By Paula Wells, WomanACT Social Media Coordinator
It is that wonderful time of the year again!
As the 2018 End Violence against Women Week is quickly approaching, we want to get you excited about this year's Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff (SSxSS) 2-day training conference!
Our goal for this year is that over two days, the same facilitators will support individual, organizational, and sector capacity through a combination of experiential and content based learning activities. We will work together to expand our knowledge of how trauma and other forms of violence affect the mind, body, and Spirit, while increasing our collective capacity to respond effectively and respectfully as a system.
We welcome this year's facilitators, Bo Yih Thom, MSW, RSW, RP, and J. McKnight, who will bring a strong focus on trauma-informed care and practice, trauma and the brain, self-reflection, and unpacking bias. Let's learn about our amazing facilitators...
Bo Yih Thom, MSW, RSW, RP, is the Director of Integrative Counselling Resources, a Toronto-based private practice that offers psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and consultation services to individuals and agencies across Ontario. She has an extensive background in community-based organizations, where she worked as a therapist and social worker with vulnerable populations experiencing trauma and substance use. Bo Yih was a part time professor in the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counsellor Advocate Program at George Brown College, and a course facilitator with the Harm Reduction Certificate Program at York University. Bo Yih is a specialist in intersectionality, especially as it relates to surviving trauma and ambiguous grief. She works from a strengths based perspective that can integrate short and long term counselling modalities with anti-oppression frameworks and mindfulness.
J McKnight worked in Toronto's community service sector from 2002-2013, most recently as Manager of Clinical Services for YWCA Toronto. J was part of the evolution of the service delivery system in the GTA that aimed to improve the capacity of VAW (violence against women) and community mental health services to support women and families who had experienced violence and other forms of oppression. J is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in the Finger Lakes region of New York, working with individuals and families using an experiential approach that integrates mind, body and spirit to support healing, growth, and transformation.
Date: Tuesday March 6th, Wednesday March 7th
*Note: While you have the option to attend only one of the above dates, we highly recommend attending both days to get the most of out this interactive workshop!
Location: Holiday Inn Yorkdale - 3450 Dufferin Street, Toronto ON, M6A 2V1
Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided.
Registration is limited to VAW agencies funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. To view a list of qualifying agencies, please click here.
An email to register was sent last week. If you didn't get yours or would like more information, email us today.
You won't want to miss out! Come prepared to engage, expand, and grow together!