Actions and Detail Panel
Best Practices When Working with Refugees and Trauma Survivors
Thu, 18 May 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Letter to Attendees:
How can we assist, support and treat persons who have been impacted by trauma? What are some of the best practices and methods of helping a person who has experienced a traumatic and life changing event? Our workshop this year will provide awareness, strategies and direction when it comes to responding effectively and respectfully to persons impacted by traumatic events.
I am pleased to announce that the 24th annual Trauma and Emergency Preparedness Workshop is entitled "Best Practices When Working with Refugees and Trauma Survivors” . Our 2017 workshop will feature three experienced therapists from Waterloo Region.
Jim Lichti M.S.W., R.S.W. will present an overview of evidence based trauma treatments and look in more detail at EMDR therapy (Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing) and the evidence supporting the effective use of EMDR. During the course of his presentation, Jim will examine the impact of trauma on the body and brain, best practice guidelines for treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), an overview of the EMDR 8 phase protocol, the research supporting the use of EMDR, and more.
Asmaa Cober M.S.W., R.S.W., was part of our workshop in 2016 sharing some of her experiences providing therapeutic support to refugees. Asmaa is a social worker at the Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in Kitchener while also maintaining a vibrant private practice. Asmaa brings a wealth of knowledge when responding to and effectively treating the many refugees who have come to the Region of Waterloo. Asmaa will help us to understand trauma from a refugee’s experience and point of view. She will provide insight into how we can utilize religion and spirituality as an element in trauma treatment while also equipping us with a number of tips and insights for cultural awareness. Asmaa plans to include an opportunity for questions and answers as part of her presentation.
Lee Horton-Carter MA RP is a local therapist in private practice who has extensive experience working with persons affected by trauma, including many diagnosed with PTSD. Lee will be sharing a number of insights and strategies that can be implemented when working with people who have been impacted adversely by trauma. Lee’s teaching will involve the use of metaphors, stories and strategies that target both the client’s left and right brain so that the information can be easily remembered and a sense of agency created.
The full day workshop will be held on Thursday May 18, 2017 at St George Hall, 665 King Street North in Waterloo. The workshop brochure contains further information about the workshop and our presenters. Breakfast, lunch and beverages are included in the fee for the workshop. Please register online at Eventbrite, the link is: http://tinyurl.com/traumaworkshop2017
Jeff Wittich MSW RSW
The impact of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is ever present in the news and are often key issues for people seeking counselling and treatment. As professionals, we want to be able to help support the people we serve and assist on a daily basis. How do we effectively respond to people who have been impacted by trauma?
During this workshop, three well known and respected therapists from Waterloo Region will share best practices when it comes to responding to and treating trauma.
The morning portion will feature Jim Lichti M.S.W., R.S.W. and focus on “EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Current Research regarding Best Practices in Trauma Treatment”.
Our afternoon will feature both Asmaa Cober M.S.W., R.S.W. social worker and Lee Horton-Carter M.A., R.P. psychotherapist in private practice.
Asmaa was part of our 2016 workshop’s local panel who shared about her work with recent refugees who have come to our Region. Asmaa will examine “Trauma Treatment with Cultural Awareness”.
Lee will wrap up the day with “Practical Approaches to Teaching Your Clients Healthy Coping Mechanisms”.
*Note: Registration starts at 8 am.