person   Presenter(s)

Kari McCluskey, Co-ordinator of the Vicarious Trauma and Resilience Initiative, Aurora Family Therapy Centre

calendar icon   Original dates and time of the series:

  • Thursday, May 11, 2023
  • Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • Thursday, May 25, 2023

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET


  • PAID Webinar Series

CERIC was pleased to partner with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) on this webinar series. CCPA is a national bilingual association providing professional counsellors and psychotherapists with access to exclusive educational programs, certification, professional development and direct contact with professional peers and specialty groups.


Career practitioners are working with various clients, including those who might come to career services with a history of trauma – from clients who have grown up with abuse, homelessness, war or experienced psychological or physical shocks to those who experienced a job restructuring experience. This 3-part webinar series will follow a continuum of trauma-informed foundations from theory to practice and help career practitioners create a trauma-informed practice in their service-delivering settings. The series will first focus on understanding the foundations of trauma – how it affects the nervous system, impacting behaviour, memory and learning, what activators can cause dysregulation, and how to apply a variety of regulation strategies. Then, participants will go through the principles of trauma-informed practice and the importance of relationships, cultural understanding and responsiveness in establishing (felt) safety to offer their clients growth through risk and vulnerability. Finally, the series will wrap up with a focus on vicarious trauma, discussing the risk and resilience factors in our workplaces and individual practices and what strategies we can implement to foster workplace wellness.

Why Should You Attend

Encouraging trauma-informed practices is not a new concept, but it is one that continues to evolve and requires ongoing learning, practice and reflection. This webinar series will allow career practitioners to learn and reflect on their current and future practice. Together, through shared experience and knowledge, participants will learn strategies on how to develop safe spaces that support and empower their clients. In addition, as it is equally as important to turn the lens inward to consider how the trauma stories of others could impact CDPs, participants will also learn how to respond and recognize signs of secondary traumatic stress so that they can continue their work in a sustainable way.

The webinars are intended to support career practitioners in their practice. They are not meant to make career practitioners competent to diagnose trauma in their clients.

Webinar #1: Trauma and the Nervous System

Thursday, May 11, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
  • What is trauma?
  • Trauma and the nervous system
  • Trauma and memory, learning and behaviour
  • Activators and dysregulation
  • (Co)regulation strategies

Webinar #2: Establishing Trauma-wise Practice

Thursday, May 18, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
  • Cultural humility & responsiveness
  • Establishing (felt) safety
  • Redirecting the trauma story
  • Supporting resilience
  • Risk and vulnerability for growth and empowerment

Webinar #3: Vicarious Trauma & Resilience

Thursday, May 25, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
  • Stress, burnout, empathic strain and vicarious trauma
  • Workplace & practitioner risk and resilience
  • Emotional labour
  • Boundaries and transitions
  • Assessing control
  • Holistic wellness

CERIC PAID webinars are now hosted on the Zoom Event platform! Learn about the changes in our FAQ.

Kari McCluskey is the Co-ordinator of the Vicarious Trauma and Resilience Initiative at Aurora Family Therapy Centre in Winnipeg, MB. In this role, she provides training, consultation and support to those who witness the stories of Canadian newcomers. Since the program’s inception in April 2018, she has facilitated hundreds of workshops for participants across the country. Kari holds several certificates in trauma response, including Harvard Medical School’s Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery, and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. Kari was also a contributor to the CERIC guide Bridging Two Worlds: Supporting Newcomer and Refugee Youth written by Dr. Jan Stewart and Dr. Lorna Martin.

Vicarious Trauma & Resilience Initiative | Aurora Family Therapy Centre