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Edgewood Treatment Centre

Trauma & Psychological Injury Program

EHN Canada’s Inpatient Trauma Treatment Program in BC

When you begin your PTSD and OSI treatment in Nanaimo, you leave fear of judgement at the door and join a community committed to your recovery. 

During your stay at Edgewood, you’ll receive support from medical specialists and fellow military members and first responders who understand what you’re going through. Our experienced counsellors, psychiatrists, physicians, and nurses provide the guidance and care you need to overcome trauma.

Because this program is housed in a separate building on Edgewood’s campus, participants benefit from having a safe haven away from our more diverse patient community.

If you also struggle with addiction, our Concurrent Trauma & Addiction Program may be a better fit for you.

Program Info

  • Exclusively for military members and first responders
  • Evidence-based treatments administered by PTSD and OSI experts

  • Edgewood, Nanaimo, BC
  • Inpatient
  • 7 weeks
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Our Approach to Trauma Treatment

Our BC inpatient trauma treatment program helps you build the foundation for lasting recovery through a number of evidence-based approaches, including:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to assist in developing helpful thought patterns and healthy behaviours in recovery.
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) for developing the skills needed to manage emotions and relationships, practice mindfulness, and survive crises.
  • Art therapy to facilitate self-exploration and understand thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to express.
  • Individual psychotherapy for an empathetic and safe space to discuss personal recovery concerns and develop treatment goals. 
  • Group therapy to provide opportunities for peer support and professionally guided emotional processing.
  • Psychoeducational sessions to help you understand yourself and the nature of trauma.
  • Mindfulness and physical exercise for creating healthy, lasting habits.
  • Medication assistance therapy, if indicated, for stabilizing the system and creating space to confront underlying issues.


A Day at Edgewood Inpatient Centre

Every Edgewood journey is a holistic experience that comes with the support and guidance needed to heal and grow. While every stay in Nanaimo is different, this is what a day at our treatment centre might look like in our Trauma and Psychological Injury Program for Military, Veterans, and First Responders.


Before attending an educational lecture about distress tolerance in our Ferguson Building, you’ll start your day with a healthy, chef-prepared breakfast. There will also be time for you to set your intentions with some self reflection and a walk on our lush grounds.



You’ll kick off the afternoon with a delicious lunch. Then you’ll attend a lecture about how the mind-body connection affects trauma recovery, or a one-on-one counselling session to talk through the workplace experiences that led to your PTSD.



In the evening you’ll participate in specialized, trauma-centred peer support groups focused on symptoms management, emotional processing, or returning to work. You’ll get moving before dinner with a visit to the gym or by participating in a group fitness class, like circuit training, yoga, or somatic movement.

About Edgewood

Part of EHN Canada, Edgewood is BC’s premiere inpatient trauma treatment centre and has been guiding evidence-based recoveries for nearly 30 years. Situated amidst the natural beauty of Vancouver Island’s east coast in Nanaimo, Edgewood provides both peace, challenge, and community you need to heal.

Related Programs

Many people who struggle with trauma also face concurrent mental health challenges. EHN Canada offers a number of recovery programs – both online and in-person in Nanaimo and our other facilities across the country.