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Friday, June 8th 2018

Trauma Talks: Bridging Brain and Body with Trauma-informed Care

Ruth Lanius and Ame Cutler
presented by Women's College Hospital

Trauma Talks is a conference focused on the concept and practice of trauma-informed care which encompasses principles such as safety, trust, choice, collaboration, and empowerment. We value diversity and recognize the impact of trauma on all members of society, including the disproportionate rates of trauma within marginalized populations. The unacceptably high prevalence rates of trauma experienced within our society are amplified within health care settings and uninformed providers can contribute to re-traumatizing experiences. The intersections of racism, ableism, sexism, heteronormativity, classism, ageism, and the like require thoughtful consideration with regards to who experiences trauma and how people are treated within institutions, while recognizing the challenges and on-going learning required to effectively do so.

Research shows that healing can occur in clinical and organizational settings that foster recognizing, understanding, and responding to those who have experienced trauma. Being trauma-informed is a way of being present in the world, a commitment to personal and professional growth. Living and working in alignment with the principles of trauma-informed care means acknowledging the impact of trauma on the brain, body, and spirit of the people we are privileged to work with.

The theme of this year’s Trauma Talks conference is ‘Bridging Brain and Body through Trauma-informed Care’. The body is inextricably linked to trauma, and holds the scars – both visible and non- of past experiences. These experiences can leave survivors feeling overwhelmed and unsafe in their own skin. We know that neuroplasticity in the brain allows for new neural pathways but if we focus solely on the brain, we miss an opportunity to create a safe environment that nurtures and responds to the needs of the body. Bridging the connection between body and brain provides us insight into the impact of trauma and pathways for healing and recovery. Join us for a day of keynote speakers, workshops, and discussion with experts in psychological trauma as we consider the connections between the brain and body in the context of trauma-informed practice.

For more information, please contact: [email protected]
416.323.6400 ext. 5730

We look forwarding to seeing you in June!

Warm regards,
Trauma Talks Conference Committee

Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Program Co-Chair
Carrie Clark, PsyD, CPsych, Program Co-Chair
Catherine Classen, PhD, CPsych
Debbie Belne, MEd, RP
Lisa Andermann, MD, FRCPC
Carol Stalker, PhD, RSW
Pamela Stewart, MD, FRCPC
Tynan Rhea, Conference Coordinator

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About the Presenters:

Ruth Lanius is the Director of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Research Unit at the Western University in London, Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of PTSD and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods.

She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book ‘The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease’ with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain.

Ame Cutler, PhD, holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a research emphasis in the fields of transgenerational trauma and oppression. Dr. Cutler is employed as a psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. Jadu Jagel, PsyD, PSY 23468. Her interest lies with the impact that the cycle of violence has on both victims of violent crimes and violent offenders, their families and communities. She is certified in the Hakomi Method and brings years of experience in a variety of body-oriented modalities to her work with individuals, couples, and groups. In working with those who suffer the aftermath of relational trauma, she combines interests in somatic practices, mindfulness, and indigenous wisdom to assist them in building a safer relationship with their own bodies.


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