MSVU Making Sense of Trauma

MSVU Making Sense of Trauma

23oct(oct 23)9:00 am26(oct 26)9:00 pmMSVU Making Sense of Trauma

Event Details

Date: Saturday October 23, 2021 (9am-12 noon) AND Tuesday October 26, 2021 (6pm-9pm) Cost: $75 Total PD hours: 6 hours Location: ONLINE Presenters: Colin Morrison & Karen Carey

Description: This two-part workshop is designed to educate professionals on the impact of stress and trauma both professionally and personally. In session one we will look at different types of trauma, the effects of trauma, and the impact
trauma has on a child’s brain. We will also review ways Early Educators can create a safe and secure trauma-informed
care environment. In session two we will discuss compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress; moral
distress, moral injury, and burnout. We will review the difference and similarities of each, discuss signs and behaviors to
look for, the long-term impacts, and how to implement both self-care and healthy boundaries to help recover. Objectives:1) To have a better understanding of stress vs trauma, types of trauma, and effects of trauma in childhood.2) To
review how common trauma is, and how our workplace(s) can be trauma-informed.3) To reflect on compassion fatigue,
burn out and setting boundaries in the workplace.

Presenter Biographies: Colin Morrison has over 20 years’ experience working with children, youth & families in the mental health field. Colin has served primarily as youth care worker & case coordinator for families & children in the Child & Family Day Treatment Program at the IWK. He has extensive experience in developing & implementing skill groups with children, particularly in the area of emotional regulation, & providing supportive counselling to families. Colin is currently completing a Master of Social Worker degree at Dalhousie University, & is working on a thesis related to male childhood sexual abuse, & the impacts of “toxic masculinity” on mens’ help seeking behaviours. He has a keen interest in trauma focused therapy, attachment theory, mens’ health, & issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Karen Carey has over 15 years’ experience working with children, youth & families as a social worker, youth care worker, case coordinator, in home support worker & direct care practitioner. Through evidence 
based & best practice methods, Karen is a strong advocate for the children, youth & families. Although Karen has strong roots in attachment theory, systems theory, positive parenting, trauma & resilience; her personal philosophy is to promote mental, physical & emotional health/wellbeing though a solution focused & social learning model. 
Together Colin & Karen have seen positive & long lasting benefits for children AND families when they are provided education, strategies, guidance, empathy & support. They see effective communication & open collaboration as the key ingredients in supporting positive futures for the children & families under their care. 

Location: ONLINE

6 PD hours


 Registration for our MSVU workshops, along our PD brochure with full workshops details, descriptions and presenter bios is found online    




October 23, 2021 9:00 am - October 26, 2021 9:00 pm(GMT+00:00)


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