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John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW


Photo of John Koop Harder, Trainer at CTRI

John has been working as a therapist and trainer for almost 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a co-author of our Counseling Insights book. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences.

October 2019

Addictions and Mental Illness

Working with Co-occurring Disorders Live Webinar

Oct 18, 2019 (1 PM - 2 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 29.00 (regular rate)
Addictions and Mental Illness workshop photo of man gazing out window

The focus of this webinar is to look beyond the complexities of the relationship between addictions and mental illness to the treatment themes that arise when working with co-occurring disorders. Issues of safety, harm reduction and/or abstinence are discussed, along with themes of integrating strategies for working with co-occurring disorders with trauma-informed practices. This webinar provides a framework for working systemically with both addictions and mental illness at the same time.

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Brief Focused Counseling Skills

Strategies from Leading Frameworks Live Stream

Oct 23 - Oct 24, 2019 (9 AM - 4 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 219.00 (regular rate)

This is a live stream event, please check our system requirements prior to registering.

Due to limited resources and time, brief counseling interventions that are effective and efficient are becoming more in demand. This workshop is designed to move beyond general counseling skills and offer increased capacity and confidence to those wanting to expand their existing knowledge base and current skill set.

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November 2019

Critical Incident Group Debriefing Live Webinar

Nov 15, 2019 (1 PM - 2 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 19.00 (*early rate) $ 29.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires November 01, 2019

Critical incidents are situations that occur outside of our normal frame of reference and challenge us to understand and cope with what has happened. Critical Incident Group Debriefing (CIGD) is a short-term group intervention process that focuses on an immediate event. CIGD is one of several methods that may be utilized to lessen the likelihood of people experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress after a critical incident.

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February 2020

Walking Through Grief

Helping Others Deal with Loss Live Stream

Feb 13 - Feb 14, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 189.00 (*early rate) $ 219.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires January 23, 2020

This is a live stream event, please check our system requirements prior to registering.

Every person will experience grief and loss – a profound sense of final separation from something or someone important. Grief is a normal and appropriate reaction to the death of a loved one, the experience of separation/divorce, intergenerational loss, or the loss of opportunity.

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Addictions and Mental Illness

Working with Co-occurring Disorders Live Webinar

Feb 21, 2020 (1 PM - 2 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 19.00 (*early rate) $ 29.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 07, 2020
Addictions and Mental Illness workshop photo of man gazing out window

The focus of this webinar is to look beyond the complexities of the relationship between addictions and mental illness to the treatment themes that arise when working with co-occurring disorders. Issues of safety, harm reduction and/or abstinence are discussed, along with themes of integrating strategies for working with co-occurring disorders with trauma-informed practices. This webinar provides a framework for working systemically with both addictions and mental illness at the same time.

Learn more...

March 2020

Harm Reduction

A Framework for Change Choice and Control Live Webinar

Mar 03, 2020 (1 PM - 2 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 19.00 (*early rate) $ 29.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 18, 2020

Harm reduction is an approach to help people explore their relationship with substances and behaviors. It offers strategies to reduce and mitigate damage and pain, and to increase and promote safety, choice, and control. This webinar explores the principles of harm reduction, how it works and for whom it may apply.

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CTRI Counselling Insights Conference

Mar 04 - Mar 06, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM)
3-Day Conference and Workshop (March 4-6)
Price: $ 539.00 (*early rate) $ 599.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 04, 2020
2-Day Conference (March 5-6)
Price: $ 339.00 (*early rate) $ 399.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires February 05, 2020
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Are you looking for support to be able to help the people you are working with? If so, we hope you will join other helpers, caregivers, and counselors for two or three days of inspirational speakers and sessions. Learning from others in roles similar to your own is a key way of finding inspiration and guidance.

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Addictions and Mental Illness

Working with Co-occurring Disorders Live Stream

Mar 24, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 99.00 (*early rate) $ 119.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires March 03, 2020

This is a live stream event, please check our system requirements prior to registering.

Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery from both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Helpers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addiction cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addiction, or is there something else leading to both?

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Harm Reduction

A Framework for Change Choice and Control Live Stream

Mar 25, 2020 (9 AM - 4 PM Central Time)
Price: $ 99.00 (*early rate) $ 119.00 (regular rate)
*early rate expires March 04, 2020

This is a live stream event, please check our system requirements prior to registering.

Harm reduction is an approach to help people explore their relationship with substances and behaviors. It works to reduce and mitigate damage and pain, and offers strategies to increase and promote safety, choice, and control. Harm reduction moves away from traditional understandings of “addiction” as a disease, and responses that are based on assumed morality and abstinence, or fear and punishment.

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Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled seven or more days prior to the workshop are refundable, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Alternatively, you may receive a credit to attend a future training. Cancellations less than seven days prior to the workshop are non-refundable. If at any time you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify CTRI of the name of the alternate person who will be attending.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or under-enrolment. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop fees only. Please make travel and accommodation arrangements with this in mind.

Limited Seating

Register early! To better facilitate group interaction, seating is limited.

Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

You Will Receive

A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate, as well as morning refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m., unless otherwise stated. For live-stream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

Group Registration Instructions

To register a group for a workshop, choose the appropriate number you would like to register for the selected workshop, and fill in all the relevant information.

Concerns and Grievances

If concerns arise at any time throughout the registration process, please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199, or email [email protected].

Special Accommodations
for Disabilities

Please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected] to discuss any special needs or accommodations you may require in order to have a positive learning experience.

Continuing Education Credit

Check our Continuing Education Credit page to find out which associations and organizations accept our workshops for credit.