Karine Silverwoman, MSW, RSW
SickKids CCMH Learning Institute
December 5, 2023 | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET
Sexual assault (SA) and violence (SV) are distressing and traumatic experiences that can leave psychological, emotional and physical scars on the survivors, affecting all walks of their lives.
Through the dedicated efforts of activist and survivor-led movements, the deeply entrenched issue of SA and SV in our society has been brought into the spotlight. As a result, it is imperative to support professionals with the necessary tools and resources required to work with survivors in a compassionate, supportive, and trauma-informed manner.
In this training, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to support survivors from a trauma-informed, strength-based and social justice lens. The topic will be understood and taught from a clinical, social, and political lens while centring the experiences of survivors. Meaningful and reflective tools will be explored on how to work with and support survivors with skill, care and compassion. The workshop will explore ways to center survivors, understand elements of consent, learn healing approaches and risk assessment for safety concerns. Participants will engage with how to sustain and support themselves as they do this important work.
• Understand the impacts of sexual assault (SA) from a clinical, social and political lens on survivors and communities
• Grasp the impacts of trauma – gain insights into the emotional, psychological and physical effects of survivors, considering both short-term and long-term impacts
• Understand the core ideas and principles of trauma-informed care in relation to working with survivors
• Explore consent, disclosures and risk assessment
• Deepen trauma-informed skills and understand the impact of SA
• Find ways to support and sustain oneself in the work of supporting survivors
• Engage in a survivor-centred approach – emphasize the importance of placing survivors at the center of all responses and support services
• Support survivors from a compassionate trauma-informed and intersectional lens
About the Presenter:
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. She is currently a full-time consultant to several different social work agencies in Toronto. Previously, she was the Director of Counselling at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Karine is a social work educator at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). 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.