Trauma Therapist

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Barbara Allyn, Trauma Therapist, ACTT, ACI

Barbara Allyn

creator/author of Tribal Theory cc-logo


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Barbara Allyn is a certified trauma therapist and crisis intervention worker with 25 years of active front line crisis response. She has been featured on many Canadian television and radio shows in response to traumatic incidents and issues both national and international.

As a highly respected and sought after facilitator, she brings a wealth of experience from her work as a family mediator, adolescent counsellor, and classroom behaviour specialist to her workshops.

Barbara advances a unique, ‘creative’ trauma-response model  – Tribal Theory cc-logo and believes that a crisis/trauma-informed community is a therapeutic community—one that’s prepared to maximize healthy connections with each other before, during, and after our time of need.

Recent and upcoming international presentations of Tribal Theory:

Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University Pathways to Resilience IV: Global South Perspectives  June 14-16, 2017 Cape Town, South Africa

The Child Trauma Academy and Hull Services 2nd International Neurosequential Model Symposium: Advances in Implementation and Innovation in Practice, Program Development and Policy, June 2016 Banff, Alberta, Canada

Presentation at Victim’s Awareness Week

In order to help victims of crime learn to trust society again and regain a sense of balance and self-worth, we must educate all those who come in contact with victims about the emotional traumatic impact such events may have on the victim, their families, and the community.

Families, teachers, community residents, victim’s assistance organizations, health and mental health providers and clergy all play an integral role in outreach, engagement and practical assistance when meeting the needs of people experiencing individual and collective emotional trauma in the wake of criminal acts.

This workshop was designed to provide trauma informed guidance and material for those (the community) who participate in the everyday lives of the victims. The workshop addresses understanding the impact of trauma on the victim of crime and their families and how to provide emotional trauma first aid and ongoing holistic support towards healing the victims, their loved ones and the community.

Response from this workshop

“Great choice for speaker, I loved the informal style… and how easy it became to relate.”

“thoroughly enjoyed presenter — both informative and entertaining and can be applied anywhere!”

“Finally a conference and speaker with material that everyone can understand and will actually help in the frontline!!!”

“Speaker had the head knowledge combined with the connection to the heart which brought the passion to the presentation.”

“Barbara Allyn’s Tribal Theory is absolutely amazing.”



Tribal Theory – Creative Response to Life Trauma Certificate (Level 1)

Barbara Allyn offers training programs that help equip individuals and agency staff to deal confidently and compassionately with traumatized, abused and troubled clients. The workshops are also excellent for students in community and social services program.

Barbara’s training offers participants practical methods to support individuals and staff members while enabling them to better support those they serve.

This two-day workshop series was created to address the impact of trauma on all of life’s stages  using Tribal Theory cc-logo and results in a certificate in Tribal Theory – Creative Response to Life Trauma.

Topic 1: Supporting Traumatized Children

Early recognition of trauma can allow helpers to address the needs of the child and prevent both future victimization and a myriad of other difficulties for these children. This workshop provides information about recognizing traumatized children, differential diagnosis, and techniques for helping children cope and develop skills for healing and thriving.

Topic 2: Adolescents and Trauma/Gateway to Addictions and Anxiety

Traumatic stress and youth substance abuse are strongly linked and these youth are at a higher risk for developing other emotional and/or behavioural problems. This workshop introduces the impact of adolescent traumatic stress in the development of the adolescent brain; the relationship between adolescent traumatic stress, anxiety, and substance abuse; and assessment and treatment strategies for youth affected by trauma.

Topic 3: Trauma’s Impact in Mid-Life

Many of the traumatic experiences people have as children, adolescents and early in adulthood have been blocked from their memories, like a mental sun screen, but the body faithfully remembers. Bottled up emotions that people didn’t learn how to understand and genuinely feel, eventually surface, especially at middle age, in the form of confusion, anger, depression, or disease. This workshop introduces how the ‘body remembers’ and its impact on mid-life challenges and reflections.

Topic 4: Trauma Among the Elderly

As people age, their histories may become more and more significant to them. For some of our aging population, these histories are full of terrifying, abusive experiences. How do we support aging survivors? What are the salient issues for elderly survivors? This workshop will help participants to address these questions and provide ideas about how to help elderly survivors heal and foster loving relationships.

Topic 5: Trauma, Rituals, Symbols and Culture

The death of a loved one, community trauma, and mass victimization are interwoven with cultural overlays. Rituals surrounding death, loss, funerals, burials, memorials, and belief in an afterlife are all deeply embedded in culture and religion. The ritual as a nonverbal form of communication is delivered through the body’s senses and relies on feeling and emotion for its significance. This workshop visits the importance of rituals in the healing of people exposed directly or indirectly to traumatic events.


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