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March 15: Mental health professional speaks on campus

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FREDERICK, Md.—A mental health professional and Hood College alumna visited the College on Feb. 28 to plan a symposium and talk to seniors in the social work program.

Joan Gillece ’76, Ph.D., is the director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Center for Trauma Informed Care. She visited with faculty and a few social work students to plan an all-day symposium for fall 2017 on trauma informed care as part of Hood’s 125th anniversary celebration.

After the planning session, Gillece spoke to seniors enrolled in a practicum as entry-level social workers in the community. The talk was on best practices in working with clients with trauma.

The fall symposium will include presentations from Dr. Brian Sims on the neurobiology of trauma; Gillece on innovative models of trauma informed care; and a consumer of trauma informed care. A junior social work student will work on the conference with Gillece and Lynda Sowbel, Ph.D., social work program director, to develop the conference as her social work community project.