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Trauma & Resistance: Innovative Responses to Oppression, Violence and Suffering; Windz Institute

Oakville, Ontario
February 4 & 5, 2016

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn Oakville, 590 Argus Road

In this experiential workshop, internationally known presenter, Vikki Reynolds, PhD, offers an alternative approach to work with ‘trauma,’ from a decolonizing anti-oppression stance, which focuses on the resistance of victims of violence and oppression. Honouring the wisdom of the people we work alongside in their responses to trauma brings forward their agency and wisdom. Locating sites of resistance, and witnessing the resistance capacities of the people we work alongside, can create identities of knowledge, autonomy and strength, as opposed to victim/survivor identities, or other spoiled identities. An activist analysis resists the neutral and medicalized language of ‘trauma’, and names the contexts of social injustice that create the conditions for suffering.

Vikki will illustrate a witnessing approach to therapy using practice examples and will outline witnessing practices, structuring safety as the foundation of the work, alternative understandings of the way trauma works, and the connection of private pain with public issues.

In this experiential workshop participants will:

  • Consider alternative understandings of ‘trauma’, including seeing PTSD as a potential site of resistance.
  • Explore their own acts of resistance against power-over and domination
  • Learn how to structure safety for therapeutic conversations as a foundation of the work
  • Develop witnessing practices that offer new meanings of traumatic past events
  • Learn collective practices to resist “vicarious trauma” and “burn out” in our work and enact collective care
  • Consider an Ethical Stance for Justice-doing in our community work, including the political responsibility and ethical concerns of front-line workers.

Cost: $375.00

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