What it takes to be a Trauma-informed Organization

Date & Time: January 31, 2017

Presented by: Ms. Holly Murphy, Advanced Practice Leader for Trauma Informed Care, the IWK Health Center and Ms. Sue McWilliam, Advanced Practice Leader for Outcomes & Evaluation Research, IWK Health Centre.

Presentation: The IWK Health Centre is a pediatric and obstetric hospital that provides care to women, children, youth, and their families from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Centre is currently in the process of becoming a fully trauma-informed organization and examining their trauma-specific services to better serve those who have experienced trauma. Learn more about how this initiative is being implemented through trauma awareness and education sessions to staff and community partners through their campaign, “Your Experiences Matter”.

Bios: Ms. Holly Murphy is an Advanced Practice Leader for Trauma Informed Care at the IWK Health Center and co-lead the Building a Trauma Informed Practice Framework in Nova Scotia. Holly graduated from St. Francis Xavier in 2001 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and with her Master in Nursing from Athabasca University in 2015. Holly has spent the past 14 years in child and adolescent mental health and addictions where she has enjoyed many roles from clinical care to management. Holly believes that we all play a part in creating trauma informed environments with our clients, families, staff and systems.

Ms. Sue McWilliam is an Advanced Practice Leader for Outcomes and Evaluation Research for the Mental Health and Addictions Department at the IWK Health Centre.  Sue has an interdisciplinary PhD in Health Promotion, Health Administration and Sociology and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Addictions both from Dalhousie University.  Sue has worked extensively as a researcher and health administrator engaged in program and system evaluation, knowledge translation, and health policy analysis specific to studying the social determinants of health, mental health, and addictions.  Sue’s past involvement working with street-involved youth fuels her passionate support for the adoption of a trauma-informed approach at the IWK.

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