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Social work program hosts trauma workshop

Thursday, April 7, 2011

 FREDERICK, Md.—The effects and intervention strategies related to trauma and the neurobiology of trauma will be the topic of a workshop April 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College. 

The workshop, titled “Understanding the Effects of Trauma on the Lives of Those We Serve,” will be led by Joan Gillece, Ph.D., project director for the National Coordinating Center for the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Initiative and project director for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care; Brian Sims, M.D., a psychiatrist who provides training in trauma care; and Tonier Cain, team leader for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and a nationally renowned speaker and educator on the devastation of trauma and the hope of recovery.  

Gillece pioneered the Trauma, Addictions, Mental Health and Recovery program in Maryland, which serves incarcerated men and women who have serious mental illnesses coupled with substance use disorders and histories of trauma; and developed trauma-informed programs for Tamar’s Children, a program serving incarcerated women and their newborns designed to break the intergenerational cycle of despair, poverty, addiction and criminality.

Sims, senior director of behavioral and mental health at Conmed Healthcare Management Inc., is a board certified psychiatrist with more than 20 years of experience in clinical care and program leadership for incarcerated patients with serious psychiatric illness. Sims has been a consultant providing training in trauma-informed care with the NASMHPD National Technical Assistance Center since 2006. His training with NTAC focuses on the neurological impact of trauma on the developing brain.

Cain lived on the streets for two decades, where she endured violence, hunger and despair before amassing 66 criminal convictions related to her addiction. The story of her recovery from a childhood of abuse and neglect is told in a documentary, “Healing Neen.”

 This workshop is sponsored by Hood’s social work program.  

CEUs will be available at minimal cost and lunch will be available for purchase at the Blazer snack bar or at local food venues. 

For more information or to register, contact madden.ca.m@gmail.com, or contact Hood's department of sociology and social work at (301) 696-3748 or by e-mail strand@hood.edu.