Traumed Informed Career Development Practice

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This two-day Trauma Informed Career Development Practice workshop provides career development professionals with informed skills and strategies to identify challenges and tangible tools to work effectively with individuals who have a history of trauma and are engaging in career development. 

This workshop is not intended to train CDPs to diagnose trauma in their clients.  It is intended to provide CDPs with the tools they need to work with clients who may have a history of trauma and who are engaging in Career Development activities. This is an interactive workshop that deals directly with trauma material.  Please note, some students may find some of the material triggering.  We will address this in the workshop and it should be known to students before they are enrolled.

Topics Covered

Day 1 Impacts of Trauma on Career Development & Defining Trauma Informed Career Development Practice
• What causes trauma
• The impact of trauma on the body and mind
• The ways trauma impacts the processes of career development
• Places to learn more about trauma
• The definition of “Trauma-Informed Career Development Practice”
• Guiding principles for trauma-informed care
• Introducing the concept of ‘dosing’.

Day 2 Trauma Informed Strategies for Career Practitioners
• Strategies to create trauma-informed spaces
• Tactics to tailor the dose of an intervention to the client
• Creating trauma-informed dialogues
• Use of language and timing in working with clients with trauma
• Creating conversations that lead to results
• Following up on interventions in trauma-informed ways
• Vicarious trauma and plans for self-care for Career Development Practitioners


Course Number:CFCC 1070

Course Name:Trauma Informed Practice for CDPs


Tuition:$495.00, all materials are included

Dates & Times:June 4 & 5 2020 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: New Westminster Campus, 700 Royal Ave

To Register:Call the CE Registration Office at 604-527-5472 or register online with your Douglas College myAccount (student ID required)

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Presenter Biographies

Seanna Quressette, MEd, CCDP, is a trained Trauma Therapist who also has over 30 years of experience in the Career Development sector.  Seanna is the Coordinator of Continuing Education at Douglas College in the Faculty of Child Family and Community Studies and works in private practice. She brings to her workshop experience, knowledge and expertise in both trauma work and career development.

Catherine Hajnal, PhD, is an educator with over 25 years of experience creating learning environments that foster a deeper understanding of the human condition.  With a specialization in the losses inherent in life’s many transitions, Catherine facilitates exploration of the process of grieving and its transformative potential. She completed her doctoral work in Human Factors Engineering at the University of Wisconsin exploring the intersection of occupational safety, health and well-being, and the design of work.