Learning Materials

Learning Materials

This section of the portal presents learning materials related to the notions of childhood trauma and trauma-informed practices.

Books & Articles

Cruel but Not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families

Created by Ramona Alaggia & Cathy Vine.

Cruel but Not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families is the first book to offer a national survey of the latest research and practice, and it reflects on the patriarchal roots and societal conditions in Canada that have led to the long-standing abuse of women and children. While feminist theories provide an overarching framework, a broad range of approaches is offered to examine and respond to critical aspects of this serious social problem.

Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment

Created by Dr. Paul Frewen, Dr. Ruth Lanius, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and Dr. David Spiegel.

This book discusses the neurobiology behind emotional states and presents exercises for developing self-awareness. It also includes case studies, detailed instructions for clinicians, and handouts ready for use in assessment/therapy with patients/clients. 

Ma sexualité, c'est une question de respect : brisons le silence ! = My Sexuality, It’s About Respect : Break the Silence!

Created by Wanda Gabriel.

This book, both written in French and English, is for anyone interested in learning about sexual assault. People who have been victims, or who have committed sexual assaults, as well as their relatives, will find information to guide them towards recovery and a healthy sexuality. This workbook not only contains pointers to better understand the dynamics of sexual assault and how the legacy of colonization and its ongoing impacts have created an imbalance in our relationships, but it also provides an Indigenous perspective on what is happening.

Income Support May Reduce Violence for Poor Families

Created by Katherine Maurer,

This article provides information on how poverty and income instability may increase risks of violence in families. It also presents ways to overcome this situation. 


Complexly Traumatized Children and Youth: Increasing Knowledge and Improving Practices ($)

In this workshop, Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina reviews the individual, familial, social and cultural factors that have influence over the appearance of long term side effects following repeated trauma; she presents, in detail, the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Model; (ARC, Kinniburgh, Blaustein, Spinazzola & van der Kolk, 2005). This model is inspired by attachment and resilience theories, and puts into practice psychoeducational and cognitive behavioural techniques, focusing on strengths and adaptation capabilities of the child and their family. This course is intended for healthcare workers who wish to identify and serve youth with a history of multiple abuse. 

- Created by Porte-Voix - Formations continues en santé mentale. 

VEGA Family Violence Education Resources ($)

This project has created pan-Canadian, evidence-based guidance and education resources to assist healthcare and social service providers in recognizing and responding safely to family violence. VEGA focuses on three main types of family violence: child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and children’s exposure to intimate partner violence. VEGA has developed an online platform of education resources comprised of learning modules (e.g., care pathways, scripts, how-to videos), interactive educational scenarios and a handbook. These will equip healthcare and social service providers (including students) in addressing the needs of those who may have experienced family violence. 

- Created by Project VEGA - McMaster University. 

Videos & Webinars

Kanieke’ha:ke Social Worker Wanda Gabriel on Trauma

In this video, Dr. Wanda Gabriel discusses intergenerational trauma and how it is perpetrated, trauma-informed responses when working with oppressed individuals and how oppression works. 

- Created by Wanda Gabriel.

Children in Care and Mental Health

In this video, Dr. Jenney presents information about trauma and trauma-informed practices that should be included in interventions. She also gives tools on how professionals can help children who have experienced traumas. 

- Created by CASA Mental Health. 


NCTSN Learning Center

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

This website offers free courses and resources on various aspects of child traumatic stress, including hundreds of webinars, eLearning modules, and videos - many offered for continuing education credit.


Trauma Training Initiative: Information for Health Professionals

Created by the Alberta Health Services.

The purpose of the Trauma Training Initiative is to increase knowledge about trauma and the impact it has by creating connection, sharing knowledge and resources. This website offers resources for individuals who help those impacted by trauma provide patient centred care.