Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience
9-Jan-2017 8:30 AM - 10-Jan-2017 4:00 PM - -
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society is hosting the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute to offer this two day workshop: Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience. Refugee individuals and families carry with them vulnerability, potential post-traumatic stress as well as strengths and stories of resilience. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects individuals and families physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. Impact and recovery from the migration experience will be examined through a neuro-psychological lens as well as a meaning-making lens to identify key areas helpers can focus their support. Participants will be given an opportunity to understand their own response as helpers to working with refugees and trauma so they are better equipped to enhance refugees’ capacities to recover, adapt and flourish in the next phase of their lives.

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Refugees and Trauma - Understanding and Supporting Resilience


 January 9, 10


Hotel Alma
169 University Gate Northwest, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4



Practice Area:

 Social Work, Psychology, and/or professionals or individuals working with directly with refugees

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Contact Name:

 Jill Edgington Kirby

Contact Organization:

 Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

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Date Posted:

 November 2, 2016

Presenter: John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW
John has been working and training in the field of trauma recovery since 2000. He is an active clinician, specializing in family therapy, crisis management and trauma healing. John’s understanding of trauma is informed by his experiences working with communities impacted by trauma locally and in Colombia, Albania and Northern Ireland. He currently provides consulting and therapy services for families in crisis through a local community organization and a private practice.

Workshop Outline

Day 1
What is Trauma?
Types of Trauma and Community Impact
Definitions of Traumatic Impact
Trauma, the Body and the Brain
Nature’s Design for Human Survival
The Role of Memory in Trauma and Healing
Expected and Normal Impact of Refugee Experience
Supporting Recovery after Trauma
Role of the Helper

Day 2
Post-Trauma Stress and Recovery
Overview of Treating Trauma over Time
Exercises for Emotional Regulation
Working with Boundaries
Points for Supporting Children
Signs of Health
Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Trauma
Additional Considerations of Impact and Coping for Refugees

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