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ATSS’ Trauma Lines Newsletter is All New

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The latest issue of our Trauma Lines Newsletter has been published. Unlike last issue which focused almost primarily on our upcoming conference, our speakers and presenters, the July edition of Trauma Lines covers a wide range of topics from the healing power music brings to our soldiers, to how to help your teen driver use their brain when they’re behind the wheel.

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That said, our upcoming conference, “Safely in Our Hands: Helping Our Helpers Stay Healthy,” is rapidly approaching. This year’s conference will feature over 29 workshops in three days. Still haven’t registered? Click here to register for this year’s conference in Toronto.

At its core, Trauma Lines is a newsletter for ATSS members, by ATSS members. Not a member? Click here for more information on becoming a member of the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.

So, tell us what you thought about the July edition of Trauma Lines. What topics would you like to see addressed in future editions? Are you interested in submitting an article of your own?


Written by traumalines

July 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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  1. As a creative arts person who works with trauma survivors I loved the article on music. I’m looking forward to the Toronto conference and the amazing line up of trauma professionals speaking.

    Barbara Maurer

    July 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    • Hey Barbara,

      So glad you liked our post on music. As you know, there are many things (animals, music, etc) that can help those who are going through or have gone through traumatic experiences. Above all else, I believe music is the one thing that everyone can relate to. Not everyone likes the same kind of music, but everyone likes music.

      Thanks for all your comments so far,


      July 28, 2010 at 6:07 pm

  2. About some of the presenters:

    Françoise Mathieu is a certified mental health professional with a master’s degree in counselling and a certification as a compassion fatigue specialist. She has a passion for working with health professionals who are seeking improved self-care and looking for new strategies to combat burnout. She is the director of WHP, a consulting firm that specializes in offering workshops, consulting and counselling to helping professionals on topics related to self-care, wellness and compassion fatigue. Visit her website for more information: To view weekly resources and ideas on compassion fatigue, visit her Compassion Fatigue Solutions Blog:

    Dr. Lori Gray has strived to tackle the issue of trauma from multiple angles by working with first responders, trauma victims, and perpetrators. She has received awards from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Canadian and American Psychological Associations, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Windsor, and Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program. Key experiences include employment and collaboration with emergency service organizations, the Psychological Trauma Program and Law and Mental Health Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Detroit Receiving Hospital (level one trauma centre in inner city Detroit), and private practice settings.

    Mr. Brad Coulbeck is the Detachment Commander for the OPP in Chatham. He has been an officer for 19 years, working for the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police. He spent nine years on the Emergency Response Team, seven of those as Team Leader, Public Order Unit Leader and Search Coordinator. He holds the designations Level One Incident Commander, Public Order Incident Commander, and the rank of Staff Sergeant. Mr. Coulbeck is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and the Advanced level of Community Crisis Response Team training. He is a certified Hypnotherapist and NeuroLinguistic Programming Practitioner.

    Mr. Marc Kobrosli is a frontline paramedic with Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services. He was a founding member of the Essex-Windsor EMS Special Operations Division, where he obtained specialties in CBRNE medicine and advanced HAZMAT technician. He is an active member of the Windsor Fire & Rescue Hazardous Materials Response Team and the Provincial CBRNE Response Team. He is attending the University of Windsor and spends time teaching new Canadians and school children about the emergency services and the 911 system in Canada. He has recently developed and published a First Aid & CPR program accredited under WSIB.

    Priscilla de Villiers’ daughter was abducted and murdered by a sexual predator in 1991. She learnt firsthand about personal trauma, the effects on her family, friends and the community as well as on the responders. She soon found herself mentoring and supporting other victims of violence from across the Canada and internationally.

    Kent Laidlaw was the District Commander for the City of Burlington with the Halton Regional Police Service during that investigation as well as those of two other young women who were murdered within that year. One of which was committed by Canada’s most notorious sexual predator, Paul Bernardo. A certified traumatologist he founded and runs, Canuckcare, offering a wide range of trainings and consulting services to care-giving professionals.

    for a complete list, please visit


    July 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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