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

  • 2016 Self Regulation Therapy® Foundation Level Training in Hazelton, BC
    In this training, practitioners are taught practical applications of the most recent...
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  • Post Advanced III: Relational Trauma in Edmonton November 13 – 15, 2015
    A continuation of Advanced III: Relational Trauma, this three day course will...
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  • 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

Dysregulation is the inability to self-regulate which shows itself in many disorders including addictions, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, phobias, psychotic disorders, alexithymia, and personality disorders.
A loved child actually has a different brain than an unloved child. Love produces an abundance of serotonin which soothes and reduces pain.
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.