This workshop is designed to provide knowledge, increase understanding, develop ideas and strategies for responding to trauma. Trauma informed practice is a strengths-based framework grounded in both an understanding and skilled responsiveness to the impact of trauma.
Alyson Quinn (MSW) has been an adjunct professor at UBC School of Social work for 7 years and has recently taught in the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology. She has been a counsellor for 30 years specializing in group therapy, trauma therapy, and conflict resolution. She is a clinical counsellor with a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Conflict Resolution from Royal Roads University. Alyson has taught students in a Trauma Informed Counselling class, in a Group work class, and in Social Work Integrative Seminars and has a great deal of experience as an individual and couple’s counsellor. Alyson is the Director of the Trauma informed Practice Institute where she delivers, along with colleagues, workshops on Trauma informed Practice. She is an author of 5 published books and a chapter in Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work Education in the 21st Century where she outlines her pedagogy for an Integrative Practice. Her books including her latest book Heal Trauma: How to Feel it, Unlock Patterns and Release it can be found on these websites alysonquinnwrites.com.www.traumainformedpracticeinstitute.com
Taj Dhanoa RCC, MA, BSc (Hons) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), she is a member of the BCACC (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors). Taj has 2 degrees in Psychology, as well as a background in neuroscience and has published several research papers in the world’s top scientific journals. Taj has worked both independently and as a member of several inter-disciplinary mental health teams within the health authorities, including the UBC Mood Disorders centre for over 10 years. She provides a range of evidence-based psychotherapy and counselling services from a person-centred, strengths-based and trauma informed perspective.
Taj is engaged in therapeutic work as an individual and group therapist, a researcher as well as a clinical instructor. Her work focuses on chronic pain, anxiety, bipolar disorder, problems with emotion regulation, trauma and the many issues affecting quality of life.