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Red Deer Polytechnic and The City of Red Deer partner to offer community trauma training

Date posted:
Monday, December 20, 2021

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In an effort to increase knowledge, trauma recognition, and a supportive network, Red Deer Polytechnic and The City of Red Deer have collaborated to offer the Building Resilience Through Trauma Awareness program.

This free program is suitable for individuals who work with people who have been exposed to trauma, those who want to become more trauma aware, and those who have experienced trauma. The overall goal of the program is to develop knowledge, support, and resilience within the community.  

The offering of the current program by The City of Red Deer will wrap up at the end of December. At the beginning of January, The City will transfer the custodianship of the trauma awareness program to Red Deer Polytechnic and will continue to provide support in a joint effort to continue this important resource. 

“We are extremely grateful to partner with The City of Red Deer to continue offering this valuable program to central Albertans, especially during the challenging times of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” says Rodney Holt, Red Deer Polytechnic Associate Vice President, Academic Entrepreneurship.  

“This partnership with Red Deer Polytechnic is an important step forward in building a trauma-informed community,” says Sarah Tittemore, Community Services General Manager at The City of Red Deer. “Through our work with the Systems Leadership Team, we began offering the Building Resilience Through Trauma Awareness program in early 2021. Collaborating with RDP will enhance the reach and impact of this important program and continue to build resilience in our community.” 

This valuable and informative program consists of two classes – Building Trauma Awareness and Sensitivity Level One, which is offered online, and Enhancing Trauma Informed Response Level Two, which provides in-person learning opportunities.  

“This venture signals Red Deer Polytechnic’s commitment to community service, engagement and leadership to help address current needs. During Level Two of the program, central Alberta instructors will augment the learning process by sharing their knowledge and expertise,” adds Holt. “Through this cooperative collaboration, many central Albertans will benefit from these learning opportunities which will help to build relationships and to strengthen the entire region.”   

This program is open to members of the general public who want to learn more about trauma, its symptoms, and viable plans to foster positive well-being. Participants should expect to dedicate about 15 hours to complete both courses, which begin in January 2022. 

More information about this collaborative program, including how to register, is available online.  

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For media inquiries, contact:   

brent [dot] forster [at] rdpolytechn [dot] ca (Brent Forster) or shelley [dot] newman [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (Shelley Newman)   
Communications Strategists – Corporate   
Red Deer Polytechnic   

Corporate Communications 
The City of Red Deer 


                          Red Deer Polytechnic adds trauma micro-credential program 

In addition, Red Deer Polytechnic will be offering its own Trauma-Informed Workforce Micro-Credential program through the Division of Extended Education in January. 

This program includes the following micro-credentials: An Introduction to Trauma, Trauma-Informed Practice, Substance Use and Trauma, Relational Violence and Trauma, Conflict Resolution within Vulnerable Sectors, and Resilience. 

Along with obtaining background information about trauma, students will participate in a range of interactive learning opportunities that include a case study, debate, media analysis, conflict resolution strategy, and empathy mapping, among others. 

Learners in Red Deer Polytechnic’s Social Work program and Social Justice course will engage in aspects of this program to help supplement their learning and to prepare them for their careers. 

Students will be able to take individual micro-credentials or all six to obtain a micro-certificate. Learners should expect to devote a total of 60 hours to complete the online/asynchronous certificate. An instructor will be available to provide academic support and supplemental resources. The micro-credentials, and entire micro-certificate, are designed for individuals in a variety of settings. 

Please view the Trauma-Informed Micro-Credential Program online for more information. 

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