Trauma Counselling Course (Online)

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Part-Time: February 22, 2023 – March 29, 2023

Schedule: Webinars are held Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm PST

This course has been approved for 18 CEU hours through the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation

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Trauma Counselling Course Overview

Trauma Counselling provides people with an opportunity to discuss their experiences within an empathetic supportive setting. It is used to help people develop strategies for dealing with their ongoing difficulties that result from these experiences. Some people experience things as more traumatic than others and therefore will need help in coping with the emotional burdens of an event or situation.

CACCF Accreditation

Certified members of the CACCF require 40 CEU hours every two years to maintain their Certification(s). Members are encouraged to take pre-approved CEUs as they simply need to submit their certificates of completion together with their Re-certification Application when they are due for renewal.

Ashton College's Trauma Counselling course is now listed as a pre-approved course with CACCF to satisfy the hours needed for recertification.

For more information, check out the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) website.

Topics/ Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Understand the concept of trauma and the value of trauma counselling.
  2. Discuss which therapy is best for a past trauma.
  3. Understand what can be done to help in the healing process.
  4. Define the stages of trauma recovery
  5. Understand what trauma does to the brain and how the brain can heal after trauma.

Admission Requirements



Subject to change without notice

Johnathan Pathmanathan

Johnathan PathmanathanJohnathan Pathmanathan is a recreation therapist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Seneca College. Utilizing a person-centred and constructivist approach to teaching, he places an emphasis on ensuring that the classroom is a diverse and culturally supportive environment for his students to learn. In his spare time, Johnathan enjoys going out for hikes, exercising and finding the best places to eat in the city.

Colleen Vantol

Colleen has been working with children, youth, couples and families since 2007. She is currently a professional counsellor working with High Conflict Families, trauma, mood and personality disorders and recently completed her Masters in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University. She observes that in life there are moments where we need to pause and tease out what is motivating us, what’s driving our thoughts and behaviours, as these become our reality. Whether you’re here to learn course content or explore and develop yourself, every moment of life is a process of self-discovery. Colleen prizes learning as the essence of exploration, growth and revelation, and she is excited to share that journey with you here at Ashton.

Patricia Ward

Patricia Ward began her journey into social services at 12 years old after volunteering one summer at a local institution with children that had disabilities. Her education includes a Developmental Services Worker Diploma, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.

For over 30 years, Patricia has worked in a variety of social service positions. She started in the disability field and has worked in education, residential and day services, childcare, and clinical case management. After leaving the disability field, she worked in child protection and mental health. She currently works as a career counsellor with single parents on social assistance.

Shameela Zaman

Shameela Zaman, Ashton College Instructor

Shameela has completed her Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor and has her Level 1 Life Coaching Certificate from the YWCA. Shameela is currently a social worker with the Fraser Health Authority and has worked in clinics dedicated to supporting refugees, HIV+ and survivors of COVID-19. Her professional interests include learning about trauma-informed, arts-based approaches to supporting clients, with a focus on writing as a form of healing.

When supporting clients, she works from an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, anti-racist perspective, recognizing and acknowledging that systemic oppressions exist to further marginalize communities. When Shameela is not working or teaching, she enjoys reading YA fiction by BIPOC authors.




  • February 22, 2023 – March 29, 2023
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars are held Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

Required texts or other online reference materials will be determined by the instructor.


The registration fee for this course is $450.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.


This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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