Brittany Vincze is of Haudenosaunee (Six Nations, Cayuga) and Canadian (non-native: Scottish, English) ancestry. Brittany completed the Social Service Worker program through Mohawk College and went on to complete her concurrent degree in Social Work and Sociology through McMaster University. Brittany is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program through Wilfred Laurier University in the Aboriginal Field of Study.
Brittany has worked with the Hamilton, Brantford, Six Nations and New Credit communities and brings various experience with her from the areas of: street-involved youth services, crisis and counselling services for abused women and their children, group work and programming with children and youth, pediatric mental health in a hospital setting and child welfare services with Indigenous children and their families.
Brittany is currently employed as a Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor at De Dwa Da Dehs Nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre in Brantford, ON and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. In her leisure time Brittany enjoys
practicing hot yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, reading, being with nature and spending quality time with her husband and her dog. Brittany extends a “nya:weh kowa” (big thanks) to McMaster University for inviting her to this year’s conference.
WORKSHOP TITLE : Two-Eyed Seeing: Trauma Responses with Indigenous Youth
DESCRIPTION : This presentation explores how we bridge mainstream and Indigenous frameworks in individual counseling with Indigenous children and youth. After sharing our training and scope of practice we will discuss children and youth as sacred beings, how wellness and trauma are experienced in the context of the medicine wheel, and how two-eyed seeing is practiced in our work. We connect our practice with the TRC and end with recommendations for future growth in the field of child and youth mental health.