Strategies for Personal & Collective Care in Challenging Times

May 25, 2023
1:00 – 2:30 PM

This workshop is designed to give you a greater understanding of the fundamentals of trauma (brain, body, nervous system). We’ll explore how our own lived experiences impact our work and how structural oppression intersects with trauma-informed practice. Ms Silverwoman will explore what vicarious trauma is and how to develop meaningful self-care approaches from a trauma-informed lens and we will consider the intersections of trauma and oppressions, as well as body-centred tools to ground ourselves.


This workshop is part of the many EAPO planned activities, being organized in recognition of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Department of Justice Canada.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


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Karine Silverwoman


Karine am an experienced Social Worker (MSW, RSW), therapist, consultant, educator, and personal trainer. Her work is informed by my lived experience of over 20 years of working in the social work field and my engagement in social-justice activism.

Karine has extensive training in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches, clinical supervision and leadership. She is particularly passionate about working with front line workers, managers, first responders, and community activists to deepen their skills, align with their values and find meaningful strategies to support them in the work that they do.

She has worked in a wide variety of settings and roles including Director of Counselling at Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, street outreach worker, mental health counsellor on an LGBTQ+  health team, youth worker, creative writing facilitator and an owner of a LGBTQ+ trauma informed body positive gym.

Karine is a consultant to a variety of agencies such as Victim Services Toronto, Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood house, and others.

As an educator, she have taught at Ryerson University School of Social Work and George Brown College Social Service and Assaulted and Women’s children program. She also offer workshops and educational sessions through the Ontario Social Workers Association and have done presentations for Sick Kids Hospital, Planned parenthood, Osgoode Law, Sistering and more.

She is a Queer parent, a deep listener and come from an intersectional feminist, disability affirming, and anti-colonial approach.

Karine’s work and life reflect my strong belief that we must approach the world and one another with compassion, care, attention to justice and reflection.

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