2015 Presentations

presentation 1
Foundations for Trauma Competent Care - An Introduction

Anne Wagner, PhD, CPhych - CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow, Ryerson University

This workshop is designed to create awareness of, increase knowledge about, and demystify trauma. The workshop will discuss the following three questions: What is trauma? Why is this important? And how do you become trauma-competent? Attendees will leave with concrete skills to comfortably sit with trauma and with ideas for self-care.

Learning objectives:

  • To create awareness and knowledge about trauma
  • To promote self-care for attendees
  • To support more positive interactions and experiences of individuals accessing services

presentation 2

Rahim Thawer, MSW, RSW – Clinical Counsellor/Consultant at Affective Consulting & Training Services

This workshop will explore the definitions of vicarious/secondary trauma and a model for better understanding the process of vicarious trauma. The presentation will include symptoms, things to "look out" for, and a compassion fatigue checklist that participants can use. Participants will have an opportunity to work in small groups to think about:

  • specific possible causes of vicarious trauma in an HIV service setting
  • ways to identify and manage the impact

The presenter will draw on literature and his own experience in clinical practice to discuss ways trauma-informed principles can be applied to minimize and support workers through vicarious trauma at individual, team and organizational levels.