Transforming Trauma: The Journey of one Woman

Every day this week, we are sharing with you some highlights of the upcoming Compassion Fatigue Care4You Conference June 3-4th, 2014

Workshop: Transforming Trauma – The Journey of one Woman 

with Deborah A. Sinclair, Social Worker


In her 35 years of practice with trauma survivors and the allies who support them, Deborah Sinclair has witnessed the deep emotional and cognitive impact on our bodies, hearts, minds and spirits, and the pervasiveness of vicarious traumatization (VT) for helpers/clinicians/allies. She has also noted, as with trauma survivors, that this vicarious traumatization can lay the foundation for vicarious resilience and posttraumatic growth. This is a good news story that can provide hope to all of us in our moments of quiet despair.

In this presentation, Deborah Sinclair will present the latest research findings that have relevance for mitigating vicarious traumatization in our personal and our professional lives and deepen our understanding of what facilitates vicarious resilience and post-traumatic growth. What inspires each of us to perform as our best selves in the  pursuit of excellence?

The presenter: 

Deborah Sinclair is a social worker in independent practice in Toronto, ON. Over her 35 year involvement in social justice work, Deborah has worked in many different capacities – clinician, writer, speaker, trainer, researcher, and expert witness. Deborah is a founding member of the Emily Stowe Shelter for Women, Women We Honour Task Force on Intimate Femicide and Luke’s Place. In January 2003, she was appointed to the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC), an expert advisory committee of the Ontario Chief Coroner’s office that reviews all intimate partner homicides/suicides in Ontario. Deborah works as a resource to assist professionals and advocates working with high risk populations to deal with vicarious trauma and resilience in their work settings including crown attorneys, family law lawyers,  police officers, paramedics,  health care providers, teachers, child welfare workers and  shelter staff. Deborah facilitates debriefings for individuals and groups experiencing a critical incident, and mediates to resolve staff conflicts, manage staff expectations and transform work settings into supportive, high performing sites of excellence. Deborah is the YWCA 2010 Woman of Distinction for Social Justice and is currently a Ph.D candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

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