Beyond the Cycle of Trauma Institute

Practical Neurobiology-Based Tools, Skills and Resources for Community-based Healing from Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

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About Us


Surviving Trauma can be a confusing struggle for many, either in our daily lives, in our work, our interactions with others.   Working with individuals with a history of significant trauma  can also be a challenge for many physicians, nurses, administrators,  front-line workers, teachers, employers, foster or adoptive parents. All too often, how we feel like reacting to difficult interactions, or how we think we should react, only deepens the cycle of pain when one of us has had Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) or significant trauma in our past.

We are a non-profit organization of health professionals and those in the healthcare fields dedicated to providing affordable and practical neurobiology-based education and resources to empower health care workers (physicians, nurses, administrators, or anyone working in the healthcare), counsellors, teachers parents, workers, professionals, organizations, and communities that work with the after-effects of trauma. We develop simple tools to help people understand what they are seeing and feeling in order to better respond to stressful situations, decrease the chance of contributing to trauma cycles, improve their resiliency, and strengthen one's chances of reaching past the cycle of trauma.

Physicians who have attended previous Beyond the Cycle of Trauma Institute (BeytCot) workshops or courses who are interested in attending advanced training in Trauma or train-the-trainer education with us will need to apply for Membership. For more information, please contact:  Info@beyond-the-cycle-of-trauma.org

We also offer courses  for organizations wishing to improve inter-collegial and front-line interactions, as well as to develop a standard for their professionals or workers in trauma-informed practice. All profits are used to continue supporting this education through Beyond the Cycle of Trauma Institute (BeytCot) Workshops, Courses and Resources.

For workshop requests, contact us at:
Info@beyond-the-cycle-of-trauma.org



Current Presenters:
* Erika Cheng, MD CCFP FCFP


Testimonials


Workshops/Courses


Past Events

Title Date Location
Essentials of Reaching Past the Cycle of Trauma: Part 1 of Healing Trauma 10 Sep 2020 Marpole Oakridge Family Place
Teaching Past the Cycle of Trauma - Introductory Course, Session #7 22 Jun 2020 Online Event
Essentials of Reaching Past the Cycle of Trauma: Part 1 of Healing Trauma 28 Feb 2020 Marpole Oakridge Family Place
Trauma-Informed Practice Secrets for the Difficult Encounter and SOOS 27 Feb 2020 Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminister, Vancouver Fraser Academic Teaching, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Teaching Past the Cycle of Trauma 21 Jan 2020 School District 49
Trigger Management for Moving Past the Cycle of Trauma (Part 1): Intensive Case Management Program Series, Session#2 06 Nov 2019 Bella Coola General Hospital
Resiliency & Practice Enhancement through Trigger Managment & Understanding Complex Trauma 01 Nov 2019 Vancouver Convention Centre, FMF 2019
Neurobiologically-based Approaches to the "Difficult" Patient - session T65 in FMF 2019 31 Oct 2019 Vancouver Convention Centre, FMF 2019
Moving Past the Cycle of Triggers – Essential Skills for Foster/Adoptive Parenting 22 Oct 2019 Marpole Oakridge Family Place, Vancouver B.C.
How Trauma is Held in the Body Part 1: The Window of Receptivity for Parenting Past the Cycle of Trauma 22 Oct 2019 Marpole Oakridge Family Place
Neurobiology for Effective TIP Teaching (morning); Dissociation -- Why it Matters in Health Care (afternoon) 10 Oct 2019 Lauener Room, VGH Campus
Building Foundations of Mental & Social Health & Resiliency -- Session 1 12 Jun 2019 Marpole Oakridge Family Place 8188 Lord Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Neurobiology for Effective TIP Teaching (morning); Dissociation -- Why it Matters in Health Care (afternoon) - Copy 16 Apr 2019 VCH Trauma-Informed Practice Committee
Trauma-Informed Practice Secrets for the Difficult Encounter and SOOS 21 Mar 2019 Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminister, Vancouver Fraser Academic Teaching, UBC Faculty of Medicine
Defiance, Disrespect and Other Triggers 19 Feb 2019 Nutsatsum Elementary, School District 49, Bella Coola, B.C.
The Brain and Trauma 19 Feb 2019 Nutsatsum Elementary, School District 49, Bella Coola, B.C.
Brain-Based Behaviour Management/Re-Modelling 19 Feb 2019 Nutsatsum Elementary, School District 49, Bella Coola, B.C.
Healing Past the Cycle of Trauma 03 Feb 2019 Bella Coola Medical Clinic, Bella Coola Chapter of Division of Rural & Remote Family Practice
"I didn't know my learner was suicidal!" Neurobiologically based Tools and TIPS for teaching "Learners at Risk" 03 Feb 2019 Bella Coola Medical Clinic, Bella Coola, B.C.
Neurobiologically based Approach to the "Difficult" Patient 03 Feb 2019 Bella Coola Medical Clinic, Bella Coola, B.C.
Foundations to Supporting Parenting Past the Cycle of Trauma 28 Nov 2018 Marpole Oakridge Family Place, Vancouver, B.C., BC Association of Family Resource Programs Guest Speaker.
The Astute Clinician -- When the Learner is Triggered 20 Nov 2018 University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C, Island Medical Program
Neurobiologically-Based Approaches to the "Difficult" Patient - Part I of Understanding Complex Trauma 16 Nov 2018 Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Family Medicine Forum 2018
"I didn't know my learner was suicidal!!" - Neurobiologically based tools and tips for approach to the learner 'at risk' 08 Nov 2018 University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Island Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine UBC
The Difficult Learner, Approach to the Trigger Factor 06 Nov 2018 University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Island Medical Program
Mind-Reading for a Trauma-Informed Approach to the Difficult Encounter 04 Sep 2018 Sir Alexander Mackenzie School, School District 49, Bella Coola, B.C.
Foundations of Mental Health for Building Brain-Friendly Strategies 04 Sep 2018 Sir Alexander Mackenzie School, School District 49, Bella Coola, B.C.

For Physicians and Nurses


  • 17/02/2020 06:50 PM

There are multiple reasons why an ACE score of zero can be a false negative, occurring in someone with a high ACE or high severe Trauma load suffering from consequences of that trauma. Studies that claim an absence of harm from administration of ACE questionnaires also often have a frequency of between 5-30% of participants who report feeling negative from being asked (Jaffe et al). However, unlike our office practice, many if not most studies also provide participants with rapid followup and access to counselling if needed after an ACE or Trauma questionnaire is administered.

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  • 13/10/2019 06:52 PM

Standard Trauma-Informed Practice recommendations that is commonly taught, or written about, provides a helpful start to learning about trauma-informed approaches, but can sometimes backfire when applied universally -- in other words, does, at times, retraumatize patients or clients. Read of one example of a "hole" in standard TIP in this blog.

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Reaching Past the Cycle of Trauma Film Series


DVDs and Books (For workshops, see "EVENTS" or "Banff 2021" page)


Learn More: Dissociation


Learn More: Dissociation
What Could Dissociation Look Like?

A student asks her teacher questions about a test one day, but the next day, she insists that she didn't know about there being a test at all. The teacher wonders why the student is lying.

A child is fine one moment, but suddenly, with no warning, starts screaming, hitting and yelling mean words. The parent or teacher wonders if the child is being manipulative.

A patient regularly books appointments a week in advance, yet frequently fails to show up. The doctor feels taken advantage of.

A person is tired of other people telling him he lied, stole, yelled, or said things that he is sure he did not say because he has no memory of doing any of these. He wonders why people don't believe him and is getting quite annoyed.

Although the above examples are familiar to many and may often be attributed to other causes such as "difficult behavior", they are all, in fact, common examples of dissociative behavior.

What is Dissociation?
Dissociation is one of the brain's ways to protect itself from overwhelm. At its mildest form, it occurs in all of us -- for example, when we read a fascinating book and become unaware of the time or what is happening in the room around us. With childhood trauma, the brain's natural ability to dissociate often expands to include disconnections to parts of one's memory, identity, experiences, body sensations, sensory perceptions, or consciousness. At first, the brain might dissociate to protect a child or adult from the overwhelm of inescapable danger, such as in situations of abuse, neglect, or other traumas. However, with time, it can occur more easily, even in situations that are not dangerous. The once helpful, protective mechanism of the brain can then lead to problems for people who are dissociative, and for their interactions with others.

To learn more about dissociation, see the short films, "The Window of Learning", and "Here/Hear to Heal", or  follow this link: https://www.isst-d.org/resources/dissociation-faqs/

Therapists treating children with dissociation may find EMDR Canada's short interview of Child Dissociation Therapist, Sandra Wieland, Ph.D, to be a helpful summary of approach:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0kg78_u9xY



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Hannah Le Bouder

Co-Founding Member, Youth Representive

Erika Cheng

Executive Director, Chair Board of Directors, Physician

Katherine Celia (K.C.) Scott

Drug and Alcohol Outreach Worker and Counsellor

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