This 2-hour workshop will introduce key concepts and principles of trauma-informed practice. Trauma-informed services take into account an understanding of trauma in all aspects of service delivery and place priority on the person’s safety, choice and control. Such services create a treatment culture of nonviolence, learning, and collaboration.
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Participate by videoconference OR online via computer webinar
Registration: Pre-registration is required to attend this free event. Click here to register.
Who Should Attend? This workshop is intended for individuals who work in health centers, home-care workers, community health and nursing station staff.
1. An introduction to definitions of trauma and a description of trauma effects including:
– Single-event trauma, complex trauma/developmental trauma, historical trauma and;
– Physical, emotional, spiritual, behavioural and relational effects of trauma
2. Prevalence of trauma among a range of populations
3. Description of four key principles of trauma-informed practice:
– Trauma awareness
– Emphasis on safety and trustworthiness
– Opportunity for choice, collaboration and connection
– Strength-based and skill-building
4. Examples of programs and systems where trauma-informed practice has been integrated
5. Sharing examples from participants’ own work where trauma-informed practice has been implemented and where they see room to strengthen trauma-informed practice
6. Questions and discussion
About the Presenter
Diane Smylie, MSW, RSW has worked in community-based services as a clinician and a program manager for more than a decade. More recently her work has focused on the development of programs and policies for agencies serving women who are experiencing problems with substance use, mental health and trauma. Diane’s clinical program development and policy work are informed by a strong social determinants of health perspective. Additionally, Diane’s Métis heritage informs the “lens” she brings to all of her work.
Highlights of Diane’s key relevant projects include:
- Co-leading a provincial initiative to strengthen trauma informed practice in BC mental health and substance use services through the collaborative development of a practice guide and a provincial curriculum
- Co-investigator in a study evaluating the Seeking Safety Program for women with problem gambling and trauma (the principal investigators for this study are Lisa Najavits and Catherine Classen)
- Co-authoring a chapter in a book on trauma informed practice for substance use and mental health practitioners, Becoming Trauma Informed (Edited by Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves)
- Development and evaluation of a seven-week day program for mothers with substance use problems (including programming to support children and parenting)