outcomes
Attachment dynamics in health care and human services work
The connection between trauma, addictions and violence
The importance of worker self-regulation and self-care in providing attunement, therapeutic presence and co-regulation for clients and in mitigating the effects of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma
Why trauma is a sensory experience
Recognizing the signs of emotional and physical dysregulation
Integration and how this relates to emotional and physiological regulation
The use of sensory approaches to promote regulation and integration
Boundaries, Self-Compassion, and Healthy Relationships
How trauma disrupts our boundaries and how we can learn to establish healthy boundaries
Addressing unmet needs
Shifting from false refuges to those that provide effective regulation
The importance of self-compassion for forming and maintaining healthy relationships
Differentiating intimacy from abuse
Trauma Processing* Part 2
How to engage in trauma specific processing using the Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM)®
How to move clients through their trauma experiences disrupting the fear looping process in a safe structured manner using the various layers of the ITATM protocol
How to generalize amygdala messages and reframing statements for future implementation
How to close off the session in a safe manner that reinforces the new insights
How to work through recurrent traumas, developmental trauma, crisis experiences, complex PTSD, and how to promote integration when working with dissociation.
Part 2: Day 3 Trauma Processing Experiential & Applied Practice Part 1 This workshop takes participants through the trauma processing practices introduced in the core training. This workshop takes participants through experiential of our Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM)® from start to finish and includes various techniques (from brief assessment, grounding, trauma processing, somatic discharging and shifting affect for completion of session in an emotionally regulated manner). Participants will experience various experiential activities inclusive of a live demonstration and the opportunity to practice techniques learned (as both the counsellor and the client) in a partner format with guidance from the facilitator. This experiential days allows for discussion, questions, and reflections from participants at a deeper level as it is facilitated in a small group format.
Days 4 & 5 Trauma Processing Experiential & Applied Practice Part 2 & 3 These two days take participants through the trauma processing practices introduced in the core training. This workshop takes participants through experiential of our Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM)® from start to finish and includes various techniques (from brief assessment, grounding, trauma processing, somatic discharging and shifting affect for completion of session in an emotionally regulated manner). Participants will experience various experiential activities inclusive of a live or video demonstration and further opportunities to practice trauma processing (as both the counsellor and the client) in a partner format with guidance from the facilitator. These experiential days allow for discussion, questions and reflections from participants at a deeper level as it is facilitated in a small group format.
Trainings will be rich with practical examples and exercises to help synthesize the material of focus. Core training is customized for the various streams and levels to allow for relevant training and intervention strategies. For supplemental training a wide variety of enhancement options are offered in areas such as energy based practices, somatic approaches, art and play therapy, meditation, mindfulness etc.
Several levels of certification training streams are available: