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How do we best accompany those seeking care into this realm within and below the body?  The shadow region, named “distressing: sick at heart.”  There is only one way.  We must go there ourselves.

Saki Santorelli:  Author of Heal Thyself

Indigenous Healing & Seeking Safety Training Information Manual

Presenter: Dr. Teresa Naseba Marsh, PhD, MA, RN, RP, SEP Psychotherapist, Healer, Author, Yoga & Meditation Teacher

Once traumatized, victims often report that they are plagued by intrusive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are destructive to themselves and others. Consequently, they often lose the meaning of life, feel hopeless, and have times in which they feel de-humanized. Some authors refer to that condition as ‘a spiritual crisis’ or ‘soul wound’. Trauma destroys the bonds and connections individuals have with themselves, others, and the world.  This disconnection affects their sense of community and belonging, moving them further into isolation, shame, guilt, and self-blame.

Dr. Teresa Naseba Marsh immigrated to Canada from South Africa in 1992 and continued to contribute to healing approaches to overcome suffering, trauma, addiction, historical trauma, and the aftermath of oppression. In her current book, Enlightenment is Letting Go! Healing from Trauma, Addiction and Multiple Loss, Teresa continues her dedication to this field by teaching people how to heal through participatory action, ancient spiritual methods, poetry and the telling of stories. Teresa’s work is grounded in treating humanity holistically and embracing social accountability.  Her recent work over the last 14 years in Vancouver & Sudbury with the Indigenous communities continues to expose her passion, dedication and compassion for this work. She is an inspiration to health care.

Teresa Naseba Marsh, author of Enlightenment is Letting Go! : Healing from Trauma, Addiction, and Multiple Loss.


Enlightenment is Letting Go! : Healing from Trauma, Addiction, and Multiple Loss
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“Trauma is fundamentally a disturbance in the ability to be in the here and now.”

van der Kolk

About the Training

By the end of the training, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the pervasive effects of trauma/intergenerational trauma / PTSD and addiction.
  • Describe and explain what trauma-informed practices are in the
  • context of addiction treatment.
  • Discuss and explore the IHSS model.
  • Implement the IHSS model in their practice and agency.
  • Practice and role-play some of the IHSS sessions.
  • Experientially explore various treatment challenges faced when working with the trauma and addiction population.
  • Describe and discuss decolonizing methodologies.
  • Enhance culturally sensitive treatment practices with Indigenous peoples.
  • Gain appreciation and apply teachings received by various Aboriginal Elders in the domain of intergenerational trauma and addiction