Trauma Talks

Call for Proposals

Intergenerational Trauma: Hope and Healing Through Trauma-Informed Care
Friday, June 12th, 2020

Trauma Talks 2020

5th Trauma Talks Conference
Women’s College Hospital
Toronto, Ontario.

SUBMISSIONS Open: November 4th, 2019 
SUBMISSIONS Deadline: January 31st, 2020 

We are excited to invite you to submit proposals for our fifth Trauma Talks Conference. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Intergenerational Trauma: Hope and Healing Through Trauma-Informed Care.” The conference will feature two keynote speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities - all taking place in the Conference Centre at Women’s College Hospital. 

The 2020 conference committee is seeking proposals that discuss the impact of intergenerational transmission of trauma on individuals and communities from a biological and/or clinical practice perspective. Intersecting themes could also include but are not limited to refugees, attachment-based struggles, and Indigenous experiences. Multi-media and collaborative presentations as well as student poster presentations are encouraged. The committee welcomes proposals from Canadian and international participants. Proposals from clinicians, service providers across disciplines and sectors, researchers, policy makers and others with a range of perspectives on psychological trauma and trauma-informed care are also encouraged. Trauma Talks is an opportunity to learn from colleagues and to build a network of support and collaboration among professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge about psychological trauma and trauma-informed care. 

For more information on the theme please click here.

The committee invites proposals that:

  • Reflect innovation and cutting-edge content
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion as well as audience engagement
  • Deliver model practices using approaches for different types of professionals
  • Present evidence based on or supported by research
  • Use multimedia approaches to enhance attendee learning

Highlighted topics may include:

  • Trauma-informed practices that may be applied in different practice settings
  • The impact of trauma-informed care on outcomes
  • Faculty engagement and curriculum innovation
  • Ethical issues in trauma-informed care
  • Cultural and human diversity in trauma-informed care and the role of advocacy
  • The current state of scholarship in the field

While we will give priority to presentations that address our theme, proposals on any topic addressing psychological trauma are welcome. Student and early career submissions are especially welcome. Our intention is that the overall program will include a diverse array of presenters and perspectives, including those with different backgrounds, different levels of experience, and different institutional and organizational types.  

Skill Levels:

Basic: Any professional participants (including students) should be able to fully understand and appreciate this presentation. It includes basic knowledge, techniques, or skills.

Intermediate: Requires participants to have at least some work experience in order to gain maximum benefit from the presentation.

Advanced: Participants require a high-level of training, and substantial experience in the topic. Such presentations are geared to specialists and those in advanced stages of their career.

All: Presentation would be of interest to all participants, regardless of experience or training.

Presentation Formats:

Symposium: An organized collection of individual papers around a theme
Total length: 75 minutes (usually 3-4 presentations)
Each presentation discusses:
(a) a particular aspect of the symposium topic
(b) an integrated perspective on related topics or
(c) several components of a research project
Proposals must include an abstract from each presenter (200 word maximum) on their specific contribution.

Panel Discussion: An organized and coordinated discussion among expert panelists of a particular theme
Total length: 75 minutes (usually 3-4 panelists, including a moderator)
Please note that only one abstract is required for a panel proposal submission

Workshop: An organized interactive presentation consisting of didactic and practical/experiential components
Total length: 75 minutes

Poster: Poster presentation of a case study or research project. The poster session will occur over the lunch break. A poster award will be given for best poster and announced at the end of the day.

Please note that submissions not accepted for a symposium, panel, or workshop session may be invited to present in poster format.  

To be considered, proposals must be emailed to with a completed Trauma Talks Proposal form and CV from each contributing author.

All submissions must include:

  • A curriculum vitae from each contributing author
  • Full names and affiliations of all authors
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation format selected
  • Skill level selected
  • An abstract that is 200 words or less (symposium submissions must include one abstract for each discussant/presenter)
  • Please include 3 to 5 references in American Psychological Association format
  • Indicate a corresponding contact person with an email address and phone number
  • All case material that includes potential identifying information has been altered or disguised for confidentiality
  • Presenters are asked to be aware of potential for audience distress in their presentations and to align presentations with the principles of trauma-informed care, as well as respect for diversity and inclusiveness
  • Acknowledgement that informed consent was obtained for any patient information seen or heard in audio or video presentations
  • Email submission subject line should be titled “Trauma Talks 2020 Proposal Submission

For any questions or concerns, please contact

Thank you!

Warm regards, 
Trauma Talks Conference Committee

Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Program Co-Chair
Carrie ClarkPsyD, CPsych, Program Co-Chair
Debbie Belne, MEd, RP
Catherine Classen, PhD, CPsych
Anne Fourt, BScOT, MEd
Rachelle Marek, RN, BScN, BA
Zoe Thomas, MD, FRCPC
Cindy Nguyen, BKin, MSc, Conference Coordinator

Women's College Hospital