Trauma Talks

Trauma Talks 2022

Intergenerational Trauma:
Hope and Healing Through Trauma-Informed Care

October 28, 2022

Our theme for this conference is “Intergenerational Trauma: Hope and Healing Through Trauma-Informed Care.” Our speakers will be presenting on topics related to colonial trauma, decolonizing one’s practice, health inequities, the epigenetics and transmission of trauma, resiliency being passed down across generations, the protective role of culture, refugee mental health, and healing factors in the treatment of trauma. 

Much of intergenerational trauma is, by definition, insidious in nature. This conference aims to have an open discussion and examination of the impact of intergenerational trauma that for many has been long overdue. We invite you to gather to learn about the impact of trauma over generations on individuals and within systems of care. Join us for a series of talks where we can learn not only about the impact of intergenerational trauma, but about ways to grow your own understanding, foster resiliency, and support growth and recovery. 

Please join us for a day of talks as we deepen our understanding of the impact of intergenerational trauma, and the role of healthcare in service of healing and recovery.


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.
Dr. Roberta Timothy 
Drs. Amy Bombay & Robyn McQuaid 
Dr. Janet Smylie & Meggie Cywink 
Dr. Lisa Andermann


Trauma Talks Conference Committee
Carrie Clark, PsyD, CPsych, Program Co-Chair
Mahum Musheer, MEd, RP, Program Co-Chair
Debbie Belne, MEd, RP
Catherine Classen, PhD, CPsych
Abby Hershler, MD, FRCPC
Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Zoe Thomas, MD, FRCPC 


Women's College Hospital