Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Berkshire Room 
333 South Street
4th Floor
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

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Dana Bienkowski 
UMass Donahue Institute on behalf of
The Dept. of Developmental Services


Foundations in Trauma

Presented by Allison Hrovat

As part of the DDS Service Coordinators Institute

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

This workshop is designed for trainers and service coordinators working with DDS.  Participants in this workshop will gain an increased understanding of the impact of trauma on the brain and the resultant symptoms across emotional, physical, cognitive, and behavioral domains.  Participants will be introduced to the concept and components of Trauma Informed Care, and will have an opportunity to work collaboratively in applying a trauma-informed lens to examples from their own work.  Participants will be presented with information and resources about trauma- informed care for persons with developmental disabilities, and will examine the intersectins of Trauma-Informed Care, Person Centered Planning, and the Positive Behavioral Approach.  Lastly, this workshop will expose participants to a variety of trauma-informed supports, strategies, and interventions, including the use of expressive modalities, as well as the topic of vicarious trauma and self-care.  

The presenter, Allison M. Hrovat, is a mental health counselor whose work has focused on the treatment of trauma.  Ms. Hrovat is also a professor who has developed and implemented trauma coursework in both a master's degree program in counseling as well as at the community college level.  Her work in the community has included researching and developing therapeutic groups specifically for persons with disabilities who have experience trauma and who are at increased vulnerability for victimization because of their disability, as well as working with individuals with disabilities and their families who have experienced trauma.