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BC Borstal Association offers a number of workshops to organizations and community groups to broaden their knowledge and understanding of trauma and its impact on individuals, community and society as a whole. Our workshops can be combined to create full day training sessions as well. Our workshops are designed to be presented to groups of a maximum size of 20 participants.



Introduction to Trauma (4 hrs)

This workshop focuses on building an understanding of trauma, post-traumatic stress, and its impact on mental health. Participants will learn to make connections between a traumatic past, and present day behaviours, beliefs and adaptations. Participants will learn to recognize and better manage triggers, escalation, and dissociation. This session concludes with discussion around effective self-care.


Trauma and the Brain (4 hrs)

This workshop will increase the understanding of the science behind trauma: how traumatic experiences affect the developing brain, understanding our internal stress response and regulation, and how trauma impacts memory and the processing of new experience. From impact to progression (?), the workshop looks at neuroplasticity and ways that we can support better brain health.


Skills for working from a Trauma-Informed Perspective (4 hrs).

This workshop focuses on how to practice trauma-informed care in the work environment. This training will provides hands-on skills for front-line workers that can be put into practice immediately. Participants will leave with tools that will increase their success in working with and responsibly supporting individuals with a traumatic past.


Addiction and Trauma (4 hrs)

This workshop explores the link between trauma and addiction, and understanding. Participants will build an understanding of the root of addictive behaviours and explore the value of comorbid care. .


Vicarious Trauma (4 hrs)

This workshop is designed for individuals who are working in a role where they witness trauma, or traumatic stories.  The workshop employs strategies for mental resilience.


Mental Health, Grief and Addiction (8 hrs)

The workshop covers a range of topics surrounding mental health and mental illness, including anxiety, depression and trauma. It includes a discussion around grief to help bolster our current understanding of this complex feeling, and provides tools to help support others in the aftermath of a loss. The second half of the workshop explores the connection between trauma and addiction. Participants will build an understanding of the root of addictive behaviours and explore the value of comorbid care.

This is a full day, stand-alone workshop.

To book any of the above workshops or request custom content please contact 604-879-3224 or email us at


Navigating the Re-Opening Phase with Ease (11 mins)

What does the re-opening mean to you? What impacts will it have on your life? In this webinar, we will explore ways to navigate the re-opening phase with ease and comfort.

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