Kim Barthel: Trauma-Informed Practice: Supporting the Kids We Bring into Our Lives Through Foster Care & Adoption - Langley


Presented by A Home for Every Child and Fraser Valley Foster Parent Association

by Home for Every Child and Fraser Valley Foster Parent Association 

Tue, 25 February 2020, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM PST

North Langley Community Church 21015 96 Avenue, Langley City, BC V1M 2Z3

$10 – $75

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Event Information

Come out for a great day of learning from the amazing, talented and world renowned Kim Barthel! Learn how to support the kids we bring into our lives through foster care and adoption through the lens of trauma-informed practice. This conference is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, social workers, medical professionals, teachers, educational assistants, students, and anyone else touched by adoption or foster care.

Registration begins at 8:30am. Conference runs from 9am-4pm.

Lunch included.

Childcare available for $10/child (3rd child or more free). If you are bringing more than 2 children please e-mail us at to confirm availability.

*If you need financial assistance to attend please e-mail organizer at

Event Description:

Trauma is a universal experience yet generally speaking, it is an uncommon part of people’s daily conversation. Thankfully, and appropriately, trauma-informed practice is becoming an increasingly common topic within forward-thinking organizations world-wide. This is essential if we want the people we serve to be receiving the most effective levels of support needed for them to thrive.

An individual’s experience of their life’s trauma impacts every area of human functioning: physical, mental, behavioural, social and spiritual. Circumstances such as domestic violence, abuse, neglect and addiction are examples of what is happening within families that dramatically affects a child’s development, and it significantly impedes their capacity to function in adulthood. But the understanding of “trauma” is frequently misinterpreted, misunderstood and minimized - leaving people responding repeatedly from wounded places, without awareness. When combined together with developmental disability or substance abuse, the challenges are compounded enormously.

We are most effective supporting others when we understand how personal trauma experiences influence overall function and healing processes. Whether we work in the fields of education, social work, child protection or business, and whether we are counselors, police officers or foster parents, this mental health workshop will help us develop new skills in working mindfully and effectively with other people. For any of us participating in this workshop, the upside is that we’ll become a more effective supporter to the people we care for, and the spin-off is that we’re highly likely to understand ourselves more too.

Kim’s workshop presentation style will include a combination of lecture, video analysis, and small and large group discussions.

What will you learn from this one-day workshop?

  • Gain an appreciation for the deep impact that trauma has upon brain development, relational skills, coping strategies and behaviour

  • Identification of the red flags in behaviour that are suggestive of relational trauma, and complexities when coupled with developmental disability

  • Develop skills of attunement and “holding space” as a force for regulation, healthy brain rewiring, reflection, self-esteem and learning

  • Develop practical scripts and skills related to compassionate communication

  • How to support others with trauma in any setting

  • Understand how, as one person supporting another, your awareness and mindfulness can open the door for improved connection with people who live with these challenges


Kim Barthel is a world-renowned speaker, teacher, occupational therapist and best-selling author, actively supporting multi-disciplinary function and healing in many cultures. A pioneer in reinforcing the importance of relationship, she is known for blending cutting-edge developments in neuroscience with the art of compassionate inquiry. With 35+ years as an OT, Kim’s key interests include Complex Behaviour, Mental Health, Attachment, Sensory Processing and Trauma-Informed Practice. Kim’s mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit.

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February 25th, 2020 8:30 AM through  4:00 PM
North Langley Community Church
21015 96 Avenue
Langley City, BC V1M 2Z3
Detailed Information
Audience: Adoptive Parents, Foster Families
Location: Fraser Region
Format Workshop (face to face)
Topic/Area of Interest Parenting

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