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Trauma-Informed Care: Applying Theory to Practice


Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Course Description

To support healing and build resilience among trauma survivors, we must understand how trauma impacts all facets of a person's life. Becoming trauma-informed means using knowledge of trauma and recovery to design and deliver services. In this course, we will discuss what is unique about a trauma-informed approach. Participants will have the opportunity to apply an understanding of trauma to their work as individuals, teams, and organizations.

Recommended Audiences

    • Agencies seeking to incorporate evidence-based practices into their programs
    • Case managers, program directors, clinicians, supervisors, and peer specialists
    • Health, behavioral health, and social service practitioners of all disciplines

Course Instructors

Ellen Bassuk, MD, founder and principal for the Center for Social Innovation, and former president of the National Center on Family Homelessness, is a leading clinician, researcher, and advocate on behalf of families and individuals impacted by trauma, mental health issues, substance use, and homelessness. At the forefront of homelessness for three decades, she has pioneered some of the seminal work on the role of violence, trauma, and mental illness in the lives of homeless families and children. Dr. Bassuk has served in leadership positions in the Worcester Family Research Project, National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness, National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, and Chronic Homelessness Initiative. She is a board certified psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bassuk obtained her doctorate degree in psychiatry from Tufts University School of Medicine and has published more than 100 articles on homelessness, trauma, and other related fields.

Katie Volk, MA is the Managing Director of t3 and a Senior Associate at the Center for Social Innovation (C4). She has directed numerous trainings, technical assistance, and curriculum development efforts and has trained thousands of service providers around the country. Prior to joining C4, Katie spent seven years with the National Center on Family Homelessness, where she worked with communities in the post-Katrina Gulf, was the lead author of SAMHSA’s Homelessness and Traumatic Stress Training Package, and developed the PEACH initiative, a physical and emotional awareness program for children living in transitional settings. Katie played an integral role in the conceptualization, writing, design, and release of the 2009 America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness. She has a joint MA from Tufts University in Child Development and Urban Policy and completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center (Brookline, MA) in 2007.

Scott R. Petersen, LCSW, CAC-III is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator of the Trauma Response Certificate Program at University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and a faculty member with the Center for Social Innovation at t3. In addition, he currently maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Denver, CO. He has been working with people affected by trauma, mental illness, and substance use for nearly 20 years as an outreach worker, case manager, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and program director. While working with the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, he worked as a trainer and consultant for the Iraq Integrated Torture Treatment Project. He is a current member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and a participant in the National Council for Behavioral Health Trauma-Informed Learning Community. Between 2006 and 2010, he served as a Lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and completed addictions counseling training through Grant Hospital’s Clinical Training Program for Addictions Counseling.

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