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Sounds Traumatic: Connecting Ottawa Conference Resources

May 26, 2016
Nico Koenig

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Connecting Ottawa's half-day conference (May 18, 2016) "Sounds Traumatic: Rethinking What Trauma Means for Legal and Social Work" introduced the concept of trauma-informed care and how it may apply to legal, immigration and social service sectors.

Trauma-informed care is a strengths-based framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Focused on local responses, we explored practical tools, best practices and referral processes to consider when supporting persons with lived experience of trauma due to migration and disability in Ottawa.

Our joint keynote speakers were Dr. Azaad Kassam, a psychiatrist from Queensway Carleton, University of Ottawa and Dr. Doug Gruner, lead physician for Refugee 613's health task force and at Bruyère Family Medicine Centre.

Our panellists included Laïla Demirdache, Lawyer with Community Legal Services Ottawa Centre; Yedida Zalik, Lawyer with ARCH Disability Law Centre and Farah Nojoumi, Clinical Counsellor with Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization



During our conference, a number of resources and presentations were shared that may have further use for those interested in Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). 

Resources include:

  • Conference Slides, which include the presentations of Dr. Doug Gruner, and Yedida Zalik. The slides have been edited for public distribution. (file attached below)
  • Conference presentation by Dr. Azaad Kassam on Refugees and Mental Health (file attached below)
  • List of web links, podcasts and online learning resources on Mental health & Trauma-Informed Care resources shared at the Connecting Ottawa 2016 conference. (Click here)
  • Case Scenarios with an extended analysis of client strengths, protective factors, risk factors, legal issues, and Ottawa-based resources. (Click here)

For more information regarding Connecting Ottawa, resources shared or topics discussed during the conference, please contact Nico Koenig, Project Coordinator for Connecting Ottawa, at