This 2-day training is a highly experiential session based on the principles of transformative learning, transformative change, and neuroplasticity. The key focus is on developing skills as a facilitator of the adult group process, for adults who have been traumatized by childhood sexual abuse. The session has been referenced by people on the local, national, and international levels, who work in the field of trauma and abuse. 

Topics discussed include:

  • Power of personal narrative
  • Exploring shame, guilt, vulnerability, and trust
  • Transformational learning practices
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Nuances of group dynamics

The next workshop date(s):  October 14 & 15, 2020 ONLINE via ZOOM, 2pm to 7pm EST

Cost: $150 per person 

Forms of payment accepted: Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, or cheque made out to The Gatehouse 3101 Lakeshore Blvd W., Toronto, ON, M8V 3W8. You will be sent an invoice via PayPal. Choose pay by credit card to pay with Visa or MasterCard if you do not have a PayPal account.

Certificate: A PDF certificate of completion is provided to all attendees.

To register: Contact Stephanie Alves via email by clicking here. Email is stephanie@thegatehouse.org

Trainer Bios

Maria Barcelos, MA Counselling Psychology, BA Justice Studies, HR Management Diploma, ASIST​ – Maria is the Executive Director at The Gatehouse and an avid believer in the principles of transformative community justice.  She values building safer communities through collaborative knowledge sharing, idea and process formulation, and implementation.  Maria is an honors graduate of the Yorkville University Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, a high honors graduate of the University of Guelph-Humber BA Justice Studies, recipient of the Virginia Grey Medal for Academic Achievement, an honors graduate of George Brown College’s HR Management Diploma program. Maria volunteers her time in the community as part of an advisory panel in the Community Development Program at Humber College Lakeshore campus. Maria also volunteers her time as an Advisory member to The Canadian Centre for Men and Families Family Shelter Advisory Board.  Maria is also a founding member of the Centre for Transformative Social Change, a collaborative project between The Gatehouse and Humber College Faculty of Community and Social Services Faculty members and students. Maria is also registered as a Qualifying Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

Paula Cordeiro, MA Counselling Psychology, BA Criminal Justice, Police Foundations Diploma, Mediation Training Certificate, ASIST Trainer​ – Paula coordinates various programs and services at The Gatehouse including Child Abuse Investigation Support, Partner’s support program offered for the partners/support persons of childhood sexual abuse (C.S.A.) survivors, and the Young Adult Program, offered for C.S.A. survivors, ages 18-24 years old.  Paula provides individual and group sessions for C.S.A. survivors.  She also delivered groups with The Etobicoke Children’s Centre.  As a proponent of self-care measures, Paula is a Lead Meditation Training Facilitator at The Gatehouse, where she provides moving meditation, deep breathing and guided imagery meditation training sessions to participants (e.g., individually and/or within the support group process).  In addition to her work at The Gatehouse, Paula is also a Registered Trainer for LivingWorks Education in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).  In addition to her professional work, she often contributes her time on a volunteer basis in the community, including having volunteered at the Etobicoke Children’s Centre Walk In counselling services, and previously volunteered with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Canada (MCSCS) in the Probation and Parole sector, the United Nations – Toronto Branch, and Legal Graffiti Art Mural projects in the community. Paula is often a guest speaker on behalf of The Gatehouse at various post-secondary presentations about our programs and services and the impact of childhood sexual abuse.

Stephanie Alves, BA Criminal Justice, Police Foundations Diploma, Mediation Training Certificate, & ASIST  – Stephanie is the Adult Program Coordinator for the women’s groups at The Gatehouse, where she organizes the adult group programs.  Stephanie provides individual and group support sessions for CSA survivors and persons with dual history (survivor and offender).  In addition to her professional work, she frequently contributes her time in the community through volunteering with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Canada (MCSCS) in the Probation and Parole sector, and previously volunteered with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto. Stephanie is often a guest speaker on behalf of The Gatehouse at various post-secondary presentations about our programs and services and the impact of childhood sexual abuse. 

Arthur Lockhart, MEd.Founder Emeritus, ​The Gatehouse, Ret. Professor, Humber College – Over past years, Arthur has held the position of Chair of The School of Social and Community Services, as well as Chair of Board of Directors of The Gatehouse. Arthur is Founder Emeritus of the award-winning charitable organization: The Gatehouse, and Co-Founder of The Centre for Transformative Social Change. Arthur founded the Annual International Transforming Trauma into Triumph Conference. Arthur provides training and organizational transformation consultation on the local, national and internal levels. At the core of his workshops are the human spirit, humor, trauma transformation and transformative social change. Arthur is the recipient of a number of awards for his work in the fields of education and community social justices, including: Canada’s Top 50 Champions of Change, Order of Canada Nominee, Innovator of the Year Award, Student Teacher Appreciation Awards, Community Builder Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Toronto Mayor’s Community Safety Award Nominee, Lakeshore Community Building Award of Merit, Youth Impact Award, Inaugural Purple Door Award, Paul Harris Fellow, Inaugural Distinguished Community Service Award, Probation and Parole Association Award.