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Don’t want to wait until October 2022 for the next biannual Trauma & Recovery Conference? Join the Connecticut Women’s Consortium on October 18th and 19th, 2021 at Uplifting Voices:Conversations on Trauma & Recovery with the Consortium. Spanning 2 days, this virtual event will bring together experts in the field of behavioral health to continue to explore the realities of trauma as it manifests through individual and community experiences whilst simultaneously acknowledging the multiple pathways to recovery. Join us as we strive to push the boundaries of traditional trauma treatment and expand the definition of recovery, creating comprehensive, inclusive systems of care.
The Connecticut Women's Consortium strives to provide the best quality behavioral health education across all platforms. As with any online activity, the quality of our virtual trainings is heavily dependent on participants' individual internet connectivity; if available to you, we strongly suggest hard-wiring to your internet connection for the duration of the training. In addition, we urge you to access your virtual training utilizing a laptop or desktop computer, as mobile devices such as smart phones and iPads may lead to a diminished experience. All virtual courses count toward your in-person continuing education credit. The link to attend as well as any relevant handouts will be emailed to registered participants 2 business days ahead of the training. In purchasing a virtual training, you are acknowledging that you have read and understand the information above.
Monday, October 18th, 2021
How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System ResponsesAmy B. Smoyer, PhD & John Watts, MA, CCJPSAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is known nationally for its work in regard to people with behavioral health needs involved in the criminal justice system. Although prevalence estimates vary, there is consensus that high percentages of justice-involved women and men have experienced serious trauma throughout their lifetime. The reverberating effects of trauma experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to accessing services.
Self-Care for the Trauma Therapist: Turning Our Therapeutic Tools InwardCassandra Holinka, PsyD & Margaret Evans, PhD|Burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization have all become synonymous with taking on the valiant commitment to help others walk through their traumas and construct their recoveries. Leaving these unacknowledged and unattended to leaves both the trauma therapist and the client in a precarious situation. The treatment community must work to understand how these experiences occur, stay mindful of the importance and meaning of effective self-care, and put into action purposeful plans for self-care.
Body Trauma: The Shadow in the BodyKaryne B. Wilner, PsyDEmotional disturbances, such as childhood trauma, can cause changes in the body. Unexpressed emotions create symptoms in the body and internal conflict, for which no words can be found, can burst out through the skin. Rather than suppress strong feelings that result from trauma, this program explores safe body-based methods to release difficult emotions in in order to transform them. By making the shadow conscious, owning one's negativity, and confronting the beast, the body can free itself from hurtful disease processes and begin to heal.
Using the Corona Virus Experience to Increase Compassion and ConnectionPatricia D. Wilcox, LCSWWe have all had to endure changes and stressors during the pandemic. How can we use our experiences to enhance our clinical compassion? Participants will examine their experiences and learn from them in areas such as living with a sense of danger, being cut off from loved ones, ever-changing and difficult to understand rule, loneliness, the stress and anxiety of returning to normal, and others. As we explore these experiences in depth, we can develop more understanding of our clients’ everyday world and translate this into changed practices.
Amy B. Smoyer, PhDAmy B. Smoyer, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University. Her program of research examines women’s lived experience of incarceration and the impact of this experience on health outcomes including HIV care and prevention, food justice, bladder health, housing stability, and psychosocial wellness. www.amysmoyer.com
John Watts, MA, CCJPJohn Watts MA, CCJP, is a criminal justice practitioner and educator with over 18 years’ experience working with various demographics spanning age, race and risk levels in the criminal justice system. He has been employed as a Probation Officer with the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch for the past 17 years and also serves as an adjunct professor at Gateway Community College. John is a national trainer with the SAMHSA’s GAINS Center and holds certifications as a Criminal Justice Addiction Professional (CCJP) and in Forensic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Cassandra Holinka, PsyDCassandra Holinka, PsyD, is a Connecticut-licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UConn Health. She completed her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology training at the Yale University School of Medicine and Connecticut Mental Health Center. Her training and clinical focus include the assessment and treatment of PTSD, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, and other mood and anxiety disorders. She also enjoys teaching and supervising psychiatry residents and pre and post-doctoral psychology trainees in learning psychotherapy.
Margaret Evans, PhDMaggie Evans, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at UConn Health in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Evans received her PhD from the University of Vermont, and subsequently completed a clinical post-doc at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Evans works with adults in outpatient settings, providing treatment for individuals presenting with anxiety, trauma-related, OCD and mood disorders. She has been trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.
Karyne B Wilner, PsyDKaryne B. Wilner, PsyD, has a private practice in Newport, RI. She currently directs the Core Energetics Academy in Newtown, CT. Formerly Assistant Director of the International Institute for Core Energetics and Senior Director of the Brazilian Institute, she has traveled widely giving workshops, and seminars. She has written numerous journal articles about somatics and psychology and presently teaches Master’s level Holistic Counseling courses at Salve Regina University.
Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSWPatricia Wilcox, LCSW, is the Vice President for Strategic Development at Klingberg Family Centers, in New Britain, Connecticut. She specializes in helping organizations improve their treatment of traumatized people and make the day-to-day moments of their programs as healing for clients and staff as possible. She created the Restorative Approach™ , a trauma- and relationship-based treatment. She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection® and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work and the University of St. Joseph’s. She trains internationally on trauma-informed care. She was the 2011 Connecticut Social Worker of the Year. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach (Levelers Press) as well as several articles.
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