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Helping the Helper Help

‘those that help others’ must deal with their own emotional distress and turmoil that they may find themselves wading through.


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Workshops help helpers gain victory over their vicarious traumatization and burn-out symptoms. Workshops also teach basic skills and provide tools for people working with traumatized people and trauma groups. Workshops can either be organized on-site, to support helpers in the midst of their trauma work, or afterwards, to help them to debrief their experiences.

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The aim of the training modules is to equip first responders to prevent PTSD and vicarious traumatization. The course introduces the concepts of vicarious traumatization, compassion fatique, PTSD, burn-out, and self-care.

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Refugee Trauma Training modules equip volunteers and mental health professionals working with traumatized refugees. The course introduces the basics of refugee experience, refugee trauma/PTSD symptoms/implications, story-telling and creative arts therapy techniques, and self-care implications of helpers. All 8 modules can be taught in 4 days workshop or separately, based on the participants’/organizations’ needs.

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Refugee Trauma Training

Migri; immigration Finland. Turvapsikkayksikot. Oikeus- ja tukipalvelut. Refugee Trauma training. April 16,2018:

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Training for social and health care personnel

Migri immigration Finland. Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. April 17,2018

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3 Day Continuing Education Refugee Trauma 101 Workshop

April 8-10, 2016. Wilfred Laurier University Waterloo campus. Learn more: https://www.morethanbread.org/refugee-trauma-101-april-2016/

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Society for Pastoral Care and Counselling – Conference 2017

Using music as a tool of trauma psychotherapy presented by Heidi Ahonen PhD, RP, MTA, FAMI. Friday May 12, 2017

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Walking the Boundaries, Bridging the Gaps: International Community Music Conference

UK-based York St. John University International Centre for Community Music (ICCM) and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LCMC) invite you for a weekend conference exploring perspectives on the impact of music in a variety of community sectors at the International Community Music Conference. May 11 to 13, 2017 Heidi Ahonen: Processing Refugee […]

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Society for Pastoral Care and Counseling – Conference 2017

SPCR 2017 Conference Theme ‘Trauma: Body, Mind, and Spirit’ The Society for Pastoral Care and Counseling (SPCR) is an unaffiliated and a registered charitable organization devoted to advancing the practice of Pastoral Care and Counseling. The Society responds to the need for a forum wherein spiritual practitioners may share and exchange experiences and ideas emerging […]

Poster for 2017 Lunch-and-Learn Speaker Series featuring Music Therapy: Alternative Approaches to Psychotherapy
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Music Therapy: Alternative Approaches to Psychotherapy

Join us for the fourth and final event in our 2017 Lunch-and-Learn Speaker Series! Topic: Music Therapy Speaker: Heidi Ahonen, PhD, RP, MTA, FAMI. Psychotherapy: Alternative Approaches A lunch-and-learn speaker series for those wishing to explore different approaches to therapy – for professionals and students of psychotherapy, social work, psychology, or related fields. Music existed […]