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Trauma Resiliency Training

In TRT, trauma resiliency is the result of individuals and organizations working together in an ongoing effort to manage the effects of trauma exposure.

Trauma-exposed professionals are highly trained individuals working in both military and public safety roles that include, but are not limited to, first responders, dispatchers, search and rescue specialists and others. The nature of trauma-exposed professional work necessitates ongoing, repeated, and serial exposures to traumatic events where individuals perform their duties according to current best practices and guidelines in their chosen professions (e.g., military, police, firefighter, paramedic etc.).

Despite having extensive and intensely focused training in many facets of the job, one area that trauma-exposed professionals do not tend to receive adequate training in is in recognizing, managing, and addressing the common and predictable effects of exposure to traumatic events. The Trauma Resiliency Training (TRT) program, developed at the University of Victoria, fills this gap in professional training for trauma exposed workers and organizations.

The Foundations of TRT

The amount of information available on trauma and its effects is overwhelming. The TRT has been designed, piloted and tested to provide the most relevant information to trauma-exposed professionals and organizations so that non-mental health professionals can understand what is being taught quickly and apply it instantly to their personal experiences as a trauma-exposed professional.

The Foundations of the TRT are:




The TRT curriculum speaks to the lived experiences of trauma-exposed professionals in a way that participants recognize how the work they do impacts them in small and large ways. Participants learn that traumatization is not an inevitable consequence of exposure to trauma, but rather an ongoing risk of the job that, when managed, reduces the likelihood one will be injured. Participants learn the basic skills of trauma management to begin using immediately.


Q: What are the peers trained to deliver?

A: The TRT Peer Team are provided with all of the content necessary to deliver a 1.5hr training on the fundamentals of trauma resiliency (i.e. a PowerPoint presentation, manual, etc.).

Q: Who can attend the training?

A: Peers who are viewed by both colleagues and supervisors as suitable to the training due to personal qualities, reputation, verbal skills and leadership potential.

Q: Do TRT Peer Team members need to have formal mental health training?

A: No. The TRT curriculum is designed to be delivered by lay-persons with no formal training. The unique contributions TRT Peer Team members bring is how they relate to the information as trauma-exposed professionals in the organization.

Q: How many peers can be trained at one time?

A: With 2 TRT Facilitators per training, up to 24 peers can be trained at a time.

Q: What about follow-up for the TRT Peer Team?

A: The Peer Team will need to receive up to two debriefings per year to address any questions coming up in their presentations. This will help ensure the maintenance of consistent curriculum delivery.

Q: Who should I contact?

A: Contact Wounded Warriors Canada for more information or to book a TRT training.



Dr. Tim Black, R. Psych. is an Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria who specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military to Civilian Transition and group counselling approaches. He has been working with the Canadian military and veteran community as a clinician and researcher for 20 years, has co-developed national programs for veterans in transition, and is the co-founder and lead researcher of the Wounded Warriors COPE (Couples Overcoming PTSD Every Day) Program. Tim has trained psychologists and counselling clinicians across Canada to work with veterans and is training the next generation of counsellors at the University of Victoria to understand issues related to veterans and their families in transition from military to civilian life.



Alex Sterling MA, RCC holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and she recognizes that people are highly interconnected, both internally (body, mind, emotions and spirit) and externally (to our families, history, culture, and systems). Alex has worked extensively in promoting trauma informed work environments and is a senior facilitator for the Wounded Warriors Canada COPE Program.


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