Keynote Speakers

Dr. Heather Larkin – “The Restorative Integral Support (RIS) Model: Community Responses to Adversity and Trauma”:

Heather Larkin is an Associate Professor at the University at Albany (SUNY) and co-Director of the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services. She also volunteers as a consultant on research and education for the Center for Post-Trauma Wellness. Heather has researched the Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) prevalence and service use among homeless people, and co-developed the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) model with John Records. Heather leads ACE Think Tank and Action Team meetings and works closely with local service agency directors to strengthen ACE response through the Healthy Environments And Relationships That Support (HEARTS) Initiative. This includes support for Service Outcomes Action Research (SOAR).

PowerPoint Download: Becoming ACE-informed- The US Experience – Heather Larkin

Nancy Poole (Phd Candidate):

Nancy is the Director of Research and Knowledge Translation for the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health and the Provincial Research Consultant on Women and Substance Use Issues for BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver. Nancy has co-edited 2 books with Dr Lorraine Greaves, both published by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Ontario. The most recent book, entitled “Becoming Trauma Informed” released in November 2012, reflects Nancy’s ongoing work on “relational system change” to promote more compassionate and effective responses to people with substance use, mental health and trauma/violence concerns.

Dr. Ed Connors – “Two Eyed Seeing – Trauma Informed Practices through a First Nations Lens”:

Ed Connors is a Psychologist registered in the Province of Ontario.  He is of Mohawk and Irish ancestry and is a band member of Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.  He has worked with First Nations communities across Canada since 1982 in both urban and rural centres.   His work over this time has included Clinical Director for an Infant Mental Health Centre in the city of Regina and Director for the Sacred Circle, a Suicide Prevention Program developed to serve First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario.   While developing the latter service, Ed worked with Elders and apprenticed in traditional First Nations approaches to healing.  Today his practice incorporates traditional knowledge about healing while also employing his training as a Psychologist. Ed also serves as an elder/advisor for Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre and the Native Mental Health Association of Canada.

PowerPoint Download: Two Eyed Seeing — Two Minds, Two Worldviews

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