Title: Substance use Disorders: A Human Response to Trauma ~ A Compassionate and Effective Framework

Date/Time: November 27th 2021 9am-4pm EDT

Location: Online via Zoom ~ access link will be provided in the registration email

CECs: 6 CECs

Presenter: Amanda Neilson CYW, MSW, RSW


For the past twenty years, Amanda Neilson has provided counselling to people struggling with problematic substance use, and substance use disorders. In partnership with Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services and Algonquin College, Amanda developed and implemented the Umbrella Project, a harm reduction framework for post-secondary institutions. She also has the pleasure of teaching part-time at Algonquin College in the Social Service Worker program. Throughout her career, Amanda has provided training for professionals and community members as well as speaking at several different conferences such as AMHO, CCSA, CACUSS. Fourteen years after finishing her Bachelor degree in Social Work at Carleton University, Amanda completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Victoria in 2020. She recently began a private practice providing therapy and training, specialized in problematic substance use and substance use disorders from a trauma informed lens.

Workshop Description: 

Our understanding of the problem determines our solutions. When we believe that drug use is the problem, solutions revolve around stopping the use. When we believe that problematic substance use and substance use disorders are a natural and normal response to chronic stress and trauma, we focus on helping the person heal. This engaging and informative workshop focuses on expanding participants’ understanding of problematic substance use and addiction through a trauma informed lens. By including the impact of trauma in the current biopsychosocial model, participants will be able to broaden their intervention strategies and utilize a compassionate framework. Drawing from the works of Dr. Gabor Mate, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, as well as Amanda's 20 years of experience within the addiction field, this workshop invites participants to share and grow their knowledge to more effectively support clients with substance use issues.


  • Students: 40$
  • NCR members: 85$
  • CCPA members 90$ (non NCR members)
  • Non-CCPA attendees: 100$

Cancellation Policy:

  • Deadline for cancellation with full refund is November 19th, 2022 at midnight.
  • Cancellations made after this date will receive a credit for the full amount paid to be used only for future full-day workshops offered by the NCR Chapter during the 2021-2022 Speaker Series
  • Any credits not used during the 2021-2022 Speaker Series will be forfeited
  • This cancellation policy is established to ensure that costs incurred for each registrant are covered for the respective year of Speaker Series

If you are a NCR Chapter member or student, please contact Zoe at to get your member or student discount!

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  • Saturday Nov 27 2021, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM