Grounding Trauma  2014

GT 2014



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There is no pre-registration for break out sessions. There are large rooms for each session. Choose as you go.

General
Stream
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Trauma &
Addiction
Workplace &
Community
 
Music Therapy &
Songwriting
8:30
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9:00

Registration and Coffee

9:00
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10:30

          Opening Plenary: Challenging Questions, Ideas and Intriguing Facts -Video Welcome from Dr. Gabor Mate  

 
Break                                                                                                                                     Break
   10:45
      -
   12:00

Vicarious Trauma: Costs & Benefits of doing Trauma Work
Dr. Stephen Fleming PhD, C.Psych
more

    Trauma and Substance Use
    Dr Pamela Stewart MD CCFP,
   FRCPC, Staff Psychiatrist, CAMH

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Trauma Therapy Assist Dogs
Tamara Leniew
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Introduction to Music Therapy
Deborah Seabrook, Sarah Klinck
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Lunch                                                                                                                                     Lunch

1:00
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2:15

Trauma and Developmental Disability
Cathy Kuehni, BASC, CLS
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Launch:
Technical Competencies v2 for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce

Elva Keip, CCSA
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Toxic Stress & Trauma,   Relationships & Community
  Suzanne Witt Foley BSC
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Music Therapy - Experiential
Deborah Seabrook, Sarah Klinck
more

 
Break                                                                                                                                      Break
2:30
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3:45

Addictions and Brain Injury
Ruth Wilcock, ED, OBIA,
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Part 2
- Technical Competencies v2

Elva Keip, CCSA

"Trauma Informed" Are we
asking the right questions?
Tom Regehr
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The Power of Songwriting in    Healing - Conversation & Stories
Dan Hill, songwriter and author
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4:00

        Dan Hill - Performance, Book Discussion and the value of songwriting in healing.  Followed by book signing/sales

End of Day 1 Presentations
7:00
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 9:00

 

     EVENING PERFORMANCE - "Song Writers Circle"      Featuring: Dan Hill, Bruce Madole and Grainne Ryan - 6:30 - Mingle, shop art, and CD's.

 

 

Day 2 - Thursday, May 8                                                                                       Day 2 - Thursday, May 8

   7:00       Optional Morning Yoga Class       Carol Prentice - Certified Yoga Instructor
8:30 9:00
      Opening Plenary      The Transformational Power of Filmmaking - Discussion & Film by James Buffin  more
  9:15
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  10:30
MDMA-assisted PTSD Treatment
Dr. Ingrid Pacey, MBBS, FRCP[C]
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Trauma, Addiction and the Globe
Dr. Rick Csiernik, BA, BSW, PhD
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Trauma-Informed Pediatrics.
Laura Doull, Ian Robertson et al
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Are You Running on Empty? Part 1 
Art Lockart & Brad Hutchison
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Break                                                                                                                                      Break
10:45
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12:00

When Words are Not Enough
Somatic Experiencing®

Patricia Berendsen
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Trauma and Addiction
Treatment by Homewood

Andreja Marjanovic, M.A.,

Clinical Transphobia
Personal View & Policy
Tim McConnell
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Are You Running on Empty? Part 2
Art Lockart & Brad Hutchison

 

Lunch                                                                                                                                     Lunch

1:00
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2:15

Fostering Resilience in Clients
Monica Hinton, RSW, MSW
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The Nitty-Gritty of Working
With the Complex
Trauma/Addition Client

Tom Walker
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A Personal Success Story
Claire McConnell
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The Power and Challenges of Filmmaking in Healing
James Buffin
more

 
Break                                                                                                                                    Break
2:30
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3:30

      Closing Plenary:  Summary Response and Dynamic Exchange

 
  General  Stream
  Trauma & Addiction
   Workplace & Community 
  General  Stream  
 

Trauma & Addiction Stream

Trauma and Substance Use: The Unintended Consequences.

Pamela Stewart, MD CCFP, FRCPC, CAMH Project Lead Women and Diverse Populations and Staff Psychiatrist (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada)

One of the unintended consequences of trauma is the development of addiction. Just as trauma is often neglected, stigmatized or denied historically, so is its resultant link to addiction. In this workshop, the links between trauma and addiction will be explored, the prevalence of trauma and addiction and the underlying beliefs that perpetuate both experiences. The workshop will also look at some of the emerging treatment dilemmas and models in the treatment of trauma and addiction.

Goals:

1)   Discuss the epidemiology and historical links between PTSD and substance use.
2)   Discuss the underlying beliefs that inform both addiction and trauma
3)   Discuss the stages of trauma and the stages of substance use recovery.
4)   Describe group treatment models and discuss challenges in the specialized treatment of concurrent PTSD and addiction

Dr Stewart is a Staff Psychiatrist specializing in Women, Trauma and Addictions at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She in the Project Lead for Women and Diverse Populations, with a mandate to improve trauma-informed pathways within the ACST services. She supervises and trains psychiatric residents in psychotherapy and is the Education Coordinator for Addictions at CAMH. She is an assistant professor at University of Toronto. She has lectured both locally and internationally on Women, Trauma and Addictions. She is trained in dissociative disorders and has completed her analytic training.

 

Dr. Pamela Stewart

General  Stream

Vicarious Trauma: The costs and benefits of doing trauma work

Dr. Stephen Fleming, Ph.D., C. Psych.
Professor of Psychology Faculty of Health York University

Based on his personal experience of working with traumatized individuals and dealing with vicarious trauma, Dr. Fleming's address will,

: Define compassion fatigue, primary trauma, burnout, and vicarious trauma
: Explore the multidimensional impact of doing trauma work
: Discuss ways of adaptively coping with the emotional impact of constantly engaging clients' trauma
: Conclude with a discussion of pathways to resilience
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Dr. Fleming, a registered psychologist and a professor in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health, at York University in Toronto. The author of numerous book chapters, articles, and presentations on the grief experience of children, adolescence, and adults, he has lectured in Canada, the United States, South America, Asia and Europe. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses on the Psychology of Death, Dr. Fleming has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Palliative Care and Death Studies. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours. Dr. Fleming is a member of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment, he currently is Secretary-Treasurer of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

Dr.Stephen Fleming

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General  Stream

When Words are Not Enough: Utilizing Somatic Experiencing® (SE) Principles to Integrate the Body into Trauma Work

Patricia Berendsen RMFT, RSW, SEP
Psychotherapist, London ON

Trauma work can be an overwhelming experience, depleting emotional and physical resources. Sometimes, words are not enough. Incorporating the body into trauma work becomes necessary, yet we are often at a loss as to how to do this. Somatic Experiencing® (SE) developed by Peter Levine, PhD, is a physiologically-based trauma resolution model which supports our own and our client’s nervous systems to become more resilient and organized. Its naturalistic orientation works with nervous system conditioning in the wake of traumatic stress. Trauma responses and trauma healing are rooted in the transitions out of and between emergency states of fight, flight and freeze. Recognizing the inherent tendency toward self-reorganization, people can heal from the most arduous traumas once they learn this natural language of the body. The result is a return to aliveness, instinct, and connection to life in the here-and-now. As practitioners, we can actually learn to “do less” while supporting more ease and health for ourselves and for our clients.

In this workshop you will:

  • Explore the fundamental principles of Somatic Experiencing
  • Understand the role of the nervous system in trauma
  • Discover practical interventions that will support emotional regulation

Patricia Berendsen RMFT, RSW, SEP
Patricia is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT), Registered Social Worker (RSW) and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). Her 25 years of clinical practice has included extensive experience with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Patricia has worked with residential and outpatient children’s mental health, family services, sexual assault centres, and with at-risk youth who reside in group homes or who are in conflict with the law. Additionally, as an AAMFT/OAMFT Approved Supervisor, Patricia provides consultation and supervision to those who wish to pursue membership with the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and to professionals seeking excellence and accountability in their clinical practice. Patricia is an Adjunct Faculty of Graduate Studies at Western University and has supervised interns in the MSW, M.Ed. and M.Sc. programs. In addition, Patricia provides consultation and training to agencies and organizations seeking to “keep the soul in their work”. Patricia’s specialization is in trauma and the body, attachment, relationships, and wellness in the workplace. Foundational to Patricia’s clinical practice is her deeply held belief that every interaction is an opportunity for healing. Patricia has presented at several national conferences. Her scholarly achievements include over 30 publications in peer-reviewed and professional journals, as well as chapters in two edited books in Canada and the USA. Currently she is editing a book on Psychotherapy: Cure of the Soul due to be published in 2014. In the creative realm, Patricia has directed and produced two documentary films that are widely utilized in university, college and high school curriculum. In addition, she has had several artistic pieces chosen for the Art for Aids International Art Exhibition and portfolio. For more information about Patricia Berendsen (formerly Vanderheyden) please see website.

Patricia Berendsen


Contact Patricia Berendsen     519 619 8801        patricia@patriciaberendsen.com            www.patriciaberendsen.com     
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Music Therapy/Songwriting

The Power of Songwriting in Healing: Conversation and Stories

Dan Hill, songwriter and author
Talking and singing Dan will help participants understand the value of songwriting in healing.
In his book I Am My Father’s Son, Hill traces this poignant, difficult relationship through vivid family
stories, letters, memories and his own award-winning lyrics, often revealing the motivation behind
the songs.   Dan's Website

 
Dan Hill   
 
   

Music Therapy/Songwriting

'Beyond Regulation': An introduction to the unique capabilities of Music Therapy

Deborah Seabrook, MMT, MTA
Sarah Klinck, MMT MTA


This presentation explores the questions: What is music therapy? How can music therapy be trauma-centered? Music therapists Sara Klinck and Deborah Seabrook offer dynamic examples of their diverse clinical work in a treatment facility for children who have experienced trauma and in bereavement groups for adults suffering grief and loss. The implications of music therapy work in trauma care for clients, staff and organizations as a whole will be discussed, sharing case studies and audio excerpts.

Deborah Seabrook, MMT, MTA
As a music therapy clinician and educator, Deborah explores the interface between music therapy and mental health. In addition to her role as instructor and supervisor in the music therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University, Deborah provides supervision for professional music therapists and music therapy
interns from across Canada seeking accreditation with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Deborah’s past research investigated the experience of clinical improvisation through arts-based methodology. Deborah maintains a private practice in music therapy specializing in mental health
and trauma recovery.

  Deborah Seabrook
 

Sara Klinck, MMT, MTA
Sara Klinck is an accredited music therapist practicing in the Hamilton, ON area. Since 2007, Her clinical work has focused on the following client populations: hospice palliative care and bereavement; geriatrics in hospital and long-term care settings; and also children, adolescents and adults with special needs. She has initiated and developed music therapy programs in various facilities in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and Mississauga, ON. Sara’s growing interest and experience in bereavement support led her back to academia to complete a Master of Music Therapy degree (2013) with a research focus on the experience of music therapy in a bereavement group for adults. Her major instrument is voice, and she also uses the piano, guitar, flute, and a variety of percussive instruments in her clinical work.

Sarah Klinck

Music Therapy/Songwriting

Musical Expressions: An experiential  session for people in the helping professions

Deborah Seabrook, MMT, MTA
Sarah Klinck, MMT MTA

Given the nature of trauma work, the pace of work environments, and the demand for services, people in the helping professions can experience high levels of stress including compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma.  Musical experiences can help process the unique stress that we carry as healthcare professionals and transform it into forms that nourish the soul.  This active experiential session is an opportunity to come together in music and experience community, creative expression, relaxation and joy. 

No previous musical experience is necessary.  Instruments will be provided and participants who have instruments they would like to bring are encouraged to do so. 

Deborah Seabrook, MMT, MTA
As a music therapy clinician and educator, Deborah explores the interface between music therapy and mental health. In addition to her role as instructor and supervisor in the music therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University, Deborah provides supervision for professional music therapists and music therapy
interns from across Canada seeking accreditation with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. Deborah’s past research investigated the experience of clinical improvisation through arts-based methodology. Deborah maintains a private practice in music therapy specializing in mental health
and trauma recovery.

  Deborah Seabrook
 

Sara Klinck, MMT, MTA
Sara Klinck is an accredited music therapist practicing in the Hamilton, ON area. Since 2007, Her clinical work has focused on the following client populations: hospice palliative care and bereavement; geriatrics in hospital and long-term care settings; and also children, adolescents and adults with special needs. She has initiated and developed music therapy programs in various facilities in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, and Mississauga, ON. Sara’s growing interest and experience in bereavement support led her back to academia to complete a Master of Music Therapy degree (2013) with a research focus on the experience of music therapy in a bereavement group for adults. Her major instrument is voice, and she also uses the piano, guitar, flute, and a variety of percussive instruments in her clinical work.

Sarah Klinck

 

Trauma & Addiction Stream

Trauma, Addiction, Economics and the Globe – How World Events Shape Personal Responses

Dr. Rick Csiernik, BA, BSW, MSW, BSc (Psychology), PhD           

This presentation will provide you with examples of how the international drama of the drug trade and the trauma it produces affects us and how while we must act locally it remains imperative for us to think globally, for the global readily becomes the local.

Background: A revolutionary change in government leads to increased drug smuggling in order to survive that leads to an exodus of refugees and when the children of this conflict begin attending Canadian schools they end up in disproportionate number of playground fights, a contemporary war leads to more female led households in male dominated society that leads to new smuggling corridors that cause the Canadian warship HMCS Toronto to record the largest military maritime drug seizure in history placing Canadian naval personnel in conflict with modern day pirates because Canadian ground troops were told not to intervene in local farming…a war on drugs 200 years ago ultimately leads not only to the creation of Hong Kong and the expulsion of Chinese labourers from Canada 100 years later but eventually to a controversial treatment program opening in Vancouver causing a RCMP officer to be encouraged to perjure himself in court, which he does not do, leading the Canadian Supreme Court to make a landmark ruling… foreign merchants begin to trade with Native inhabitants for a substance they had never used and for which they have no physical tolerance, alcohol…In our global environment what happens a world away affects us more readily now than ever before.

Rick Csiernik BSc, BSW, MSW, PhD, RSW, Professor, School of Social Work, King's University College at Western University has written and edited ten books, including Substance Use and Abuse: Everything Matters, Responding to the Oppression of Addiction, Just Say Know; A Counsellor’s Guide to Drugs and Wellness and Work. Rick has also authored over 150 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and has been an invited presenter to 200 national and international conferences, workshops and seminars. He has been part of research teams that have received over three million dollars in funding and has been on the King's University College Honour Role of teaching 14 consecutive times. Rick was the co-developer of the McMaster University Addiction Studies Program where he has taught for over 25 years and was inaugural recipient of the McMaster University Instructor Appreciation award.

 
Rick Csiernik

Trauma and Addiction  Stream

Addictions and Brain Injury - Completing the Picture

Ruth Wilcock, ED, OBIA, Executive Director, Ontario Brain Injury Association

This presentation will provide an overview of the symptoms of brain injury, the correlation between brain injury and addictions and the impact that this concurrent disorder has on individuals, families and society as a whole. Practical strategies for working with clients with brain injury and addictions will be also be discussed and delegates will be informed of the opportunities available for treating this complex issue.  At the end of the presentation delegates will be more informed on the sequela of brain injury and the prevalence of co-morbidity of addiction and brain injury. Furthermore, the audience will be able take away practical strategies for working with people who have this concurrent disorder. Light will also be shed on the opportunities that are available for treating people with this complex condition.

Background: In Ontario, there are almost a half a million people living with the effects of the trauma of brain injury and 18,000 more will be added to this number this year alone. In spite of these staggering numbers acquired brain injury (ABI) is often an invisible disability and many times is misdiagnosed and/or misunderstood. To further complicate matters there is a high co-morbidity of substance abuse and neurological impairments. Over one third of brain injury survivors have a history of substance abuse prior to injury and twenty percent of people who do not have a substance abuse problem become vulnerable to it after sustaining an ABI. Brain injury can impair a person’s insight and when combined with impulsivity issues increase the risk of misusing substances. Moreover, a lack of self-awareness and impaired understanding of their behaviours leads to the inability to predict the negative consequences of their actions. When we speak of addiction it is a very complex issue in and of itself as it has biological, chemical, neurological, psychological, medical, emotional and social underpinnings and we often do not grasp the whole picture. Similarly, brain injury is also a very complex issue and it is difficult to take in all of the various factors. Being able to see the complete picture is not an easy task and often leads to a fragmented view of the person. In order to truly facilitate one’s healing and progress we need to be able to see the whole person.

Ruth Wilcock, ED, OBIA. Ruth has worked in the community services field for 27 years. She has been in her current role as Executive Director of the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) since September 2010 and has been with the organization since 2004. Ruth has an intense passion for serving those in our society who are hurting, in need of support and especially those whose lives have been affected by brain injury. Prior to joining OBIA, Ruth served for 13 years as the Executive Director of a long-term residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. Ruth holds a specialty certification in psychodynamic psychotherapy and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapists (CAPT). Ruth’s work at the Ontario Brain Injury Association continues to focus on enhancing the lives of Ontarians living with acquired brain injury through education, awareness and support and continuing the work of building the Affiliate Network of local brain injury associations and support groups across the province.

 
Ruth Wilcock Grounding Trauma

General  Stream

Fostering Resilience in Clients with Trauma Histories

Monica Hinton, RSW, MSW

In Canada, the Committee on Sexual Offences Against Children & Youths report that, among adult Canadians, 53% of women and 31% of men are sexually abused as children. Studies suggest that exposure to childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is associated with a wide range of adverse consequences including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, attempted suicide and deliberate self-harm and a range of other adverse psychological outcomes. There is research, however, that has examined the factors that distinguish individuals exposed to childhood sexual abuse who develop adjustment issues from those children exposed to CSA who do not. A range of factors, including personality traits, family characteristics and community influences, has been identified as important determinants of resiliency following exposure to CSA. The purpose of my own qualitative research (both MSW & PhD) was to uncover what participants believed fostered their resiliency. Self-identified resilient volunteers were interviewed, data were analyzed using grounded theory and the chosen central phenomenon was the perception that the participants' childhood sexual abuse was traumatic. Strategies used by the research participants to address this phenomenon included enlisting important individuals/pets, spirituality and regulating the traumatic experience. Participants regulated their trauma through strategies including humour, self-preservation, imagination, and "unhealthy" behaviours. The results indicate that there are degrees of resiliency, resiliency is a process and each participant moved beyond periods of using unhealthy strategies in regulating their experience. If clinicians consider that everyone is resilient and that their client's behaviour is one detour along their journey of survival, they may assess, diagnose and treat differently those who have experienced childhood trauma. Practice implications and applications are addressed and the unique/innovative treatment of fostering resiliency in clients with trauma histories is covered. Workshop is interactive.

Monica Hinton, RSW, MSW
Ms. Hinton is a registered social worker who is currently completing her PhD at the University of South Australia.  Her dissertation research focuses on the process of resiliency despite childhood trauma, an extension of her MSW research. Her clinical experience includes work in both non-profit & government agencies in the area of mental health and Ms. Hinton’s workshop presentations include local, national and international venues.  Her presentations focus on helping individual’s foster resiliency in themselves and their clients.

Monica Hinton

General  Stream

The Power and Challenges of Filmmaking in healing

James Buffin

James Buffin

James Buffin is a filmmaker with over 25 years industry experience in feature films, tv shows, commercials, music videos, documentaries and not for profit projects, shooting across North America, South America, the South Pacific and Asia. He has led workshops and courses for organizations such as The Gatehouse, Planet In Focus, Workman Arts (CAMH), the Toronto District School Board and the Indonesian Consulate General (Toronto). His work has spanned the topics of suicide, trauma, addiction, racism and mental health...all with an eye towards fostering empowerment for those who need to strengthen and express Voice. With real examples, Buffin will illustrate victories and challenges of using the medium and process of video creation for NGOs.

James Buffin Grounding Trauma

 

General  Stream

The Invisible Soldier:  Trauma Therapy Assist Dogs

Tamara Leniew

The Invisible Soldier; Helping veterans with PTSD PTSD is a creeping epidemic affecting Canada’s military personal, one that continues to terrorize veterans long after the speeches are made and the white flags are raised. Join Tamara Leniew as she discusses a groundbreaking new intervention in the treatment of PTSD, Skilled Companion Dogs. In 2011, NSD identified a growing need within Canada for Skilled Companion Dogs to support the 1 in 5 Canadians affected by mental illness, specifically veterans living with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The NSD Skilled Companion Dog program was created in 2011; NSD continues to be the only accredited organization providing this program in all of Canada.

Learning Outcomes:

   
1. Demonstration of skills to help with PTSD symptoms Canine Assisted Interventions (CAI)
    2. How to access and utilize dogs in your practice .Tamara
Leniew, Hamilton, ON. 

 

Tamara has over 14 years of experience working in mental health primarily focusing on education, training and creating awareness, including 13 years of providing A.S.I.S.T. training throughout Hamilton, Halton and Niagara area. Being a dog lover makes her the perfect match to lead the PTSD and CAI program at NSD. Practical lessons from the development and practice of the therapy dog program to take into practice and front line work. Tamara will bring a dog,  share stories of success with clients. Tamara also places Canine Assisted Intervention Dogs (Therapy and Facility).

2 agencies now have therapy dogs since meeting Tamara at Grounding Trauma 2013

"Can Dogs help heal trauma stress?" BBC TV news   LINK

Tamara with Dog CAST Canada Grounding Trauma 2013

Trauma & Addiction Stream 

"Trauma? WTF!" Reflections on a personal journey and 100 focus groups.

Tom Regehr - Founder/President CAST Canada, Executive Director The CAST Projects Charity

Using story and room discussion this session will explore ideas and remaining questions about 'trauma', what it is, and our perspective.

 

Tom Regehr

From 2000-2005 Regehr facilitated weekly, independent support groups where people worked on trauma and addictions. During that time many ideas surfaced as valuable for folks entering recovery and working on trauma and addiction which settled in to language and sayings that are deeply meaningful. Since 2004 Regehr has been holding workshops and focus groups about 'trauma' with Ontario direct service providers. Working with trauma professionals and facilitating more than 100 panel discussions where 3-4 people working directly on trauma and addiction had discussion with service providers for an after noon many universal truths were identified and myths debunked.

 

Tom Regehr CAST Canada Groundung Trauma

Trauma & Addiction Stream 

Understanding and Working with the Client Where Addiction and PTSD are Present - Authentic and Productive tools to work with people without causing harm.

Tom Walker MSW RSW                                                                                    

It is extremely common, if under appreciated, that people receive care for addiction where PTSD is a factor. And it is equally common that people seeking help with trauma issues have addiction concerns. People ask "Which to treat first?" The answer is not possible, the question is misguided.

Tom Walked will help us ,

  • Gather a better understanding of the individual with co-occuring trauma and addiction concerns
  • Be better able to present with the chaos and complexity
  • Choose appropriate goals and timelines, definition of 'success'
  • Set appropriate boundaries

And by the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • recognize the symptoms & characteristics of clients impacted by trauma including how trauma can negatively influence a,
    • person’s ability to modulate emotions (anger, stress, frustration…)
    • person’s ability to access problem-solving skills
    • person’s ability to access their impulse control
  • Teach client various methods of self modulation


Tom Walker

Tom Walker is a trainer and consultant with the Canadian Training Institute (CTI). Previously he worked as the Clinical Supervisor of Nexus Youth Services and the Concurrent Disorders Program. He is a trained Clinical Traumatologist & Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, associate trainer and consultant through the Traumatology Institute. He is also an Education Specialist with Ornge where his key responsibility is developing and implementing training programs for paramedics. The focus of the training is dealing with combative patients and/or their family members and health care providers.

Tom has a private practice where he also works with trauma, addictions and mental health counselling for adolescents, adults and families. He has been the Director of Business Development and Training with CTI where he “trained people helping people” and took leadership roles with the Youth Worker Training Initiative and the Breaking the Cycle program (Youth Gang Exit Strategy). Before CTI, Tom has 25 years of experience working in the social services sector in frontline, management and senior leadership roles. 

Tom Walker

Trauma & Addiction Stream                                             

Technical Competencies v2 for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce

Elva Keip, CCSA

This double-session and fast-paced workshop begins with a brief presentation on the overall competencies project – behavioural competencies v1 (2010) and development of version 2 of the technical competencies (to be released in mid-2014). Each competency has a definition and four cumulative levels of proficiency with sample behaviour indicators for each level. While the competencies are directed specifically at the substance abuse/addictions workforce, they are very applicable to individuals working in mental health, trauma, prevention and health promotion, and education. Recognizing that trauma is often integral in substance abuse, one competency specifically addresses trauma-informed care. In this workshop, participants have the opportunity to:

 examine the technical competencies v2 in light of their own work
 determine which of the competencies are most pertinent in their field and to their work
 assess the level of proficiency they need to perform well for each of the competencies they identify as pertinent for themselves
 explore how they can use the competencies for their professional development.

There is time for individual and team reflection and discussion as well as full-group discussion.

Information on the Competencies project, including 7 3-minute videos (landing page on CCSA website)
Competencies for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce (v1) (the full resource)

Elva Keip has been a National Priority Advisor at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) since 2008. Ms. Keip coordinated the development of Competencies for Canada’s Substance Abuse Workforce – now including version 2 of the technical competencies – as part of her leadership role in the workforce development strategy at CCSA, the goal of which is to increase the professionalism of the substance abuse workforce in Canada. In keeping with that goal, she collaborated with partners to develop and deliver the 2010 National Summer Institute on Addictions. She also manages the Canadian Network of Substance Abuse and Allied Professionals (www.CNSAAP.ca), the first national website developed specifically for the substance abuse workforce. Currently, Ms. Keip is working with partners to identify competencies critical to staff working with youth to prevent substance use/abuse. Prior to joining CCSA, Ms. Keip managed a consulting business for 23 years within which she researched and wrote plain language documents such as policies and procedures; designed and developed training manuals and delivered training sessions on diverse topics such as competency-based interviewing, conflict management, change management, strategic planning, and coaching staff. Her experience in working with competencies began in 1988, developing a competency-based interviewing approach for correctional officers at Correctional Service Canada. Ms. Keip’s favourite colour is turquoise and she loves sushi. She is also the proud owner of Trixie, a 3-yr-old black and white miniature Schnauzer.

   
Elva

Elva Keip

Trauma & Addiction Stream 

Trauma And Addiction in Treatment settings - Homewood Health

Andreja Marjanovic,M.A.,C.Psych.Assoc

Workshop Details Soon


 

Andreja Marjanovic,M.A.,C.Psych.Assoc.


Andreja is a Psychological Associate registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, practicing in Clinical Psychology.  She is a graduate of the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She has been involved in clinical work with Homewood Health Centre in Guelph for the past ten years.  She also has a private practice in her Canadian hometown Hamilton.
Andreja’s interest and passion are in the assessment and treatment of PTSD as well concurrent addiction and its relationship to past trauma.  This has also been a significant component of her clinical work over the past five years. This experience included program management responsibilities in the recent past.  Andreja enjoys presenting and talking about topics she feels passionate about.  She believes in public education, which stems from her past role of Professor of Psychology in Croatia.  She heartily subscribes to Franklin’s belief that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Andreja Homewood

 

Workplace & Community Stream

The Impact of Toxic Stress & Trauma: Why Social & Community Connectedness is Essential

Suzanne Witt Foley BSC

I participated in a mission trip to Dominican Republic where we provided food, resources and medical care to people in Haitian refugee villages. The people we met are among the most poverty stricken and oppressed circumstances in the world. What I expected to find was sadness, hopelessness and illness. In fact, I did not find that. Instead, I found happiness, caring, loving and nurturing communities. I found people who have hope and faith. I found a strong sense of community, sharing and mental well being. These experiences have provided for me a grounded understanding that while poverty has a very important relationship to health and mental health, what is equally important is the relationship between well being and hopeful, caring, inclusive and nurturing families and communities. It is critical to recognize the prevalence and importance of understanding trauma/developmental trauma and its impact on emotional regulation and the development of mental health and addiction problems.

Suzanne Witt Foley BSc

As an innovator in knowledge exchange, training and education, Suzanne has over 25 years of experience in community development and capacity building. Suzanne is an experienced speaker and educator, having created and delivered hundreds of presentations nationally. She is passionate about teaching others about the impact of toxic stress on mental health and addiction and why social connectedness is one of our most powerful tools to buffer the effects. Suzanne has years of experience working with a wide variety of local, regional and provincial organizations on various initiatives relating to addictions and mental health promotion.

Suzanne was employed as a community consultant for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) for over 16 years and has worked in a variety of other settings including a community health centre, public health and health planning across Ontario, and Eastern Canada. More recently, Suzanne fulfilled a contract with the Trillium Lakelands District School board as the Mental Health Leader. Currently, Suzanne is providing community outreach consultation/education for Addiction Outreach Muskoka Parry Sound, Muskoka Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and coordinating the Muskoka Strengthening Families program.

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Suzanne Witt Foley CAST Canada Grounding Trauma

General  Stream

Safety and Efficacy of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment of Chronic, Treatment-Resistant PTSDP. Preliminary results of ongoing Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy in Van.  B.C.

Dr. Ingrid Pacey, MBBS, FRCP[C]

 

Case reports indicate that psychiatrists administered 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) as a catalyst to psychotherapy before recreational use of MDMA as ‘Ecstasy’ resulted in its criminalization in 1985. Over two decades later, promising results from a clinical trial in the U.S. and Switzerland have been published evaluating MDMA as a therapeutic adjunct for treatment of chronic, treatment resistant Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The current study conducted in Vancouver, BC, aims to replicate the results of these trials in a Canadian population. Twelve patients with chronic posttraumatic stress disorder, refractory to psychotherapy or psychopharmacology, will be randomly assigned to psychotherapy with concomitant active drug (n = 7) or a comparator (n = 5) administered during two 8-hour experimental psychotherapy sessions. Both groups receive preparatory and integrative non-drug psychotherapy. The primary outcome measure is the Clinician- Administered PTSD Scale, administered at baseline and 1 month after the second session. Neurocognitive testing, blood pressure, and temperature monitoring are performed. After 1-month follow-up, comparator subjects are offered the option to repeat the experimental procedure with open-label MDMA. Safety measures include drug-related serious adverse events, adverse neurocognitive effects, suicidality or clinically significant blood pressure increases. In patients treated to date, MDMA-assisted psychotherapy can be administered without evidence of harm, and it may be useful in patients refractory to other treatments.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Risks and benefits of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in treatment of chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD
  • Potential mechanisms of action of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in context of PTSD
  • Conducting clinical trials in Canada
   


Dr. Ingrid Pacey
comes from a Lithuanian family which migrated to Australia in 1949. She came to Canada in 1967 after completing medical school at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She received her psychiatric training at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, graduating in 1972. While in medical school, she witnessed LSD psychotherapy in a psychiatric setting as part of her training. Her private practice in Vancouver became focused on psychotherapy for trauma survivors, particularly women who had been sexually abused as children. From 1987 - 1990, she trained with Dr. Stanislav and Christina Grof in Holotropic Breathwork. Over the next 14 years, she went on to pioneer the use of Holotropic Breathwork with trauma survivors, observing the special needs of people with PTSD when working in Holotropic Breathwork groups. Through this work she came to see the value of working with non-ordinary states of consciousness for people suffering from PTSD, and published her findings. Dr. Pacey continues to practice psychiatry in Vancouver, BC, and she has lectured in Canada and the US. She is currently the Principal Investigator for the Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and overseen by Health Canada and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Dr. Ingrid Pacey
   

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Workplace & Community

'Heteronormativity and Clinical Transphobia'  or   'Cissexism, Binarism, and Clinical Transphobia'
An academic and personal viewpoint

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Tim McConnell

Tim is a transgendered man who currently works in Toronto as a Community Outreach Worker in housing/homelessness . In 2012/13 he was as a counsellor at Portage, a youth residential addictions treatment program in New Brunswick, where he was, in 2007-2008, in treatment himself. He is proud to be a recovering consumer, having suffered from substance abuse and mental health challenges; he is also a survivor of trauma.

He has a strong interest in issues affecting transgendered people in addictions treatment, and has written policies and procedures for Portage in this area. Tim has a keen interest in film, reading, Chelsea FC and cats.

Tom McVConnel

Workplace & Community

On Becoming Trauma Informed
An epic journey - a family, personal and professional perspective

Claire McConnell
 with Tim McConnell

Trauma that leads to individual and systemic change - An epic story

This workshop will tell the story of Rachel and her family; Rachel’s journey to becoming Tim, and the resulting journey for her mother Claire. Rachel grew up in a loving, happy home but a combination of undisclosed trauma at the age of 13 and her gender identity issues led to a descent into addiction and mental illness throughout her teens, unbeknownst to Claire. This was particularly difficult for Claire to understand, given that she has worked in the mental health and addictions system for many years, including time at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Central East Local Health Integration Network. Claire embarked on what she describes as “a huge fight at multiple levels”, in order to get Rachel the help she needed so that Rachel would firstly stay alive, and secondly move forwards to recovery and health. There were ultimately successes in finding the appropriate help, but these successes were punctuated by many failures. What Claire learned about the mental health and addictions “system” shook her to her core and she embarked upon the systemic advocacy road, without having ever really planned to do this.

Positive change did actually happen, eventually, with a Day of Action at Queens Park, a meeting with the Minister of Health and Long-Term care and both the funding of new youth residential treatment beds in Ontario and a change in the funding practices for youth traveling to other provinces in Canada for treatment.

This advocacy took a severe toll on Claire’s emotional health, but she then embarked on her own personal journey of recovery. Meanwhile, Rachel was continuing her own journey towards health, which led to Rachel becoming Tim. Claire will tel her story in a presentation format, with time at the end for questions and answers.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Improved understanding of the journey through trauma to positive change, from both a personal and a systemic perspective
2.Understanding of the strategies that can bring about change
3. Understanding of the family’s resilience in the face of trauma, from the micro level

Claire McConnell

Claire defines herself as a family member and consumer. She has learned and grown through her journey with Tim through “the system” and is an advocate for change. She, like Tim, is a trauma survivor: her trauma comes from her experience of the addictions system as an “insider on the outside”. In addition, she is a mental health and addictions professional who has worked in the system for thirty years at various levels, including stints at MOHLTC and the CE LHIN. She now runs her own consulting business. She shares Tim’s interest in Chelsea FC and cats, and also enjoys swimming and windsurfing.

Claire's' blog is a must read. Follow the link, scroll down or search for Claire.

Claire Mcconnel
 

 

 

Workplace & Community

Dynamic Balance - Are You Running on Empty?

Brad Hutchison and Art Lockart

Does your life seem out of balance? Are you feeling over worked and under appreciated? Does anxiety creep into common day to day activities like driving, waiting in lineups, getting out of the door in the morning to go to work? You might be running on empty. Dynamic Balance is a highly experiential workshop that provides explicit transformational skills for professionals who deal with stress in all its manifestations. Compassion Fatigue Syndrome, a relatively new phenomenon in the human services industry, can insidiously strip away personal wellness, happiness, and leave you feeling apathetic and out of control. Transform negative states into positive life enhancing states of joy, humour, and good health. Celebrate the human spirit with Dynamic Balance. The renewed physical energy and lightness of being from this workshop will stay with you permanently. Woven within this workshop are the principles and practices of Shaolin Kung Fu, neuroplasticity , and Qigong celebrating the power of humour and the human spirit. There is a great deal of untapped energy within us all. Dynamic Balance shows us how to tap into that great well to bring more peace, harmony, and laughter into your life.

Brad Hutchinson is a speaker, author, trainer, and publisher. Brad is a teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu and part owner of Beyond Kung Fu. He has authored 3 books and published 4. His chapter book "The Eye of the Storm" is being used in schools within the Ontario school system. Brad is a Ministry trained in Restorative Justice (RJ) and served as a Youth Justice Committee member from 2009-2012. The YJC is a diversion program for young offenders between 12-18 years of age that have been charged with low risk offences. Brad is an influential leader in his field and sought after as a motivational and public speaker. Brad provides Transformative Community Justice (RJ principles) training to educators, police officers, and social workers. He trains people, from school children to adults, the practice of mindfulness as a route to inner peace, joy, and happiness. He brings this wisdom to his role as Manager of The Gatehouse, an organization that provides support, resources and advocacy on behalf of those impacted by childhood sexual abuse.  Hutchinson is active in his community: He Chairs the Mississauga Library Board of Directors; volunteers for Peel Children’s Aid, Dog Guides Canada; and advises on various education, community, and business initiatives.

 

Brad Hutchison

Arthur Lockhart presents award winning workshops on the local, national and international level. Arthur Lockhart is a professor Humber College and has been involved in the field of human services of over 30 years. He is the founder of The Gatehouse (www.thegatehouse.org) a community based centre assisting people victimized by child sexual abuse; CAVE (Communities Advancing Valued Environments) (www.communitycave.com); and The Canadian Student Institute for Building Community (www.csicommunity.com). He is also spearheading an initiative for Transformative Community Justice in Ontario. He is the author of the books--Community Lost and Found: A conversation between two dreamers; Restorative Justice-Transforming Society; Human Touch: The Heartbeat of Extraordinary Education; as well as the workbook Creating Your Sacred Path.


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Optional Morning Yoga

Carol Prentice

Morning of Day 2 (May 8) - 7:00am - room location to be announced.

Please bring a yoga mat and comfortable clothing, water bottle etc.

Carols Website

 

Carol Prentice Grounding Trauma

General Stream

Trauma and People with Developmental Disabilities – the impact and the recovery

Cathy Kuehni, BASc, Child Life Therapist
Jodie Petkovich
BA. Child Life Therapist
Mellissa Otte
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Central West (CW) Specialized Developmental Services Dual Diagnosis Service was established in the Spring of 2005. Over time they identified a strong trend of individuals, referred to the Dual Diagnosis Specialized Team for challenging behaviours, who were also diagnosed with PTSD or had a trauma history. In searching out supports for people with developmental disability/dual diagnosis, a gap was recognized as there were no trauma treatment resources in the CW region for these individuals. To address this important need, the Central West Network developed a committee in 2006 to look at trauma and people with developmental disabilities. Dr. Lori Haskel was hired to complete a literature review, construct a theoretical framework and make recommendations towards developing an integrated network of services. The Community Networks of Specialized Care were established across the province in May 2006 as a way of linking specialized services and professionals to pool their expertise for treatment and support of adults who have developmental disabilities, mental health needs (dual diagnosis) and/or challenging behaviours in the communities where they live. The Networks bring together people from a variety of sectors with a common goal of improving the coordination, access and quality of services for these individuals who have complex needs. The Southern Network participated in this initiative with Central West when the training began in 2009 and established their Trauma Initiative in December, 2011. A report on Abuse of People with Disabilities – 2013 Spectrum Institute confirms the statistics that people with developmental disabilities are more likely to experience abuse. The report states that over 70% of people with an intellectual disability will be victims of abuse; of those, 90% will experience multiple times and only 37% reported to the authorities. David Hingsberger’s statistics indicate that 8 of 10 females are sexually abused more than once; males are 6 of 10. It is important for trauma partners to understand people with intellectual disability, the issues of abuse and the trauma they face. As a community of clinicians we need to develop a seamless system of support; an informed continuum of care for this population. The focus of the Trauma Committee is to build capacity and networks within our Community Networks of Specialized Care to ensure Developmental Service clinicians/workers, families and care providers are more trauma informed and that trauma clinicians/workers become more informed about people living with Intellectual Disabilities and Dual Diagnosis. To that end we would like to make a presentation to the Grounding Trauma conference. Although research and data have taught us much about the need to promote understanding of people’s behaviour through a trauma lens, our best teachers have been the people we have worked with. The uniqueness of our presentation includes the inspirational story of one woman’s ongoing journey towards healing and hope. Melissa’s story continues to encourage and teach clinicians, front line staff, families and those walking a similar journey. Melissa shares with vulnerability, courage and much laughter….she ‘walks what she talks’! We will share information about intellectual disability and dual diagnosis, tools, resources and other considerations that are helpful in meeting the needs of this most vulnerable population.

Cathy Kuehni, BASc, CLS (Child Life Therapist)
Cathy Kuehni has been the Intensive Behavioural Consultant for Family Counselling and Support Services in Guelph over the past 6 ½ years.  Cathy’s role includes:  walking alongside families (group homes, work places, Supported Independent Living) and individuals with developmental disabilities in crisis, developing and practicing coping strategies with all involved; transitional support; trauma training; development of, and ongoing training within, “Wonder of Me” groups; Case consultation team facilitator; liaison supporting consistent practices in both home and school (work); workshop facilitator; leadership development. 

Cathy Kuehni

Jodie Petkovich BA. CLS (Child Life Therapist)
Jodie has worked in developmental services for twenty years; she works at Hamilton Brant Behaviour Services as a behaviour consultant. Jodie currently facilitates the Resiliency group which is based on the Interactive Behaviour Therapy Model (IBT, Daniel Tomasulo). She is an active member of the Southern Network of Specialized Care Trauma Initiative providing information and training to community partners in an effort to increase capacity to better support people with developmental disabilities who have experienced trauma. Her educational background includes a degree from Brock University (BA) and a diploma from Algonquin College (Child and Youth Worker).

Jodie Petkovich Groundig Trauma

Melissa Otter, Trauma training facilitator
Melissa has worked consistently, throughout the past 6 years, to put into practice healthy coping strategies in response to painful childhood memories.  With a strong and supportive team around her, Melissa has been able to successfully move from being a woman controlled and driven by negative thoughts and emotions to identifying and expressing her emotions in healthier ways.  With each healing step in her journey, Melissa’s capacity to cope more effectively with life’s challenges has grown.  Melissa now gives back to her community through:  encouraging and helping to empower others, giving away some of her beautiful knitted creations and facilitating workshops to help others understand helpful coping strategies to pass on to those with developmental disabilities affected by trauma. 

 
Melissa

Workplace & Community

Shifting Tides: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Pediatric Nursing

Laura Doull, Ian Robertson, Emily Flynn, Shushma Samson and Christine Ashick

Over a period of 12 weeks, all Pediatric nurses at the Niagara health System were provided an in-depth training on trauma-informed practices by a Clinical Traumatologist in response to concerns raised on how to manage children with mental health related issues on their medical unit. The inpatient pediatric department is the only hospitalized unit that has 4 inpatient mental health beds embedded within their medical beds. The frontline pediatric nurses felt strongly that they did not want to continue using old outdated practices grounded in seclusion, restraints and guards for managing, surveillance and monitor escalating youth admitted to their unit. At the heart of this change was authentically exploring how power operates and is used to influence clinical practice.   An overall assessment of current policies, practices and clinical procedures was conducted. This lead to the training component of the trauma-informed clinical approach. The hospital funded the training program and all nurses were paid to attend as the organization felt strongly about supporting their staff in shifting practice to a “better way” founded in best practices.  This presentation will review our journey of becoming a trauma-informed pediatric unit where care can be provided in a more compassionate, caring approach. The underpinning of care is to develop an approach that shares of power equally between the patient and staff.

The following areas will be discussed:

  1. Brief review of current policies and practices prior to becoming trauma informed
  2. Review of staff attitudes and stigmatizations that supported old practices
  3. Developing an organizational commitment to becoming Trauma-Informed at all levels of the Pediatric Services portfolio within the organization at the Niagara Health System
  4. Develop a parallel process of care to support the model integration.
  5. Our commitment to training staff to support this objective
  6. Brief review of the training component
  7. Creating the new culture. Shift in beliefs and attitudes within each staff to wearing the trauma-informed lens
  8. Structural implementation changes to support the model, its integration and sustainability through policy, procedures and accepted day-to-day practices  

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Laura Doull - As the Regional Educator for the Women & Babies and Children’s Health Programs at Niagara Health System, Laura Doull provides orientation and ongoing education programs for healthcare professionals in Children’s Health, Women & Babies, Special Care Nursery and other areas where and when pediatric/perinatal education is required.  She introduces new and revised professional standards for paediatric and perinatal education is required.  She introduces new and revised professional standards for paediatric and perinatal practice, develops patient education materials and facilitates policy and procedure development.   Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Masters of Science (Nursing) and Leadership/Management Certificate in Nursing and Healthcare.  She is CNA certified within Perinatal Nursing, holds a Perinatal Certificate in Obstetric Intensive Care, is an NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Provider) Instructor, an AWHONN FHS (Fetal Health Surveillance)  Instructor, an RTS (Resolve Through Sharing) Co-ordinator and course facilitator for PAIL (Pregnancy and Infant Loss) Network.  She has been a speaker at numerous Perinatal Bereavement courses and conferences.  Laura is passionate about maternal child nursing, clinical education, and evidence-informed nursing practice. 

 Laura Doull

Ian Robertson  - During this time, Ian has worked as a substance abuse counsellor at the Niagara Withdrawal Management Centre, the New Port Centre, as a clinical therapist for Mental Health Services at a multisite hospital system in Niagara, and also consultant for several community organizations. Ian was working as the Trainer and Facilitator for Addictions and Mental Health and now he is working as a the Regional Clinical Supervisor for Addictions and Mental Health for the Niagara Health System. He is a certified as a Clinical Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Substance Abuse Counsellor, Trauma Incident Reduction, and trained in Level 1 & 2 of EMDR, Threat Assessment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Process Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Ian has been a speaker at international, national, provincial and regional conferences and an organizational trainer on topics such as substance abuse, trauma, concurrent disorders, mental health, youth at risk, youth threat assessment, Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change, and Organizational Trauma-informed Practices. He is currently working on his Advanced Certification as a Clinical Supervisor from Smith College in MA, USA. Ian also owns and operates a private practice in Niagara.

Ian Robertson

Karen Buckle

Karen graduated from Niagara College and holds a Diploma in Nursing. Karen has 35 years in Nursing all with Pediatrics. Karen is currently the Charge Nurse in Children's Health and Special Care Nursery. Karen is responsible for the implementation and education to front line staff. She embraces the commitment of becoming a Trauma Informed Pediatric Unit and looks forward to the implementation of new practices.

Karen Buckle 

Emily Flynn, RN, BScN Emily Flynn completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from McMaster University in 2010. She was awarded with 'Excellence in Paediatric Nursing' Certificate at graduation based on her clinical placement at Niagara Health System Paediatric department prior to graduation. Emily started as a Registered Nurse at the St. Catharine's Hospital in Paediatrics in the fall of 2010 and is now entering her fourth year of paediatric nursing. Emily provides care to clients age newborn to 18 years and has experience in acute, palliative, medical, surgical and Mental Health nursing. Emily actively seeks new learning experiences and has an attitude to succeed.

Emily Flynn

Shushma Samson has been working at the Niagara Health System since the beginning of 2000. Shushma’s clinical expertise is in Mental Health as a Registered Nurse. Currently, Shushma is the clinical lead for all high risk children and youth that are admitted to hospital. She has worked for a period of 15 years in several positions: Inpatient Psychiatric Nurse, Crisis Charge Nurse, Psychiatric Emergency Response Team Nurse where her role was to assess lethality, provide a psycho diagnostic impression and supervise critically ill clients with mental illness. During this time, she was also the Administrator of a Ministry of Health approved Home for Special Care. In 1990, Shushma commenced studies at the University of Windsor in the faculty of Psychology, in this student role. She was involved in ongoing research, undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Her teaching interests include mental health, smoking cessation, nicotine replacement therapy and ethno cultural psychiatry. Shushma’s academic qualifications include Diploma in Nursing, Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Nursing and currently completing Masters of Nursing degree.

Shushma Samson

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Wednesday Evening

Music Therapy/Songwriting
Songwriters circle

Dan Hill - Bruce Madole - Grainne Ryan.

Thursday Morning

Optional Morning Yoga Session - 7:00

NOTE: There is NO pre-registration for sessions.
There are large rooms for each session. Choose as you go.

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