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Trauma education to benefit community, BBCOC

Trauma and resilience training is being seen as an important step to deal with what society has experienced in the last two years. That advice comes as local social workers and counsellors did a deep dive into trauma therapy both on a personal level and as a means to better serve their clients.

Riley Gilroyed with Beyond Borders Circle of Change sees the importance of the one-day training.

“We have this opportunity for collaboration and growth to invest in our community’s mental health and wellbeing. It’s our hope that being trauma educated will help support and strengthen our community.”

The cross section of participants spanned the school divisions, health authorities and community groups in the social services sector.

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Gilroyed welcomed the opportunity for their sector to interact with this information and gain skilled insight to healing strategies.

“In terms of people overcoming trauma, it’s so important that we view it as everyone that goes through trauma is aware of the support that is available and is aware that it’s ok to reach out for help.”

Gilroyed noted the community demand for the training as about 100 professionals are participating and there’s still a waiting list of about 30 people.

The Trauma – Counselling Strategies for Healing and Resilience workshop was conducted through the Canadian Mental Health Association with support from the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation and the Lloydminster & District Co-op.

Lloydminster mental health community supports are available online.

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