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Trauma-Informed Care: A Change in Perspective
Presented by Raul Almazar, RN, MA; Janice LeBel, PhD; and Sharon Wise, MHS

Friday, April 27, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL
Registration Fee: $20

You can view and print the brochure and registration form by opening the attached pdf or by visiting MHCCI.org. Seating is limited so please register early - deadline to register is April 20, 2012.

The conference is sponsored by Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois. CEUs will be available for LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC and CADC. Contact Hours will be available for nurses. This educational opportunity is made available at a reduced cost because the training is funded through SAMSHA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care.

Conference overview: Traumatic experiences can be dehumanizing, shocking and terrifying. Often a traumatic experience includes the betrayal of a trusted person or institution and a loss of safety. Trauma can result from experiences of violence, abuse, neglect or disasters that induce powerlessness, fear and recurring hopelessness. Trauma impacts one’s spirituality and relationships often resulting in ongoing feelings of shame, guilt, rage and isolation. Despite all of this, healing is possible.

In response to the need for training about trauma-informed care, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed “Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint through Trauma-Informed Practices.” This training was put together by expert clinicians who recognize the benefits of working with survivors in a trauma-informed setting. The result is an engaging mixture of lecture, video demonstrations and exercises that leave clinicians more knowledgeable and confident when faced with clients who have experienced trauma.

Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. With a better collective understanding of trauma, more people will find their path to healing and wellness. And with a greater public commitment to trauma-informed programs and systems for survivors, we lessen and prevent a wide range of health, behavioral health and social problems for generations to come.

This training will address the prevalence of trauma across the lifespan and suggest techniques to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatization. Participants will learn what trauma is, how it affects individuals – psychologically, developmentally, and neurobiologically. Self-regulation tools and strategies also will be explored.