Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM EST
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Kent County Parks and Recreation Community Center 
11041 Worton Rd.
Worton, MD 21678

Driving Directions 


Danielle Murphy 
Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore 

Trauma-Sensitized Communities 

Hosted by the Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore/Shore Training Collaborative

Funded in part by the Rural Maryland Council

3 CEUs - Fee $40.00 

December 11, 2018

9:00AM 12:15PM


PRESENTED BY: Dr. S. Ileana Lindstrom, PhD 

Dr. Lindstrom’s passionate interest in helping communities become trauma-sensitized is rooted in her training and experiences in community organizing and—as a licensed psychologist—in her clinical work and services to groups, organizations, and communities as a consultant in the prevention and treatment of trauma at a systems-level.

For a community to become trauma-sensitized requires a paradigm shift in business-as-usual and, broadly, the manner in which community members/sectors daily relate to one another at every level and in every domain of that community’s life and functioning. 

Trauma-sensitized communities:

  • recognize and acknowledge the prevalence of trauma.
  • are informed about what trauma can look like in individuals and in groups; that is, the signs and symptoms of trauma.
  • recognize the urgency of:
    • preventing further traumatization and
    • responding to the occurrence of trauma by incorporating their knowledge of trauma into their relationships, practices, policies, and procedures.
  • understand the critical importance that each of their members see one another, their community, and the world through the lens of trauma.

Given the expansiveness of the topic, “Trauma-Sensitized Communities,” this training will provide suggestions and recommendations about how to design and implement the more foundational components of trauma-sensitized communities.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn about:

  1. The essential, developmental building blocks of trauma-sensitized communities (TSC), including a brief review of relevant brain science, the prevalence of trauma, the development of resilience, and the importance of the participation of all community members/sectors.
  2. The potential obstacles/challenges to developing TSC and also possible solution strategies.
  3. Approaches to implementing the development of TSC: the process, resources, approximate time-frame, realistic expectations and outcomes.
  4. How they—as mental health professionals--are in a unique and privileged position to serve as development leaders of TSC and to formulate a call to action.
  5. Ways to adapt presented models of design and implementation to their own communities through the use and discussion of provided case examples and participants’ information/experiences specific to their own contexts.