Friday, June 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM CDT
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McHenry County Mental Health Board 
620 Dakota Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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Kristen Doherty 
McHenry County Mental Health Board 
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Understanding Trauma & Implementing
Trauma-Informed Approaches - Part 1 
Presented by Raul Almazar, MA, RN

 Friday, June 7, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm 
    FREE: 5 CEU's for attending this training  (IAODAPCA Included)

Lunch is on your own

This training is filled to capacity and registration is closed. Please contact  kdoherty@mc708.org  to be added to the wait list. 

Who Should Attend: Psychiatrist (MD), Psychiatric Nurse (RN), Psychologist (Ph.D), Social Worker (MSW), Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), and other mental health professionals. 

What is Trauma: Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Our Lives

Traumatic experiences can be dehumanizing, shocking and terrifying. Often a traumatic experience includes the betrayal of a trusted person or institution and a loss of safety. Trauma can result from experiences of violence, abuse, neglect or disasters that induce powerlessness, fear and recurring hopelessness. Trauma impacts one’s spirituality and relationships often resulting in ongoing feelings of shame, guilt, rage and isolation. Despite all of this, healing is possible...more

Learning Objectives:

  1. The attendee will understand the prevalence of trauma and the effect of trauma in our lives and the lives of those we serve.
  2. Attendees will learn of the importance and implications of the ACE study, not only in terms of symptom development but also as a way to integrate physical and behavioral health.
  3. Clinicians will learn to view symptoms as adaptations and shift practice from stabilization and symptom reduction to providing new tools for self-regulation.

Neurobiological Effects of Trauma

Trauma, especially at the early stages of development, has profound effects on brain and biological development. Systems that lack understanding of the profound effects of trauma can focus solely on behavior and symptom reduction. Through understanding of the neurobiological effects of trauma, systems of care will have a more comprehensive and effective treatment framework.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the effect of trauma on brain development and on essential hormones including cortisol and adrenaline.
  2. Participants will learn sensory tools and sensory modulation techniques.
  3. Participants will learn the long-term effects of high cortisol on the immune system and other organs.
  4. Participants will learn practical strategies to implement in nursing practice to help reduce client’s anxiety.

Trauma Informed Organizations: Creating Positive Cultures of Care

In implementing Trauma Informed Approaches, it is important that we understand that all aspects of organizational operations impact the way the clients and staff experience our organizations. We look at organizational stressors, organizational policies and more importantly, organizational histories that affect how we do our work and how we help people heal. Trauma informed Approaches are more than trauma - focused therapy. It is a systems approach that ensures people are not re-traumatized in our systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The attendee will learn the Six Principles of Trauma informed Approaches that apply to both clients and staff.
  2. Attendee will understand Trauma Exposure and will identify the importance of healing strategies for both clients and staff and learn at least two practical tools to use every day.
  3. Attendees will learn of practical organizational strategies to develop resilience in organizations.

Presenter: Raul Almazar, MA, RN

Mr. Almazar has many years of experience as direct care provider, administrator, organizational and clinical consultant, trainer, and speaker.  Prior to working as full-time consultant in 2009, he served as Deputy Director for the State of Illinois Division of Mental Health where he was charged to facilitate an organizational culture shift in all 10 State -operated facilities towards person-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-promoting, non-coercive treatment settings. 

He is the Senior Public Policy Advisor at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s Center for Innovations in Trauma Informed Approaches. He also served as Senior Consultant to SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Promoting Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraints through Trauma Informed Practices. He provides consultation, training and technical assistance to organizations and large systems in the areas of leadership, workforce development, consumer empowerment, organizational planning and changing organizational cultures to effect systems transformation. He has expertise in working with youth and adult serving, institutional and community based, publicly and privately –funded programs across service systems.