Erika Cheng is a compassionate and interactive teacher, and her trauma course is so relevant and needed. As a counsellor and a parent I have gleaned many gems from it which help me in both roles, as well as in my own personal journey. Erika facilitates the sessions in a way that also makes some space for participants to learn from each other, as she weaves together the bigger picture of community healing. She has a deep knowledge of the subject of trauma healing, and a motivating passion for it. I have experienced many, many service providers- at all levels- who dearly lack the information that is contained in this course.K.C. Scott: Addiction Counsellor and Parent
I have shown the parent DVD, ‘This is Me Now’, to many parents, and have found it extremely helpful. Because this film was not personally directed at the parent, yet illustrated a broad scope of parenting issues that were shown to come from past traumas, my clients felt safe to be open to examining their own reactions and their causes. This film taught the parents to be compassionate to themselves and suggested ways to overcome their difficulties, and thus create a more positive and happy relationship with their children. For example, one mother, taking the lessons from the film seriously while combining it with my directions for creating a relationship, saved her fifteen year old daughter, shifting her from being labelled ‘manic depressive’ and being admitted to a psychiatric hospital to becoming a real pleasure. Trauma begets trauma, and this film helps parents to stop the cycle of trauma by increasing their awareness and supporting their work on themselves.Channa Poliakoff, MSc: Clinical Sociologist, Family Therapist, Jerusalem
These DVDs are a synthesis of vital information about how people can heal from and understand the impacts of trauma. They are an exceptional piece of work all health practitioners and change agents should integrate into their practice. Also, those impacted by trauma will find the DVDs a source of hope and a great resource for healing.Dr. Sarah Buydens, Ph.D., RCC, Trauma Therapist: Empowering Health Clinic, Victoria B.C. | Click Here for link to Empowering Health Clinic
Excellent workshop! Erika is both knowledgeable and practical in meeting learning needsClaire Heath: Clinical Educator, Public Health. Evergreen Community Health Centre. Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
As a result of this course, I recognize my triggers and try communicating from a place of awareness of those triggers looking at my feelings without judgment. This usually ends up in healthier communication, I noticed, since it is being received better from the staff/individuals. There has become a feeling of closeness, and a feeling that we are trying to communicate in a healthier way. There is a feeling of lightness here in the agency as a result of this course.Teresa McCausland: Executive Director, Bella Coola Community Support Society
This course is fascinating information presented in an effective fashion. The explanations and class practice make the information real and applicable to daily practices and human interactions. The more the ideas and information are put into practice the more the theory presented proves its inestimable value, in both professional relationships, with students and personal relationships. (Teaching Past the Cycle of Trauma, TPCT 201)Khya Saban, Educator: School District 49
Learn some basic essentials for trauma-informed care through the lens of a healthcare provider. This video has been divided into 4 modules for ease of viewing. To be notified should a CME Credit version of this video become available, join the Institute at https://www.beyond-the-cycle-of-trauma.org/general-membershipPress here to read more or to view video
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.Press here to read more or to view video
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.Press here to read more or to view video
It really helped me understand different behaviors which may be interpreted as negative. This will really help on how we can help our front-line staff to understand and develop more compassion with some of the "difficult" parents."Family Support Services - Administrator
Excellent. Two years ago, Dr. Neufeld presented at the FNSA AGM. This was an incredibly valuable follow-up to his presentation and it is SO important for our new staff and a great reminder for all of strategies to support the challenging work we do."School Administrator
It relates so directly to the entire reason we are here, in the teaching profession and it was presented so practically. I look forward to these teachings framing our work and support plans for our students."Teacher
It made me rethink encounters in the past that may have progressed differently had I had this workshop"Teacher
Sooo dynamic and brain-teasing! Engaging and will change my approach to difficult/vulnerable patients Thousand thanks!!"Physician
Felt like I learned a lot today. Material/knowledge that is applicable to my everyday experience as a teacher."Teacher
It was very informative, engaging and very helpful for working with families. Dr. Cheng was very easy to understand Beautiful slides /simplified very complex info beautifully. Great/useful information."Family Support Services - Manager
Something I can use personally, professionally, and to help others."Teacher
Should be required for all doctors/students/residents... Totally helpful!Physician
Relevant to most patients seen each day in this community. Great review of reasons patients respond the way they do and how we can check our own reactions, etc. Good for capacity-building in our team here."Physician
Before I knew what I was supposed to be doing, but now I know why. Giving it purpose – ie Zones of regulation."Teacher
Excellent excellent presentation that every family physician and resident should see!!Physician
Great presentation! Patient cases and real life experiences were very captivating."Nurse
Thank you so much. Your energy and enthusiasm and kindness really shines throughNurse
Exceptional in contents and speakerPhysician
Executive Director, Physician
Erika Cheng is a Family Physician who does emergency, hospital and clinic work. She also served for many years as the local medical director, and provides Trauma-and Dissociation-focused psychotherapy. Her areas of interest includes ways to positively shift the negative dynamics that often occurs when those who have experienced early relational trauma intersect with healthcare, educational and other services – dynamics leading to increased stress and burnout for providers, and worsened outcomes and retraumatization in Survivors. It was this interest that led to her passion for teaching frontline workers brain-based, healing-aligned skills for working more effectively with people who have a history of trauma. She is also the Executive Producer and co-writer of the “Reaching Past the Cycle of Trauma” © series of short films, and serves as Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Beyond the Cycle of Trauma Institute.
Certified Addiction Counsellor
As a certified addiction counsellor, and with her experience as a Drug & Alcohol Outreach Worker, K.C. has transformed her lived experience into a positive force for healing past the cycle of trauma. She has provided addiction prevention teaching at schools, and hosted youth support groups. She actively advocates for improved community and healthcare provider knowledge and skills on how to work more effectively and compassionately with individuals with a lived experience of complex or intergenerational trauma.
Dr. Amber Bacenas is a family physician who provides full service primary care in hospital, clinic, and emergency medicine. She has also held, and continues to hold, a variety of medical leadership positions. Having lived lived and worked most of her life in rural/remote Canada, she is passionate about improving healthcare delivery in rural communities. She believes trauma-informed practice and cultural competency are vital to medical education.
Co-Founding Director, Medical Student
Hannah Le Bouder is particularly passionate about connecting youth who are survivors of childhood trauma to the community support they need to reach past the cycle of trauma. During Senior High, she created a Youth Peer Counselling Group with the aim of creating a safe space for youth who were struggling with emotional issues to find support from one other. She is currently pursuing a Medical Degree through the University of British Columbia after having received her undergraduate training in Behavioural Neurosciences.
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