CTRI’s mission is to provide exceptional training and resources to better lives. We believe access to knowledge and skill development changes individual lives, communities, and organizations. We envision a future where everyone has access to high quality mental health, counseling, and violence prevention resources. We aspire to be the most trusted, accessible, and widely known provider of these resources.
While not exhaustive, and in no particular order, following are the core beliefs that guide our approach to the development of our training materials:
We recognize the prevalence of trauma in our world and how pervasive the impact can be on all people. In any service delivery this requires the promotion of a sense of safety, trust and choice for individuals and an approach of compassion and collaboration.
Holistic Approach to Health
We value approaches to human physical and mental health that incorporate a consideration of all aspects of a human being: integrating body, mind, spiritual and social dimensions.
We honor the diversity of beliefs and practices that make up individual value systems. Overall health and positive service is promoted when there is an effort to increase awareness and respect of clients’ ethnicity, nationality, spirituality, gender, sexual orientation, levels of ability or socioeconomic status.
Working with Indigenous Peoples
We recognize the privilege that comes with being invited into Indigenous communities to train and work alongside people from these cultural histories. We understand that with this privilege comes a responsibility to acknowledge cultural biases, as well as honor the impact of colonialism and inter-generational trauma. Fundamental to all our work with Indigenous peoples is building relationship and listening humbly with an open heart and mind.
Honor Diverse Paths to Healing and Natural Strengths
We value that people needing support have natural strengths and ways of healing. Our training strives to incorporate a strengths-based approach that includes both formal and informal strategies for helping.
Value All Roles of Helpers
We recognize that care and service is provided in our communities by both formally trained counselors and paraprofessionals. Our training strives to be accessible to all care and service providers and therefore is geared toward an introductory-intermediate level of learning.
Best Practices and Promising Practices
We recognize that the development of strategies for helping and service delivery are continually evolving as learning and research advances. We strive to build our training materials based on an integration of the best research evidence relevant to the topic field with both established and emerging promising practices. These are identified using the collective wisdom of clinical expertise of experienced practitioners and in consideration of the best fit for the communities of our training participants. Our training materials therefore need to be flexible and applicable to a wide range of potential client populations.