Transforming Trauma Through Learning (E/SI)

April 25, 2023 | 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Stream: Ensuring Safety, Security and Well-being
Location: 521

Intelligence comes in collective forms. Collective trauma is a kind dark shadow that can prevent the “living collective nervous system” of humans to evolve. Processes for healing collective trauma have been shared widely over the last decades (Van der Kolk 1996; Hübl and Avritt 2020; Mate 2022). Left unacknowledged, trauma can be harmful to students and instructors. Transmitted through environmental and biological mechanisms such as epigenetics, trauma need not remain stagnant, but can be transformed through learning and neural plasticity. This session will focus on how two post-traumatic growth learning frameworks might be used in higher education to help instructors and students to: create life stories of commitment and giving (McAdams et al. 1997) and create new meanings and challenge existing worldviews (Antonovsky 1990). Participants will use the liberating structure 25/10 Crowdsourcing to create bold ideas for trauma-informed action within the post -secondary system such as changes in policy, marketing, institutional, program, and course outcomes, and student services that use transformative learning frameworks. The session will result in an uncensored set of bold ideas for transforming trauma as well as the ‘top ten’ for consideration.

Theresa Southam, Department Head, Teaching and Learning Centre, Selkirk College
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