Manitoba Association of Secondary Teachers of At-Risk Students 

Trauma: The Research, The Hope, The Future FULL

Rossmere Country Club, 925 Watt Street


General Program Outline

Registration/Continental Breakfast- 8:00 am
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15-10:30 Research into Effects of Stress and Trauma
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:30 Physical Trauma in the classroom: What do I do?
11:30- 12:30 Trauma-Informed Care – Building a Culture of Strength
12:30-1:15 Served sit down lunch (salad, entrée and dessert)
1:15 -3:15 The Future – Creating Trauma Informed Schools

Session 1 – 9:15-10:30

The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Session Description: “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.” (Desmond Tutu)

The session will focus on the biological relationship between stress and trauma and the epigenetic principles connecting them to physical and behavioral manifestations. In an interactive session, the presenter will give a brief overview on the latest research into trauma affected individuals and insights into building resiliency and optimism into our professional and personal lives.

Speaker Bio: Wes Warren

Wes has been a teacher and counsellor for over 30 years with experiences in working with students from grades 4 through 12 in both urban and rural settings. As a presenter, Wes has spoken in almost every province in Canada and at the National Youth At Risk Conference in Savannah Georgia, on psychology and at risk youth.

Session 2 – 10:45-11:30

When Trauma Occurs: Action and Reaction

Session Description: Before, during and after the trauma. My session will focus on my first- hand experience of dealing with a traumatic experience in the work place. I will discuss what may have prepared me for dealing with an event like this. I will also share my story of how the events unfolded and how I responded to the traumatic crisis. I will also share the aftermath of the trauma and how dealing with a traumatic event can be a process that takes days, weeks, months or even years.

Speaker Bio: Derek Simpson – has been a Physical Education Teacher in the River East – Transcona School Division for over 20 years.

Session 3 – 11:30-12:30

Trauma-Informed Care – Building a Culture of Strength 

Session Description: Trauma is prevalent in our world and has an impact on many of the people we interact with, including our students and colleagues. This session explores how to build trauma-informed interactions and culture. Participants will develop an understanding of the pervasive impact of trauma on individual health and relationships. Guiding principles will be explored for increasing emotional and physical safety, culturally sensitive empowerment, and creating greater resilience for all. Becoming trauma informed creates a sustainable foundation in any work setting to promote strength, engagement, and recovery.

Speaker Bio: Nathan Gerbrandt, MSW, RSW
Nathan is the Managing Director for CTRI and uses a trauma-informed lens to provide leadership in developing and managing CTRI trainers and CTRI course content. Prior to this role he coordinated service delivery and rehabilitation planning for repeat offenders. Nathan has refined skills in risk management and collaborative treatment planning for children, youth and adults with complex trauma. In addition, he possesses specialty in the areas of disability services, case management, and working with people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. He believes that despite any trauma, mental health, and physical challenges, all people can find great success in their lives. Nathan is an engaging presenter who uses an interactive style to maximize the learning potential of participants.

Session 4 – 1:15-3:15

The Future – Creating Trauma Informed Schools

Session Description: Now what? This session will help to synthesize the morning’s information while tapping into the participants’ current practices as they relate to trauma informed teaching. Fiona England will review trauma related local research and guide participants on an interactive afternoon to uncover and create a framework for trauma informed classes and schools. Participants will have time to discuss important issues at their table and share with the larger group. Be prepared to share!

Speaker Bio: Fiona England, RSW is currently the Healthy Minds Specialist for Winnipeg School Division. She has over 20 years of social work experience working with children, youth and families both in a child welfare and school setting. She has over 16 years of experience providing specialized seminars and learning opportunities on several topics such as Child Welfare Legislation, safeTALK, mental health literacy, trauma, anxiety/ depression, wellness and mindfulness.


Conference Fee: Members: $80 ($55 conference fee + $25 membership fee), Non-members: $85. Continental Breakfast and Sit down lunch included with both fees.
Membership Fee Only: $25. Members are eligible to nominate students for the Vic Thiessen Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship of up to $500 is presented to students who have shown resiliency and are graduating from high school. One of the few scholarships that does not require students to be registered for post-secondary education.
Membership and Conference Fee: $80 (this includes the $25 membership fee)
Student Fee: N/A
Early Bird with cut off dates: Register by September 25th to be eligible for our Early Bird draw.


Register Online here:

Registration Opens on: July 1st, 2019
Registration Closes on: October 15, 2019
Cutoff date for cancelling: Friday October 11th, 2019- Participants will receive a refund for conference fees paid minus the PayPal fee (determined by PayPal based on the conference fee paid)
Cancellation Policy: See above.


Friday October 25, 2019. 9:00-3:30pm.  Rossmere Country Club, 925 Watt Street  $80 for members, $85 for non-members.  Susan Tozer-

General Questions

Will you accept payments made by cheques? No
Is lunch included? Yes
Cost of lunch? Included in the conference fee.
Please note any allergies on your MTS profile.

Contact Information

Conference information: Denise Flint-
Registration information: Susan Tozer-