February 24, 2018 – Trauma Informed Practice

Breaking FreeSALMON ARM, BC
Trauma is a universal experience yet generally speaking, it is an uncommon component of people’s daily conversation. Thankfully, and appropriately, trauma informed practice is becoming an increasingly common topic of conversation in the social services sector of BC. This is essential if we want our clients to be receiving the most effective levels of support needed for them to thrive.

An individual’s experience of their life’s trauma impacts every area of human functioning: physical, mental, behavioural, social and spiritual. Circumstances such as domestic violence, abuse, neglect and addiction are examples of what is happening within families that dramatically affects a child’s development, and it significantly impedes their capacity to function. But the understanding of “trauma” is frequently misinterpreted, misunderstood and minimized – leaving people responding repeatedly from wounded places, without awareness. When combined together with developmental disability or substance abuse, the challenges are compounded enormously.

We are most effective as practitioners when we understand how our clients’ personal trauma experiences influence their overall function and healing processes. Whether we work in the fields of social work, child protection or education, and whether we are counsellors, police officers or foster parents, this mental health workshop will help us develop new skills in working mindfully and effectively with other people. For any of us participating in this workshop, the upside is that we’ll become a more effective supporter to the people we care for, and the spin-off is that we’re highly likely to understand ourselves more too.

What will you learn from this workshop?

• Gain an appreciation for the deep impact that trauma has upon brain development, relational skills, coping strategies and behaviour

• Identification of the red flags in behaviour that are suggestive of relational trauma, and complexities when coupled with developmental disability

• Develop skills of attunement and “holding space” as a force for regulation, healthy brain rewiring, reflection, self-esteem and learning

• Develop practical scripts and skills related to compassionate communication

• How to support others with trauma in any setting

• Understand how, as a professional, your awareness and mindfulness can open the door for improved connection with clients who live with these challenges

Kim’s workshop presentation style will include a combination of lecture, video analysis, and small and large group discussions.


DATE & TIME: Saturday February 24, 2018  8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

(please bring your lunch as lunch break will be short)



District Education Support Centre (DESC)
341 Shuswap St. SW, Salmon Arm



Please register as soon as possible … SD83 employees please register in the usual manner, via the online inservice calendar. Community members and employees from other school districts please register by emailing Sandra Rhodes at: srhodes@sd83.bc.ca.