Reprinted from the Intergenerational Trauma issue of Visions Journal, 2023, 18 (2), p. 40
First Nations Health Authority: Residential Schools
Services and resources for Residential School and intergenerational survivors, including counselling and cultural supports, 24-hour crisis lines, provincial and federal funding, and community wellness grants.
Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)
VAST offers individual and group counselling, assistance with refugee claims, and community connections for refugees and newcomers who have experienced torture, violence, or trauma. VAST also provides professional development workshops and training opportunities, the Research and Documentation Centre, and the journal VOICES Against Torture.
Zine on self-care
Hell Yeah Self-Care by Meg-John Barker offers excellent strategies and tips to help you take care of yourself when self-care feels like the last thing you have time to tackle. Find self-care approaches that work for you (no bubble baths required). Visit rewriting-the-rules.com for more resources, including the free book Trauma.
Moving Forward Family Services
Moving Forward Family Services offers free short-term counselling and affordable long-term counselling to people who are underserved by the current health care system. They aim to stop people from falling through the cracks by offering low-barrier help to everyone who needs it—without a long waitlist. Services are available in over 20 languages. Sessions are available by phone, online, or in-person at their Surrey location.
Aboriginal Peoples and Historic Trauma: The processes of intergenerational transmission
This paper from William Aguiar and Regine Halseth of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health explores trauma research and the transmission of trauma from one generation to the next. For more research from the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, visit ccnsa-nccah.ca.
Training and webinars
- San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program: Core and advanced training that teaches Indigenous cultural safety while dismantling anti-Indigenous racism. Visit sanyas.ca.
- Trauma Informed Practice Institute offers training to those who work with people with histories of trauma. Visit traumainformedpracticeinstitute.com.
- Healing Families, Helping Systems: A Trauma-Informed Practice Guide for Working with Children, Youth and Families webinars: Healing Families, Helping Systems is a guide from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. A short series of webinars covers core concepts and approaches. Visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/trauma-informed-practice-resources.