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Trauma Aware Communication: October 2022


Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - Tuesday, October 25, 2022

9:30 AM - 12 PM

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 family support professionals. In this workshop, we will 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 discuss the 10 most common ways we interpret events. Participants will learn to understand how trauma can affect the way people filter information and lead to cognitive distortions (for example, all-or-nothing thinking, mental filtering, and mind-reading). Through self-compassion and non-judgemental, experimental “playing” with these distortions, participants will be able to see how information is filtered and perceived.
The second part of this workshop will examine communication styles, including a high-level introduction to non-violent communication, as well as "I language" and "demands vs. requests." Participants will also explore mindful communication techniques.
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 learn what cognitive distortions are, and which ones resonate for participants
  • To learn how to be self-compassionate and curious (rather than judgemental) as they become aware of their 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

Tuesday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 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, self-compassion, Compassionate Inquiry, and Internal Family Systems to support her clients in her private practice. She is a certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner, a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Gabor Mate, and is a certified Mindfulness, Wellness, and Somatic Coach through the Mindfulness Coaching School. 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 a stronger relationship with themselves and their loved ones. 


Registration will close on 11th. The cost is per person. 

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