Trauma-Informed Practice and Self-Care: The Red Cross Response to Social Emergencies

This workshop will explore trauma-informed practice and self-care in the context of the Red Cross social emergency response in Canada. Through the lens of a social-ecological model, participants will consider psychological safety, historic and intergenerational Indigenous trauma, and the effects of individual, family, community and cultural trauma. Participants will also become familiar with emerging practice standards when working with people and communities that have experienced trauma.


This workshop will assist participants in developing a personal understanding of the effects of stress, loss, trauma and grief, with emphasis on self-care and personal protection. Participants will also be introduced to the Red Cross Look, Listen, Link, Live model and will learn to foster resilience by implementing strategies to cope with various types of stress.

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Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

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  • Chris MacPherson