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Course Description

Living under a sustained global pandemic has affected us in diverse and sometimes traumatizing ways. Yet, we cannot simply leave past trauma and present-day stressors 'at the door' when we arrive on campus. Instead, we must recognize ways in which our practices support or impede resilience in our learning and working spaces. This session explores how a 'trauma-informed' approach supports students and educators both during and post-pandemic.

By the end of the session participants will be able to: 

  • articulate how both stress and trauma responses may affect learning and work
  • distinguish between saviourism and stewardship when describing relationships between individual and community well-being
  • apply Venet’s four-priorities model to identify opportunities for trauma-informed practices in our classrooms and broader campus spaces
  • explain connections between equity and trauma-informed practices in higher education spaces

About the facilitator

Dr. Yuen-ying Carpenter, PhD

Yuen-ying Carpenter is a senior instructor and Associate Head Undergraduate in the Department of Chemistry. Trained as a chemist and science education researcher, her research interests have included visualizations in chemistry education, peer reflection in scientific problem-solving, and student attitudes towards uncertainty and risk in design projects. She deeply believes in resilience as a result of community-, rather than self-, care. Although newer to trauma-informed teaching, Yuen-ying sees this model as an opportunity to make connections between student well-being and their learning. 

Yuen-ying's well-being is currently supported by cuddling her dog, lifting heavy things, and being in virtual community with educators for whom love, rest, and wellness are foundational priorities in learning spaces.

About the moderator

Dr. Melissa Boyce, PhD

Melissa completed her PhD at the University of Victoria. She is associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and a senior instructor in the Department of Psychology. Melissa chairs the teaching and learning subcommittee of the Campus Mental Health Strategy and is academic coordinator of the embedded certificate in mental wellbeing and resilience.

Please Note: This event is open to all members of the public, geared specifically to those teaching and learning in post-secondary. This webinar will be recorded, registration will close on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to you the day prior to the webinar.

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