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Trauma and Resistance: Innovative Responses to Oppression, Violence & Suffering

This workshop will explore an alternative approach to work with trauma from a decolonising, anti-oppression stance which focuses on the resistance of victims of violence and oppression. Honouring the wisdom of the people we work with and their responses to trauma brings forward their agency. Vikki will illustrate a witnessing approach to therapy using practice examples and structuring safety as the foundation of the work. She will share alternative understandings of trauma that resist psychology and the helping professions’ normalizing practice of re-framing oppression, harm and suffering as personal deficit and disguising acts of resistance as trauma and pathology symptoms.

Vikki Reynolds PhD, RCC is an activist / therapist from Vancouver, Canada who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written, keynoted and presented internationally on the subjects of Witnessing Resistance to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice- doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work.

Date: Thursday March 26, 2020


Location:  Santa Maria Goretti Centre at 11050 90 Street in Edmonton includes buffet lunch.


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