Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Christine Greene
Traumatic Stress Institute of Klingberg Family Centers


Treating Trauma in Trauma-Organized Systems

Using Parallel Process to Heal Our Organizations AND Our Clients

Sandra Bloom, M.D.

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Webinar Description

For the last thirty years, the nation’s mental health and social service systems have been under relentless assault, with dramatically rising costs and the fragmentation of service delivery often rendering them incapable of ensuring the safety, security, and recovery of our clients. The resulting organizational trauma both mirrors and magnifies the trauma-related problems for which our clients seek relief. Complex interactions among traumatized clients, stressed staff, pressured organizations, and a social and economic climate that is often hostile to recovery efforts recreate the very experiences that have proven so toxic to clients in the first place.

 In this webinar, Dr. Sandra Bloom will explore the idea of “parallel process” as it applies to what may happen to groups, organizations, and systems that are under significant stress and describe the fundamental problems with the existing mental model of organizations that is automatically applied to systems and the people in them. Developing a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive system of care requires deep down, attitudinal change that must be applied to all organizations and systems as basic public health knowledge.

About the Presenter

Sandra Bloom, M.D.  is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and was awarded the Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Bloom currently serves as Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and in 2016 received the Public Health Practice Award from her school. She is President of CommunityWorks, an organizational consulting firm committed to the development of nonviolent environments. Dr. Bloom is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and presently co-chairs the ACEs Task Force for Philadelphia as well as the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice, based in Washington, D.C. From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. Over 350 programs have been trained in the Sanctuary Model®. The Sanctuary Model® is now being applied in residential and multi-service treatment programs for children, inpatient mental health programs, schools, domestic violence shelters, group homes, and homeless shelters. Dr. Bloom is author or co-author of a  series of books on trauma-informed care and the Sanctuary Model.  Her first book, Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies, now in a second edition, tells the story of the journey she and her colleagues began in the 1980’s in understanding the connections between a wide variety of emotional disturbances and the legacy of child abuse and other forms of traumatic exposure. Her second, co-authored book, Bearing Witness : Violence and Collective Responsibility, published in 1998, was the first book devoted to looking at the deep and wide connections between trauma and public health. Her third and fourth books, also co-authored, were published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and 2013 and focus on the evolution and development of the Sanctuary Model, one dealing with the effects of organizational stress on our helping systems, titled Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery Systems and the other, titled  Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Organizations. She has also published a number of articles and chapters available on her website,www.sanctuaryweb.com.


Purpose of the RC Trainer Webinars

The distance learning webinars for RC Associate Trainers provide continued learning about RC concepts and training as well as topics related to trauma-informed care.  The events also aim to build the community, nationally and internationally, of RC Trainers and programs who have adopted the RC approach.

What to Expect from the Webinars

The webinars will cover topics directly relevant to agencies working with trauma survivors.  They strive to keep trainers updated about state-of-the-art knowledge in the fields of trauma and trauma-informed care; to help trainers train RC more effectively; and the promote systemwide implementation of RC and trauma-informed care. They provide the chance for trainers to step out of the trenches and learn about and think about the work they do.

RC Associate Trainer Credentialing Requirements

As outlined in the Trainer Agreement signed at the RC Train-the-Trainer, trainers are required to attend 2 trainer events in a calendar year.

In years that you attend the RC recertification, this counts as 1 of your 2 trainer events.

Trainers may attend as many of the 4 webinars as they choose for the same yearly agency fee.

Who Should Attend?

These events are for credentialed RC Associate Trainers at agencies OUTSIDE THE NORTHEAST United States only. There may be selected events that are open to other staff at those agencies. 

Check Compatibility and Watch Attendee Video

We conduct the distance learning events using GoToTraining.  It is generally easy to use. Click the following links to check your compatibility and watch a brief video for attendees.

Sponsoring Organizations

The Traumatic Stress Institute (TSI) of Klingberg Family Centers promotes excellence in trauma-informed care both within Klingberg and to organizations nationally and internationally who treat clients with histories of psychological trauma and attachment disruptions. TSI helps organizations foster trauma-sensitive treatment cultures, increase clinical expertise, achieve positive lasting results with difficult clients, and develop a stable and well-trained work force. Through training and consultation, TSI has assisted organizations reduce restraints and seclusions, decrease staff turnover, operate more effectively within an increasingly competitive marketplace, and improve outcomes for children and families.

Sidran Institute is a national non-profit organization devoted to advocacy, education and research related to:  the early recognition and treatment of trauma related stress in children; and the understanding and treatment of adults suffering from trauma-generated mental health conditions. They are the publisher of the Risking Connection curricula.

Klingberg Family Centers, founded in 1903, is a private, nonprofit multi-service agency providing help to hundreds of persons across Connecticut each year. Our mission is to extend hope and healing to children and families whose lives have been affected by abuse in its various forms. Klingberg has earned national recognition for training and consultation on implementing and sustaining trauma-informed care.