(*Headline title shortened due to limited characters. The workshop is Understanding & Transcending the Transmission of Historical Trauma in Indigenous Families.)
Trauma Informed Edmonton has partnered with William Aguiar (BA, MA, RSW), a former social work instructor and counselor at Blue Quills University to present a one-day course for front line workers, who have not had much training regarding trauma. The cost is $50.00 per participant, which includes refreshments and lunch. Space is limited to only 40 registrants. Parking is free on the north and south sides of the building.
Trauma Informed Edmonton does not provide refunds; however, you may transfer your registration up until the day prior to your workshop. Please bring your ticket with you to the session.
About Understanding & Transcending the Transmission of Historical Trauma in Indigenous Families:
This 1 day (9-4) trauma workshop is intended to convey to participants how historical trauma is being transmitted across generations in Indigenous families, and the experiential process students at Blue Quills University (BQU) undergo to disrupt the transmission of historical trauma to the next generation. Due to the highly interactive nature of the workshop, it is recommended that participants complete the Adverse Childhood Experience questionnaire prior to the workshop so as to provide the facilitators with a general sense of the personal backgrounds of participants. This information will help the facilitators to adapt the workshop to reflect the needs of the participants. Completing the questionnaire is entirely voluntary and is, therefore, not a prerequisite for participating in the workshop.
About the Instructors:
William Aguiar (BA, MA, RSW), a former social work instructor and counselor at University Blue Quills (UnBQ), St. Paul, Alta, contributed to the development of the trauma-informed approach presently being utilized in the training of Indigenous students enrolled in UnBQ's Indigenous Social Work Diploma Program. This unique program, recognizing that all of its students have inherited the unresolved emotional legacies of Canada's infamous residential school system, was created to specifically address the healing needs of its students while also providing them with the skills expected of professional social workers. Mr. Aguiar is the co-author (with Regine Halseth, NCCAH) of two papers: 1) ABORIGINAL PEOPLES AND HISTORIC TRAUMA: The process of inter-generational transmission; and 2) ADDRESSING THE HEALING OF ABORIGINAL ADULTS AND FAMILIES WITHIN A COMMUNITY-OWNED COLLEGE MODEL that were developed in partnership with the National Collaborating Center for Aboriginal Health.
Priscilla McGilvery, SW Dip, RSW, MA, is an instructor at University Blue Quills (UnBQ). Full bio coming soon.
Leo McGilvery is from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, a reservation located 150 km northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. He is a composer and singer of traditional Cree songs and music. He was raised in a traditional Cree family where he learned the teachings and ceremonies of his Cree culture. Being raised in the culture has been a guiding force for Leo in his abilities to connect with the spiritual components of healing and wellness. Leo has also worked UnBQ as a facilitator where he continues to provide his knowledge, experience and teachings as a speaker, singer, and traditional ceremonial holder and helper.