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Story Shifters: Co-creating New Stories about Trauma
This webinar reviews 9 story shifters that can be used to assist those who have experienced childhood trauma to explore new alternative stories rooted in resilience, where alternate meanings and stories can be created that bring hope and forgiveness to the future.
This webinar presents from a perspective that is rooted in positive psychology, resilience and social construction in a manner that is easy to understand and relate to. Strategies that contribute to change are emphasized with concrete examples and stories.
Participants will learn:

• why our current view of childhood trauma needs to be shifted from one of wounded-ness to one that is resilience-based
• nine resilience based story shifters that can make a difference for someone who has experienced trauma
• how clinicians can use story shifters in counselling sessions
• the power of community members, helpers and mentors in shifting trauma stories, on an individual or collective basis.

Dec 3, 2019 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Barbara Ward
Mental Health Lead @Waterloo Region District School Board
Barbara Ward, BA, MSW, RSW, PhD is a leading expert in children’s mental health with 25 years’ experience in the field. Her training and knowledge of child and youth trauma encompasses family violence, abuse and neglect, complex trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and children’s mental health. She has presented across Canada on how trauma impacts children’s wellness including their social, emotional, spiritual and physical development, in addition to their ability to learn. This includes working from the perspective of post traumatic growth, positive psychology, overall wellness and social constructionism. Barbara is currently the Mental Health Lead with the Waterloo Region District School Board, influencing the education system as it attends to student mental wellness.