Welcome to CFTRE

The Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research & Education (CFTRE) is a registered Canadian charity created to further the understanding of the fields of neurobiology & psychophysiology, through education and research, as they pertain to the treatment of traumatic conditions. To this end, we are committed to conduct research and to train professionals in effectively treating people who suffer from symptoms of trauma and other forms of dysregulation in the autonomic nervous system.
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Upcoming Events

  • 2015 Self Regulation Therapy® Foundation Level Trainings in Edmonton and Kelowna
    In this training, practitioners are taught practical applications of the most recent...
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  • Psychological Anatomy in Kelowna May 28 – June 1, 2015
    This seminar integrates the work of Allan Schore, Daniel Siegel, Bruce Perry,...
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News

  • Positive Effects of Kangaroo Care for Preemies
    An Israeli study by neuroscientist Ruth Feldman and her team, published in...
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  • Older Adults Show Increased Neuroplasticity from Childhood Music Lessons
    A study in the Journal of Neuroscience. [Travis White-Schwoch et al., Older...
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  • Academic Recognition for SRT Practitioner Training is now available through St. Stephen’s College, University of Alberta Campus
    Starting in September 2013, Self Regulation Therapy Practitioner training can receive academic...
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Brain Facts

The brain only allows itself to feel pain a little at a time. The degree to which an infant’s brain is developed will determine it’s capacity for painful, overwhelming experiences in the future.
Dissociation has its roots in the brain’s opiod system which secretes endorphins to blunt strong painful feelings. Opiods are the body’s narcotics and act to numb feelings, along with which people feel a sense of depersonalization and derealization.
Because an infant’s ability to complete this circuit is not developed, the mother’s nervous system provides a template for which the infant’s nervous system may develop. Without this the infant’s nervous system will develop differently, and the child/adult will always have difficulty with self-soothing.