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Crosscurrents Conference

Crosscurrents 2018


February 22nd and 23rd

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC 


Keynote Speaker: Kim Barthel


Trauma Informed Practice: Relationships Matter

Understanding how trauma impacts lives is crucial to supporting many of our students to be their best. This keynote will illuminate the significance that trauma has on the brain, on relationships, and on the way learning happens. As educators we know it's not accurate to say we teach subjects - we are teaching students. And each one of them may or may not be in a position to learn at their maximum capacity, due to their personal life experiences. This keynote will discuss the science behind behaviour, stress, regulation and learning. It will remind us that we are truly in the position to make a huge difference in our students' lives.


What will you gain from this keynote?


Kim Barthel is a world-renowned occupational therapist and teacher, actively supporting multi-disciplinary function and healing in many cultures internationally. A pioneer in reinforcing the importance of relationship and education, she is known for blending cutting-edge developments in neuroscience with the art of compassionate inquiry. With 30+ years as an OT, Kim's specialties include complex behaviour, sensory processing, neuro-developmental treatment, autism, mental health, trauma-informed practice and attachment. To empower personal reflection, she recently co-authored the Canadian national best-seller "Conversations with a Rattlesnake" with her friend Theo Fleury.

Based in Victoria, Kim is on the road over 300 days a year teaching and learning. Her mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit.

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