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Alumni Association Distinguished Speakers Series: Revolution Through Relationship — Caring for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma, with Robert Maunder

June 1, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We look forward to our next annual Distinguished Speakers Series, taking place Thursday, June 1st from 6:00-7:15pm ET, both in-person and online.

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Lecture: 6:00 – 7:15pm
Reception at Innis Town Hall: 7:15 – 8:30pm

Revolution Through Relationship: Caring for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma

Our healthcare systems often go wrong when dealing with adults whose illness relates to childhood trauma. In this talk, Robert Maunder will advocate for changes in healthcare that follow from recognizing that “health” is fundamentally something that happens between people. Drawing from stories of an intense and challenging therapeutic relationship with a severely ill patient, and of his sustaining collegial relationship and friendship with co-author, Dr. Jon Hunter, Dr. Maunder will discuss the lifelong impact of childhood adversity, its often-overlooked impact on the relationships in which healthcare occurs, and the path towards both trauma-informed care and prevention.

About Robert Maunder

Robert Maunder is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He holds the Chair of Health and Behaviour at Sinai Health System. Clinically, he provides psychiatric care for people with chronic and serious medical illness. His research, in collaboration with Dr. Jon Hunter, focuses on how interpersonal relationships and psychological stress influence health, and on the impact of occupational stress on healthcare workers. He is the author of 3 books and over 100 papers and chapters describing this work, including his recent book with Jon Hunter – Damaged: Childhood Adversity, Adult Illness, and the Need for a Health Care Revolution.

FIFSW’s Distinguished Speakers Series, created by the Alumni Association in honour of the Faculty’s 100th anniversary in 2014, brings leading edge thinkers to the Faculty annually, in perpetuity, to explore avant-garde issues. By fostering debate and dialogue about crucial societal challenges, these lectures benefit students, alumni, researchers and the community.


June 1, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5
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