Trauma Talks

Welcome to Trauma Talks 2018:

Bridging Brain and Body with Trauma-informed Care

Trauma Talks is a conference focused on the concept and practice of trauma-informed care which encompasses principles such as safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. We value diversity and recognize the impact of trauma on all members of society, including the disproportionate rates of trauma within marginalized populations. The unacceptably high prevalence rates of trauma experienced within our society are amplified within health care settings and uninformed providers can contribute to re-traumatizing experiences. The intersections of racism, ableism, sexism, heteronormativity, classism, ageism, and the like require thoughtful consideration with regards to who experiences trauma and how people are treated within institutions, while recognizing the challenges and on-going learning required to effectively do so.

Research shows that healing can occur in clinical and organizational settings that foster recognizing, understanding, and responding to those who have experienced trauma. Being trauma-informed is a way of being present in the world, a commitment to personal and professional growth. Living and working in alignment with the principles of trauma-informed care means acknowledging the impact of trauma on the brain, body, and spirit of the people we are privileged to work with.

The theme of this year’s Trauma Talks conference is ‘Bridging Brain and Body through Trauma-informed Care’.  The body is inextricably linked to trauma, and holds the scars – both visible and non- of past experiences. These experiences can leave survivors feeling overwhelmed and unsafe in their own skin. We know that neuroplasticity in the brain allows for new neural pathways but if we focus solely on the brain, we miss an opportunity to create a safe environment that nurtures and responds to the needs of the body. Bridging the connection between body and brain provides us insight into the impact of trauma and pathways for healing and recovery. Join us for a day of keynote speakers, workshops, and discussion with experts in psychological trauma as we consider the connections between the brain and body in the context of trauma-informed practice.

Keynote Speakers:

Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD
Ame Cutler, PhD

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We look forwarding to seeing you in June!

Warm regards, 
Trauma Talks Conference Committee

Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Program Co-Chair
Carrie Clark, PsyD, CPsych, Program Co-Chair
Catherine Classen, PhD, CPsych
Debbie Belne, MEd, RP
Lisa Andermann, MD, FRCPC
Carol Stalker, PhD, RSW
Pamela Stewart, MD, FRCPC


Women's College Hospital