Workshops, Seminars, & Training Opportunities



As a communicator, Carrie DeJong’s strength is her ability to blend current research across a number of important areas: addiction, trauma, anxiety, stress, attachment, neuroscience, and an understanding of how the human nervous system functions. Another strength is her ability to make it understandable to people without a degree in psychology or neuroscience.

She offers workshops, seminars, & training opportunities for a wide variety of audiences:

  • Professionals working in health, mental health, and addiction treatment

  • Residential treatment centres

  • Client groups / Student groups

  • Workplace environments

  • Parents



Into Oblivion:
The Vortex of Trauma & Addiction

Carrie has developed a model of addiction that speaks to the tremendous impact trauma has on the development of substance misuse and addiction. It combines an understanding of how our nervous system functions with the ways substance misuse as well as compulsive behaviours are used to self-medicate the overwhelming activation that results from trauma and chronic stress.

She has presented this model in a variety of settings ranging from short seminars to multi-day workshops for mental health professionals, parents, and clients.


Workshops & Trainings Carrie offers:  

Whether you are looking for a short workshop or seminar on a specific topic or a more intensive training, we are happy to work with you to tailor a presentation to the needs of your group or organization.  This is a list of presentations Carrie has previously offered:

Into Oblivion: The Vortex of Trauma & Addiction

  • University of Calgary (Nursing Program)

  • BC Teachers Federation (Health and Wellness Conference)

  • EAP Coordinators for Air Canada

  • Evolution of Addiction Conference (Addiction Service Providers and Clinicians)

  • Vancouver Coastal Health (Social Workers)

  • Family Services of Greater Vancouver (EAP Providers)

  • Edgewood Intensive Outpatient Program, Vancouver (Clients)

  • Vancouver Therapist Networking Association

  • Hollyburn Family Services, North Vancouver (Staff)

  • Community Event sponsored by the Surrey Action Team, Surrey (General Public)

  • Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver (Staff)

  • Edgewood Addiction Services, Vancouver (Counsellors)

Impacts of Stress and Trauma in the Line of Duty

  • North Vancouver RCMP (Non-Commissioned Officers)

Out of Oblivion: Recovering From the Vortex of Trauma & Addiction

  • Recovery Day BC (Speaker Tent)

Supporting Growth and Healing in Children with Trauma

  • Hollyburn Family Services "Stand Together Conference" (Foster Parents and Social Workers)

  • Hollyburn Family Services, Vancouver and Surrey (Foster Parents)

  • "In The Know" Webinar for The F.O.R.C.E in BC (Parents)

Somatically-Oriented Psychotherapy and Working with the Nervous System

  • Two-day workshops for therapists co-led with Dr. Ron Manley, Vancouver

Intensive Trauma Retreat  

  • A five-day residential trauma module at BridgePoint Centre for Eating Disorders, Milden, SK (Clients)workshops

Current Drug Trends  

  • BCACC Skills for Mindful Living Series (Counsellors & Parents)

Life Lessons: Understanding Anxiety & Stress  

  • An informative seminar for the general public

Understanding Emotions for Actors  

  • Actor's Foundry Intensive Retreats (Actors)

Contact us to explore options for your workshop or training needs.

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