Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Department of Counseling & Behavioral Health
Conference Schedule

3rd Annual Trauma Training


8-9:00 AM Registration (Gallagher Athletic Center)
9-10:00 Welcome

Master Practitioner Workshops-Discipline Specific Application of Trauma Informed Principles

  • Medical-Pediatrics and Primary Care Focus
  • Young Child
  • Mental Health
  • K-12 Education
  • Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare
  • Community Engagement
12:30-1:30 PM  Lunch & Lunch Topics
Lunch Topic: Trends in Trauma training: Reasons for Hope
Sandra L. Bloom, MD
, CommunityWorks; Diane Wagenhals, MEd, Lakeside
1:30-2:45 Interprofessional Team Case-Based Experience
3:00-4:30 CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 18 with descriptions below

Leslie Faith Jones, Esq., Montgomery County Office of the Public Defender; Angela S. Bell, Esq., Family Services of Montgomery County; Honorable Christopher J. Cerski, Montgomery County 38-1-03 Magisterial District Court

The Montgomery County Racial Justice Improvement Project will share how it connects the dots between diversion, positive youth development, and restorative practices by building relationships across disciplines and engaging communities to reduce ethnic and racial disparities in juvenile justice.

Tomiko Shine, Tyronne Morton, Aging People in Prison Human Rights Campaign

The purpose of the workshop to engage and challenge those working with populations of intergenerational trauma to begin to deconstruct and reconstruct policies based on restorative, reparative, and social justice; thus, creating a new paradigm that aids in building cities of healthy families.

Briana Bogue, LMFT and Nancy Isserman, PhD

Council for Relationships

The qualitative study of intergenerational trauma transmission (ITT) in communities of color has not been adequately researched. The Transcending Trauma Projects research on Holocaust survivor families can serve as a model for understanding and replicating ITT research in urban families of color.

Mindy Early, MA - Philadelphia Young Playwrights/Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and Beth Feldman Brandt, BA, BS - Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation

Art can play a critical role in healing and teaching artists can be partners in this work.  We will share the characteristics of trauma-informed, healing-centered arts programs in community settings, and strategies for trauma-informed training for artists and others engaged with youth.

Marina Barnett, DSW - Center for Social Work Education/Widener University and Caroline Campbell, MSW - Widener University

Using SAMSHA's guiding principles for trauma informed communities, this workshop draws on community organizing frameworks to propose key factors for helping professionals to empower and mobilize            communities by engaging their resilience and collective sources of healing.

Caroline Menapace , MSW, LSW; James Aye, BA; Chabeli Noval, BA

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

We'll discuss barriers that clients experience engaging in behavioral health services, advocacy, and case management reduces barriers, and show how community partnerships increase access to quality services and promotes social justice.

Stephanie Wise, MA, ATR-BC, ATSC, LCAT and Emily Nash, LCAT
Marywood University

This workshop will describe & demonstrate the value of co-leading when working with trauma groups. We will cover the role of attunement, the processes to developing effective co-leader relationships and the importance of this to effectively serving the needs of our trauma clients.

Christopher Brown, MS, LPC, NCC
PATH, Inc.

The purpose is to identify and explain the model of TF-CBT, and then explore and problem solve how to maintain fidelity to the model within a community setting.

Erika McDowell- Hughes, MA - School District of Philadelphia; Abilgail Gray, PhD - University of Pennsylvania; and Laura Rutherford, PhD

Our grant design will be reviewed, infusing trauma-informed practices, classroom coaching, and PBIS supports. This also includes training and support of coaches, over a three year period, and the process being used to onboard school teams. Training with school police officers and trauma-informed work becoming more trauma informed with a PBIS lens will be discussed.

Oana Nechita, MA, LPC, NCC and Kevin Keller, NCC
Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA)

This workshop will cover special clinical aspects in working with traumatic grief in the context of counseling surviving family members of homicide victims. 

Meghan Szafran, MS, CT and Sarah Sweda, MS, NCC

Uplift Center for Grieving Children

After a death impacts a school, there is often confusion and anxiety about how to best support the students and larger school community. This workshop will identify how Uplift Center for Grieving Children partners with schools in Philadelphia to provide effective crisis and grief support services.

Jenay Smith, MSW; Dominique Jenkins, MS; Brianna Duncan; and Karla Tyler
Building Wealth and Health Network at The Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University

Participants will learn how the trauma-informed Building Wealth and Health Network promotes quality services for families in the welfare system. We will share practical tools and strategies for creating trauma-informed programs, and lead participants in self-reflection to identify changes at work.

Valerie Hicks Ashley, BS and Astra Czerny, PhD, LPC
Thomas Jefferson University

Traumatic exposure affects a person's ability to identify and obtain a satisfying and sustainable work life. This presentation will teach participants how to help their clients with trauma experience overcome the obstacles that impede professional growth.

Kenisha Coley, MS, MEd; Maketa Jolly, MEd, LPN; Latesha Watson, MEd

School District of Philadelphia

Participants will gain a broader understanding of physical and mental impairments secondary to trauma-related injuries.

Daniel Press, JD and Van Ness Feldman
Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice

The workshop will discuss the legislation that Congress has recently enacted that includes trauma-informed provisions along with the goals for new trauma-informed legislation in the present session of Congress.

Brandon Brown

The goals are to:

  1. recognize how communities of color have already trauma informed
  2. address visible and invisible obstacles impeding communities of color to receive and apply trauma informed care principles and
  3. brainstorm way to intentionally bring this into communities of color

Eddie McCaskill, MSW, EdD, LCSW, LPC, NCC
Fathers' Support Center

The purpose of this workshop is to examine the difference in depression for Black males who have experienced one of the ten indicators of adverse childhood experiences. Is there a difference in depression scores of Black males who experienced one of the ten indicators of ACE.


8:30-9:00 AM Coffee/Tea/ Registration (DEC Center)
9:00-10:30   CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 17 with descriptions below

Tamera D. Cox, MA, DBHIDS, CBH and Cecilia Rivas, MSW, LCSW
Philadelphia DHS

Workshop will educate participants on how the child welfare and behavioral health systems collaborate to promote access to high quality, evidence-based services. Participants from all disciplines will gain knowledge on how to effectively interface with DHS, CUAs, and CBH.

Ivy Bonk, EdD, MBA

Imaginal Education Group

The whole child movement in education will only be successful when the solutions created to support it are transdisciplinary, multigenerational, and systemically-sequential. This workshop will challenge participates to an Every Child Whole mindset necessary to ensure inclusion of all.

Carly M. Bruski, MSW, LMSW and Julia Eidelman, MS
Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) of Greater Philadelphia

 JFCS offers the most comprehensive, trauma-sensitive services to Holocaust Survivors in the five-county area. The purpose is to educate on the complications of trauma for people that experienced genocide and are now faced with extensive medical and cognitive issues common in older adults.

Hasshan Batts, DHSC, MSW and Ellen G. Smith, MD, MPH
Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley

Healing occurs at the intersection of trauma-informed, restorative justice, emotional intelligence and equity (TREE).  This workshop will demonstrate the value of the T.R.E.E. curriculum to address and prevent staff burnout, turnover and secondary and vicarious trauma.

Dawn Gullette Crosson, PsyD - Petra Psychological Services, LLC and Harrisburg Area Learning Academy; Helen Spence, MSW - Dauphin County Human Services Directors Offices; Monica Lazur, MPH - UPMC; and Patricia Gadsden - Life Esteem

We'll  outline a grass root committee's efforts to make their community trauma informed that resulted in county government awareness, health care intra agency change and the development of a clinical program that aims to provide high quality trauma focused services to vulnerable children and families.

Bianca Augustine, MA, CCTP
Old Dominion University

This workshop explains best practices to serve & support immigrant/refugee trauma survivors in a variety of settings. Specific techniques & tools to foster community engagement with these populations & enhance attendees' multicultural sensitivity and social justice advocacy skills will be presented.

John Engel, MA

Klingberg Family Centers

How do you measure if your agency is trauma-informed? This presentation reviews measurement in the TIC field. It introduces the Attitudes Related to Trauma Informed Care (ARTIC) one of the first empirically validated measures. The ARTIC is administered on-line and generates multiple reports.

Sara Lazrow, MS and Laurell Parris, MS
Children's Literacy Initiative

Children with trauma backgrounds often have trouble identifying, and regulating their emotions. This skill deficit can cause problems at school, home and play. This session will help care providers, teachers, and parents learn strategies for helping children learn self-regulation skills.

Kate Toussaint, MEd

The arts not only beautify but also have ongoing effects on development. We will discuss the impact art has directly on brain development, types of projects to use for therapeutic processes, and examples from the classroom. Having a successful and affordable art program will also be explored.

Stanley Hoover, PhD
Messiah College/School of Graduate Studies

For some trauma survivors, spirituality serves as an important source of comfort. For others, it becomes source of deep pain. This workshop considers the ways in which spirituality and trauma intersect. It will offer practical suggestions for increasing spiritual sensitivity in response to trauma.

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CAADC, CCDP-D, CCTP
Recovery Centers of America

This workshop will explore the relationship between addiction and past traumatic experiences. We will explore how trauma impacts the brain, understand current research on best practices in regards to the treatment efficacy of trauma and addiction, and explore the healing nature of connection.

Kevin R. Carter, MSW, LCSW and Teresa Mendez-Quigley, MSW
Uplift Center for Grieving Center

Participants will be able to:

  1. List six core principles of trauma-informed care;
  2. Identify different frameworks and concepts for understanding grief and trauma;
  3. Understand how to incorporate the practices into supervisory/professional development and integrate new practices to client services.

Uchechi Ukuku, PhD and Melissa Keating, MS, LPC, NCC
Joseph J. Peters Institute

This workshop will provide an overview on assessing children who exhibit sexual behaviors with a focus on treatment and interventions to effectively address appropriate sexual behaviors and sexually reactive behaviors.

Brandi J. Stewart, PsyD and Gabrielle Bilotta, MS, LPC, CAADC
Joseph J. Peters Institute

This workshop aims to educate the audience about Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) among children and adults.  We will give an overview of the expansive global issue of CSE with a specific focus on child and  adolescents, presenting current research findings from the CSE literature. In addition, we will discuss warning signs to identifying children and adolescents who are possibly being sexually exploited. We will explore the impact of compound trauma in those who have been CSE with a focus on explaining transgenerational trauma and the effect CSE may have throughout adulthood. The spectrum of sex work/sexual exploitation will be described and comorbid/dual diagnoses, specifically substance use disorder, will be discussed. Finally, this workshop will identify evidenced based practices (EBPs) that have been effective in treating those individuals who have been commercially sexually exploited. Case examples will be provided.

Nicole G. Johnson, PhD,LPC, CAADC, CCDP-D and Warren Young
Thomas Jefferson University

This training provides a three year certification in the QPR, a suicide prevention Gatekeeper training.

Cathi Tillman, LSW; Casey Stokes-Rodriguez; and Tamara Jimenez

La Puerta Abierta (The Open Door)

This workshop will discuss creative approaches to healing from both pre-migration and other forms of trauma that consider the socio-political contexts and lived experiences of newly arrived immigrant youth who present in community settings.

Petrena Young, MS- I'm F.R.E.E. (Females Reentering Empowering Each Other)’ and Jacqui Johnson, MS - Sankofa Healing Studio

We will explore gender and sexuality as part of girls' pathways into the juvenile justice system as well as examine why we are seeing an uptick in the kind of sentences they are receiving. Participants will gain an understanding of the detriment of ignoring the trauma that drives girls' behaviors.

Chelsea Melrath - Home of the Sparrow; Kirby Wykoff, PsyD, NCSP -  Eastern University, and; Vicki A. McGinley, PhD - West Chester University

This session highlights the ongoing process of building a community coalition in a blended rural-suburban county outside of Philadelphia that covers a diverse geographic landscape that is committed to building a trauma-informed community. The Chester County ACEs Coalition’s mission is to increase the county’s awareness and knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and to build resiliency and foster hope in order to offset the cycle of trauma. The role of the Chester County ACEs Coalition is to educate the community and professional organizations on the effects of ACEs, trauma and toxic stress as well as building resiliency through education and outreach. The CCACEs Coalition is in the process of building this community engaged framework which includes a logic model to expand cross-sector partnership opportunities and enable the exchange of information by organizations doing similar work related to ACEs.

10:30-10:45 AM Break
CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 16 with descriptions below

Kimberly Riordan - Thomas Jefferson University, and; Leslie Jimenez; Julie Pandya-Avalos, MSW


The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the prevalence/effects of trauma among youth in Philadelphia's child welfare system. This workshop will also explore Concilio's efforts to infuse trauma-informed care in foster parent training with a standardized training curriculum.

William J. Kaplan, MA; Lonnese Bodison, MSW; and Portia Kamara, MSW
Multicultural Community Family  Services, Inc.

MCFS is fully committed to applying trauma knowledge throughout every aspect of our agency. What does  it look like in practice? How can we make sure our programs are trauma informed and culturally humble? This workshop will explore how one agency is trying to become trauma informed in action.

Dannyelle Austin, MS; Kate Daugherty, MA; and Lily Rorick
Hopeworks, Camden

Feeling frustrated by unhelpful choices and behaviors? Often, organizations respond to symptoms of conflict, rather than root causes. If this feels familiar, then Systems Checks are for you. Through role play, participants will practice skills needed to effectively bring this to their organizations.

Meagan Corrado, PhD
Storiez Trauma Narratives, LLC

This training introduces strategies to support trauma survivors in expressing and managing feelingz. The first section explores the function and role of feelings.  The second segment explores the neurobiology of emotion.  The third section introduces nine practical steps to support trauma survivors.

Rita DeMaria, PhD, LMFT and Briana Bogue, LMFT

Council for Relationships

Disorganized attachment is linked to unresolved, intergenerational transmission of frightening, abusive, and unreliable childhood experiences. A framework for a therapeutic alliance that differentiates four therapeutic styles enhances the formation of a safe and secure therapeutic relationship.

CJ Roseberry, MSW
Uplift Center for Grieving Children

This workshop will  provide clinicians with concrete practices to use with LGBTQIA + youth through a trauma-informed lens.

Danielle Winters, MS and Jordan Pearce, MS
Old Dominion University

The purpose of this workshop is to acquaint attendees with the basics of intimate partner violence dynamics and the unique challenges of working with military families experiencing this kind of violence. Best practices and opportunities for advocacy will be provided.

Elizabeth Schopfer, MPhilEd - Robins' Nest, Inc.

Examining trauma and suicide risk, the purpose is to provide psychoeducation on the intersection of these topics, what is currently done, and how this can improve.

Katie Schank, LCSW
MTR Therapy

In 2017, The Williams Institute found that 150,000 American teenagers ages 13-17 identify as Transgender. When working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary Youth, it is imperative to take a trauma informed lens due to systemic oppression, familial issues and minority stress.

Angelle E. Richardson, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University

This workshop will identify the trauma that can occur for families who have experienced loss, and the importance of providing safe spaces to address their experiences. The presentation will explore creative techniques for families to develop narratives of their experiences.

Cortny Stark Doctoral Candidate LPCC LADAC CRC and Kate Bunch, LPCC, RPT, IMHE-III
The University of New Mexico - The Trauma Treatment Center and Research Facility

The purpose of this workshop is to articulate an integrative trauma treatment model that merges several treatment approaches to meet the needs of youth who have experienced trauma. This integrative model serves as the foundation for clinical practice at the Trauma Treatment Center in the Southwest.

Nicholas J DeMarco, PsyD, LPC
Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care

Understand the definition of trauma. Recognize the symptoms of someone who has been affected by trauma. Identify methods for creating a trauma informed system of care Identify strategies how to support an individual who is in the process of healing from trauma

Katherine Engel, MSEd, CPE; Schuyler Manhattan, MSEd; and Shancharee Rhea Debnath, MSEd

University of Pennsylvania

This workshop is designed to inspire the community to advocate for trauma-impacted refugee families. Participants can increase refugee access to high quality care, by learning which practical resources to offer. Attendees are engaged through facts, Q&A, and activities to heal our community.

Kate Myers-Coffman, PhD
BuildaBridge International

This presentation uses didactic, arts-based, and experiential methods to teach key concepts of the BuildaBridge Safe Spaces Model, a person-centered, trauma-informed, and hope-infused model for collaborative art-making experiences implemented by community-minded educators, therapists, and artists.

Amy Edelstein
Inner Strength Foundation

You will learn to unpack unexamined beliefs that limit your ability to reduce toxic stress in the classroom. You will learn and practice specific mindfulness tools to promote well-being and receive a 50 item toolkit to build your self-care plan.

S. Renee Mitchell, MBA - I AM M.O.R.E.; and Justice English, Rose Vue, Japhethy Ngabireyimana, Oscar Luna - Students, Storytellers

How do we move youth from hurting to hope? This interactive and experiential workshop puts youth front and center of the conversation about how adults (parents, teachers, non-profit workers) can be more trauma-sensitive. It also teaches adults to bear witness in a way that's healing and empowering.

Jacqui Johnson, MS and Kanae' Taylor
Sankofa Healing Studio

We will explore the correlation between stress, trauma, and the vagus nerve as well as examine the impact of unprocessed trauma on our bodies. The vagus nerve plays a critical role in our overall health and well-being. It's especially important for those recovering from toxic stress and trauma.

12:15-1:15 PM Lunch & Exhibits 
Lunch Topic: Equitable Access to Courageous Stories of Resiliency
Marsha Boveja Riggio, PhD, LPC
, University of Southern California; Leonard Chester, Overcame Foundation


Session I -
1:15-2 PM

Session II
2:30-3:15 PM

Community Building Sessions
Media, Self Care,  Visual and Performing Arts

The following sessions are focused on community building, engagement, healing practices, and/or self-care. Participants should choose from the following menu, two 45 minute session to attend. Each session will either be offered two times (session 1 from 1:15-2:00 and session 2 from 2:15-3:15) or two related sessions will be offered consecutively. There is something for everyone!

Meagan Corrado

Dr. Meagan Corrado, mixed media artist and creator of Storiez trauma narrative intervention, will share her own mixed media artistic process. As a survivor of complex trauma, Dr. Meagan used the arts to process her own traumatic experiences and to provide professional support to individuals, groups, and communities. In addition to describing her philosophy of at-making, she will also speak to the importance of creativity as a catalyst for trauma healing

Sydney Stephenson

We'll discuss the neurobiology of trauma. Before techniques like TF-CBT can be used, which engages the cortex/frontal lobe, the lower brain and limbic system must be healed first. Music, rhythm, and movement are all excellent ways to engage the lower brain and begin the healing process. We'll discuss how music can help access emotions in a non-verbal way to promote expression and catharsis. Then we'll spend the remainder of the time participating in a drum circle so all can get a feel for the techniques and also hopefully engage in some self-care.  

Cathi Tillman, Blanca Pacheco, Johanna Rodriguez, MSW, Rose Laura Reynoso, Maureen Smith

IMMIGRATION PART 1: There are grave concerns being highlighted in the media about pre and post-migration trauma impacting immigrant youth and families on a regular basis.  Now, more than ever, it’s important to invite a dialogue among service providers, particularly clinicians, to discuss realistic and sustainable ways to understand and support newly arrived youth and families coming into our different communities.

The service and policy landscape has been in a state of constant flux with no end in sight. In addition, immigrant families are facing new realities and unimaginable stressors, pushing them deeper into the shadows of our communities. This panel, composed of individuals who have both personal and professional relationships to this work, will share their insights, wisdom and ideas about how to best understand and support our more newly arrived community members through creative use of limited resources.

IMMIGRATION PART 2: Several community organizations in the area will describe their efforts in bringing services to immigrant youth and families.

Rachel Brandoff, PhD -  Thomas Jefferson University

This art activity invites people to create an individual personal symbol, and then connect it to others, as a demonstration of community and how we fit into a larger whole.

Josh Robinson

Drumming has helped me to heal from loss, process challenges, build meaningful connections, and express myself beyond the limits of words. Everyone has a soundtrack that marks the many chapters and moments throughout their lives. Music so often is a bridge connecting us to our emotions. Participants will explore the power of musical expression, community building, discover tools for coping with stress, and be granted permission to improvise and succeed without the pressure of being perfect in a fun and safe place.

Josh MacNeill and Kathy Van Horn -  Lakeside

This workshop will aim to show how different activities and movement impact students' brains so one can choose brain breaks specific to the needs of the student at that time.  

Karen Campbell - William Penn Charter School

Come enjoy a calm, welcoming space to explore yoga during the conference. Yoga is for everyBODY so even if you have limited or no experience practicing you are welcome to join! Karen Campbell is certified Vinyasa style yoga instructor who has been a practicing yogi for many years. Yoga has helped her manage her own anxiety, depression, motherhood and the daily stressors of life. Come see what it can do for you!

Take time to visit a variety of poster presentations and have discussions with the author.

Felicia Rinier, Erin Morton, Rickie Brawer - Thomas Jefferson University

PhotoVoice is a community-based participatory qualitative research method. It was the selected by the Community Advisory Group as it would be most engaging for youth participants, while minimizing the effect of language barriers. A total of 34 participants, ages 12 to 18, were recruited from three of our community partners, HUNE, Providence Center and Esperanza, Inc. Participants were asked the research question, "What helps and what prevents you from being healthy in your community?" Participants were provided a brief photography lesson and given 1-2 weeks to take up to 10 photos of things in their community related to the research question. Each participant was asked to choose three photos they felt were the most important and write a caption explaining each. In a final group session, all the participants came together to categorize the pictures into common themes, determine which health needs were the most important, and discuss how youth can help address those needs.  The PhotoVoice Exhibit can be use by community partners to advocate for health needs in their community.

Neil Andress - Thomas Jefferson University

Enjoy a break in the day and experience the tree lined paths around campus

Gina Manson, MA - Supportive Behavioral Resources

The practice of Mindfulness and the positive impact it will have on your health, happiness and serenity will be featured. Practice mindful breathing and meditation,  feel more energized, less stressed and inspired for the rest of the day. 

3:30-5:00 KEYNOTE: Rosetta Lee, Faculty & Outreach Specialist  - Seattle Girls' School
5:15-6:45              Poster Session and Networking Happy Hour


8:30-9:00 AM Coffee/Tea/Registration (DEC Center)
9:00-10:30   CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 15 with descriptions below

Ashlyn Jones, MA, LPC, NCC and Ashley VanBemmelen, MA, LPC, NCC
Cairn University

Trauma impacts the emotions and behaviors of our students, clients, patients, and community. This workshop will discuss those impacts and offer participants valuable tools to engage in trauma advocacy as well as a discussion on the challenges and benefits of doing so in your respective setting.

Cecila Arce, MEd - The Maternal Child Health Consortium; Kirby Wykoff, PsyD - Eastern University; and Alma Vital; Milena Oberti-Lanz, MPH - Maternal Child Health Consortium; Shavon Phipps-Maternal Child Health Consortium

This session will discuss the findings and practical applications that are emerging from a research partnership between a public health researcher and community-based health organization to address the impact of chronic, traumatic stress and adversity.

Jordan Pearce, MA and Bianca Augustine, MA, CCTP
Old Dominion University

LGBTQ+ youth are at a greater risk for multiple mental health conditions, bullying, and exposure to violence. In order to provide competent services, counselors must be aware of the special concerns faced by this community and the unique needs of young LGBTQ+ trauma survivors.

Mónica Sánchez, MS, LCAT

Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, Inc.

I will facilitate an art therapy experiential to give participants a first-hand experience of using art materials when working with women with sustained trauma. I will also present three case studies showing the successful work that we have been doing treating women with sustained trauma at LSA.

Christine Marston, PhD, LP- Private Practive in Bucks County; Cynthia Kaufman, DDS- Private Practice

I.   The Function of Dissociative Issue.

II.  Signs and Challenges of Dissociation in the Eating Disorder Community.

III. Dissociated Parts and their Varied Eating Disorder Issues

IV. Body Image in the DID Client V.  Unsuccessful Treatment Strategies

VI. Successful Treatment Strategies

Mynesha Whyte, MA, R-DMT and Sean Snyder, MSW

Hall Mercer/PJJSC

Youth involved in the Juvenile Justice (JJ) system have a higher likelihood of developing PTSD than non-JJ counterparts and require unique care-approaches. While secure detention is not an ideal place for adolescents, it allows for coordinated, quality treatment youth may not access in the community

Thomas DeGeorge, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACAC, ACES, IAMFC - Rosemont College Assistant Professor Graduate Counseling Program

Rosemont College - Assistant Professor Graduate Counseling Program

Mindfulness techniques have proven effective with children and adolescents. Implementation of mindfulness techniques has established a safe harbor for students with trauma related behaviors. A team approach: parents, staff & students actively participating in mindfulness techniques will ensure success.

Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD, LPC, LMFT and Frani Pollack, PhD, MSW

Council for Relationships

Trauma affects families. The study of three generations of Holocaust Survivor families by the Transcending Trauma Project has shown the mediating role of qualitative family dynamics. The Home Based Family Therapy Model formulates therapeutic interventions that promote healing from systemic traumatic.

Jennifer Barnett, MS, CCTP and Amy Yetter, MA, MAC, CCTP

The Lincoln Center for Family and Youth

The presentation will identify warning signs of vicarious trauma among interprofessionals. We will discuss treating trauma as a multidimensional system to alleviate isolation, develop positive coping techniques, improve interprofessional outcomes, and reduce retraumatization in clients.

Shamm Petros, MS Ed and Yacob Tekie, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Utilizing an ecological framework, the workshop will provide an overview of the experiences of resettled refugee children in low-income settings, examine their psychosocial needs and empower school based stakeholders like educators and social workers to address said needs.

Elizabeth Kuh, MD- Jefferson Trauma Education Network; Diane Wagenhals- Lakeside

A multimedia, interactive workshop in which participants will be introduced to core concepts of the NMT and be invited to explore how this knowledge would be applicable in their practice setting. Interprofessional practice is central to the viability and utility of this model.

Amy Grebe, MA
St. Augustine Academy

This workshop will explore how arts integrated classrooms can create increased equitable learning environments by offering successful pathways to learning for students who have experienced trauma while simultaneously supporting post traumatic growth through the protective factors of the arts.

Michael Tyler Ramos, MSW, LCSW, CAADC
MTR Therapy

Is being trauma-informed enough? This workshop aims to explore the risk and benefits of trauma informed care in the home for children and adolescents. Several clinical case examples will be presented of how therapy was integrated in the home for youth and their families in the New Jersey Children’s System of Care. The workshop will also examine the benefits and challenges of such type of integrating trauma informed care in client’s homes and identify developmental challenges that arises when trauma happens in this population. Special focus will be given to the intersection of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, immigration status, and socio-economic status. 

Joshua MacNeill, MEd and Kathy Van Horn, MEd


This workshop will aim to show how different activities and movement impact students' brains so one can choose brain breaks specific to the needs of the student at that time. 

10:30-11:00 AM Refreshments
11:00-1:30  PM Keynote: Mykee Fowlin: Psychologist, Poet, Performer