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Workshops: Tuesday, September 24
Service Providers and Advocates

You will be able to attend TWO of the following workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. On the registration form, you will be asked to rank them 1-4 in order of preference, with 1 being your first choice.

A. Using Trauma-Informed Practices to Heal from Family Violence, Domestic Violence, and Teen Dating Violence

Denise Tordella, MA, LPC, LLC

Domestic violence and other lifetime trauma can have significant mental health consequences, impacting a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This workshop will help us use a trauma-informed approach to understand those reactions, and identify strategies and interventions to strengthen the inner and external resources for individuals and families.

B. Opening the Dialogue About Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, and Trauma

Marilyn Siebold, MS, NCC, and Sarah Shultz, CPS

Both research and experience suggest that the co-occurrence of domestic/intimate partner violence and substance abuse is pervasive, and the relationship between them is complex. For many reasons, it is difficult to start and sustain critical conversations about intimate partner abuse when substance abuse is present. This workshop will help service providers gain confidence in using a trauma-informed approach to talk about DV/IPV with clients, and sustain that conversation to support recovery.

C. The Brain on Trauma: Understanding and Applying Knowledge to Improve Services and Supports

Leslie Brower, Ph.D., R.N., and Rhonda Elsey

Trauma disrupts the stress-hormone system, and experiencing childhood trauma and/or severe longstanding abuse as an adult can disrupt one’s ability to manage painful internal states, resulting in harmful coping mechanisms. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of the role of the brain structure and how to apply specific practices to help trauma survivors improve their health and well-being.

D. Cultural Competence and the Impact of Historical Trauma

Sujata Warrier, Ph.D.

Historical or multigenerational trauma is relevant to every encounter we have. Culture shapes an individual’s experience of violence, the perpetrator’s acceptance of responsibility, and the culture of the advocate/professional and the system impacts access to and outcome from services. This workshop will define the terms culture and cultural competency, and identify trauma-informed approaches to healing from historical trauma.


Workshops: Wednesday, September 25
Administrators, Managers, Supervisors, and Program Directors

On the registration form, you will be asked to select one of two workshop options. You may choose to attend EITHER "Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services," a two-part workshop divided between the morning and the afternoon, OR both of the other two workshops.

A. Best Practices for Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services

Sonia Ferencik, MSSA, LISW

Victims of domestic violence, both adults and children, are survivors of traumatic experiences, and professionals working in domestic violence and family services need a basic understanding of how traumatic experiences impact individuals. This workshop will present strategies to effectively integrate trauma-informed approaches into their work with victims and survivors. Note: This is a two-part workshop. Participants must attend both the morning and the afternoon sessions.

B. Organizational Trauma

Pat Vivian, MA

Organizational Traumatization Syndrome is characterized by closed boundaries between the organization and the external environment; stress and anxiety contagion; and depression expressed through fear or anger. This workshop will help leaders to understand organizational identity, culture, trauma, and traumatization so they can use that information to heal their organizations and promote organizational health.

C. Culture and Trauma-Informed Organizations

Sujata Warrier, Ph.D.

Cultural influences determine how traumatic events are interpreted. Cultural influences impact one’s resilience and ability to cope. Trauma-informed organizations recognize how important it is to understand culture in terms of power and privilege. This workshop will explore how to use a trauma-informed framework for understanding how organizational culture impacts creating a trauma-informed organization.