The Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network (NSTIN)

 

At NSTIN we have been been thrilled by Community, Provincial and Federal responses since forming the Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network in 2013. Our Trauma Informed workshops have been organized and funded by Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland Government funded agencies, community-based non-profits, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Due to the success of the regional workshops, we were asked by PHAC Ottawa to create and deliver a national Webinar for the Public Health Agency of Canada on February 26, 2015:  Family Violence Prevention – Building Trauma Informed Communities / La prévention de la violence familiale – sensibiliser les collectivités aux traumatismes. It became one of their top three attended PHAC Webinars.

Recent and Upcoming Facilitation:

  • Pennsylvania, USA: IIRP World Restorative Practices Conference, October 26, 2015
  • Halifax:  First Nations PHAC Atlantic Region funded sites, October 28, 2015
  • Eskasoni First Nation: October 30, 2015
  • Halifax: Vocational Rehabilitation Association, November 26, 2015
  • Yarmouth: NSCC, December 11, 2015
  • Halifax:  Shelter Nova Scotia & Mobile Outreach Street Health, January 19 & 20, 2016
  • South Shore: Community Hub multi-agency sessions, January 25, February 17, and March 18, 2016
  • Halifax: Atlantic Mentorship Network, March 4, 2016
  • Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, March 21 & 22, 2016
  • NSHA Public Health, April 28, 2016
  • Department of National Defence, Government of Canada, April 28 & 29, 2016
  • TriCounty: SchoolsPlus Advisory Committee, May 3, 2016
  • Strait Regional School Board, May 26 & June 2, 2016
  • Halifax: Community Justice and Community Partners, June 13 & 14, 2016
  • Halifax: Nova Scotia Department of Justice, November 8, 2016
  • Toronto, ON: Family Service Canada, November 9, 2016
  • Nova Scotia: Victim Services, December 1, 2016
  • Louisdale, Cape Breton, May 30, 2017
  • California, USA: Podcast interview release forthcoming 2018
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia: Spring 2018 Special Event TBA

 

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Violence and Trauma Informed practice plays a critical role in community, enhancing our capacity to

  • meet people where they are
  • respond to individual, community and intergenerational experiences of violence
  • practice from a strengths-based perspective
  • honor resilience
  • work together from a people- and place-centered perspective
  • link Interventions together with Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention, and
  • provide the supports people identify are needed

NSTIN is committed to

  • plain language practice, research and knowledge translation
  • addressing violence at personal, interpersonal and structural levels, and
  • increasing our community capacity to help all people access the services they identify are needed, at the sites they prefer

 

 

About the Co-Founding Community Based Partners

The Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network has been founded in partnership between Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia http://www.fsens.ns.ca, and Family Service of Western Nova Scotia http://www.fswns.org

Nancy MacDonald is Executive Director of the community-based therapy and programming agency, Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia www.fsens.ns.ca. She has spent over seventeen years working with the agency in serving families. She continues to work directly with men and boys, in the field of family violence, as a programmer and therapist. She provides leadership to the first and only Men’s Health Centre in Nova Scotia, which creates awareness of the inequities that exist in service provision to men and boys and, through collaborative practice, creates change. Her passion and keen interest lies in creating organizational and system change through Violence and Trauma Informed philosophy and practice linking Intervention with Prevention and Early Intervention. She is Co-Founder, with Art Fisher, of the Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network. Nancy’s professional history involves teaching and she has developed and facilitated numerous workshops and presentations throughout the province.

Art Fisher is Executive Director of Family Service of Western Nova Scotia (FSWNS), Canada, and Co-Founder together with Nancy MacDonald of the Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network. He is an internationally known facilitator on Violence and Trauma Informed practice and has taught in fifteen countries. He is most at home here in Canada, in his work with community partners, with FSWNS, and at the Freeman House site on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Freeman House is a #StrongerFamiliesNS prototype – one part of a Community Hub coordination of local support and services spanning the Social  Determinants of Health, linking Intervention with Prevention, Early Intervention and Health Promotion.

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NSTIN and The Public Health Agency of Canada

NSTIN, in partnership together with The Public Health Agency of Canada, has developed

1) PHAC Atlantic Region Trauma Informed two-day community-based workshops, and

2) a PHAC National Trauma Informed Prevention Webinar and Workshop PPT.

These investments deepen our understanding of the philosophical and practical shifts made possible by community-based Violence and Trauma Informed Prevention.

NSTIN’s work develops an individual, inter-personal, and structural approach to Violence and Trauma Informed practice, to support us in responding to historical and on-going individual, relational, and structural inequities experienced by underserved children, youth, adults, and families.

The trainings offers practice exploration supporting translation of this knowledge into violence prevention together with: people accessing our supports, colleagues across community programs, and cross-jurisdictional collaborations supporting service and social transformation.

The NSTIN National Webinar for PHAC, delivered February 26, 2015, is now available online in PPT and Audio formats: Family Violence Prevention – Building Trauma Informed Communities / La prévention de la violence familiale – sensibiliser les collectivités aux traumatismes

The Nova Scotia Trauma Informed Network National Introductory Webinar for PHAC, Family Violence Prevention – Building Trauma Informed Communities (2015) develops a community-based approach to Violence and Trauma Informed Prevention.

NSTIN’s workshops and materials developed for PHAC invite participants to deepen their knowledge of how both historical and ongoing violence impacts people’s lives. Trauma is positioned as a strengths-based, embodied response to violence and is explored at

  • personal
  • interpersonal, and
  • systems/structural levels

The workshops show how a plain language, culturally and structurally competent, community based version of Violence and Trauma Informed Prevention can be integrated across supports and services together with the diverse people, families and communities we serve.

Violence and Trauma Informed Prevention is critical for supporting coordinated systems responses to individual, family and community histories of violence and trauma (for example, First Nations experience of residential schooling in Canada) and ongoing experience of violence including unintended structural re-colonization and re-violation, that may be experienced by diverse people even within a “trauma-informed” setting.