Intro to Trauma Informed Care with Kai Cheng Thom (2 part)

05/06/2021 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM ET


  • Free



On Thursday, May 6 & 13, 2021, at 6PM join RUK and Kai Chen Thom, MSc for a 2-part introductory workshop on trauma informed care via Zoom.

Because of the important and sensitive nature of this work we will be capping participation to 30 people. POC and marginalized community members will be given priority access. We ask that folks who register have the intention of participating in both workshops. There will be volunteer vibe checkers on hand to assist in case the need arises or triggers occur. As always $20 Reparations Stipends are available to Black residents of Ulster County. 

5/6 Trauma Informed Care Part 1: Growing Through Trauma What is "trauma" and how do we heal from it?  How does trauma affect activism, community building and collective care? This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about how painful experiences and oppression impact our bodies and social relationships.  Conflict mediator and former clinical social worker Kai Cheng Thom guides participants through an interactive exploration of how we can support ourselves and one another to survive and thrive in times of trouble.  Practical strategies for navigating trauma "triggers" and common conflict patterns will be provided.  Please note that this workshop is educational and not a replacement for psychotherapy or medical treatment. 

5/13 Trauma Informed Care Part 2: Transformative Justice How can we deal with the pain of conflict, violence and harm in our communities in a way that brings growth and positive change instead of punishment and revenge?  Join Rise Up Kingston and conflict mediator Kai Cheng Thom for a trauma-informed discussion of Transformative Justice, a model of responding to harm that aims to transform the social conditions that create harm in the first place.  This gentle exploration of the link between trauma and conflict is a chance for participants to think about what justice really means to them.

Kai Cheng Thom, MSc, is a trans woman writer, community worker, somatic coach and conflict mediator based in Toronto/tkaronto. She is also a former clinical social worker.  Kai Cheng combines her experience in the areas of trauma healing, conflict, and group work to support activist organizations in having difficult conversations and finding new ways to do collective care. Find out more at and

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