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23 Jan

14th Annual Transforming Trauma Conference

Transforming Trauma into Triumph: 14th Annual Conference Recap Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is “The Power of Collaboration” On Wednesday, May 15th, 2024, the 14th Annual Transforming Trauma into Triumph Conference took place at Humber College’s Lake Shore Campus. With 71 attendees, the event proved to be a powerful and inspiring gathering dedicated to addressing and understanding childhood sexual abuse (CSA). Event Highlights The conference commenced with registration at 9:00 AM, and the formal...

21 Feb

5 Steps Documentary Film

April 4, 2024 – On a night with the weather saying ‘it would be best to stay home’ you did the opposite. You came out to the Gatehouse experience of the premiere of 5 Steps Film on April 4, 2024 at Creeds and with your energy generated a beautiful evening -Thank You. You can now view the full documentary online...

07 May

Strategies to Manage Feelings of Shame and Guilt

Survivors of childhood sexual abuse often struggle with feelings of shame, which can be deeply ingrained and challenging to overcome. Below are strategies that can help lessen feelings of shame and guilt: Education: Learning about the psychological effects of childhood sexual abuse can help survivors understand that their feelings of shame are common reactions to trauma, not personal failures. Self-Compassion: Practicing self-compassion involves treating oneself with kindness and understanding, rather than self-criticism. This can help survivors...

07 May

Empowering Survivors: Overcoming Shame and Guilt

Empowering Survivors into Overcoming Shame and Guilt  Written by: Beatriz Cruz, Social Service Worker (Diploma), Previous Practicum Student  Empowerment can be a useful tool in supporting survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and in overcoming the shame and guilt associated with these experiences. In my experience as a placement student at The Gatehouse I have come across a few participants who mention having a lack of support from others and how this contributes to their internalization of...

07 May

Understanding Shame: How Does Shame Affect Me?

Understanding Shame: How Does Shame Affect Me? Written by: Brooke Byers, Social Service Work Diploma, Previous Practicum Student at The Gatehouse Understanding shame is crucial in understating its impact on individuals who have experienced childhood sexual abuse (CSA). Shame is not just a fleeting emotion; it can deeply infiltrate one’s psyche, influencing various aspects of their life. Firstly, shame...