Strategies for Working with Indigenous Individuals Experiencing Trauma
Presented by: Dr. Holly Graham, RN, BA, BScN, MN, PhD, R.D. Psychologist, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Date & Time: September 24, 2019 | 1:00- 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of the foundational knowledge related to trauma and practical applications for the workplace from an Indigenous perspective. The physiology and symptoms of trauma, the prevalence, and the ongoing impact of trauma on the body will be discussed; along with the everyday strategies for working with individuals who have and are experiencing trauma. The principles of trauma-informed practice (TIP) will be covered, along with the value of self-care and daily wellness practice.
Bio: Dr. Holly Graham is a member of the Thunderchild First Nation. She has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a variety of northern communities, in addition to various other health care environments since 1985. Holly is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, at the University of Saskatchewan. She maintains an active practice as a Registered Doctoral Psychologist, working primarily with individuals who have experienced trauma and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Holly's research is focused on Indigenous health, mental health, and well-being.
Trauma-Informed Responses to Human Trafficking
Presented by: Brenda Quenneville, MSW, RSW, Social Worker and Gina Snooks, PhD candidate in Women's Studies and Feminist Research, Western University
Date & Time: October 22, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Description: The Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking (NORAHT) contends that intersectional trauma-informed approaches are key to understanding and addressing the complexities of human trafficking. Human trafficking is at once an intrapersonal, interpersonal and structure phenomenon. Thus, we argue that service provision designed to support persons who have been trafficked must be rooted in diverse trauma-theories and human rights approaches that are strengths-based, culturally appropriate and support persons’ agency and self-determination while also drawing attention to the multifaceted ways in which histories of structural violence and cultural, social and political dimensions inform experiences of human trafficking on personal, organizational and system levels. In this webinar, we provide a theoretical overview as well as examples for the practical application of intersectional trauma-informed practices and we invite audiences to critically reflect upon ways in which these practices can be utilized in your own work on human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Brenda Quenneville is co-Director and founding member of the Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking. She teaches part time for Nipissing University's Social Work program, focusing on structural and interpersonal violence. She provides individual and group counselling to people with lived experience of various traumas, trauma-focused clinical supervision to social workers and psychotherapists seeking to develop their trauma-lens, and a variety of support services to agencies exposed to organizational vicarious trauma through her private practice: Centered Fire Counselling and Consulting.
Gina Snooks is a research assistant with NORAHT and a PhD candidate in Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western University. Her research focuses on trauma and healing practices. She sits on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
How Law and Stigma Harm Sex Workers: Panel Discussion
Presented by: Representatives from Butterfly, Maggie’s and Safe Space
Date & Time: November 19, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Description: In this webinar, presenters will explore how the stigma, marginalization and criminalization associated with sex work impacts sex workers’ health and personal safety.
Butterfly was formed by sex workers, social workers, legal and health professionals. It provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers. The organization is founded upon the belief that sex workers are entitled to respect and basic human rights. Butterfly asserts that, regardless of their immigration status, Asian and migrant sex workers should be treated like all other workers.
Learn more: https://www.butterflysw.org
Maggie's: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run for and by local sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. We are founded on the belief that in order to improve our circumstances, sex workers must control our own lives and destinies.
Learn more: http://maggiestoronto.ca/about
SafeSpace is a volunteer run NFP support centre for sex workers, allies and women/non binary folks in crisis located 96 Rectory. Our model is one of empowerment with the goal of meeting women where they are at and helping sex workers operate with safety and dignity. We aim to make a real community that strives to raise the basic living conditions of its most vulnerable and exploited members. We are open Monday and Tuesday nights, 6:00 PM-11:00 OM and offer harm-reduction supplies, HIV & STI/STD educational resources, cosmetics, clothes, hygiene goods, first aid, food, coffee, tea and information about current services in London.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/safespace.london/
Story Shifters: Co-creating New Stories about Trauma
Presented by: Barbara Ward, BA, MSW, RSW, PhD, Mental Health Lead, Waterloo Region District School Board
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 1:00 to 2:15 PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME
Description: This webinar reviews 9 story shifters that can be used to assist those who have experienced childhood trauma to explore new alternative stories rooted in resilience, where alternate meanings and stories can be created that bring hope and forgiveness to the future.
This webinar presents from a perspective that is rooted in positive psychology, resilience and social construction in a manner that is easy to understand and relate to. Strategies that contribute to change are emphasized with concrete examples and stories.
Participants will learn:
- why our current view of childhood trauma needs to be shifted from one of wounded-ness to one that is resilience-based
- nine resilience based story shifters that can make a difference for someone who has experienced trauma
- how clinicians can use story shifters in counselling sessions
- the power of community members, helpers and mentors in shifting trauma stories, on an individual or collective basis.
Bio: Barbara Ward, BA, MSW, RSW, PhD is a leading expert in children’s mental health with 25 years’ experience in the field. Her training and knowledge of child and youth trauma encompasses family violence, abuse and neglect, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and children’s mental health.
Barbara is currently the Mental Health Lead with the Waterloo Region District School Board, influencing the education system as it attends to student mental wellness. Barbara previously served as the Director of Services, as well as a manager and a clinician in the Child and Family Therapy Program in a large children’s mental health organization in the Waterloo Region.