Traumatized Youth & 
Traumatized Family Systems: Practical Tools for Working with Complex Developmental Trauma

Location Details
Virtual Conference

Hosted by The Royal’s Youth Psychiatry Program


Dr. Catherine Horvath

Dr. Catherine Horvath, C.Psych
Founder & Executive Director of the Ottawa Centre for Resilience
Clinical & Forensic Psychologist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, EMDR Therapist


A substantial subset of youth presenting for mental health services have trauma histories, with the percentage increasing with setting intensity (i.e., more than half of those in residential treatment or concurrent disorder programs). These youth are some of the most complex to work with often presenting with multiple mental health and substance use challenges including persistent suicidality and tend to be multi-system users. This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the various presentations of trauma in youth and family systems, how to screen and recognize these, how to successfully engage these youth in services, interventions to establish stabilization for these youth, and how to manage your counter transference and engage in self-care. Virtual breakout rooms will be used to ensure the opportunity to practice skills through role plays.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the different types of trauma, how they affect brain and nervous system development, and associated behaviours and mental health symptoms, including dissociation in youth. 
  2. Participants will learn to effectively screen for trauma in youth in a variety of settings and roles, and to engage youth and families with trauma histories in services.
  3. Participants will learn a variety of clinical intervention tools for working with youth and families with trauma histories to establish safety and stabilization the needed foundation for trauma processing and integration. 

Target Audience

This workshop is appropriate for Psychiatrists, Allied Health Care professions, Nurses, and students in related disciplines who have experience working with adolescents who have experienced trauma and are looking to refine their clinical skills

Date and Time

Friday, November 27 and Friday, December 4, 2020 
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Early Bird Rate - $125 
Student Rate - $105


To register please click here.

Contact information

For information, please contact Robyn Sauret,  +1 (613) 722-6521, ext 6570.

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