Dr. Valerie Copping

About Valerie Copping

Valerie Copping is the developer, lead trainer, and clinical consultant for the Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model (ITTM) program. Valerie provides training, courses, and consultation to students, professionals, and mental health organizations around the world.

Valerie Copping, Psy.D., is also a passionate scholar and practitioner in the field of clinical psychology, who divides her time between clinical practice, training and consulting, and scholarly writing and research.

The ITTM is the only model known to assess and address the caregiver’s own unresolved childhood trauma impact and the negative self-beliefs that often result. The ITTM delivers this essential work to caregivers, before treating the child.

Valerie provides training, courses, and consultation to students, professionals, and mental health organizations across Canada and around the world on the ITTM. She has been involved as a part-time faculty member, teaching post-graduate courses on advanced clinical skills training, as well as a psychological consultant at numerous post-secondary institutions.

Valerie’s twenty-five years of clinical skills training, clinical supervision, research and practice inform her approach to complex trauma treatment. She continues to work on the development of effective, comprehensive, and innovative treatments for children who have experienced trauma and their caregivers.

Dr. Barbara Woods

Dr. Copping delights in welcoming Dr. Barbara Woods as an ITTM Associate. As a Certified ITTM Trainer and clinician, Dr. Woods now provides ITTM Training to Indigenous counsellors in Canada and the U.S., who live and work in their communities.

Doing so prepares and empowers counsellors to deliver the ITTM directly to elders, adults, caregivers, and children on their reserves and throughout their remote geographical regions. Training workers in the ITTM has already begun to create the foundation for sustainability of services, as well as to reduce the need and reliance on outsiders to be flown in to deliver mental health services to their people.

Throughout my clinical experience, I have been committed to providing cutting edge interventions and information to parents, foster parents, teachers, social workers, and psychotherapists.

I have also worked extensively with Indigenous clients, communities, and agencies in North America. These services included attending Indian Residential School (IRS) hearings, receiving a grant for Residential School Survivors following their hearings, and serving Indigenous clients in private practice.

In addition, I was recently recognized as an expert witness in the local family courts related to childhood trauma. My commitment to the healing process doesn’t end when I leave the counselling room. My vision is to provide a supportive educational environment for therapists, parents, foster/adoptive parents, teachers, and social workers to enhance their work with children and build resilient families.

The solid foundation of current research in trauma, attachment, and interpersonal neurobiology provides a way for caregivers to understand a child’s behavior. An emphasis on mindfulness for caregivers (ie., parents, foster parents, teachers, social workers, and psychotherapists) provides a sense clarity and calm for dealing with problem behavior.

The best way of supporting any child is an inclusive system of caregivers that resonate the child’s worth and value, even during the hard times.”

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