Trauma Informed Practice Workshop Development Specialist

Trauma Informed Practice Workshop Development Specialist
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Shelter Movers Toronto
  • Advocacy / Campaigning
  • Mediation / Facilitation
  • Teaching / Tutoring
Short term (Less than 6 months)
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto

Shelter Movers Summary

Shelter Movers provides moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse. We are the only organization of our kind in Canada, and our volunteers are no less exceptional. Every year, in collaboration with community partners, our volunteer teams contribute over 15,000 hours to support people transitioning to lives free of violence and abuse.

Position Summary

We are currently seeking a Trauma Informed Practice Workshop Development Specialist for a 3 month Training Series Project. This position starts the middle of July and ends on August 30, 2019. Piloting of the Training Series Project will be held towards the end of September beginning October at our head office located in downtown Toronto. Interviews will be conducted throughout July. 

The Training Series Project consists of 5 training workshops which are 1) Violence against Women 2) Anti-Oppressive Practice 3) Rethinking Masculinity, 4) Shelter Movers Moving Process and 5) Trauma-Informed Practice. The training workshops are meant to provide our 300+ volunteers with knowledge on topics that affect our clients.


The ideal candidate will have experience designing workshops and has either a professional, educational, volunteer or lived experience background or a combination thereof in Trauma-Informed Practice. 

Core Responsibilities

The candidate will be responsible for designing a half day, 5-hour workshop with a focus on writing workshop content on trauma-informed practice as it relates to violence against Women. Along with designing the workshop there must be notes written for each slide to guide facilitators and allow them to become familiar with the experiential learning activities in the workshops.

The workshop will include a 30 minute lunch break and two 15 minutes coffee breaks. Minus the lunch and coffee breaks, in total the actual workshop will be 4 hours and 30 minutes.

This is a work-from-home position with frequent check-ins from the Training Development and Facilitation Project Manager, who will provide guidance and support as needed. There will be 3 check-in team meetings held in our head office downtown Toronto, with the first meeting at the end of July, and the remaining two meetings in August. 

The first draft of the workshop content will be due on August 19, 2019 followed by the final draft on August 30, 2019. 

To guide you in designing the workshop, the learning outcomes of the workshop should be as follows:

  1. Volunteers will learn how to better understand clients within the context of trauma and its impact on the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of women who have been abused.
  2. Volunteers will understand how their interactions with clients may or may not further the effects of trauma.
  3. Volunteers will better understand how trauma impacts the way women who have been abused may approach individuals that are trying to help them.
  4. Volunteers will be informed of the key principles of a trauma-informed approach.
  5. Volunteers will learn how to practically develop a trauma-informed approach when working with clients and in their communities in general.


  • Network with other professionals in the social services field for professional opportunities.
  • Experience designing a trauma-informed practice workshop as part of a Training Series Project.
  • Supporting women to live life free of violence by educating volunteers about trauma-informed practice and its connection to violence against women.
  • An honorarium will be provided.
  • References will be provided once the project has been completed. 

How To Apply

To express your interest in this role, please email Nada Johnson, Training Development and Facilitation Project Manager with your cover letter and resume at