Gail Clarke, RP
Gail Clarke is a certified OAMHP member and certified member of IATP as a Trauma Professional. Currently, Gail works as a Manager of Clinical Services providing support to other clinicians as they use trauma informed support models and increase their capacity to support others well. She also supports adolescents and adults in her private practice.
Gail has worked with people with Intellectual Disability and Mental Health Issues or Addiction Issues for more than 20 years. She is passionate about presenting to small teams or large groups on the topic of Using a Trauma Lens as well as Self Care and Team Building.
She has personal experience with managing a traumatic past due to her own experience as a young mother of 4 in an abusive relationship.
Currently, Gail works full time in a clinical service where she teaches other professionals how to support and understand best practice from a trauma lens. She also works in her private practice to support those whose mental health has suffered because of the unacknowledged trauma experiences.
Using a Trauma Lens to Support Vulnerable People to Live Beyond the Trauma
Speaker: Gail Clarke, RP
This session offers relevant and practice information and strategies for professionals that are supporting people with an intellectual disability (ID) or mental health unwellness to deal with an unacknowledged trauma that is continuing to impact their life negatively.
The session will examine trauma signs and symptoms that can look very different in people with an ID. Practical ways to teach people how to cope and change the trajectory of the past will be highlighted. In addition, the session will detail a success story of one woman that was heard in her struggle to become more than a statistic of an abusive past that was leading to a meaningless life.
This session will emphasize the importance of working with the most vulnerable populations in order to impact all of society.
- Identify signs and symptoms that are commonly seen in people with an ID and have trauma history.
- Understand best practice supports and universal precautions when looking through a trauma lens
- Gain knowledge of practice strategies to help people as they move forward in their lives, building on strength despite the past challenges