Conference at a Glance

Trauma and Violence Intervention Research: Promoting safety and well-being across the lifespan

June 9 -11, 2020 | RBC Place, London, ON

  • French interpretation will be provided at Plenary sessions only

  • Dinner on Wednesday evening is included with registration

  • Healing Room available throughout the conference

Pre-Conference Workshops

June 9, 2020 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

  • Option 1: Addressing mental health and well-being disparities among LGBT2Q+ youth through structured programming.
    Facilitated by Dr. Alicia Lapointe – Salon B
  • Option 2: Deepening our understanding of trauma-informed sports within a community-based program: Case study- The Bounce Back League at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.
    Facilitated by Maren Rojas and Janeth Vesna – Faculty of Education Community Room and Gymnasium
  • Option 3: Making mindfulness matter: Creating a culture of resiliency within the family.
    Facilitated by Dr. Karen Bax and Sarah Wells – Salon J
  • Option 4: Indigenous perspectives on trauma and trauma-informed approaches.
    Facilitated by Dr. Natalie Clark and Jesse Thistle. – Salon DD1EF
  • Option 5: Trauma, disability and ableism.
    Facilitated by Dr. Kaley Roosen and Dave Hingsburger – Salon B1


Trauma and Violence Intervention Research: Promoting Safety and Well-Being Across the Lifespan

June 10 & 11, 2020

Day 1: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Day 2: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Day One 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Plenaries & Workshops
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM – Cocktails
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM – Dinner
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM – Entertainment
8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 10:40 AM Opening Ceremonies
Myrna Kicknosway

Plenary: Trauma-Informed – An Imperative
Jesse Thistle, Nancy Poole, Lisa Goodman
10:40 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Breakout Session A

  1. Safe and Understood: Intervening with Families to Promote Healthy Child Outcomes and Prevent Abuse Recurrence for Young Child Victims of Domestic Violence Exposure
    Dr. Angelique Jenney, Principal Investigator; Dr. Katreena Scott, Principal Investigator; and Dr. Elisabeth Godbout, Researcher

  2. What You Really Need to Know About Intellectual Disability and Trauma
    Dave Hingsburger

  3. Nato' we ho win: An Arts-Based Cultural Healing Program for Indigenous Women who have Experienced Violence
    Barb Frazer (Indigenous Knowledge Systems Educator/ Nato' we ho win Facilitator) & Crystal Giesbrecht (Director of Research and Communications, Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS)

  4. Preventing Youth Dating Violence: Advancing a National Community of Practice
    Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary

  5. Building Internal Resilience Through Horses: Trauma-Informed, Community-based Experiential Learning for Young Women
    Jennifer Garland, The Mane Intent Inc. Owner/Program Director; Katie McKeiver BSW, RSW Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Social Worker

  6. From Trauma Recovery to Trauma Resilience: A 'Blue/Pinkprint' for Trauma with Sexual/Gender Minorities
    Daniel Pugh, Daniel Pugh Psychotherapy & Social Consulting & Sherbourne Health

  7. Becoming a Trauma-Informed Organization- The YWCA Toronto Experience
    Nina Gorka, Director of Shelters, Girls’ and Family Programs, YWCA Toronto
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:10 PM Plenary: Gender, Sexuality and Trauma
Daniel Pugh, Jillian Scheer
2:10 – 2:15 PM Transition
2:15 – 3:15  PM Breakout Session B

  1. Supporting the Transition to and Engagement in Parenthood in Adults who Experienced Maltreatment as Children
    Nicolas Berthelot (PhD), Roxanne Lemieux (PhD), Christine Drouin-Maziade (PsyD), Julia Garon-Bissonnette (BA)

  2. The Sole Expression Project: An Experiential Trauma-Informed Hip-Hop Workshop
    Rachael Edge, Program Coordinator, UNITY; Linda Liu, Research manager, Ryerson University; Kaitlin Winslow, Trauma Therapist, Boost CYAC

  3. To be announced

  4. Applying Trauma-Informed Practice in Peer-Led Program Delivery
    Kasia Ignatowska, Health Promotion Coordinator, Covenant House Toronto and Thanara Rajakulendran, Research Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

  5. iHEAL: A Woman-Led Approach for Promoting Safety, Hope and Healing in the Transition of Separating from an Abusive Partner
    Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Professor, Arthur Labatt School of Nursing, Western University; Kelly Scott-Storey, Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of New Brunswick, Colleen Varcoe, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia (for the iHEAL Team)

  6. Doing Justice for LGBTQ2+ Communities in Services and Programs
    Lisa Lachance, Doctoral Candidate, Dalhousie University; Fae Johnstone, Wisdom2Action

  7. Being Trauma Aware: Understanding the Impacts of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
    Crystal Hincks and Brenda Neis
3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 – 4:40 PM Plenary & Wrap-up: Trauma-Informed Practice with an Anti-Oppression Framework
Roberta Timothy, Diane Smylie, Leila Monib, Fae Johnstone, Lisa Lachance
4:40 – 5:30 PM Cocktails
5:30 – 6:30 PM Dinner
6:30 – 7:00 PM Entertainment
Day Two 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Plenaries & Workshops
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 – 9:40 AM Plenary: Intergenerational Trauma
Robyn McQuaid, Natalie Clark
9:40 – 9:45 AM Transition
9:45 – 10:45 AM Breakout Session C
  1. The Story of the Inunnguiniq Program (Inuit Parenting/Childrearing Practices) and some Practical Hands-on Activities
    Gwen Healey Akearok and Nancy Mike

  2. Bounce Back League: A Universal Trauma-Informed Sport Program
    Jan Vesna, Manager, National Programs, and Denise Silverstone, Director, National Programs & Services, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

  3. Building Internal Resilience through Horses: Program Evaluation Research on a Trauma-Informed Resiliency Intervention
    Roya Ghahremani, Graduate Research Assistant, Trent University; Kateryna Keefer, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Trent University

  4. MindUp Research Journey
    Claire Crooks (Ph.D., C.Psych.), Director of Centre for School Mental Health, Western University; Sandra Savage (MSW), Mental Health Lead, London District Catholic School Board; Andrea Lapp, MindUP Project Manager, Centre for School Mental Health

  5. Building Connections: Replicating and Evaluating an Interpersonal Violence Intervention in Communities across Canada – Outcomes for Practitioners, Organizations and Communities
    Margaret Leslie, Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc., Director - Child and Family Services, Mothercraft; Mary Motz, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Mothercraft/Breaking the Cycle

  6. Trauma and Violence-Informed Health Promotion and Research: Mobilizing Knowledge
    Linda Baker, Sara Mohamed, Anna-Lee Straatman, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, Western University

  7. VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action) Family Violence Project: Supporting Healthcare and Social Service Providers to Respond Safely to Family Violence
    Jill McTavish, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University and Harriet MacMillan, CM, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
10:45 – 11:05 AM Break
11:05 – 12:05 PM Plenary: Disability, Violence & Trauma
Kaley Roosen, Jeffrey Preston
12:05 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 – 2:15 PM Plenary: Children and Youth Experiences of Trauma 
Olson Crow, Shannon Stewart, Nicolas Berthelot
2:15 – 2:20 PM Transition
2:20 – 3:20 PM Breakout Session D
    1. Building Connections: Supporting Families Experiencing Interpersonal Violence through Community-Based Intervention
      Mary Motz, Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Mothercraft/Breaking the Cycle; Margaret Leslie, Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc., Director - Child and Family Services, Mothercraft

    2. Sharing our Learning from the Reaching Out with Yoga Project: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Women and Children who have Experienced Violence
      Renee Turner, Research Manager, BC Society of Transition Houses; Sarah Holmes de Castro, Director of Training and Programs, Yoga Outreach
    3. Bringing Social-Emotional Learning and Mindful Awareness to the Community: Creating a Partnership and a Community Program
      Karen Bax, Ph.D., C.Psych; Assistant Professor, Western Ontario. Director, The Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount. Sarah Wells, B. A., C.T.S., Merrymount Children's Centre, Melissa Read, M.A., and Alyssa Mueller, B.Sc. (Hons).

    4. Examining Land-Based and Indigenous Approaches to Health and Well-Being with Northern and Indigenous Young Women in the Northwest Territories
      Candice Lys, Executive Director

    5. Healing and Empowering through Storytelling: Building Block Approaches to Building Survivor led Interventions
      Wangari Tharao and Entisar Yusuf

    6. TransFormed
      Wendy Komiotis, METRAC, Tatiana Ferguson
      More information to follow

    7. Exploring the Relationship Between Trauma and Care Planning Needs in Children Referred for Mental Health Services
      Dr. Shannon Stewart, Katherine Rupert, and Armush Salahadin
3:20- 3:35 PM Break
3:35 – 4:30 PM

Plenary & Closing Ceremony: Finding Your Way to Resilience
Jean Paul Bedard