Dismantling the Colonial Box

Cindy Deschenes

In 2009, I began working on something I call the colonial box theory (colonial box for short). It was a physical manifestation of my thinking, reflections, and observations first sparked by the knowledge and wisdom of two First Nations individuals: Harold Tookenay (Anishinaabe from Long Lac First Nation, Ontario) and Angie Louie (Crow from Crow Agency, Montana). Harold wowed me … Read More

The Power of Shifting Judgement to Curiosity

Nathan Gerbrandt

We are surrounded by judgement. I think in many ways we actually enjoy it. I feel this personally, like a defense mechanism that kicks in to build myself up at the expense of another. And it’s everywhere! It’s in the shows we watch, political discourse, social media, and unfortunately it even sneaks into our interactions with colleagues and those we … Read More

5 Principles of Trauma-Informed Workplaces

Nathan Gerbrandt

The following information comes from A Little Book about Trauma-Informed Workplaces, written by myself, Randy Grieser, and Vicki Enns. Trauma is prevalent in our world and its effects can ripple out, shaping our interactions and relationships at home and at work. It even affects whole organizations by impacting the ways in which we do our work, serve our clients, and … Read More

3 Go-To Elements for Trauma-Informed Workplaces

Nathan Gerbrandt

trauma-informed workplace, trauma informed, trauma, mental health, mental illness, workplace culture, depression, anxiety, empathy, understanding

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, writing, and speaking about Trauma-informed care lately. It’s a topic near and dear to my heart. In fact, Vicki Enns, Randy Grieser, and I have just finished a new book called A Little Book About Trauma-Informed Workplaces. We hope it will serve as a guide to those wanting to make their workplace more … Read More

How to Recognize the Trauma Behind the Response to Racism

Shadell Permanand

racism, trauma, black lives matter, #blacklivesmatter, trauma-informed, conversation, dialogue, self-care

Author’s Note: I am Canadian, originally from Winnipeg, and I lived in Toronto for 15 years as an adult. I’ve been living in Chicago since 2011 and I work in the areas of conflict resolution, restorative justice, and diversity and inclusion. I see myself as an ally, and I write this from the perspective of a cisgender person of colour … Read More

How to Cope With Post-Traumatic Stress During COVID-19

Vicki Enns

post-traumatic stress, PTSD, mental health, mental illness, counselling, counsellor, COVID-19, Coronavirus, pandemic, self-care, trauma, traumatic

We are living in strange times, with unique challenges that many of us have never encountered before. Everywhere on the planet, people now have to collectively focus on survival, united in facing a shared threat: COVID-19. Every one of us is equipped with instincts to help us rise to the challenge of survival, but these same instincts can also add … Read More

4 Ways to Practice Trauma-Informed Healing During COVID-19

Nathan Gerbrandt

trauma-informed, healing, self-care, mental health, mental illness, organization, workplace, positivity, curiosity

The pervasiveness of trauma and its impact on our local communities and the world has seldom been so visible. The outbreak of COVID-19 has exposed cracks in how vulnerable and fragile our global community can become. Our thoughts are taken up with concern for loved ones, uncertainty about work and our personal health, and anxiety about what tomorrow will bring. … Read More

PTSD Awareness – Become Trauma-Informed

Vicki Enns

PTSD, trauma-informed, counselling, mental health

Anyone can be affected by post-traumatic stress. Post-traumatic stress disorder is not only for mental or physical health professionals to know about. It is essential that everyone become trauma-informed in order to prevent PTSD, to protect and seek help for themselves or loved ones, and to mitigate the ongoing effects that can build over time from a traumatic experience. Increasing … Read More

3 Pillars & Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach

Vicki Enns

trauma-informed, trauma, mental health, mental illness, self-care, counselling, therapy

You have probably heard a lot of buzz around being trauma-informed as it’s a term that is becoming increasingly embraced. Many organizations are actively seeking out ways to ensure their programming and services are fit for this label, which means they are engaging in the following pillars of trauma-informed care: Awareness of the prevalence of trauma, and how common it … Read More

Understanding Trauma

Vicki Enns

trauma, understanding trauma, traumatic, mental health, self-care, counselling, therapy, mental illness

What is a common public health threat that often goes unacknowledged and untreated – even by many caregivers and public health professionals?  The pervasiveness of trauma and its widespread impact on a person’s life often keep it hidden under physical, emotional or behavioural symptoms that don’t get recognized for what they are.  Without recognition, this all too common phenomenon can … Read More