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April 17, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Social Work Professional Development program is hosting a two-day Holistic Practices Conference at the Halton Region Museum in Milton May 21 and 22.

The conference will bring together over a dozen experts from both the field and academia to teach participants about a variety of holistic healing approaches from theoretical, research and practice perspectives. The conference will focus on how practitioners and organizations can incorporate holistic healing approaches into their work and lives

Holistic healing is a growing area of research, theory and practice in human services. The concepts of holism – a focus on mind, body, emotions and spirit – are beginning to cut across all disciplines in universities and in the community in areas such as social work, the arts, health care, education, sociology and religion. 

“Aboriginal peoples have led the way in Canada. Now traditional Indigenous practices from around the world are being utilized with new immigrants in Canada, rather than Eurocentric practices,” said Peter Dunn, associate professor of social work at Laurier. “As communities continue to diversify, organizations are looking to integrate alternative forms of healing into their practices, better preparing them to work with individuals from many cultures. The concepts of holism are now viewed as having application to everyone, giving people more of a sense of connection, health and balance in their lives.” 

Conference speakers come from Laurier's Faculty of Social Work, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) as well as from private practice and a variety of support service organizations.

Topics include: Aboriginal healing, healing for new immigrants utilizing traditional Indigenous practices, alternative talk therapies for self-empowerment, meditative techniques, body work dealing with stored trauma, energy work to promote self-healing, transpersonal techniques using the subconscious, expressive arts in healing, techniques of healing with nature, holistic health, community and national and international healing.

“The conference will be an opportunity for cross pollination of ideas between human services professionals and academics from a wide range of disciplines,” said Dunn. “It will also allow people to meet and network with others interested in this exciting, dynamic and expanding field.” 

Registration is $350 for the two-day conference including meals. To register, contact fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca by April 29. Visit the website for more information about the conference

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Lynne Jordan, Coordinator
Professional Development and Alumni Relations
Faculty of Social Work

T: 519.884.0710 x5265

E: ljordan@wlu.ca

Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca

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