Working through trauma is always challenging but seeking help as a queer, Indigenous person is often so complex that many people don’t reach out. Stel Raven deconstructs the Western view of gender and weaves in elements of minority stress theory. Stel’s keynote was called Queering and Decolonizing Trauma Work: A Path for Two-Spirit Wellness. Stel Raven is an Indigenous queer, trans, two-spirit individual with a Master of Social Work. They work as a clinical therapist in private practice specializing in queer, trans and two-spirit wellness as well as recovery from complex trauma.
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association is a national bilingual association of professionally trained counsellors. CCPA’s members work in diverse fields of education, employment and career development, social work, business, industry, mental health, public service agencies, government and private practice. The 2019 conference was jointly presented with the Int’l Association for Counselling. It was held May 13 – 16, 2019 at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel in Moncton, NB.