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October 12, 2004

Renowned trauma doctor trains educators
The Child and Youth Counsellor Team with the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) announces a three-day Trauma and Loss in Children Conference featuring Dr. William Steele, MSW, PsyD. Dr. Steele is the founder and director of the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) established in 1990 and has over 35 years of experience in the field of trauma. He consults and provides debriefing to those exposed to critical trauma-inducing incidents.

Participants at the conference, which runs from October 12 to 14, include the HPEDSB Child and Youth Counsellor Team, educators from three school boards, employees from local community agencies, and private therapists. Over the three days, they will learn techniques for managing trauma and loss in children and youth. Dr. Steele will cover the major differences between trauma and grief and the components of three primary intervention strategies:
1. crisis intervention;
2. debriefing; and
3. structured sensory interventions.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Steele here in our community,” remarks Lisa Shunock, Child/Youth Counsellor and one of the conference organizers. “Conference participants will learn skills and techniques to use to support young people in our schools and communities who have experienced trauma or loss.”

Dr. Steele has trained over 40,000 educators, human service, mental health, hospice and health care professionals and was one of the first Americans selected by the Kuwait government after the Gulf War to train their newly formed mental health staff in trauma intervention. Dr. Steele worked with the Jewish Child Care Association in Manhattan and consulted with hundreds of school administrators, social workers and therapists from across the country after the September 11th tragedy. He is the author of numerous publications and intervention programs being used in agencies, hospitals, hospices and schools across North America. Over 3,000 professionals have attended Dr. Steele’s intensive training, leading to certification as Trauma and Loss Consultants and School Specialists.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 54 schools serving 18,900 students and employing 1,083 teachers. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For information call: (613) 966-1170, or 1 800 267-4350:
• Lisa Shunock, Child/Youth Counsellor, ext. 2451
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, ext. 2354