Trauma Responses with Indigenous Youth

Ask the Experts: CICMH Webinar Series #24

In colleges and universities throughout the province, mental health programs and services targeted to Indigenous students have sought to address the unique needs of this diverse student population. Incorporating an understanding of cultural competency, bridging mainstream and Indigenous frameworks in counselling and forming connections to community have been important steps towards better serving our province’s Indigenous post-secondary student population. This webinar will highlight trauma responses with Indigenous youth, building on an understanding of how trauma and wellness are experienced in the context of the medicine wheel.

Key Learnings
  • The impact of colonization and intergenerational trauma
  • Using a wholistic wellness model
  • How trauma can be experienced in the body
  • The importance of culture, relationships, and avoiding stereotypes

Brittany Madigan
Child and Youth Mental Health Worker, De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre

Brittany Madigan identifies as Mohawk of Kahnawake and Canadian. She has a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McMaster University. Brittany has enjoyed working with Indigenous children, youth, and their families for 5 years. She has also worked with people experiencing homelessness, people with developmental disabilities, and youth mentorship programs. Brittany is currently a Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor and Registered Social Worker at De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre. She lives in Hamilton with her husband and is a mother to two dogs and a horse. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, fitness, reading, music, and spending time with loved ones.

Brittany Vincze
Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor, De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre

Brittany Vincze is of Haudenosaunee (Six Nations, Cayuga) and Canadian (non-native: Scottish, English) ancestry. Brittany completed the Social Service Worker program through Mohawk College and went on to complete her concurrent degree in Social Work and Sociology through McMaster University. Brittany is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program through Wilfred Laurier University in the Aboriginal Field of Study.

Brittany has worked with the Hamilton, Brantford, Six Nations and New Credit communities and brings various experience with her from the areas of: street-involved youth services, crisis and counselling services for abused women and their children, group work and programming with children and youth, pediatric mental health in a hospital setting and child welfare services with Indigenous children and their families.

Brittany is currently employed as a Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor at De Dwa Da Dehs Nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre in Brantford, ON and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. In her leisure time Brittany enjoys practicing hot yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, reading, being with nature and spending quality time with her husband and her dog.

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