We recognize the unique needs, professional challenges, and ongoing learning and support needs of being in helping, healing or social services professions. The Refuge offers focused consulting and training about complex client issues, practice development, use of self, and providing trauma-informed services.
Please see the sections below for information on the various service we offer:
- Trauma Trainings
Kari Kokko, MSW RSW SEP offers consultations that honour the complex interplay of trauma, somatics, and attachment. She offers a trauma-informed lens on how to approach work in healing professions in ways that are more deeply regulated and effective within your scope of practice. Consultations can be offered in person, by phone or virtual platform, or to staff in groups at your agency or organization.
Somatic Experiencing Students: Kari is currently approved as a training assistant at the beginning and intermediate levels with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. You are welcome to discuss your SE work and learning in consultations with her, although these hours will not count towards your SEP certificate at the present time.
Kaitlin Lindquist, MSW RSW offers individual clinical consultation services to other counselling professionals. She specializes in trauma-informed practice and trauma counselling approaches and theories, however she is also available to provide consultation for general counselling support as well. Kaitlin has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced sexual violence and/or developmental trauma. Consultation can also include use-of-self work, support around vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue, burn out, and navigating systems as professionals when working in environments that are not trauma-informed.
Please note that Kaitlin does not provide consultation specific to EMDR or Somatic Experiencing (SE), but welcomes questions about these approaches for those considering becoming trained in them.
Looking to increase your knowledge and competency in trauma-informed approaches? Kari Kokko offers trainings and workshops for a wide range of professionals who interact with trauma and trauma patterns in their work. Presentations range from 60-90 minute workshops (‘lunch and learn’ style), to half-day, full-day and multi-day formats. To discuss your training needs and Kari’s training options, please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org