Trauma Informed Practice with Cheryl Bell-Gadsby is brought to you by the Salt Spring Island Local Action Team as part of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative, funded in partnership by Doctors of BC and the BC government.
Cheryl Bell-Gadsby, M.A., R.C.C.: Clinical Director, Salt Spring Island Community Services
This workshop will examine current theoretical research and understanding of the impact of human responses to traumatic experiences. Particular emphasis will be on understanding the developmental and relational impacts of trauma on children and youth.
Content and topics covered:
Define psychological trauma
Describe the psychobiological and psychosocial aspects of trauma in children and youth
Describe current best practice approaches in integrative treatment of children and youth impacted by trauma
How can we as community members, parents and professionals benefit from a Trauma Informed Practice approach?
Cheryl joined SSICS in 2007. Cheryl is an educator, psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor with over 25 years of experience specializing in the area of trauma, violence against women, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and child and adolescent development.
She studied and practiced child, adolescent, adult, individual and family therapy from an Ericksonian, family systems and solution-oriented perspective in California before coming to Vancouver to work as a coordinator, therapist and clinical supervisor at Family Services of the North Shore, as program coordinator at the JIBC, and currently as Clinical Director of child and youth, adult and outreach services at Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Services.
Cheryl is also a private practitioner and member of the teaching faculty at the Justice Institute of BC in the Post Graduate Complex Trauma Certificate and at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, School of Business. Cheryl co-authored the book “Reclaiming Herstory: Ericksonian Solution-focused Therapy for Sexual Abuse” (1996), as well as “It’s A Girl Thang” a guide to creating groups for adolescent girls for the McCreary Youth Foundation in 2006.