Trauma-Informed Training for Service Providers

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PIRS has been committed to trauma-informed practice since its early days. We recognize the high levels of stress and trauma experienced by immigrant and refugee women and their children pre, post and during the migration process.

Our approach is rooted in deep community work and is built on listening to and responding to the needs of our participants with compassion, courage, and accountability. PIRS’s dedication has been recognized with numerous awards over the years.

Research, training and resources are needed for educators and social services practitioners to better understand the effects of migration trauma and how community-based programming can be a safe space for healing. To achieve this, we provide customized workshops, webinars, and resource guides on trauma-informed practice in settlement and social service organizations:

Resource guides

PIRS guides offer practical strategies, resources, and ideas that can be integrated into classroom and community settings in order to support immigrants and refugees who have experienced trauma.

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Public webinars and presentations

Building Foundation for Feminist Recovery: Trauma-informed and Healing-centered Approach to Settlement Programming for Immigrant and Refugee Women

At the 2022 IRCC BC/Yukon Summit hosted by AMSSA, PIRS presented the emerging challenges facing immigrant and refugee women because of COVID-19 pandemic and the work we do to meet the challenges. Our focus was to present a trauma-informed healing-centered approach that is based on the principles of connection, meaning and control.

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Trauma-informed practice training

Over the years of designing and delivering community programs for immigrant and refugee women and their children in the settlement context, PIRS developed Trauma-Informed Practice Training. Anyone working with vulnerable populations can implement the learnings across a variety of community settings.

We deliver the training in a workshop format, weaving together relevant theory and practical strategies that service providers can easily implement in community programs and other settings. Our facilitators also guide conversations to help participants develop attainable practices to address their own unique needs.

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Example topics:

  • Understanding Trauma, its Impact and Effects
  • What does it mean to be Trauma-Informed?
  • PIRS Approach: Developing Control, Connection and Meaning
  • Post-Traumatic Growth and Resilience
  • Self-Care for Practitioners

Training Approach

We recognize that trauma can be a sensitive topic for many. We have found that it is better to go slowly to allow the learnings to be digested and integrated more effectively. The training is designed to not only deliver information, but also to have time to connect, self-care and share reflections because in our experience this makes it more potent. This is why we recommend a longer duration: at least 2.5 hours, with our recommendation being a half-day or a full-day training.


Facilitators who deliver the training are themselves front-line workers, instructors and managers with experience of designing, delivering and managing programs that use trauma-informed approaches. They can help brainstorm, find and integrate practices that will be better suited to your specific organizational needs.

Delivery Format

PIRS Trauma-Informed Practice Training can be delivered online or in-person, depending on the needs and preference of the organization.

Book a training workshop

For more information and to book the training for your team, please contact us using one of these ways:



Phone: 604-298-5888

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