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2013 Trauma Conference

"Addressing Family Violence Through Trauma-Informed Partnerships"

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September 24 & 25, 2013

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Registration is required and seating is limited.


Conference Overview

This free conference will bring together domestic violence advocates and providers from the broader service community in Delaware who want to learn more effective ways to help families heal and build resiliency through the use of trauma-informed approaches.

Our goal is to increase knowledge and skills of all those who work with individuals and families impacted by domestic violence. To achieve this, we are hoping that at least half of the registrants will be from the broader service community in Delaware. By bringing together both victim advocates and service providers from the broader community we hope to build a more trauma-informed community of practice.

This 2-day training opportunity is designed to allow for learning at various levels. Day 1 is designed for direct service providers and those who want to learn more about domestic violence and how trauma-informed approaches can be used to help victims and survivors. Day 2 is designed for the experienced DV provider/advocate and supervisors, managers, and administrators who are familiar with trauma-informed approaches but wish to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to offer trauma-informed services. You may register for one or both days, but due to seating limitations, priority will be given to the intended audience.

Tuesday, September 24, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Service Providers and Advocates

An overview on trauma-informed advocacy and services, a practice session on mindfulness to heal the helper, and a choice of two workshops.

Wednesday, September 25, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Administrators, Managers, Supervisors,
and Program Directors

Advanced skill-building for managers and experienced advocates to implement a trauma-informed approach to organizational leadership.

View workshops and register.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Victoria Kelly is the Director of the Delaware Division of Family Services. Dr. Kelly has over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health as a clinician and program administrator. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Health Administration from Widener University. Dr. Kelly has been an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Clinical Psychology at Widener University and is the Immediate Past President of the International Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children and Co-Editor of Attachment-Focused Therapy: A Professional Practice Guide (2009). She is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant in trauma and attachment.

Pat Vivian has consulted with community-based nonprofit organizations, state and national coalitions, and government agencies for over 30 years. Her passion and intention is to help heal and strengthen mission-driven groups that are working for positive change and social justice in society, especially on issues related to women and girls. In addition to her focus on organizational culture and trauma, Pat uses innovative approaches with clients in planning for the future and developing leaders.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, September 24

8:00-9:00  Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15  Welcome and Opening Remarks - Carol Post

9:15-10:00  "Pathways for Healing Intergenerational Transfer of Family Violence" - Dr. Victoria Kelly, Director, Delaware Division of Family Services

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-noon  Workshops

noon-1:15  Lunch will be served and a presentation given on "Healing the Helper"

1:15-1:30 Break

1:30-3:00  Workshops

3:15-4:15  "Resilience and Healing for the Helper"

4:15-4:30  Evaluation and Certificates

Wednesday, September 25

8:00-9:00  Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30  Opening Remarks and Dialogues - Pat Vivian

9:30-10:30  "Trauma-Informed Champions: Meeting the Challenges and Implementing Trauma-Informed Strategies"

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-noon  Workshops

noon-1:00  Lunch will be served

1:00-2:15  Workshops

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-4:15  "World Café: Building Partnerships for Successful Change" - Pat Vivian

4:15-4:30  Evaluation and Certificates

*This program is funded through the Delaware Criminal Justice Council by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program Grant Number: DH12-138 and by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware.

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