Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Registration & Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30


CPRI, Zarfas Hall 
600 Sanatorium Road
London, ON N6H 3W7

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Registration Fees

$55 Early Bird (register before May 20)
$65 Standard Rate (register after May 20)
$45 Group Rate (2+ participants)
$25 Student Rate (must register offline/provide copy of student ID)  Download the form here, return via email along with a copy of your student ID


Education & Learning Services, CPRI 
CPRI Education 
519-858-2774 x2159 

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Understanding and Responding to Relational Trauma: Teaching Children, Youth, and Families a New Way to Dance

(Please note this is an introductory workshop)

Presented by Wendy den Dunnen, PhD, C Psych & Erin Watkins, DSW, Community Behaviour Consultant


We all view the world through the lens of experience.   Research has shown that the presence of attuned and responsive caregiving provides children with a strong “blueprint” for healthy relationships and other positive outcomes.  Exposure to negative life events and relational trauma influences an individual’s ability to naturally seek adult support with difficult emotion, which can then present as challenging behaviour.

This interactive, INTRODUCTORY workshop will:

  1. Provide an overview of attachment theory
  2. Discuss the effects of trauma on the brain and body and
  3. Introduce attachment-focused and trauma-informed intervention that can be helpful when supporting children, youth and families that have experienced negative life events.

Target Audience:  Clinicians, educators and caregivers supporting children, youth and families impacted by negative life events or relational trauma.


About the Presenters:

Dr. den Dunnen is a Clinical Psychologist at CPRI. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2017.  Dr. den Dunnen has an interest in providing services to youth and families who have experienced adverse life events and she received specific training in trauma- and attachment-based care during her residency at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has also conducted program evaluation and research projects with child welfare systems in Canada and the United States that focused on developmental trauma, child well-being, and caregiver functioning.

Erin Watkins is a Developmental Services Worker currently working as a Community Behaviour Consultant within the Attachment Consultation and Education Service, a specialized outpatient clinic at CPRI.  She works extensively with biological, foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers who are raising children with an early history of negative life events.   Erin has been deemed reliable to utilize the Secure Base-Safe Haven coding technique under Dr. Bob Marvin of the Ainsworth Attachment Clinic in Virginia.   This allows her to complete video-mediated relational assessments within the framework of parent-child relationships.  Erin has co-created a therapy group for children who have experienced trauma, which is now offered through the ACES program.