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Welcome to Trauma Talks 2016

Speaking the Unspoken:

Advocacy for Trauma-Informed Care

June 10th, 2016

Psychological trauma has been called the hidden epidemic. The cost to individuals, families, communities, and society at large is immense. When considering the impact of child abuse in Canada, the economic cost alone has been estimated to be in the 10’s of billions of dollars every year. Given the prevalence of child abuse and the emotional, psychological, behavioral and physical toll it takes, it is not surprising that our health care, social service, and correctional systems are bursting at the seams. The role of trauma in the overburdening of these systems can no longer be ignored. These systems and our society as a whole must become trauma-informed. Becoming trauma-informed requires a paradigm shift in how offer we services across all sectors.

In an effort to advance this cause, the theme of Trauma Talks 2016 is “Speaking the unspoken: Advocacy for trauma-informed care.” We aim to address questions like, what does it mean to advocate for trauma-informed care? What strategies can we use to gain public support for this cause? What are concrete steps we can take individually or collectively to effect change? These questions are at the heart of this conference. We hope to create space for a dialogue about the many ways of engaging in advocacy to promote trauma-informed care. From clinical work to larger systems, providing trauma-informed care is foundational for providing good care. Join us for a conference examining the concept of advocacy for trauma-informed care, the challenges involved, and how to advocate for trauma-informed care across disciplines, professions and sectors.

Keynote Speakers:

Advocacy for Trauma-informed Care: Moving from Construct to Reality

Dr. Janice LeBel will be presenting: Advocating for Trauma-informed Care: Moving from Construct to Reality in which shewill offer pragmatic recommendations and strategies for trauma-informed system change.  Dr. LeBel has direct experience of advancing a trauma-informed agenda with multiple health and social service systems and concretizing trauma-sensitive practice into practice standards, program operations and funding streams. Her presentation will review beginning and more advanced steps in these processes.  Specific strategies to move from theory to practice include: foundational content knowledge, focused leadership skills, key data elements, full inclusion of persons-served and more.  Finally, she will also offer typical pitfalls and challenges, and suggestions for mitigating ‘false steps’ along the way of system transformation.

Janice LeBel, PhD, ABPP

Janice LeBel is an award winning, international leader in trauma-informed care and an expert in developing positive service environments. She will both instruct and inspire on how to create a trauma-informed setting.

Treating the Complexities of Complex Trauma: Integrated and Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches

Complex trauma is the result of repetitive and layered forms ofattachment trauma and childhood abuse, along with other forms of prolonged and repetitive trauma. The aftereffects are themselves complex and span neurobiological, psychological, interpersonal, and spiritual domains. They can have lifelong impact or can appear periodically in rather disguised form. This presentation will provide an overview of aftereffects and their associated diagnoses, with emphasis on their neurobiological and dissociative aspects. A sequenced treatment that extends beyond the treatment of posttraumatic symptoms has received consensus support but is being questioned by some who instead recommend the early application of evidence based trauma-focused treatment. This presentation will focus on the need for integrated care and collaboration between therapist and client. The treatment is founded on a solid and trustworthy relationship between client and therapist to provide a catalyst and a container for therapeutic issues to be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to describe dimensions of complex trauma.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe several aftereffects of complex trauma.
  3. Attendees will be able to outline the sequence of treatment for complex trauma and identify components of integrated care.
  4. Attendees will be able to identify several types of evidence-based trauma-focused treatments.

Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP

Christine Courtois is a pioneer and world renowned expert in complex trauma as well as a gifted clinician. Learn from one of the best on how to provide integrated and collaborative care.

New this year! An exciting variety of peer-reviewed presentations including workshops, papers, panel discussion, symposium and poster session led by professionals from a diverse range of disciplines including mental health, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, and massage therapy. Details can be found here.

We hope to see you June 10th.

Warm regards,
Trauma Talks Conference Committee

Catherine Classen, PhD, CPsych, Program Co-Chair 
Dana Ross, MD, FRCPC, Program Co-Chair
Janice DuMont, EdD
Clare Pain, MD, FRCPC
Carol Stalker, PhD, RSW
Pamela Stewart, MD, FRCPC
Debbie Belne, MEd, Conference Coordinator


Women's College Hospital
Women's College Hospital