Special Conference Looks at Impacts of Trauma
Prince George, B.C.- A special conference has been set for Prince George this October, and it’s all about helping those who have experienced trauma.
The conference is set for October 19th – 21st at the Prince George Civic Centre and is being hosted by Prince George RCMP’s Victim Services and Community Policing Sections.
“The conference is aimed at anyone whose clients are affected by trauma” says Krista Levar, Victim Services Coordinator. ” I think the audience is very broad, working in the firled work in, we look at the first responders take on things a lot of the time but overall, I think its a good fit for any agency that deals with people.”
Levar says there is no one kind of trauma “It is difficult to define all the different elements of trauma, it can take a lot of different forms. It can be intergenerational, such as the residential school experience, it can be vicarious trauma which is experienced by people who are first responders , trauma just takes so many different forms, so the conference will look at a lot of those different forms and look at it from a lot of different perspectives.”
The conference will look at the impacts trauma can have on your brain and behaviours but will also hear from those who have a story to tell about how trauma impacted their lives. Scheduled guest speakers include retired BC Lion J.R. Larose who witnessed the abuse of his mother. Another guest speaker is retired NHL star Theo Fleury, who was sexually abused by his junior hockey coach, a trauma he says led him to alcohol and drugs.
She says with agencies having a better understanding of how trauma can impact the choices people make they may dvelop better ways of dealing with some clients.
Recognizing the impact of residential schools, violent crime, and other forms of intergenerational trauma, this conference provides an opportunity to plan how to best support clients experiencing these forms of trauma, says Levar “If we can look at people from a lens with a lot of different facets, bringing all of the pieces together, we can better help people, basically commit less crime, and heal better and understand what they need to help them heal.”
More information on the conference is available here