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A Conference Presented by: CAST Canada

Grounding Trauma 2012

Grounding Trauma 2013

Emerging Ideas, Progressive Approaches

A conference for front line helping professionals, therapists, researchers and academics to gather fresh ideas,
practices and hope from new research, practice and from each other

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Map of Location





Main Conference

Grounding Trauma 2013

Nottawasaga Inn
Alliston, ON
70 min north of Pearson Airport ( Toronto )

May 8 & 9, ( Wed - Thurs )

$350 + hst Includes a light lunch and parking



Pre-Conference Workshop/Forum

Building Bridges: Linking Woman Abuse, Substance Use And Mental Ill Health

Core Presentation by

May 7th, ( Tues), 9:00 - 4:00 pm
$175.50 +
hst Includes a light lunch and parkng



The Nottawasaga Inn

Set in rural Ontario an
hour north of Pearson Airport or Yorkdale plaza in Toronto

A trauma book
list prepared by Caversham

"Grounding Trauma 2012 was arguably the best conference I have ever attended,
and I have been in
the field for 40 years."
Joyce Kahler, RN.
, North Bay, Ontario, Canada


 Internationally, there is a growing understanding of the numerous and diverse effects of trauma and unresolved grief on individuals and communities. In the last few years there have been many advances in our understanding of how the brain, the body and emotions are connected.  We are more aware of how brain plasticity changes the landscape of therapy, how body awareness is linked to progress, and ways in which we can affect positive change in the lives of youth and adults. It brings hope to our work in new and exciting ways.  We are eager to explore new, emerging, progressive and creative approaches to trauma.

Confirmed presentations include a stream connecting the effects of trauma in the body ( Somatic Theory )  with Yoga Principles.
Conference Dates:  May 8 & 9 2013 The pre-conference agenda is fixed.  We are accepting proposals to compliment the theme of the pre-conference in the main body of the conference.
Location: Alliston, ON, Canada (Between Barrie and Toronto)
Deadline for Submissions: December 14, 2012. You will be notified by February 8, 2013.
Invitation:  We hope to improve outcomes and save you time.  You are invited to  email or phone with questions or your basic ideas before completing the full RFP.  Provide  key details and be adventurous.
Who may submit a presentation? Anyone. We would like a balance of presenters from across sectors, academia, practitioners, service providers and people with direct experience. 
Formats:   We encourage creative formats and functions, explore questions, consult the audience etc.
Target Audience: Health professionals, frontline service providers, therapists,  counsellors and trauma specialists, progressive arts therapists such as dance, art, etc.  Front-line staff from across all sectors including, justice, probation and parole, Community Support workers, outreach staff; those involved in youth programming and at risk youth, prevention and education coordinators, educators, shelter workers.

What are we looking for? New and relevant ideas that will enlighten the work, bring hope and explore new questions. We are particularly interested in mind-body connections and successful programs and therapies  from the community, including service providers and schools.

  1. Understanding trauma
  2. Treatment and therapies
  3. Trauma informed service delivery
  1. Trauma informed environments ( not just curriculum ) in schools
  2. Trauma informed education for health and helping professionals
  3. Prevention.
  1. Programs and approaches complimenting the preconference theme


At Grounding Trauma 2013 we want to propel change. You can be a part of it.
Questions?        1-705-749-6145        gt@cast-canada.ca



Contemporary Dance Piece - Being commissoned, details soon.

"Dedicated Listener" - Ann Morgan will take in the conference and reflect back during the closing

Event Artist - Carlie Russelle will be doing interprative sketches to capture the essence of the event.


At Grounding Trauma we will propel change - be part of it. .......Register now



       Our collective understanding and acceptance of trauma, loss and unresolved grief is growing. But is that enough? Are care providers well equipped to support survivors of traumatic events? What happens when our frontline workers struggle to deal with continual exposure to trauma work?

It is known that frontline professionals working with trauma often feel afraid and inadequate. Education and life experience do not necessarily give workers enough strategies, tools and frameworks to support their clients. Frustration levels rise as workers struggle with seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and then approach their own lives with trepidation. This situation can lead to negative behaviours, such as anger, substance abuse and eating disorders. The high levels of stress are evident in worker absenteeism and other job performance difficulties. Because of both internal and external stigma, the worker is often hesitant to ask for help. A worker’s own internal conflict, stress and secondary trauma can result in poor service for the client, sometimes even re-traumatizing the person they are supposed to be helping.

The stakes - for both the worker and client - are high.

       Around the world there is a growing understanding of the numerous and diverse effects of unresolved grief on individuals and communities. We will explore current practices to prepare all those involved, and explore new approaches to treat those with PTSD, trauma, depression and other effects.

In the last few years there have been many advances in our understanding of how the brain, the body and emotions are connected. Brain plasticity is just one example of new science that brings hope to the work of helping people who suffer from traumatic stress, addiction, etc.

We are learning - and learning to accept - the myriad of ways that trauma and stress affect the body. The physical structure of the brain develops differently when one is under ongoing stress. How might this affect goal-setting in learning environments? How would this affect approaches and goals in therapeutic environments?

Understanding brain plasticity changes the landscape of therapy, and how we effect positive change in the lives of adults. It brings hope to our work in new and exciting ways.

        Could a successful implementation of SEL (Social Emotional Literacy) theories and practices at an early age  combined with a knowledge of grieving skills prevent typical maladaptive social behaviours such as : substance abuse, addiction, 'trauma' etc. , would it prevent suffering?


  • Why is yoga so effective in helping people with depression?
  • How does an understanding of brain development help us to plan learning for teens?
  • Is trauma or stress a factor in ADHD and other similar diagnoses?
  • Teaching SEL skills reduces suffering.   How can we do more? Where?  
At Grounding Trauma 2013 we want to propel change. Be a part of it......... Register now



About CAST Canada
Cast Canada has been holding workshops for helping professionals, presenting at Schools and Universities,
and giving speeches to public and corporate audiences in Ontario and across Canada since 2004.

CAST  stands for Come And Sit Together

705-749-6145              gt@cast-canada.ca              www.cast-canada.ca