Monday, June 17, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Lehigh Valley Conference Center 
300 Gateway Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017

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Beth Tomlinson 
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley 

Building Resilient Families & Communities:
Creating a paradigm shift through trauma-informed practices

Join United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and Resilient Lehigh Valley for a full-day summit for education, health and criminal justice professionals to receive training in trauma-informed practices, learn how trauma-informed systems can improve student, family and adult school, health and life outcomes, and what the Lehigh Valley is doing to advance trauma-informed systems. Featured speakers include:

Dr. Sandra Bloom
Associate Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
Author of Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies

Gerry Vassar
Founder and President, Lakeside Global Institute

Sue Wandaloswki
Director of Human Services, Northampton County

Breakout sessions:

Trauma 101:  An Overview of Trauma-Informed Care
Target Audience: law professionals, law enforcement, educators and social workers
In this multi-media, interactive workshop, conference participants are provided information regarding the complex nature of trauma and its aftermath.  Included are specific skills that enhance professionals’ abilities to interact with people impacted by trauma.

Becoming a Trauma Informed Organization: Presence
Target Audience: those who have previously attended a Trauma 101 workshop
Presence is a new approach for creating trauma-responsive and trauma-resilient organizations.  Presence builds on and expands current understanding of what it means for entire organizations to immerse themselves in understanding and responding to adversity, chronic and toxic stress and traumatic experiences.  This introduction to an organizational approach begins to get everyone in the environment aligned around a set of agreed upon culturally relevant and trauma-informed values, knowledge, skills and tools.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Space is limited. Register by June 10, 2019

Sponsored by:


King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC

Additional funding provided by: SERG Grant