Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Butler County Educational Service Center
400 N. Erie Blvd. Ste. A
Hamilton, OH 45011

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Lauren Perry
Butler County Family and Children First Council


Sarah Buffie MSW, LSW, founding director of Soul Bird Consulting believes that nothing has the power to heal like supportive relationships.  Specializing in trauma responsive care, she helps organizations and individuals disrupt current models of thinking by building empathy and understanding around the effects of trauma. Sarah has worked in community organizing- specifically, Asset Based Community Development, for over a decade and has a deep passion for her work.  Her focus is to spread awareness about how trauma affects the brain and body, and teach effective approaches for developing resilience within the people organizations strive to serve, and the people closest to the work, caregivers and direct providers.  Sarah received her Masters in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University with a focus in trauma, positive psychology, and mindfulness. With years working closely in her Cincinnati community through her Americorps service as well as abroad with her Peace Corps service in Namibia, Africa, Sarah brings a unique community building lens to the work.


Deep Listening: The Power of Mindful Conversations

This full-day session will focus on deepening relational resilience: the capacity to be in safe relationship with self and others. Over the course of the day we will explore how deep listening is a trauma responsive tool as well as a key for successful organizational and community development. When we experience trauma we are left with a sense of feeling unsafe, unseen and unheard. Together we will engage in a practice space that allows us to build the skills necessary to support self and others to feel safe, seen and heard. 


1. Participants will assess how and where they currently listen most effectively.
2. Participants will understand Reflect, Honor, Connect as a trauma responsive listening practice.
3. Participants will learn how cultural humility impacts ones ability to deeply listen to others across differences. 

Cost: Free!!! (registration is required) 

CEUs: 5.5 Social Work and Counselor CEUs are provided by the Butler County Educational Service Center approved & awarded by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & MFT Board Approval RSX050901. 5.5 Contact Hours for Educators.