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Caring Every Day

Bartimaeus Conference and Networking Event

October 8 and 9, 2019 • Truro, Nova Scotia

Best Western Glengarry Hotel/Truro Trade & Convention Center, 150 Willow Street, Truro, NS B2N 4Z6

The design of the event is focused on learning from each other, bringing people together to look at the challenges faced each day and what we all collectively have learned. The training, knowledge and experience that we possess as a collective is such a great resource for us all.

The conference includes keynote addresses and workshops that focus on the experience, knowledge and expertise of all participants.

Come listen, participate, network, and have fun … who knows where our discussions will take us.

  • Tuesday, October 8
  • 8:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee
    9:00 a.m. – Opening Welcome – Vicki L. Black
    9:30 a.m. – Opening Keynote – Theresa Fraser
    10:45 a.m. – Networking Break
    11:00 a.m. – Workshop #1
    12:15 p.m. – Lunch
    1:30 p.m. – Workshop #2
    2:45 p.m. – Networking Break
    3:00 p.m. – Workshop #3
    4:15 p.m. – End
    6:00 p.m. – Dinner (at hotel)

  • Wednesday, October 9
  • 8:00 a.m. – Registration and Coffee
    9:15 a.m. – Day Two Welcome – Tina Gauvin
    9:30 a.m. – Keynote – Pat Gaughan
    10:45 a.m. – Networking Break
    11:00 a.m. – Workshop #4
    12:15 p.m. – Lunch
    1:30 p.m. – Workshop #5
    2:45 p.m. – Networking Break
    3:00 p.m. – Closing Address

The conference has been subsidized to a low rate of $80* (two days) and $50* (one day). Morning coffee, break-out snacks and lunches on both days are included in the price.
Dinner Tuesday night is $30* at the hotel.
Hotel rooms are at a special rate of $124.99at Best Western Glengarry Hotel/Truro Trade & Convention Center, 150 Willow Street, Truro, NS B2N 4Z6. Please make reservations by September 16, 2019 to ensure group rate is honoured.
*Plus HST

How to register

Download Registration pdf form — SAVE the pdf to your desktop, complete the form and submit via email.

Download Conference information and registration pdf.


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Theresa Fraser

Theresa Fraser has had a long career supporting people where they are at. For almost 30 years, she and her husband have provided home-based caring and love to over 200 “borrowed children”. Theresa has been a manager in community mental health programs for adults and has also taught CYC’s in post-secondary settings for almost 20 years. As a play therapist and trauma specialist she has taught workshops internationally about trauma, foster care and play therapy.

In 2019, her family moved to Pictou, Nova Scotia where she founded Maritime Play Therapy Centre, working as clinical therapist and certified provider of training for the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. Theresa has written children’s books about foster care and adoption and contributed to many therapy provision textbooks. In the fall of 2019, a book she co –wrote with Dr. Mary Ventrella about the competencies of CYC practice will be released by Canadian Scholar’s Woman’s Press. Additionally, a children’s book she co-wrote with her son Eric E.W. Fraser about openness in adoption will be released as the first of a trilogy by Loving Healing Press. She is almost ready to defend her PhD research that focussed on Sandtray Play Therapy with socially isolated adults.

Her key note address entitled The 4S’s of Caring (Structure, Safety, Supervision, Support) is sure to be thoughtful, funny and affirming about the application of trauma-informed caring in our interactions as care providers. Come prepared to play.

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Pat Gaughan

Pat Gaughan has spent the past 35 years working in both the public and private sector, including mental health, addictions and acquired brain injury and has a particular interest in supporting individuals who are exhibiting moderate to severe behaviour. He has presented workshops and seminars at both national and international Child and Youth Care conferences and has been published in the Canadian Journal of Child and Youth Care.

A strong believer in community involvement, Pat has provided leadership as board chair of the Reach Out Centre for Kids and the Ontario Rehab. Alliance. He has served as a board member for the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors and for the Burlington Girls’ Hockey Club. Pat is a graduate of Ryerson University and Cambrian College and was recently the recipient of the Cambrian College Alumni Award and was nominated for the Ontario Premieres Award for outstanding Ontario College graduates.

His keynote address is a reflection of his experiences in the field. Through a variety of stories, Pat explores several current themes including ‘Where we were, where we are and where we are going’ as a profession. He seeks to inspire and challenge practitioners to reflect on their current practice with questions like are you surviving or thriving as helpers. His stories and experiences also focus on how to turn obstacles into opportunities. Be prepared to reflect and hopefully walk away with some fresh ideas about your practice.