Complex Trauma: Though a relational lens

This workshop will support counsellors who are already well versed in the theoretical underpinnings of complex trauma (e.g., window of tolerance, ACE's, difference betweeen PTSD and trauma, etc) and who are looking for something concrete and hands on. This workshop will support your in-the-moment responding to the client and your awareness of of the theoretical reasons WHY you might respond to a client in this way. Together we will review and dicsuss several case studies of clients struggling with PTSD and trauma (individually and in group) and co-create trauma informed ways of supporting them. This workshop will ask you to bring your empathy and sense of intuition as we put ourselves in the clients' place and imagine what it might be like to experience their sense of threat in the moment. From there, we will consider all aspects of the client and begin to formulate a way of responding that prioritizes the relationship and navigates the critical voice and the shame that may follow a client leaving their window of tolerance. We will invite compassion and a relational lens at all moments of the workshop. 

Target Audience



Friday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This session is full.


  • Lavender Counselling
    Carolynn Turner

    I am the founder and Director of Lavender Counselling where we focus on working with clients experiencing the manifestations of complex truama and PTSD.  I am currently part of the Clinical Team for Wounded Warriors Canada delivering the following group therapy programs: COPE (Couple's Overcoming PTSD Everyday) program and the TRP 1 & 2 (Trauma Resiliency Program) and am a co-developer of the SRP (Spousal Resiliency Program). I have served on the board for the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and also served as the Region 5 Chair. I spent 4 years counselling Category H students in School Settings. I have also provided workshops on Trauma Informed School Settings around the provice both on behalf of BCTF and as part of Lavender Counselling's work. 

    I graduated with my MA in Counselling Psychology from UBC following a career teaching at the high school level. I also worked for the President of Anxiety Canada in her personal research lab at UBC.

    I work with a broad range of client issues including: PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, postpartum transition, self harm, suicidal ideation, self esteem, emotion regulation, life transitions, and the effects of childhood emotional neglect in adults.