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The Traumatology Institute (Canada) is professional organization that furthers the practice of trauma treatment. The Institute accomplishes this by:

  • Training individuals as Traumatologists and Compassion Fatigue Specialists
  • Licensing selected professional organizations and educational institutions around the world to offer the Institute's cutting-edge curriculum
  • Works cooperatively with the Academy of Traumatology's Commission on Certification and Accreditation and other key institutions in the field of traumatology.

People who would benefit from this training include:

  • Mental Health Professionals (psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, family therapists, case managers, clinical supervisors)
  • Health Care Professionals (physicians, medical examiners, nurses, direct-care staff)
  • Spiritual and Religious Counselors (chaplains, ministers, rabbis, priests)
  • Emergency Response Personnel (emergency management coordinators, disaster relief staff, paramedics, emergency medical technicians)
  • Law Enforcement Professionals (federal and provincial law enforcement agents, police officers, parole and probation officers, attorneys, victim assistance coordinators)

The Institute offers training for Community & Workplace Traumatologists,  Field Traumatologists, Certified Traumatologists and Compassion Fatigue Specialists. Toronto psychologist, Dr. Anna Baranowsky, is the Executive Director of the Traumatology Institute (Canada). She is responsible for bringing the complete Traumatology Institute training and certification curriculum to Canada.  Dr. Baranowsky is the co-developer of the internationally recognized Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue, now available in a train the trainer model (Compassion Fatigue Specialist).

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Traumatology Institute in Canada providing training programs for professionals who treat trauma survivors

TORONTO, 2001: A new series of training programs designed for professionals who treat people suffering from trauma will begin on September 2001 in Toronto. The series is being offered through Traumatology Institute (Canada). The unique training program is geared to emergency responders, medical and mental health professionals.

Dr. Anna Baranowsky, a Toronto-based psychologist and director of Traumatology Institute (Canada), works with trauma survivors and was instrumental in developing the institute's program. She also trains others to become skilled in the newly emerging field of traumatology.

"The word traumatologist was traditionally used to describe a surgical branch of medicine dealing with physical wounds and disability," she said. "It has only recently been used to describe working with the emotional aspects of trauma survivors. A trained traumatologist may include a wide range of professionals from the police officer who is investigating a sexual assault to the nurse on the oncology ward at the local hospital to the psychologist aiding a plane crash survivor. They all deal with people who have suffered the worst kinds of trauma and need specialized training so they can offer the best services."

Baranowsky said many professionals who work with trauma survivors become so overwhelmed with their exposure to another's pain that it results in distress and a decreased ability to function, both professionally and personally. She said that, until recently, people who work with trauma survivors did not have access to training that addressed 'Compassion Fatigue', which she described as a condition involving secondary traumatic stress and burnout. Recently, the Accelerated Recovery Program (ARP) has been offered in Canada to address this need. The ARP is a unique program developed especially to assist professionals in recovering feelings of confidence, competence, and resiliency at work.

Baranowsky spent six months in 1997 working with trauma pioneer Dr. Charles Figley at Florida State University. Figley, who was the first to define the phenomenon of Compassion Fatigue, was widely acclaimed for his work with survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. While at Florida State, Baranowsky helped develop the curriculum of the original founding U. S. based Traumatology Institute and has worked with hundreds of trauma survivors, as well as professionals who suffer from Compassion Fatigue.

Emergency responders and Health Care Professionals can obtain Traumatology Institute training through Traumatology Institute (Canada) in Toronto. On-site training can be arranged anywhere in Canada. Upon completion of all the course requirements, students become recognized as among Canada's first Field and Certified Traumatologists. More information about the program is available on website


Disaster: Epidemiology

  • Between 1981-1990 Canada experienced 167 declared disasters, approximately 1.4 per month. In 1991-1997, 100 disaster were declared, approximately 1.2 per month
  • In 1991, 291,330 acts of violent crime were committed in Canada. 68% of disasters were due to natural causes; 32% were human-caused. Human-caused disasters occur more frequently in highly and densely population area. In 1996-97, in the United States there were 118 Presidentially-declared disasters. FEMA provided funding to 553,835 victims & families. In 1984-1994, 284 disasters; one every two weeks
  • 17 million people in N. America are exposed annually to disaster & trauma (1995, Michenbaum)
  • 25-30% of individuals exposed to traumatic events develop chronic PTSD or some other psychiatric disorder (Yehuda et al, 1994)

Prevalence of PTSD Following Disaster

  • Buffalo Creek - Lifetime PTSD = 59%
  • Mt. St. Helens - PTSD in exposed sample = 3.6%
  • Tornados - PTSD = 2 - 21% Posttraumatic Stress Impairment = 59%
  • Mass Shooting - PTSD = 5%; In children = 5 - 47%
  • Civil & Political Violence Posttraumatic Stress Reactions = 82 - 92%

More information about the program is available on our website.

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