July 18, 2017

Preconference workshops are available for individuals interested in receiving intensive trauma-focused training within a specified treatment modality or model. All preconference sessions will take place in the Lawrence Field DEC Center (#9 on the campus map). Specific room assignments will be posted throughout DEC on the day of the event. Lunch will not be provided at the preconference workshop, but participants will have a one-hour break for lunch.

For more information, please select the arrows below each preconference session for a brief description.

Full Day Sessions (9:00 A.M -4:00 P.M.)

Storiez: Trauma Narratives with Inner City Youth – Meagan Corrado, DSW, LCSW

Every person has a story. Embodied in every story are narratives of pain and suffering as well as narratives of strength and resilience. The Storiez intervention guides therapists through the process of helping inner city youth create, voice, and honor their stories. Participants in this seminar will learn each of the nine steps in the Storiez intervention. They will also learn ways to provide culturally sensitive, client-centered, strengths-based trauma treatment to this specific population.

SELF: The Sanctuary Toolkit’s Trauma-Informed Group Model – Ruth Ann Ryan, APRN, BC, and Joe Foderaro, LCSW, BCD

S.E.L.F. is an acronym that stands for SAFETY, EMOTIONS, LOSS and LETTING GO, and FUTURE. It is a prism through which the complexities of trauma and chronic stress can be viewed and addressed in ways that create more resilient individuals and communities focused on understanding and healing. This one-day workshop, facilitated by the developers of the S.E.L.F. Model and co-founders of the Sanctuary Model, will introduce the core elements of the framework and develop the tenets of S.E.L.F. in culturally relevant and user-friendly ways. Participants will be engaged in group activities and exercises designed to enable them to complete the workshop with a working knowledge of how to apply the Model in trauma-responsive ways, to individuals, groups and communities who are engaged in healing.

Reflective Supervision: An Essential Tool of Trauma-Informed Practice – Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW

Reflective supervision (RS) is a relationship-based model which aligns with and supports the core principles of trauma informed practice.

RS builds on the concept that supervision is a context for learning and professional development, and a place where an equitable, empathic and non-judgmental relationship between supervisee and supervisor serves as a model for the desired relationship between provider and client/consumer.  The three building blocks of the model are reflection, collaboration, and regularity.  The goal of RS is to create an environment in which providers can do their best thinking – one characterized by safety, trust, empowerment calmness and support.

Trauma-Informed Skills for Front-line Staff – Chris Branson, Ph.D.

Trauma training for front-line staff is widely recognized as an essential element in creating trauma-informed organizations or service systems. This interactive workshop will focus on teaching practical skills for working with youth affected by trauma and responding to common challenging situations in the workplace. Specific areas of focus include recognizing the signs that someone is experiencing a trauma reaction (i.e., fight-or-flight response), trauma-informed de-escalation strategies, and helping youth manage distressing situations. The workshop will also cover staff vicarious trauma reactions and stress management skills for staff. Real-world case examples and video clips will be used to illustrate the skills and to facilitate participant learning. Small group activities will include role plays and discussion of ways that participants can begin implementing these skills in their organization.