Abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, poverty and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have profound health, social and emotional consequences for people across the lifespan. Research indicates ACEs are common across cultures and socioeconomic strata, and yet, few health and human services providers graduate from training programs with the competencies they need to address the impact of trauma and toxic stress.
Philadelphia University’s Community and Trauma Counseling (CTC) program, along with the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC) and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, will be presenting “The Need for Trauma-Informed Curricula at Institutions of Higher Learning” on Oct. 20.
“This is an event in which Philadelphia workforce leaders across human service sectors will call to action curriculum decision makers in post-secondary training programs, ensuring Philadelphia’s future human service workforce is better prepared to address the trauma-related needs of our citizens,” said Jeanne Felter, CTC program director and Zeldin Family Foundation Chair in Community and Trauma Counseling. “The CTC program serves as an excellent model for trauma-informed education, and we are excited to partner with CCTC and the United Way to support this critically important conversation.”
Delivering the keynote is Sandra Bloom, MD, associate professor of health management and policy, Drexel School of Public Health, and founder of the Sanctuary Institute. Following will be a panel discussion moderated by Joel Fein, MD, MPH, co-director of the Violence Prevention Initiative and director of advocacy and health policy in the division of emergency medicine and an advocacy adviser for government affairs, community relations and advocacy at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The free event will be at WHYY in Philadelphia on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register and for more info, visit here.