Re-visioning Trauma Work with Children & Youth:


WORKSHOP: Re-visioning Trauma Work with Children & Youth: Essential skills for brief & longer-term conversations

November 9 & 10, 2017

Angel Yuen, M.S.W., R.S.W.

Explore hopeful and effective ideas and practices for working in longer-term and brief services with children and youth who have experienced trauma

A narrative therapy approach to trauma would suggest that no one is a passive recipient to trauma. Regardless of the nature of the trauma children and youth always respond in a range of unique and creative ways. These responses are often initially invisible to others and to the young person, but are essential to uncover in the therapeutic process.

Experiences of trauma can contribute to a sense of hopelessness for persons of all ages, as well as the service providers they are consulting with. Narrative Therapy approaches to traumatic experiences assist people to redevelop/develop a sense of personal agency and a renewed sense of self as the “other” stories that are always present are co-discovered. These are often subordinated stories of connection, hope, cherished values, and unacknowledged ways in which children and youth respond to hardship.

In this workshop Angel will offer hopeful and effective ideas and practices for working in both longer-term and brief services with children and youth who have experienced trauma. Many insider knowledges will be shared of how young people who have experienced trauma sustain what is important in life despite difficulties and challenges. Angel will share how to co-discover with children and youth the many skills of living and acts of resistance in which they have engaged. This will offer hope to young people, their caregivers and practitioners working with persons living with and facing consequences of historical 
trauma and ongoing hardships such as violence and oppression.

In this workshop participants will:
• Explore the taken-for-granted understandings of trauma and PTSD 
• Learn how to doubly-listen to the stories of trauma and the responses to trauma 
• Discover and practice how to engage in externalizing conversations to assist in separating young persons from the effects of trauma (eg: worthlessness, self-hate, fear) 
• Practice lines of enquiry in re-authoring conversations which move Trauma identity stories to PreferredIdentity stories 
• Learn ways to respond in time-constrained settings to children and youth who have experienced trauma
• Build skills in specific practice guidelines such as remembering conversations to thicken preferred identity stories

Location: 
Windz Institute
ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids Centre of Learning 
504 Iroquois Shore Rd., Unit 12A, Oakville, Ontario

Regular Rate: $375 + HST

EARLY BIRD RATE ON UNTIL OCTOBER 27, 2017: $325 + HST
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