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Trauma Aware Communication: March 2024


Monday, March 18, 2024 - Monday, March 25, 2024

9:30 AM - 12 PM (Weekly)

Online via Zoom  

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Learn trauma-informed communication strategies

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Being aware of how trauma presents in people is a critical skill for anyone, including family support professionals. In this workshop, we will learn about ourselves, explore how we perceive and filter information, and learn communication strategies that are based on understanding trauma.

In the first part of this workshop, we will create the foundation for our time together. We will share our understanding of trauma (our personal and societal views) and we will look at the concept of a “spectrum of trauma.” We will briefly explore self-compassion and how this approach is a powerful ally and tool for better communication.

In the second part of the workshop, we will experiment with somatic witnessing, or becoming aware of body sensations (for example, a tightness in the stomach) and how this may relate to trauma. We will examine emotions, needs, and feelings, as well as communication styles and cognitive distortions, (all of nothing thinking, mental filtering, mind reading, and more). Through self-compassion and non-judgemental activities, participants will be able to see how information is filtered and perceived, and how this can affect communication.

Past participants have shared that this workshop has highlighted the importance of personal responsibility in communication. Others have shared that it helped make a positive shift in their workplace as employees/co-workers started to communicate differently, using "I language," and a better understanding of how they are communicating and perceiving information.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the role that we play as the professional individual in trauma aware communication 
  • To recognize your personal “triggers” and how to separate that from your current  situation 
  • To learn how to be self-compassionate and curious (rather than judgemental) as you become aware of your cognitive distortions and communication style
  • To become aware of communication styles and how to be a responsible communicator
  • To acquire skills on how to be mindful with information, internal dialogue, and how one communicates information

Dates and Times

Monday, March 18 and Monday, March 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST. 

About the Facilitator

Kate Toye is a self-compassion coach who weaves together mindfulness, wellness, somatic and intuitive coaching with self-compassion, Compassionate Inquiry and Internal Family Systems to support her clients in her private practice. Kate has a love of learning and continues to enroll in courses to grow her knowledge and the ability to support her clients. Her greatest teachers are her three kids. Self-compassion and compassionate inquiry have transformed who she is and how she is with her kids, her partner, her parents and herself. Kate loves to share with anyone wanting to create stronger relationships with themselves and their loved ones. 

Her certifications include: 

  • Certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner-a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Dr. Gabor Mate 
  • Certified Mindfulness, Somatic, Wellness Coach-Mindfulness Coaching School Certified ACC Coach-International Coaching Federation 
  • Dual Certification Intuitive/Life Coach-Atmana Academy 
  • Integrative Somatic Parts Work Certificate-The Embody Lab

The price of this workshop is per-person.

This training will be taking place via Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link to join the session.