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Support and intervention for organizations in crisis.

AT CARUSO TRAUMA SOLUTIONS, WE CARE FOR THOSE WHO CARE FOR OTHERS

The demands placed on caregivers, first responders, emergency personnel, chaplains, business leaders, organizational leaders and those on the front lines of ministry can lead to vicarious trauma, burnout, fatigue, critical incident stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, addiction or marital discord.

Our seminars, workshops, individual and group counselling provide preventative self-care practices and solutions for those experiencing trauma.

About Jim Caruso, DMin

Jim CarusoJim is a certified Professional Counselor, a certified Fatigue Specialist, a certified Trauma Services Specialist and a Critical Incident Stress Management practitioner. As a volunteer firefighter, a volunteer chaplain with the RCMP, experience as a paramedic, and 26 years of pastoral work, Jim is one of Canada’s few qualified Trauma Services experts.

Jim is the author of Spiritual Sinkholes; which explores the effects of Compassion Fatigue on church leaders and offers self-care prevention tactics.

 

About Elaine Caruso, MA

Elaine CarusoA specialist in Disaster Management and Planning  and Personal Disaster Preparedness Planning, Elaine has worked in ministry for the past 26 years. She discovered her passion and received training for Emergency Disaster Planning, while working with the Salvation Army.

Elaine now develops Disaster Plans for communities, organizations, churches and offers a variety of individual and group workshops for Disaster Preparedness.

 

 

Jim’s Academic Qualifications

Diploma ~ Ministerial Course Canadian Pentecostal Correspondence College, Clayburn, B.C. 1986
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for Practitioners, Justice Institute, August 16-29, 1999.
Certified Trauma Services Specialist, Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, (ATSS) 2002 to Present.
Master of Arts in Christian Studies, ACTS Seminaries, Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C. 2006.
Compassion Fatigue Specialist, The Traumatology Institute (Canada) Toronto, 2006 to Present.
Approved Instructor  International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) 2008 to present
Doctor of Ministry, George Fox Seminary, Portland, Oregon. 2011.

Teaching and Consulting

Director of Counseling and Crisis Intervention/Conflict Resolution Coach for B.C. & Yukon District PAOC 2010-Present.
Crisis Intervention and Conflict Management (COUN 444-2-1) Spring Semester 2011 Summit Pacific College, Clayburn, B.C.
Critical Incident Stress Management Practitioner.(JIBC)

Professional Affiliations

Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists 2002 to present.
The Canadian Police Chaplain Association 2005 to present.
Central Island Critical Incident Stress Association 2004-2008
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Inc. current
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada 1983 to present.
Ordained Minister  Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

Volunteer Experience

Chaplain, Westshore RCMP, Langford, B.C. 2011
Chaplain, Osoyoos/Oliver RCMP, Osoyoos, B.C. 2008-2009
Chaplain, Oceanside RCMP, Parksville, B.C.
The Salvation Army, 2003-2004.
CIS Debrief, (CICISDA) Parksville, BC
Emergency Social Services (ESS), Parksville, B.C. B.C.
Firefighter, Dashwood Fire Department, Parksville, B.C.
Paramedic, BC Ambulance Service, Grand Forks, B.C.
Paramedic, BC Ambulance Service, Salt Spring Island, B.C.
Fireman/Paramedic, Dawson City Fire Department,  Dawson City, Yukon
Firefighter,  Princeton Fire Department, Princeton B.C.