Dr. Rachel Yehuda and Dr. Janet Smylie
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.