Tom Regehr 
CAST Canada 


November 26th, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST

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Hilton Garden Inn 
100 Traders Blvd. E
Mississauga, ON L4Z 2H7


Trauma & Addiction 

An exploration into the truths, concerns and realities
20 years ago trauma was not common in
discussions or our response to addiction.
Now it is. 
This is good.
But  the journey here was not a 
smooth or direct one.
Did we land in a good place?
Have we integrated the learning about 'trauma',
it's various contributing factors?
Are we doing things that do not help or may even cause pain?
How does 'focus on the postive' work with people who abjectly fear success?

November 26th, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 4:000 p.m.
Mississauga, ON, Canada
$175 + HST per person
Includes morning refreshments and handouts!

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The Day:

Join this important educational discussion forum to help us discern where we are with trauma and addiction and what might be incomplete, inappropriate or fundamentally needed.  We will open with an agreed approach to the day, then use facilitated discussion and short educational segments to gather where you, the participants are with trauma and addiction, then look at ways to better serve folks.

We will learn as much from each other as from the conversation.

Some questions we may strive to answer

    Is Dr. Maté right? - "All addiction is based in childhood pain."
  • What is "Catastrophic Abstinence"?
  • How are Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms similar to Acquired Brain Injury and why does it matter?
  • What is a larger variable than accessible services?
  • Brain Injury burst in to the addiction awareness a few years ago - what is next?
  •  Your ideas, questions, and wisdom to collect and share.


This day will help you have a better understanding of where you are with trauma and addiction.
  • Review and refresh your ideas about trauma and addiction
  • Enjoy deep, meaningful discussion with like-minded professionals
  • Gather a new, grounded perspective about approaching complex suffering
  • Gain trauma informed ways to support and empower clients with a knowledge of triggers, cravings and withdrawals
  • Learn to talk about 'relapse' in a way that creates success.
  • Learn some new philosophical ideas such as ‘catastrophic abstinence'.
  • Develop skills to create readiness for change and re assess goal setting and progress
  • Become more comfortable and effective in your work.

Who Should Attend?
Any health or helping professional or educator with some existing background with trauma and concerns about substance use, addiction and harm reduction such as addiction/harm reduction workers, shelter and housing support workers, income support and disability,  Children's Aid workers, therapists, counselors, correctional and probation officers,  professors and students, EAP professionals etc.