Janine Lawford, MSW, RSW, and Erica Watson, MSW, RSW
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
Explore the background of how trauma impacts children and families and how best to work with these clients to identify myriad traumatic responses, promote mental health and encourage healing in the family system. This webinar will also address the impact of the stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has added to already traumatized populations and reflect on how existing effects of trauma might be further compounded, leading to even greater distress than in pre-pandemic times.
This training is suitable for:
Mental Health Professionals: Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Social Workers
Medical Professionals: Nurses, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, family doctors
Direct Service Workers: Drop in workers, Shelter and Hostel workers, Child and Youth workers, Youth Justice Workers
Educators:Teachers, ECE, School Administration, Support Staff
Covid19 related content: This webinar will address the impact of the stress that the Covid-19 pandemic has added to already traumatized populations. As many families are experiencing increased loneliness, fear and conflict due to the current reality of our "lockdown" state, this webinar will reflect on how existing effects of trauma might be further compounded, leading to even greater distress than in pre-pandemic times.
Description: This training explores the background of how trauma impacts children and families and how best to work with these clients to identify myriad traumatic responses and encourage healing in the family system.
By the end of this webinar participants will be able to recognize the effects of trauma in children and adolescents, understand the many manifestations of complex developmental trauma and how to incorporate this understanding into their work. The facilitators will provide strategies to assist in the stabilization and support of youth with traumatic histories as well as steps in how to use relationship in order to promote healing in traumatized children.The workshop is family-focused and will include some time spent on parenting in the context of trauma.
Recognize the effects of trauma in children and adolescents
Understand the many manifestations of complex developmental trauma and how to incorporate this understanding into front-line work with children and families
Develop strategies to assist in the stabilization and support of youth with traumatic histories and will consider what the stages of trauma-focused treatment might look like
Learn about the importance of relationship in the promotion of healing in traumatized children
About the Facilitators:
Janine Lawford, MSW, RSW has nearly two decades of expertise consulting and working in the area of children’s mental health. Janine is a senior social worker and psychotherapist with a specific interest and expertise in the area of trauma. She has extensive experience working with adults, children, youth and their families. Janine worked at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre (now SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health), as a therapist, trainee supervisor and instructor. She created and led both a trauma seminar and a trauma-focused assessment and treatment team. In her private practice, she offers psychotherapy and specialized training as well as consultation to the Tele-Link Mental Health program at The Hospital for Sick Children in the area of trauma. Janine has offered training and consultation to organizations and schools throughout Ontario and the Northern Territories in addition to having presented at international conferences. Janine also currently works as a school social worker for the Toronto District School Board.
Erica Watson, MSW, RSW is a social worker, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with a specific interest and expertise in trauma. For over 18 years, Erica has provided family and individual therapy in Day Treatment and Outpatient Services (OPS) at SickKids CCMH, and she is currently the Clinical Supervisor for the OPS team at SickKids CCMH’s downtown site on Jarvis St. She co-leads a trauma seminar and a trauma assessment and treatment team. She provides psychotherapy at SickKids CCMH and in her private practice, as well as trainings and workshops. She previously conducted clinical custody and access assessments for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Most recently, Erica spent 2019 in NSW, Australia, working in the field of domestic abuse with adult survivors and their families.