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Trauma and Healing Information Session for Fort McMurray Residents and First Responders

Wednesday, June 8th
6:00-8:00 PM

The purpose of this workshop is to provide support and information for any individuals who have been directly impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfires.

Participants will learn:
information about normal reactions to a traumatic event and how the body responds to trauma
information about what supports healing and a return to wellness
practical techniques to calm themselves, as well as some grounding, stabilization and containment strategies to assist in their daily lives
The strategies taught in this session can be used immediately. Participants will also learn how they can share these strategies with loved ones, including children.

While participants will leave with a better understanding of trauma and healing, the focus will be on practical strategies and the opportunity to connect with others in a supportive, healing environment.

Please note: This session is for adults only, but all of the resources and strategies will be useful for parents in understanding how to support their children.

This session is created from a Somatic Experiencing perspective, as developed by Dr. Peter Levine,

Cost: The workshop is free, but participants must register by June 6th.

Location: River’s Edge Counselling Centre, #204, 14 Mission Ave. (Note: St. Albert United Church will be an alternate location, if a larger group registers for the event. We will confirm the location with participants the day before the workshop).

To Register : Call 780-460-0022, or email

Samantha Pekh, M.A.
Registered Psychologist
Clinical Traumatologist

Charlene Remenda-Madra, MSW, RSW
Certified Integrative Body Psychotherapy Practitioner
River’s Edge Counselling Centre

Some further resources you may find helpful…

For taking care of yourself or a loved one after a traumatic experience:

Responding to Stressful Events: Taking Care of Ourselves, Our Families, and Our Communities (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Trauma – Healing the Unquiet Mind (A presentation about trauma, its effects, and coping strategies, by Petal Murti)

After a Critical Incident (The Headington Institute)

For information about our
free counselling services for
displaced residents of Fort McMurray
Call us at 780-460-0022

Borealis Counselling Services, of Fort McMurray, has set up a temporary location in St. Albert. Borealis Counselling Services is a not for profit agency offering employee and family assistance services in Fort McMurray for nearly 30 years. Their counselling services are also available to community members who do not have coverage through their employers. Borealis clients, and other displaced residents of Fort McMurray, are welcome to contact them at 780-791-1757 for information about services available.

For helping children understand and cope with a traumatic experience:

Responding to Stressful Events: Helping Children Cope (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Responding to Stressful Events: Helping Teens Cope (Public Health Agency of Canada)

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do (National Institute of Mental Health)

Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

To provide financial support to the Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal of the Canadian Red Cross,
Click here
or call 1-800-418-1111

Contributions will be matched by both the the Alberta and Federal Governments.

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