Karine Silverwoman, MSW, RSW
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
February 1, 2023 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET
This interactive workshop will explore trauma, vicarious trauma, and trauma-informed practice through a social justice lens and strength- based lens. Participants will consider the fundamentals of trauma (brain, body, nervous system and systems), explore and reflect on trauma-informed approaches and tools to use in their work and in building confidence to interact with diverse persons and communities that have experienced trauma.
Through considering the teachings and writings of Vikki Reynolds, Resmaa Menakem, Kai Cheng Thom and others, participants will be encouraged to analyze the ways trauma overlaps with chronic and systemic experiences of oppression and racism and how their own lived experiences might impact their work.
Participants will be encouraged to be curious, to question and to consider the ways in which a social justice lens can enrich their work and their own experiences.
• Insight into ways to politicize and de-pathologize trauma
• Gain a deeper understanding of how trauma impacts the body (brain, body, nervous system)
• Develop insight into connections between oppression and trauma
• Gain confidence in applying trauma-informed tools and strategies
• Be able to reflect and gain insight into one’s own individual trauma experiences
Karine Silverwoman is an experienced social worker, trauma therapist, consultant and educator. She describes herself as a queer mother with a long history of grassroots social justice work. Her work is informed by an understanding of the nervous system and how oppression impacts our bodies and communities. Currently, she is the Director of Counselling at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and a consultant to several different social work agencies in Toronto. Karine has been a social work educator at Metropolitan Toronto University (formerly Ryerson University) and George Brown College. She has worked in a wide variety of settings and roles including street outreach worker, mental health counsellor on an LGBT health team, youth worker and professor of social work.