Secondary Trauma: Heartbreak and Healing

This workshop will present information on the phenomenon of secondary trauma in the helping professions and parenting and the results from recent studies. Dedicated to all those helping practitioners, early childhood educators, adoptive, biological, and foster parents "who can empathically listen to what a child or youth is saying and work towards having them establish an environment of some safety" (Silberg, 2009), sometimes at great personal cost.

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Friday 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

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  • Linda O'Neill

    Dr. O’Neill is a practicing counsellor, a certified trauma specialist and counsellor educator who is the Clinical Coordinator at the Community Care Centre in Prince George, BC. and Associate Prof in the Counselling Program at UNBC.  From years of trauma practice in the Prince George community and the far North and through research on all aspects of trauma effects and interventions, Dr. O’Neill has compiled and designed ACEs-informed (trauma-informed) presentations and training with former research assistants, community practitioners and colleagues. Dr. O’Neill customizes the training for each professional group to ensure the greatest relevancy to practice. The training is constantly being refined to reflect the most recent research in the rapidly changing world of trauma support. This training has been customized and delivered to early childhood educators, educators and support staff, graduate counselling students, education and nursing students, counsellors, drug and alcohol programs, Youth Justice, Corrections, Parole and Probation, Crown Council, John Howard Society volunteers, Friendship Centres, RCMP Victim Services and practitioners in Mental Health and Addictions and Primary Health Care teams within the Northern Health Authority and Yukon.