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Kim Barthel Trauma Informed Practice

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Port Alberni Friendship Center

3555 4th Avenue

Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4H3

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The Nuu-chah-nulth Child and Youth Services in collaboration with the Port Alberni Friendship Center is happy to facilitate this presentation by internationally known Kim Barthel, OTR, who is a mental health occupational therapist and co-author of the book “Conversations with a Rattlesnake”. Kim has a gift of putting complex information into normal-speak, making sense of neurobiology, at- tachment, developmental disorders and healing. Theo Fleury calls her “the Wayne Gretzky of Therapy and probably the best speaker I’ve ever heard”, and she is passionate about this topic because of the impact this information has on creating change.

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 increas- ingly 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 devel- opment, 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 experi- ences 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 ef- fective 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 com- plexities when coupled with developmental disability
  • Develop skills of attunement and “holding space” as a force for regulation, healthy brain rewir- ing, 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 im- proved 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.

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email any questions to cys@nuuchahnulth.org

Will snacks and lunch be provided?

Coffee, tea, light snacks before lunch and after lunch will be provided. Lunch will be on your own and relatively short. it is recommended that you bring a bagged lunch with you.

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