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Developmental Trauma and FASD Training Event

October 10 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


  • How to heal and prevent developmental trauma
  • Impacts of early life adversity
  • Understanding FASD & trauma
  • How trauma impacts individuals, families & communities

Laura Banks 

Laura is a mental health professional in private practice. She provides counseling, education, advocacy, skill development and service coordination to families in adoption. Laura also sits on several Boards and Committees with the clear intent of assisting children to find permanency and healing in their lives. Laura is an adoptive parent to seven children and has been a Treatment Foster Care parent for over 18 years. She is an experienced trainer to adoptive and foster parents and others. 

Sylvia Gibbons

Sylvia founded and runs a Support Group for Adoptive Families and founded and runs an Adopted Youth Group, both of which are in Simcoe County. She is the ACO’s PACT Parent Liaison. In this role she assists and guides Pathways parent groups to form ongoing parent support groups in their communities. Sylvia continues to provide peer support to many adoptive families throughout Ontario. Sylvia has been a PRIDE trainer for eight years. Sylvia is also an adoptive parent and is a member of the Developmental Trauma Action Alliance.

Presented by NorWest Community Health Centres & The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Awareness committee.


NorWest Community Health Centres
807 626 8485


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