An Educational Day on Childhood Trauma: A Hopeful Story

Seasons Centre for Grieving Children Presents: An Educational Day on Childhood Trauma: A Hopeful Story

-What is Early Childhood Trauma?

-What is its impact on kids?

-What is the physiological impact on brain development?

-What can we do in our daily practices as service providers, educators and parents to mitigate the impact of early trauma?

-Are there specific tools or approaches that I can use to help kids feel safe?

DAYTIME SESSION 9:00am – 4:00pm
$95.00 per person, includes lunch

*Daytime Session Registrants must register for a breakout session upon registration.* Please register here

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stuart Shanker (D. Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology, author, CEO of The MEHRIT Centre Ltd. and Founder & Science Director of the Self-Reg Institute. Dr. Shanker’s five-step Self-Regulation model, The Shanker Method, is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults.

Opening Speaker: Dr. Ben Kline is currently a part-time Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University. He is also a Developmental Pediatrician and Medical Director at Landsdowne Children’s Centre in Bradford and a Consultant Pediatrician at Brantford General Hospital.

Breakout Sessions:

Loss/Grief – Michelle Harris, MSW, RSW, Certified Clinical Traumatologis
 Michelle will speak about traumatic loss in children and how caregivers can help.
Michelle is a Registered Social Worker and Certified Clinical Traumatologist in private practice.  She specializes in providing supportive counselling and therapy to children, youth and families and individuals who have experienced trauma or who have been diagnosed with PTSD.  Michelle has worked in both hospital and Community Mental Health Organizations with a focus on the adolescent population.

Intergenerational Trauma – Gertie Beaucage
Gertie Beaucage/Zhawanobinaissekwe is a member of the Bear Clan of the Ojibway Nation. Born at Nipissing First Nation in August 1954 I was raised by my maternal grandparents at Meadowside and later by my parents at Beaucage with four siblings. Life lessons were taught by my parents and extended family including how to love the land and to be grateful for everything the Earth provides to us so generously.

I attended elementary and high school in North Bay. I eventually attended University of Sudbury – Native Studies Department in Sudbury with the encouragement and support of Elders such as Ernest Tootoosis and Art Solomon. These wonderful teachers valued truth and life long learning and were always willing to share what they had discovered about history and the life of Anishinaabek. I have spent many years listening and learning from some of the most generous and determined Elders who asked only that I be willing to share our teachings and story with others in turn.

I have found that I enjoy sharing the Anishinaabe Creation Story and the teachings it contains. More than anything else I believe that our young people have a right to know the truth of our history and the lives of our ancestors. I believe that we can address intergenerational issues affecting our people by applying our traditional teachings and healing processes.

Balancing Demands/Managing Expectations – Dr. Jennifer Saltzman-Benaiah
Dr. Jennifer Saltzman-Benaiah uses a “grocery cart” metaphor to explain how children respond to stress and what care givers can do to reduce stress.
Jennifer is a pediatric clinical neuropsychologist working for Mackenzie Health and the Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe and York. She provides cognitive assessments to children with neurological conditions such as acquired brain injury, seizure disorder and FASD. Jennifer is passionate about finding ways to talk about complex topics in simple language so that parents and professionals can have a common understanding and move forward in treatment decisions together.

When Addiction Invites Trauma to Join the Family: Anticipating Consequences to Create Hope – Valerie Good, M.Div., B.A., R.P. and Lyle Peterson, MSW, RSW
Valerie Good, M.Div., B.A., R.P., is a Registered Psychotherapist practicing at New Path Youth and Family Services.  She has worked in the field of children’s mental health for 15 years and has extensive experience with children, youth, adults and families affected by trauma.  Valerie has presented on family violence, developing creative interventions for children and trauma at multiple conferences and workshops throughout Simcoe County and in Malawi.

Lyle Petersen, MSW, RSW, is a Registered Social Worker who is currently employed at New Path Youth and Family Services. He has four years of experience working in children’s mental health and has four years working as a counsellor in the addiction field, with three of those years being employed as a youth and family counsellor. Lyle has experience as a group facilitator with youth as part of court diversion, with adults seeking support for substance use and psycho-education groups for parents.

Childhood Abuse – Tracey Carter
Tracey Carter, Executive Director, Child Advocacy Centre Simcoe/Muskoka will describe an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary model which aims to mitigate the impact of early trauma when children and youth have experienced physical and sexual abuse – supporting healing and hope for the future. ​
Tracey Carter has over 20 years’ experience holding senior leadership roles with provincial governments, not-for-profit and private sector organizations. Tracey’s previous work includes; leading a provincial integrated vascular health strategy; developing performance indicators for Health Canada specific to multidisciplinary, patient-centered care and; advancing service quality as Vice-President of an award winning North American private sector company. Having recently returned to reside in Simcoe/Muskoka with her family, Tracey understands the importance of connection to community and the significant impact the work the Advocacy Centre has on keeping children and youth safe and supported today, and in future.

EVENING SESSION 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Free with Registration

Presentation by Dr. Stuart Shanker
Toolkit Treasure Hunt – collect ideas for simple, low cost activities parents can do with kids. The evening session is geared towards parents and caregivers, and is open for all to attend.

To register for your session please visit:

For further information please contact: Joan Kennedy at 705.721.5437 ext. 202 or via email at [email protected]

Should you require a subsidy to attend either session please contact: Rowley Ramey at 705.721.5437 ext. 100 or via email at [email protected] 


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