Transforming Trauma 2020 | A Virtual Event

The Gatehouse and community partners are once again pleased to organize the Transforming Trauma Conference from November 22nd – 27th, 2020; this year it’s gone virtual! With more than 20 featured sessional speakers and presentations, this event will gather social agencies, first responders, and survivors of trauma to exchange ideas and evidence-based approaches to prevent and treat the symptoms and impact of trauma. It is our intention that attendees will be educated and empowered to become agents of transformation for themselves and those who have been impacted. 

Event Schedule

Each session will have its own registration link. You may register for as many sessions as you wish. Each session is limited to 100 registrants. You will receive a reminder notice 1 week and 1 day before each event via email from Zoom.

Learn more about the event presenters

Monday, November 23rd

10 am The Gatehouse: A Response to Restorative Justice & Trauma (1 hour) – register
Presentation by Maria Barcelos,  Paula Cordeiro, Stephanie Alves, Arthur Lockhart, Founder – The Gatehouse & Stefan Horodeckyj

11:30 am Trauma-Informed Yoga (30 minutes) – register
A live trauma-informed yoga session with Nicola Yoga

1 pm Strategies To Cope With Trauma Symptoms – register
Panel Session –Sheri Jackson, Deb Maybury, Catherine Jun, Andrea Robin Skinner

4pm Art Therapy – Process & Practical Application with Lacey Ford – register
Presented by Lacey Ford, RP, DTATI, HBA, Co-Founder, Full Circle Art Therapy Centre

Tuesday, November 24th 

3 pm Releasing Shame & Blame – Eating Disorder Management – register
Presented by Kaitlyn Axelrod, MSW, RSW Program and Outreach Coordinator at Sheena’s Place

7 pm Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors Panel – register
Panel Session – 6 survivors of CSA trauma will share some of their stories and address some
common questions other survivors and the public have about this type of trauma

Wednesday, November 25th

11 am Suicide Prevention & Support (1 hour) – register
Alex Shendelman, Program Manager – Traumatic Loss Survivor Program & Ian Kelly, Program Facilitator – Distress Centres of Greater Toronto along with Brad Hutchinson ASIST Trainers Brad Hutchinson will discuss how we can all be part of prevention and how to compassionately support someone who has been impacted by suicide ideations.

1 pm Supporting Child Survivors of Sexual Trauma (1 hour) – register
Lindsay Lobb works for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection will discuss what we have
learned and where we are going in the protection of children.

3 pm Supporting Victims of Human Trafficking (45 min) – register
Cynthia Bland, Founder, and CEO of Voice Found will discuss needs, resources, and support for victims of human trafficking including the programs available at Voice Found in Ottawa, Ontario.

Thursday, November 26th 

11 am Somatic Experiencing® (SE) (45 minutes) – register
Avdeep Bahra,  Somatic Experiencing® (SE) Practitioner in Training

1 pm Managing Anxiety & Stress  (1 hour) – register
 Shamsa Iqbal, EMDR Therapist 

Friday, November 27th 

11 am Voice Found – Finding Strength for Victims to Heal (45 minutes) – register
Lucie Bruneau, Program Manager of Strength Found – Voice Found will discuss the organization and how you can get involved. Part of this session will be delivered in French.

1 pm Meditation Session (45 minutes) – register
Ba Duan Jin – Facilitated by Brad Hutchinson providing insights on the practice of meditation and lead you in a session. (30 minutes)

2 pm Yoga Yoga Session (25 minutes) – register
Nicola Yoga will lead you through a trauma-focused yoga session

Thank you to our Event Supporters


This event was funded by the Victims Fund, grants, and contributions program administered by the Department of Justice Canada. Funds are available to provinces, territories, and non-governmental organizations for programs and services that give victims and survivors of crime a more effective voice in the criminal justice system. For more information about the Victims Fund, please visit:

For more information on Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, visit