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ACO: Ottawa Community of Well-being Saturday

May 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Trauma & Loss: Creating School Communities of Well-being

About the event:
We know that all schools have children in their classrooms that are dealing with the impact of trauma and loss in their lives. Some through their journeys of foster care and adoption; others through immigration as refugees, violence in the home, conflict in parental separation and divorce, serious illness, or a death in the family. By supporting these families schools can play a critical role in creating an environment that will help children heal.

Ottawa Community Wellness Saturday brings together parents, teachers, other educators and community partners to create school communities that are positive, safe and welcoming for children who experience foster care, adoption and other situations that make them vulnerable.

Participants will enjoy a comprehensive workshop followed by an interactive resource village. 

Cost: This event is FREE!
Participants will learn:
• Benefits of Trauma-sensitive Schools
• Effects of Early-Life Adversity on Childhood brain development
• Interface of Trauma & Learning
• Adoption & Foster Care Through a Trauma lens
• Positive Adoption & Foster Care Language & Assignments
• Resources for How to Create School Communities of Well-being

About the trainer:
Karen Moore, RSW, MA
Karen is a mental health professional, a creative and innovative manager and leader in Lanark County. She is the Clinical Director at Open Doors, a children’s mental health centre in Lanark County. She has been involved in the world of adoption and children’s mental health for many years through her experience in social work, training and development and leadership positions. Karen is also an adoptive parent of four children.

Childcare: Limited childcare available for children ages 3 and up, from 9am until 12pm. Advance registration required.

As capacity is limited, those who register for childcare will be contacted to confirm whether they have secured a spot.

Registration:  Click here to register now!  Space is limited.

Click here for event flyer.


May 4, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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John G. Mlacak Centre
2500 Campeau Dr.
Kanata, Ontario K2K 2W3 Canada
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