Making Sense of Resilience
Resilience is a remarkable construct – an overarching metaphor that touches on the arenas of stress, neural plasticity, emotional health, recovery, healing, mental illness, adaptation, defendedness, and therapy. It is relevant to everyone in most every role and regardless of age: teachers, therapists, youth workers, parents, support workers, etc. Fresh understandings are coming to the fore as we glean more working knowledge of the brain as well as the nature of emotion. The implications for working with children are profound, never mind the implications for dealing with stress in our own lives and in the lives of our loved ones.
Making Sense of Hypersensitivity
Full Day Workshop Following Keynote Address
New understandings of how the brain works, when viewed through a comprehensive appreciation of attachment, human vulnerability and the developmental process, hold great promise for unraveling some of the most confounding mysteries of childhood. Evidence is mounting that the neurological condition of sensory overload may very well be the root cause and common denominator of a myriad of diverse manifestations and syndromes, including autism, some types of attention problems and even a form of giftedness. The huge diversity of symptoms results from both the degree of severity of the neurological condition as well as the domino effect on a child’s attachments, emotions and resulting development. If understood and properly addressed, sensory overload issues can usually be compensated for and much of the secondary domino effect can be reversed. Dr. Neufeld will discuss the most promising interventions, including the cultivating of strong attachments, the priming of the human adaptive process, and the harnessing of true play as Nature’s own remedial and corrective process.
About Dr Neufeld
Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based developmental psychologist with over 40 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a best-selling author (Hold On to Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm. Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time to teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children. Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.
Trauma as Medicine – the Conversation Begins
It is through the transformation of our deepest suffering we discover our humanity, for seeing ourselves in another allows us to choose compassion over hate, understanding over anger, and forgiveness over judgment.
Sarah Salter Kelly leads us through her journey of healing in the aftermath of her mother’s homicide. She encourages us to consider that in the heart of our greatest wounds lay our greatest strengths and teachings. Her presentation details with the individual process of moving from me to we as she leads us down a path of seeking the humanity of a perpetrator and exploring the collective source of cycles of violence. Because her mother’s perpetrator was First Nations, this includes awareness of the colonial wound and compound trauma in Canada.
Sarah is joined by Marilyn Brighteyes, a First Nations woman from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. Marilyn shares her story of healing the violence and trauma of her upbringing, overcoming substance abuse, and managing under the FASD umbrella.
Sarah Salter Kelly is a writer, healer, and spiritual teacher with a private practice in Edmonton and Pigeon Lake, Alberta. She is adept at supporting people in healing trauma and creating restorative practices for their day-to-day lives. As a public speaker she has presented all across Alberta at Women’s Conferences, First Nations Organizations, the Women’s Prison, and Health & Wellness events, sharing her story of healing homicide and reconciling with the family of the man who murdered her mother. For more information go to her website: www.sarahsalterkelly.com
Marilyn Brighteyes is an addictions counselor for the Boyle Centre in Edmonton. She uses her life experience to support people with trauma-based upbringings or those struggling with addictions.
Using Story to Heal Trauma
In 2010, the al Rabeeah family left their home in Iraq in hope of a safer life. They moved to Homs, in Syria — just before the Syrian civil war broke out.
Abu Bakr, one of eight children, was ten years old when the violence began on the streets around him: car bombings, attacks on his mosque and school, firebombs late at night. Homes shows the strange juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by normalcy — soccer, cousins, video games, friends.
Homes is a remarkable true story of how a young boy emerged from a war zone — and found safety in Canada — with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. As told to her by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, writer Winnie Yeung has crafted a heartbreaking, hopeful, and urgently necessary book that provides a window into understanding Syria. Join Winnie and Abu Bakr as they share their insights on the tremendous healing power of story.
Abu Bakr al Rabeeah is currently a high school student. After three years of living in Canada, he enjoys his life here but he also dreams of a future where he can return to help rebuild Iraq and Syria.
Winnie Yeung has been an English Language Arts teacher for ten years. Homes is her first book. She lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her black pug, Zoe.
Healing After Birth - A Trauma Informed Perspective in Postpartum Health
Jennifer Summerfeldt, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP), has nearly two decades of experience in maternal health and psychology. In addition to being a counsellor, Jennifer has also been a childbirth advocate, maternal educator, doula, midwifery apprentice and published writer. She is the founder and creator of the Healing After Birth program, where she uses her expertise and voice to help advance the dialogue on motherhood, mental health, and healing. To learn more about Jennifer, visit www.jennifersummerfeldt.com.
Transforming Trauma: Renegotiating Our Relationships with the Archetypes
If there’s one thing our mainstream culture lacks it’s the support to come back, or integrate, after experiencing something difficult or even traumatic. Many traditional cultures knew the value of support, ritual and ceremony in order to usher its members into life’s new stages, whether it be for rites of passage or after a trauma had occurred. Inspired by the work of Carl Jung, mythology and after more than 15 years of study with traditional Blackfoot elders Joe and Josephine Crowshoe, Shanon Harwood created The Archetype Project, an interactive tool for healing and for assistance coming back into a harmonious relationship with the forces of creation.
Walking in Two Worlds: The Healing Journey of a Lifelong Learner
Ernestina Malheiro has experienced tremendous post-traumatic growth by following her passion for learning. Her curiosity engaged her in a process of understanding the factors that led to her recovery from complex developmental and adult trauma through years of diligent experimentation with various modalities when Western medicine seemed to have little to offer her. During grad school she reclaimed herself by drawing connections between trauma research and her experience as a lifelong learner. Ernestina has walked back and forth between trauma and healing through self-directed learning with Indigenous Elders and embarking on an 8-month trip through Central and South America, the South Pacific Ocean, and Europe with only her backpack. In this presentation, she will share personal stories to contextualize key findings from her graduate research about the epidemiology, risk factors, and psychoeducation outcomes she has utilized to help her walk out of trauma and into the world of resiliency with post-traumatic growth.
Sing, Pray, Heal: The Therapeutic Impact of Intentional Sound
Kirtan, a group chanting practice where music meets yoga, is gaining popularity in modern culture. What is kirtan? Why are people drawn to this practice? What effect is it having on participants’ health and well-being? Could this be considered therapeutic? In sharing some of her qualitative fieldwork research with kirtan participants in Australia and North America, Tiffany Sparrow Grace will discuss how kirtan contributes to perceived emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being.
Tiffany Sparrow Grace, BMT, MTA is an accredited music therapist, singer-songwriter, educator and yogi. Sparrow works in hospital settings, providing music and mindfulness for pain reduction, emotional balance and neurological functioning. She has performed with several well-known kirtan artists such as Dave Stringer, Karnamrita Dasi, Jai Uttal, and Shimshai and studied yoga and mantra in Canada and India, obtaining her 500hr yoga teaching certificate in Akhanda Yoga through Yogrishi Vishvketu. Currently completing her MA research on the health benefits of musical group chanting (kirtan), Sparrow is passionate about sharing through experience and lecture what she has learned so far about the therapeutic impact of intentional sound.
Into the Heart of Suicide
Eugena Maguire is a social worker, former “struggling” foster parent and creator of the Parenting Human Beings (PHB) podcast. Limping into adulthood and trying to make sense of her own childhood and mother’s suicide, Eugena fatefully stumbled upon the work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, among others. She was deeply inspired, which brought her into her current role as helper, healer, facilitator, and curious journey companion to parents, educators and any adults who care about kids. Through years of deep inner work and play, hitting the books, and healing, Eugena has discovered what drives us as human beings: our need for connection.
Monday April 8, 2019
8:30-9 Conference Opening
9-10:15 Dr. Gordon Neufeld - Keynote Address: Making Sense of Resilience
10:15-10:30 Morning Break
10:30-Noon Dr. Gordon Neufeld - Making Sense of Hypersensitivity Part 1/3
Noon-1:30 Lunch Break
1:30-3 Dr. Gordon Neufeld - Making Sense of Hypersensitivity Part 2/3
3-3:15 Afternoon Break
3:15-4:15 Dr. Gordon Neufeld - Making Sense of Hypersensitivity Part 3/3
Tuesday April 9, 2019
8:45-11:45 Sarah Salter Kelly and Marilyn Brighteyes - Trauma as Medicine - the Conversation Begins (with 15 min morning break at approximately 10:15)
11:45-1:15 Lunch Break
1:15-2:45 Ernestina Malheiro - Walking in Two Worlds: The Healing Journey of a Lifelong Learner
2:45-3 Afternoon Break
3-4:30 Winnie Yeung and Abu Bakr al Rabeeah - Using Story to Heal Trauma
Wednesday April 10, 2019
8:45-10 Jennifer Summerfeldt - Healing After Birth - A Trauma Informed Perspective in Postpartum Health
10-10:15 Morning Break
10:15-11:45 Eugena W. Maguire - Into the Heart of Suicide
11:45-1:15 Lunch Break
1:15-2:45 Shanon Harwood - Transforming Trauma: Renegotiating Our Relationships with the Archetypes
2:45-3 Afternoon Break
3-4:15 Tiffany Sparrow Grace - Sing, Pray, Heal: The Therapeutic Impact of Intentional Sound
4:15-4:30 Conference Closing