Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience
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Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience

Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience

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Hotel Alma

169 University Gate Northwest

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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Calgary Catholic Immigration Society is hosting the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute to offer this two day workshop:

Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience.

Refugee individuals and families carry with them vulnerability, potential post-traumatic stress as well as strengths and stories of resilience. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects individuals and families physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. Impact and recovery from the migration experience will be examined through a neuro-psychological lens as well as a meaning-making lens to identify key areas helpers can focus their support. Participants will be given an opportunity to understand their own response as helpers to working with refugees and trauma so they are better equipped to enhance refugees’ capacities to recover, adapt and flourish in the next phase of their lives.


Presenter: John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW

John has been working and training in the field of trauma recovery since 2000. He is an active clinician, specializing in family therapy, crisis management and trauma healing. John’s understanding of trauma is informed by his experiences working with communities impacted by trauma locally and in Colombia, Albania and Northern Ireland. He currently provides consulting and therapy services for families in crisis through a local community organization and a private practice.


Workshop Outline

Day 1

What is Trauma?

Types of Trauma and Community Impact

Definitions of Traumatic Impact

Trauma, the Body and the Brain

Nature’s Design for Human Survival

The Role of Memory in Trauma and Healing

Expected and Normal Impact of Refugee Experience

Supporting Recovery after Trauma

Role of the Helper

Day 2

Post-Trauma Stress and Recovery

Overview of Treating Trauma over Time

Exercises for Emotional Regulation

Working with Boundaries

Dissociation

Points for Supporting Children

Signs of Health

Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Trauma

Additional Considerations of Impact and Coping for Refugees

Light breakfast, snack, and lunch provided.

Contact Jill Edgington Kirby at 403-290-5466 or sot2@ccis-calgary.ab.ca with any questions.

Please note that refunds on cancellations will not be issued after December 16, 2016.



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