Taking Flight’s Trauma Recovery Certification Training Overview




Taking Flight’s Trauma Recovery Certification Training


The Trauma Recovery Certification training program is developed by Dr. Jane A. Simington, PhD., an internationally recognized grief and trauma specialist, author and speaker. Dr. Jane Simington has an education and practice background in both Nursing and Psychology. She has an extensive background working with people of both genders and from various cultures, assisting them in moving through life’s difficult experiences. Dr. Simington offers education in grief and trauma locally, nationally and internationally, at the community, college and university levels. Dr. Jane Simington has been nominated as the teacher of the year. She has received numerous awards for her work; including the Woman of Vision and Woman of Distinction. Dr. Simington frequently facilitates educational seminars and workshops for both the public and private sector on a variety of topics relating to her interest in grief and trauma, healing, spirituality and empowerment.

quote Agnes Mariakaki

Since 2000, Dr. Jane A. Simington, PH.D has pioneered a model for healing trauma which is based on up-to-date trauma research, her personal experience with trauma, and on her extensive clinical experience. In her work with adult survivors of childhood and sexual abuse, traumatized women in a federal prison and with traumatized First Nation Canadians, many of whom were experiencing direct trauma as well as the long-term effects of inter-generational trauma resulting from residential school experiences, Simington demonstrated the effectiveness of consistent application of the Four Part Model for Healing Trauma© as a way to gain the attention of both the brain’s hemispheres so as to heal the memories and emotions stored in the body, the mind and the spirit.

A Different Approach to Healing

Maslow (1954)                              Simington (2000)

Recognizing that the spiritual disconnection which frequently accompanies unresolved trauma is often the deepest pain, Simington suspended her model from a framework that addresses spiritual distress and incorporates right hemisphere-appealing strategies, including therapeutic art, guided visualization, and sacred ceremony as therapeutic measures to heal the spiritual disconnection resulting from a traumatic experience.

Within the context of this training, spirituality is described as a human being’s personal relationship to what is meaningful to him or her, and what gives direction and purpose to their life. The spiritual needs as identified by Carson and co-authors in Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice are: the need for love, trust, hope, forgiveness, belonging, and meaning and purpose in life. According to these authors and other researchers, all people are considered to have a spiritual dimension regardless of if or how it is expressed or practiced. Spiritual distress is the suffering experienced when one or more of the spiritual needs are not met, as frequently happens during times of personal crisis such as following a traumatic life event.

Neurological research demonstrates that during a traumatic event, the Amygdala, a part of the Midbrain’s Limbic System records the emotion, without the context that created it; and it often does this in the form of highly-charged images and sensations. It is believed that the Amygdala does most of its processing through the brain’s right hemisphere. Through the use, of MRI studies, Ruth Lanius noted that when people describe trauma memories, they use the imaging functions of the brain’s right hemisphere, not the cognitive functions of the left hemisphere.

Supported by this research, strategies that are more readily interpreted by the brain’s right hemisphere are introduced into the trauma recovery work taught in this training. Course participants learn to incorporated therapeutic art and guided visualization and learn to interpret the symbolic messages being revealed in art and visualizations. Training participants are introduced to the work of Carl Jung who noted that if you want to address soul you must speak soul’s language, the language of symbol and metaphor.

From his work course participants learn to recognized the parallels between his writing, the findings of the neurological studies and the successes of these methods in helping clients heal from their traumas.


Click to View Uses of the Four Part Model of Healing with First Nation Canadians.

After demonstrating the helping and healing effectiveness of this approach and responding to the call from professionals for training in the use of the model and the strategies that flowed from it, Simington designed The Trauma Recovery Certification training program. The aim of this training is to translate new knowledge from the research setting to real-world applications in order to provide an effective wholistic and culturally sensitive healing service to those who have been traumatized thereby improving their futures and the futures of their children.

Click to View The Research Basis for the Strategies Taught

Click to View Reasons for Success of the Trauma Recovery Certification Training

Since 2004, the Trauma Recovery Certification Training Program is delivered locally, nationally and internationally. Hundreds of multidisciplinary professionals from a variety of cultures are among those receiving certification.

Click to View  Uses of the Four Part Model of Healing, Internationally.

Contact Email: training@takingflightinternational.com

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