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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.

New this year! We invite you to submit a proposal to present your work at Trauma Talks. While we especially welcome submissions that speak to our theme, we welcome any submission that addresses some aspect of psychological trauma including, research, clinical application, theory, and advocacy. Details can be found here.

Keynote Speaker

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.

Please check back for updates on Trauma Talks 2016.

For more information, please contact: 416.323.6400 ext 4120.

We look forward to seeing you in June.

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