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SOS Recovery Community Center: Dover

4 Broadway

Dover, NH 03820

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SOS Recovery Community Organization in Collaboration with Region 6 Integrated Delivery Network, the Strafford County Public Health Network, and Goodwin Community Health present:

Healing in Action: One Day Workshop

Trauma Informed- Leadership Strengthening-Results Oriented

Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD

Coffee and Light Refreshments will be served in the morning and a Full Lunch

Application pending for 5.5 CEU’s for MLADC, LSDC and CRSW.

5.5 Category 1 Continuing Education hours for licensure have been applied for through NASW NH however this is not a guarantee that authorization will be granted.

Free but Registration is REQUIRED Please arrive at 8:30 am

Healing in Action is first and foremost a strengths-based model for providers, peer-based supports, and the communities they serve to learn about trauma, increase their leadership capacity and engage with action. As such it is crucial that this is not just an awareness or information based program but instead begins as a leadership program—beginning with acknowledging and strengthening the capacity of the providers in order to create a positive, safe environment to engage Trauma Informed Care. My model of Trauma Informed Care engages leaders with information about their current strengths and challenges within their organization and community, Emotional Intelligence, and an understanding of repeated trauma and the impact of repeated trauma on development and coping. Providers and peer-based supports will learn about the importance of creating a climate of physical, emotional and relational safety –and discuss and assess how organizational procedures and policies serve or hinder this goal of safety. Staff will explore better ways to empower the clients and help them understand the impact trauma has had. They will explore ways to maximize collaboration with the clients when possible and include them in planning. The program supports providers and peer-based supports to not only increase their awareness but also change their behavior at each level of system: to engage with clients differently, to engage with each other differently, and to understand that the organization and community as a whole is part of the healing interventions

Overview of Program

- Research based trauma information

- Emotional Intelligence

- Capacity Building for engaged leadership

Participants will get an overview of the program, the learning outcomes and the models being used in today’s program. In interactive exercises participants will introduce themselves to the group and begin to engage with the topic.

Understanding Repeated Trauma

- What is repeated trauma?

- What is the impact of repeated trauma?

- How does trauma impact our clients, our organization, our community?

Participants will discuss the definitions of trauma that they have learned and they will learn the research about repeated trauma. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the connections between the elements of repeated trauma and the communities they serve.

The 5 Phase model of Healing Repeated Trauma

- Focus on the preparation phase and how it connects to treatment of substance use disorders

From the book Journey through Trauma, participants will learn the 5-phase model of healing from repeated trauma: Preparation, Unintegration, Identification, Integration and Consolidation. They will learn about what support each phase needs from care provider and discuss the needs of substance use disorders.

Me as a Change Agent for Healing

- Overview of Emotional Intelligence

- Noble purpose

- Emotional Intelligence and Trauma

Participants will learn the research behind Emotional Intelligence and have the opportunity to reflect on their own emotional intelligence capabilities and use reflective exercises to help them build their capacity for self-awareness and self- management. Participants will increate their awareness to support their own change at each level of system: to engage with clients differently, to engage with each other differently, and to understand that the organization and community as a whole is part of the healing interventions.

Community Application Clinic

Participants will apply their learning from the day identifying the results they would like to see within their communities and identifying their own learning plans that they can build on after the workshop.

About the Trainer:

Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD is a licensed psychologist, trained as a Harvard Medical School Fellow. She is a trauma survivor, who has worked for twenty-five years with the complex issues of trauma, integration and behavior change across every level of system from individuals, to groups, to large systems and countries, including her role as the expert consultant for documentary film The Silence which aired on April 19, 2011 on Frontline regarding priest sexual abuse in a Native Alaskan Village to ensure adequate resources for viewers and for proper follow on support for trauma survivors.

She has worked with individuals and groups in large clinics, and clinics in housing projects, in residential treatment facilities, on psychiatric units and medical hospital units, and in private practice. Her work includes over a decade of working with traumatized children and adolescents in residential treatment and psychiatric units.

She completed her psychology training internship as a Harvard Medical School Fellow at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and completed her post-doctoral training with adults at UMASS Medical Center in behavioral medicine, specializing in mindfulness-based treatment completing a fellowship at the Center for Mindfulness started by Jon-Kabat Zinn. Her trauma work integrates the developmental attachment work from treating children and the mindfulness work from treating traumatic health issues.

Since 2002, Dr. Schmelzer has also been a senior consultant with Teleos Leadership Institute, an international consulting firm serving leaders of fortune 100 businesses and major not-for-profit organizations such as the United Nations. Her expertise in trauma was used to inform the design and delivery of a four year large scale intervention for the UN in Cambodia. She and her colleagues worked with 150 leaders each year who were survivors of the Khmer Rouge in a large scale leadership initiative to strengthen the county’s response to HIV/AIDS. The program integrated work in self-awareness and self-regulation, gender issues, communication skills, relational skills and action learning.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association and Massachusetts Psychological Association and was the editor of the MassPsych Journal from 2003 – 2008; the journal of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. She was faculty and adjunct faculty in the department of Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University from 2002 to 2007, and adjunct Faculty at the University of South Florida Medical School through their SELECT program from 2011-2015. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Olin Business School through her work with Brookings Institute Executive Education.

Since October 2014 she is the founder and editor of The Trail Guide, a web-mag featured on dedicated to healing repeated trauma. Her book Journey Through Trauma was published February 2018 through Penguin Random House.

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