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Call for Papers--Grounding Trauma 2014 Conference

Deadline November 15, 2013

As Grounding Trauma grows in size and relevance we are excited about 2014.  We are open to your suggestions for creative formats, streams or pre-conferences. We want to hear about your most exciting, progressive ideas.

May 7 & 8, 2014
Alliston, Ontario
Who may submit a presentation? We welcome a balance of presenters from across sectors, including practitioners, service providers, academics, researchers and people with direct experience.

Formats:   Concurrent Workshop Sessions are 75 min and must allow for 15 min Q and A.  We invite suggestions for streams, double or evening sessions and pre-conferences.

Target Audience:  Health professionals, frontline service providers, therapists,  counsellors and trauma specialists.  Anyone working where trauma, loss and unresolved grief are a factor from across all sectors including, justice, probation and parole, community support workers, outreach staff; those involved in youth programming and at risk youth, prevention and education coordinators, educators, shelter workers.

We are open to all ideas.  Particular interest has been expressed about these topics:  

  • Trauma Through the Life cycle:
    • Youth: theory, research, homelessness, justice, transitioning to adult system
    • Families: omestic violence, Sexual abuse, Prevention programs
    • Seniors: The complex emotional burdens on the professional  working with seniors, hospice, end of life.
  • Our perception of trauma: Just what is trauma? Let's challenge the established discourse.  How is it viewed in other cultures?
  • Trauma-Informed Community: Can we create communities that are trauma-informed with all of the corollary benefits?
  • Trauma and Addiction: It is becoming more and more accepted that trauma plays an integral role in addiction and recovery--how does that change practice and policy?

What are we looking for? New and relevant ideas that will enlighten the work, bring hope and explore new questions.  In general we are interested in

  • Understanding trauma
  • Prevention/Education
  • Resiliency
  • Addiction     
  • Treatment
  • Innovative approaches
  • New Science
  • New Science applied     
  • Trauma-informed workplace policy, culture and environments
  • Programs and approaches
  • Trauma related grief & recovery

You are invited to email or phone with questions or your basic ideas before taking the time to complete the full RFP.  Provide key details and be adventurous: write to or call 705-749-6145.
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