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Advanced Masterclass
Advanced Clinical Trauma-Informed Interventions for Counselling
First Nation/ Indigenous Clients

with Shelley PomPana Spear Chief, Clinical MSW, RSW


About me

20 hrs of On-Demand

Self-Paced Learning

Available on video On-Demand
6 months access included


20 hours of content




Psychologists, Social Workers, MFTs, graduate-level Counselors, Psychotherapists


01 Presentation
Intervention and Strategies to Support Indigenous People Coping with the Discovery on Unmarked Burial Sites

 Pre-recorded to watch at your convenience
Now available on video On-Demand (6 months access to the recording)


Indigenous First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Native Americans often present with distinct emotional/physical/spiritual/environmental challenges due to the complexed traumatic history now being identified as “Genocidal Practices” towards the people.  This workshop will discuss complexed grief and how to authentically support and stabilize clients.  Residential School Survivor Elder Moses Spear Chief will co present with Shelley Spear Chief.

Learning Objectives 

  • Participants will gain a deeper awareness of the common mental heath challenges diagnosed by medical system

  • Participant will learn to rethink diagnosis from a trauma informed lens recognizing the protective factors to build upon with client.

  • Identifying culturally appropriate grief practices to support client.

  • Participant will gain more awareness into the value of family circles using Critical Incident Debriefing adapted for Indigenous Peoples.

  • Participants to identify the six-step crisis counselling model.

02 Presentation
Understanding the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis: 
How to best support your Indigenous clients

 Pre-recorded to watch at your convenience
Now available on video On-Demand (6 months access to the recording)

Workshop Description

For decades, Indigenous First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Native American communities have struggled with high rates of violence, trafficking and murder of girls and women.  We will discuss this crisis providing more awareness into the intersectionality of this crisis due to generations of government policies of forced removal, land seizures and violence inflicted on Native peoples across Turtle Island.  

Learning Objectives 

  • Participant will gain a deeper awareness into the intersectionality of historical racial, classism, gender challenges experienced by Indigenous women.

  • Presenter will discuss why so many women of all ages feel safer on the streets regardless of the known dangers.

  • Identify the difference between therapist centered treatment and client centered healing.

  • Participants will learn three strategies to support clients.

  • Participants will learn the importance of traditional grief circles to support survivors and their families

03 Presentation
Advanced Topics on Addictions From Gambling to Opioids

Pre-recorded to watch at your convenience
Live via zoom (6 months access to the recording)


When one surrenders, gives up on life, values, and belief systems due to what has happened to them versus what is wrong with them. Opioids not only provide false courage but a temporary utopia.  Often for the first time in the individual’s life they have no emotional pain. The addiction provides a false courage. Shelley will discuss the importance of a two eyed seeing approach (westernized and traditional practices) to support clients in finding themselves (to explore the seven sacred values and practice within oneself).

Learning Objectives 

  • Discussion of the health challenges Indigenous FNMI clients face that contribute to the underlying issues of addictions.

  • Participants will gain a deeper awareness into the history of intergenerational trauma and the devasting consequences of colonial practices that contributed to shame.

  • Participants will identify the Intersectionality experienced by clients.

  • The presenter will discuss and review three stabilization techniques along with working with parts.  

  • Presenter will demo a tucking in of parts with clients known as the “Cloud metaphor” with Residential School Survivor, Moses Spear Chief.

04 Presentation
Narcissistic Personality Disorder & Gaslighting : A Basic Guide for Therapists Working with Indigenous Clients

Pre-recorded to watch at your convenience
Live via zoom (6 months access to the recording)


The word “narcissist” is increasingly used in everyday language to describe people who struggle with our seven sacred values (kindness, empathy, caring, honesty, truthfulness, humility and trust worthiness) but what does it actually mean?  Why has naricissistic and gaslighting traits increased in the Indigenous First Nations, Metis people?  


This workshop explains the similarities and differences of the DSM-5 Narcisstic Personaity Disorders and why it has increased in the Indigenous First Nations.  How it affects sufferers and all those in a relationship with them.  We will discuss traditional therapies along with EMDR to help sufferers, victims and survivors.  Why is it so difficult for victims to leave abusive relationships.   We will explore the different types of gaslighting in relationships that often speaks to the insecurities of the antagonist and their victims.

Learning Objectives 

  • Participants will learn how colonization of the Indigenous First Nations/Native Americans has contributed to the increase of Narcissistic Personality traits within the people

  • Participants will learn how to support the victims/survivors with a two eyed seeing approach.

  • Discussion of the types of therapies to address the abuse cycle

  • Identify why it is challenging for the victims to leave the situation in their home and communities.

  • Participants will gain awareness and identify the inequality challenges and the importance of becoming an ally of social justice and fairness.


About Shelley Spear Chief, MCSW, EMDR Consultant

Shelley Spear Chief is a Clinical Social Worker who specializes in trauma and is a Leading First Nation Presenter on issues of historical trauma and utilizing traditional practices in counselling. She integrates her cultural ways of understanding and working with First Nation clients who have experienced trauma. Shelley has presented at the EMDR Canada conference as well as with Dr. Bruce Perry at the 2018 NMT International Symposium on Trauma. Shelley is currently in the process of writing a book on working with Indigenous peoples in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Paulsen. In addition, Shelley has presented many different workshops and training within several First Nation Communities teaching several topics related to trauma and dissociation. Shelley has taught within the University of Calgary social work program.

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Moses Spear Chief, MSW, CD

Moses Spear Chief, Aastakana, member of the Kainai Nation and member of the Sacred Society known as the Horn Society. Moses specialized in a Masters of clinical social work with a minor in Addictions (Chemical Dependency) at Eastern Washington University. Moses obtained his education in Washington and worked in a variety of Native American agencies and implemented programs that supported a reclaiming of language (identity), belongingness, and connection with one’s own tribal identity. He was the former Director of Native American Studies Program within Browning Montana School District to support the implementation and revitalization of Blackfeet Language. Moses has been the director of a variety of First Nation/Native American treatment centers throughout Washington and Montana for youth and adults. He supported adult learning as a University and College instructor teaching social work/addictions/Blackfoot Language throughout Washington, Montana and Southern Alberta. Moses has been a dynamic knowledgeable advocate for residential school survivors and those struggling with addictions. Throughout his thirty plus year career, he was involved in the “Leave no child behind” policy development throughout the United States. In the past twelve years, Moses has been teaching Blackfoot Language to Middle School Youth along with advocating and support emotional wellness with his students.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits


Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)   Eligible for 20 CEC credits

CCPA has reviewed and approved the content of this Masterclass for 20 CEC.


This program does not qualify for CE credits/hours through National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), American Psychological Association (APA), or Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).




What are the requirements for obtaining CEs?

Participants must have paid the tuition fee entire webinar and watched the on-demand program in its entirety.

Do I have to pay extra for CE credits?

No. The cost of CEC credits is included with your workshop registration fee.​

How do I access the home study version when it becomes available?

You will be emailed 5 business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform called Thinkific. Sign in to Thinkific: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login through the Thinkific platform directly by clicking on the link below: To login, use the email address you provided when you registered for the workshop. To create your password, click on "Forgot Password" and set up a password for your account. If you already have an account and password, use those credentials to login.

How long do I have to review the recording?

You will have 6 months from your registration date to review each recording. Each recording will be made available approximately (5) business days after the live workshop.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the live workshop. There is no refund after this date. Refunds will include the ticket price less a $50 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. *Prices subject to change. Refunds within 15 days of workshops will be in the form of a workshop credit. These credits do not expire.

If I have special needs or require accommodations, what do I do?

Email at least five (5) business days prior to the live workshop to request accommodations or discuss your needs. Envision cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

If I have a complaint or grievance, who do I contact?

Please email All grievances must be in writing and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

Is there commercial support or a conflict of interest for this presentation?

There is no known conflict of interest for this program. Envision has not received any financial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any financial support prior to or during this program. Envision will disclose any potential conflicts at the beginning of the workshop.

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