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13 May

Art Therapy Webinar

Register Here   Art Therapy Intro Workshop Date & Time: Monday, June 14, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Cost: $40 (CDN)   Description: Workshop Description: 1 Hour The Introduction to Art Therapy Workshop will help participants explore the possible benefits of art therapy firsthand through guided exercises by a trained Art Psychotherapist. The focus of the art therapy exercises will be...

28 Apr

Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Survivors’ Sexual Behaviours. Psychological Functioning & Cognitive Development Excerpts from a research report written By: Camila Ruiz Tacha, Previous Placement Student, The Gatehouse, 2019  Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is a prevalent issue in society, in which 8% to 31% of girls and 3% to 17% of boys have been sexually abused (Cited in Vrolijk-Bosschaart, Verlinden, Langendam, De Smet, Teeuw, Brilleslijper-Kater, and Lindauer, 2018). “Sexual abuse occurs when a person uses his/her...

24 Mar

Grieving For A Lost Childhood

 Grieving for a Lost Childhood By Maria Barcelos and Sherry Slejska For survivors of childhood sexual abuse, the pain associated with acknowledging the past, understanding it and accepting and then finally healing can simply be overwhelming. Finding meaningful and lasting healing typically involves grieving for the loss of a healthy childhood, the survivor’s innocence, and sense of self. Many suffer decades of loneliness and isolation, trying to cope with the shame, guilt, and fear of being vulnerable...

23 Mar

Dissociation and Reconnection

Dissociation and Re-connection Written by: Brandon Miles, Practicum Student, Social Service Worker Program Many survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma experience dissociation. When the triggers happen, survivors may dissociate from reality to help them cope.  Experiencing dissociation can feel like you are disconnected from your thoughts, feelings, and memories. It can impact your perception of time and it may feel like you are disconnected from the world. Dissociation can happen at any time, and in...

23 Mar

What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder and How Can I Help my Child with ODD?

What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder and How Can I Help my Child with ODD? A Review of Dr. Gina Antencio-McLean, PsyD Book “Overcoming Oppositional Defiant Disorder: A Two-Part Treatment Plan to Help Parents and Kids Work Together” By: Maria Barcelos, MA, Executive Director The Gatehouse How Can I help My Child when they are diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)? As a parent, being able to help my children feel safe, manage difficult...