A primer on trauma and children for foster parents

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This week is Foster Family Week, and it’s time to recognize the amazing and difficult job that foster parents have. Children can go through a number of traumatic situations and experience a variety of experiences before they enter … Read the rest

Slashing Stigmas: Theo Fleury leads third Victor Walk

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Theo Fleury will be slashing stigmas surrounding childhood trauma next month, as he sets off on a five-day tour of Manitoba, in support of the Victor Walk and Breaking Free Foundation.

With 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 … Read the rest

CWAR Twitter Chat Highlights: Hurt People, Hurt People

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In case you missed it, last night we hosted our second Twitter chat, where Kim Barthel and Theo Fleury joined people across the globe in a conversation about trauma: “hurt people, hurt people”. We had an amazing conversation online, and … Read the rest

Heal Yourself, Heal the World

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi

The reality is, whether we’ve experienced some form of trauma in our lives or have been witness to pain and hardship in others, bad things happen in our … Read the rest

Learning to sit with painful emotions

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Painful emotions, are painful. Bottom line. As humans, we naturally do everything we can to get rid of painful feelings. This can sometimes mean negative and harmful things for us like repressing our emotions, reacting too fast or too irrationally, isolation … Read the rest

Remembering that you are not your story

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Everyone is on a journey in life, and we all have a story to tell. Where we’ve been, what we’ve overcome, where we’re going, has all helped to shape our lives; but it’s important to differentiate between what shapes us, … Read the rest

Learning to Love Ourselves First

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“Self love, self respect, self worth: There’s a reason they all start with ‘self.’ You can’t find them in anyone else.” – Unknown

Forgiveness, happiness, healing—they all cease to exist until we learn to love ourselves first. When trauma … Read the rest

Why having compassion matters

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama

When we encounter something joyful in our lives, it’s easy for us to instantly react with love and compassion. But pain doesn’t instinctively translate into compassion … Read the rest

What is Addiction?

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When differentiating between “physical” addiction and “psychological” addiction in newborns of addicted mom’s, it is a slippery slope of distinction. It is known that physical addiction comes about through an array of neuroadaptive changes and the laying down and … Read the rest