Instilling Hope VII: Trauma-Informed Care Conference

March 21, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
FSU Turnbull Conference Center
555 West Pensacola Street
Florida 32301
Jennifer Travieso

Welcome to Instilling Hope VII!

Below the Conference Agenda will be a description of each session.

Conference Agenda
7:45-8:15am Registration

8:15-8:30am Welcome (Auditorium) from FSU’s College of Social Work

Dean Clark, Florida State University’s College of Social Work

8:30-8:45am Welcome (Auditorium) from DCF’s SAMH Office

Mylisa Lee, Regional Substance Abuse and Mental Health Director, Department of Children and Families

8:45-10:00am Morning Keynote Speaker

Practicing Resilience: Embracing Hope, Optimism and Self-Care

Carol Edwards, LCSW

10:00-10:15am Break

10:15-11:30am Breakout Session 1 (Select One):

1. Trauma-Informed Care 101, Caitlin Burns, LCSW

2. The Impact of Trauma from a Consumers Experience, Carolyn “Freda” King, MS, CAP

3. Using Cultural Policy to Restore Ubuntu in Traumatized Black Communities, Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman

4. Secondary Trauma, Self Care and You! Rachel Greene, LCSW and Chris Collins, LCSW

5. How to Tame Your Dragon: The Role of Relaxation in the Traumatized Brain, Leslie Konhaeuser, MSW

11:30am-12:40pm Lunch

12:40pm 12:45pm Afternoon Welcome (Auditorium)

12:45-2pm Afternoon Keynote Speaker


2-2:15pm Break

2:15-3:30pm Breakout Session 2 (Select One):

1. Recovery Efforts in our Community- How is the opioid crisis impacting our state? What is your role in our Recovery Oriented System of Care?

2. How to Remove D.R.A.M.A. from Trauma, Sean Wynman

3. “Why Did They Do That?”- Trauma through a Child Welfare Lens, Kristyn “KT” Robinson, MSW & Jhasmien Collins, LCSW

4. Building Resilience in Counselors: Working with Tough Clients, Yasmin Miranda, LMHC

5. Healing through Creativity Exploring Trauma Informed Art Therapy, Nicole Rainey, LMHC, AT

3:30-3:45pm Break

3:45-5pm Breakout Session 3 (Select One):

1. Trauma Informed Therapy and the Recovery Modeal Approach, David Steingart, LCSW

2. The Antidote to ACES: Protective Factors! Chris Lolley & Nydia Ntouda

3. ACEs and Juvenile Delinquency in Florida, Nathan Epps, MS

4. Compassion Fatigue 101, Morgan Evers

5. Encouraging the Heart, Jeanna Olson & Melissa Sidoti

5-5:15pm Submit CEU Tracking & Evaluation

Session Summaries & Speaker Bios

Morning Keynote Speaker-
Practicing Resilience: Embracing Hope, Optimism and Self-Care
Carol Campbell Edwards, LCSW Title IV-E Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor

Carol Campbell Edwards is a hardworking and caring professor described by her students as a valuable instructor in the area of child welfare. Carol is also active within the College by cheerleading students to participate in events like the NASW Florida’s Legislative, Education and Advocacy Day at the Florida Capitol. She is a mentor and support of her students, utilizing her vast experience in the field to help her students succeed.

Breakout Session I (select one): 10:15-11:30 AM

1. Trauma-Informed Care 101

Participants will gain an understanding of trauma and the brain. They will understand the differences between Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Specific Treatment. They will also understand the prevalence of trauma within their community and learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), their prevalence and impact on individuals across the life-span.

Caitlin Burns, LCSW has been with Big Bend Hospice since January 2006 as a youth bereavement counselor and the manager of bereavement services since September 2017. Caitlin is a trained EMDR practitioner and has presented at local, state and national conferences.

2. The Impact of Trauma from a Consumers Experience

Mrs. King will share her story and how she overcame trauma and a 20+ year addiction to obtaining a Master’s Degree and works as a supervisor of the LIFT Program. Additionally, Mrs. King will give information to others on how we can best help those we serve and guide them to success.

Carolyn “Freda” King is a former addict who lost custody of her children, survived sexual and domestic assault. Freda is 18 years drug-free and working in the substance abuse and criminal justice field with DISC Village.

3. Using Cultural Policy to Restore Ubuntu in Traumatized Black Communites

This presentation will address the effects of traumatic dislocations, also known as ‘root shock’ and its long-term impact on physical and mental health, and social, political, and economic functioning of Afrikan Americans. Serial dislocations of Afrikan Americans have contributed to the manifestation of trauma observed in high rates of violence, excessive mortality and morbidity rates, and disorganization in many Black communities, and also the decline of Ubuntu. Ubuntu is defined as a moral-ethical philosophy characterized by a sense of caring, compassion, and sharing. Urban renewal and gentrification are examples of policies and practicis that have undermined Ubuntu. It is proposed that cultural policy based on the re-establishment of norms that support Ubuntu can facilitate healing.

Dr. Huberta Jackson-Lowman is a Professor of Psychology at Florida A&M University. She serves as the President of the Association of Black Psychologists, a national professional association composed of members in the USA and across the world. She is the editor of Afrikan American Women: Living at the Crossroads of Race, Gender, Class, and Culture; and provides consultation in social service & educational settings.

4. Secondary Trauma, Self Care and You!

This session will focus on providing participants with psychoeducation around symptoms of secondary trauma as well as practical strategies for preventing burnout. Participants will work to create a personalized self care plan and will participate in self care activities during the session.

Rachel Greene and Chris Collins are both LCSW’s with a passion for helping others implement trauma informed practices. In addition they have extensive experience working with youth and their families struggling with the effects of pervasive trauma and mental health concerns. They coordinated their efforts in creating trauma informed systems of care at CCYS and continue to collaborate on community wide trainings regarding best practices.

5. How to Tame Your Dragon: The Role of Relaxation in the Traumatized Brain

This presentation will cover the utility and use of relaxation for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. We will explore the brain functions impacted by exposure to traumatic experiences, as well as effective implementations of relaxation techniques to promote growth and healing.

Leslie Konhaeuser is a clinical counselor at Family Connections with The Children’s Home Society of Florida. She received her MSW and is pursing certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Play Therapy.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker


Breakout Session II (select one): 2:15-3:30 PM

1. Recovery Efforts in our Community- How is the opioid crisis impacting our state? What is your role in our Recovery Oriented System of Care?

This presentation will provide an overview of the opioid crisis going in the state of Florida to include how we are building a recovery oriented system of care (ROSC). We will have a discussion as to why it is important to know the culture of the families in our communities. This presentation will include the importance of having families and youth participate in the recovery efforts of our system of care by giving them a voice to share their experiences. One of the goals of our work is to have families collaborate with providers as well as city, county and State policy makers in our communities to determine what improvements can be made to our existing system. Peers will share their story of recovery during this presentation as well as the work they are doing to support those in recovery and what your agency can do to better support the work you are doing using peers with lived experience. A brief discussion will also be shared as to the importance of the faith based community being a part of a recovery oriented system of care (ROSC) and what efforts are being done here in NW Florida.

Renata Chambers is the Behavioral Health Consultant, Christopher Dykes is the Recovery Oriented Quality Improvement Specialist, and Jennifer Williams is the Certified Peer Recovery Navigator from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Office of the Department of Children and Families, Northwest Region.

2. How to Remove D.R.A.M.A. from Trauma

In this presentation Sean Wyman will share some key parts of his personal story of abuse, addiction, and adversity he has faced in his life. He will also layout key principles everyone who faces trauma experiences he identifies as D.R.A.M.A. Sean will share his experience facing Drama and share ways that victims of adverse experiences can face their past and M.O.V.E forward with their life.

Sean Wyman is an 18yr Police Officer who knows a lot about Direct and Indirect Trauma. Sean believes it’s inside all of us to live the life we want to live. From an abusive childhood, growing up in foster care and group homes, experimenting with drugs and becoming addicted to alcohol at 13, a near death experience at 21, a failed marriage, and buried in over $100,000 of debt by 27, Sean understands adversity. Sean’s passion is helping people take action towards creating a life-enhancing transformation. He is focused on making a worldwide impact, serving those who are dealing with or have faced direct and indirect trauma in their life. Leveraging his experience, Sean helps others to heal, restore, and renew their life with calm confidence, safe strength, and pure motivation.

3. “Why did they do that?”- Trauma through a Child Welfare Lens

In this presentation participants will learn to identify how trauma effects children exposed to abuse/neglect in the child welfare system. You will be able to discuss trauma focused treatment and how to demonstrate techniques/skills related to trauma focused treatment. As we know the children in our child welfare system or very vulnerable. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study has shown the research of the impact that these experiences have on our lives.

Kristyn “KT” Robinson works as a training and professional development specialist at Big Bend Community Based Care, the local lead child welfare agency. Kristyn is responsible for training case managers, foster care licensing specialists and adoption counselors. Prior to training, she worked as a placement specialist placing children in quality foster homes. Kristyn is a certified trainer. Kristyn has earned a B.S.W. as well as an M.S.W. from The Florida State University. Kristyn is a Big Sister with the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Jhaismen Collins works as a training and professional development specialist at Big Bend Community Based Care, the local lead child welfare agency. Jhaismen is responsible for training case managers, foster care licensing specialists and adoption counselors. Prior to training, she worked as a Child Protective Investigator Supervisor with that, she has worked in child welfare for nearly 18 years. She received her M.S.W. from The Florida State University. Jhaismen enjoys mentoring with the Girls 2 Divas mentoring program.

4. Building Resilience in Counselors: Working with Tough Clients

A great deal of trauma informed care focuses on how to treat victims of abuse/trauma. But how do you treat clients when they are the ones who caused the trauma? This presentation will explore how to work with difficult clients using evidence based practices.

Yasmin Miranda is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Her primary focus has been adolescent issues, multicultural competency, and substance abuse issues.

5. Healing through Creativity: Exploring Trauma Informed Art Therapy

When words are not enough to process the hurt of the past, art can heal. As proponents for mental health and advocates for survivors of trauma, there is much to learn from the field of art therapy. This presentation will help professionals identify the artistic and visual themes that may be indicators of trauma. Audiences willl earn to use art media and art directives more intentionally and effectively when treating trauma. Participants will walk away with trauma informed and practical art therapy techniques that can inform their practice.

Nicole Rainey is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist currently working at Children’s Home Society. She has spent the last two years using art therapy with children, adolescents and young adults who have experienced various forms of trauma specifically addressing physical and sexual abuse, foster care placements, family and community violence, and human trafficking.

Breakout Session III (select one): 3:45-5:00 PM

1. Trauma Informed Therapy And The Recovery Model Approach

An understanding what distinguishes the recovery model approach. To understand the importance of addressing trauma in the recovery model approach, specifically related to two components; hope and change. To understand the challenges for therapists in using the recovery model approach in working with those having trauma histories.

David Steingart, LCSW is an experienced clinician currently working as lead therapist at an intensive outpatient/partial hospitalization program. He is currently maintaining a small private practice. He is an advocate and practitioner of recovery holding an MSW from Columbia University.

2. The Antidote to ACES: Protective Factors!

Protective Factors are conditions or attributes in individuals, families, communities or the larger society that help people deal more effectively with stressful events and mitigate or eliminate risk in families and communities. Learn what the protective factors are and how everyday actions can help families and communities build their protective factors.

Chris Lolley is the executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Florida, located at the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. Chris is a long time child welfare professional having served as a child protective investigator, licensing counselor and foster and adoptive parent trainer in the early part of his career. Later he would move on to become a foster care supervisor then on to become a statewide trainer where he taught investigators, protective services and licensing staff until moving on to the DCF headquarters as a specialist for prevention and licensing. Chris has worked in the field of child protection for over 27 years and as such is a dedicated life-long member of the child protection club! He has been married to the same beautiful lady for over 27 years as well. Together, they have one son, Josh, who is now a college student in Tallahassee.

Nydia Ntouda is the Training Specialist of Prevent Child Abuse Florida. She coordinates the statewide Child Abuse Prevention campaign. Through Prevent Child Abuse Florida they partner with agencies throughout the state to promote protective factors and strengthen families.

3. ACEs and Juvenile Delinquency in Florida

Florida has been a national leader in researching the link between trauma and delinquency. This effort has led to changes in FDJJ policy and training at the state and local levels, as well as the publication of numerous research articles on the subject in several academic journals.This presentation will highlight some of the more notable findings in the research and the efforts of DJJ to apply what has been learned to programs to help Florida youth.

Nathan Epps, MS. In his 30-year career at DJJ, Nathan has worked in both residential and probation offices, but has primarily been assigned to the DJJ research office. Much of his time in the last fifteen years has been devoted to trauma-informed care and ACEs research as applied to juvenile justice.

4. Compassion Fatigue 101

Compassion Fatigue 101 will define compassion fatigue and demonstrate how common it is among us. The hour will be full of interactive conversation between the participants, with the goal of bringing more awareness to our own health as providers. If we as providers can maintain great care of ourselves, then in turn, the clients and families we serve will receive better care from us.

Morgan Evers is the Community Relations Coordinator for the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend where she is responsible for community outreach, training, partnerships, coalition events, volunteers and the My First Books program. Before coming to the coalition, she attended Florida State University for her Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Criminology and worked 6 years for Children’s Medical Services under the Florida Department of Health, as a behavioral health case manager, advocating for children and their families struggling with mental health conditions. She spends her days connecting the community because she is passionate about children and on a mission to make sure families have access to the resources they need.

5. Encouraging the Heart: Thoughtful Approach to Motivating Employees within an Organizational Structure

Encouraging the Heart shows us how true leaders encourage and motivate those they work with by helping them find their voice and making them feel like heroes. This training is based off recognized experts in the field of leadership, authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner. They show us that, through love, leaders can encourage, and indeed allow those around them to be their very best. Encouraging the Heart is a leadership practice that has benefits on both personal and organizational levels. It builds positive working relationships which increases productivity, the feeling good on a personal level feeds work productivity.

Jeanna Olson is the Community Development Administrator for Department of Children and Families Circuits 2 and 14. She has been with DCF for 22 years. She started her career as a Child Protective Investigator in Pensacola and has been in Tallahassee for 8 years. She is currently a member of the ZONTA Club of Tallahassee, Career Source Board for Big Bend and the Capital Region, PACE Center for Girls Board and is a member of Capital Women’s Network.

Melissa Sidoti is the Planning and General Services Manager for the NW Region. She has been with State for 29 years, she started at DOC in Corrections and has been with DCF for 17 years. She is certified six sigma black belt, facilitates quality improvement through various methods to include rapid process improvement. She has been a Sterling Examiner for 5 years. She also facilitates the NW Region leadership development program and other training needs.

Thank you for joining us and helping us build a more Trauma-Informed, Resilient Community!

This event is approved for and offers 5 contact hours for Florida Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors through the National Association of Social Workers. Provider #BAP-321. Exp. 03/19. As an organization approved by the Florida Certification Board, DISC Village, Inc. is able to offer 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. CE Provider #58-A. Expires 12/31/18.

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