Trauma Talks

Welcome to Trauma Talks 2016

Speaking the Unspoken:

Advocacy for Trauma-Informed Care

June 10th, 2016

From clinical work to larger systems, providing trauma-informed care is foundational for providing good care. This conference will appeal to those wanting up-to-date information about effective treatment planning and novel trauma-based interventions that apply to complex clinical populations. Join us for a conference that will also examine the importance of advocacy for trauma-informed care, the challenges involved, and how to advocate for trauma-informed care across disciplines, professions and sectors.

Keynote Speakers:

Advocacy for Trauma-informed Care: Moving from Construct to Reality

Dr. Janice LeBel will be presenting: Advocating for Trauma-informed Care: Moving from Construct to Reality in which shewill offer pragmatic recommendations and strategies for trauma-informed system change.  Dr. LeBel has direct experience of advancing a trauma-informed agenda with multiple health and social service systems and concretizing trauma-sensitive practice into practice standards, program operations and funding streams. Her presentation will review beginning and more advanced steps in these processes.  Specific strategies to move from theory to practice include: foundational content knowledge, focused leadership skills, key data elements, full inclusion of persons-served and more.  Finally, she will also offer typical pitfalls and challenges, and suggestions for mitigating ‘false steps’ along the way of system transformation.

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.

Treating the Complexities of Complex Trauma: Integrated and Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches

Complex trauma is the result of repetitive and layered forms of attachment trauma and childhood abuse, along with other forms of prolonged and repetitive trauma. The aftereffects are themselves complex and span neurobiological, psychological, interpersonal, and spiritual domains. They can have lifelong impact or can appear periodically in rather disguised form. This presentation will provide an overview of aftereffects and their associated diagnoses, with emphasis on their neurobiological and dissociative aspects. A sequenced treatment that extends beyond the treatment of posttraumatic symptoms has received consensus support but is being questioned by some who instead recommend the early application of evidence based trauma-focused treatment. This presentation will focus on the need for integrated care and collaboration between therapist and client. The treatment is founded on a solid and trustworthy relationship between client and therapist to provide a catalyst and a container for therapeutic issues to be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to describe dimensions of complex trauma.
  2. Attendees will be able to describe several aftereffects of complex trauma.
  3. Attendees will be able to outline the sequence of treatment for complex trauma and identify components of integrated care.
  4. Attendees will be able to identify several types of evidence-based trauma-focused treatments.

Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP

Christine Courtois is a pioneer and world renowned expert in complex trauma as well as a gifted clinician. Learn from one of the best on how to provide integrated and collaborative care.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions consist of peer-reviewed presentations related to trauma and trauma-informed care. A trauma-informed lens will be applied to a diverse range of topics including case conceptualization and DSM-V diagnoses, examining the use of body-based approaches for treatment of traumatized clients, to strategies for working with marginalized clinical populations in culturally sensitive ways. Presentations will also address systemic barriers that hamper the delivery of trauma-informed care and that risk further traumatizing of vulnerable individuals. You can anticipate learning new clinical skills, hearing about cutting edge trauma-related research, and discussing the concept of advocacy as it relates to trauma-informed care. Come dialogue, network, make new friends and build partnerships while learning about trauma-informed approaches and specific strategies that can be applied to your clients across their lifespan. Details can be found here.

Lunch included with your registration fee.

We look forward to seeing you!

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