Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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and Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 


Butler County Educational Service Center
400 N. Erie Blvd. Ste. A
Hamilton, OH 45011

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Lauren Perry
FCFC Training Coordinator
Butler County Family & Children First Council
(513) 785-6770 (office)

Your Trainer:

Mary Vicario, Finding Hope Consulting, LLC. Mary Vicario is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S) and a Certified Trauma Specialistwith over 30 years’ experience working with trauma survivors of all ages and ability levels and training ontrauma informed care nationally and internationally. She has been a People-to-People delegate to China and Mongolia with the American Counseling Association and guest lectured and participated in a conference on human trafficking in Germany. She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies from Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute and has also been honored with a CASA award for cooperative casework. As a former teacher, clinician, and clinical director and now as the founder of Finding Hope Consulting, LLC, Mary has many years’ experience working with trauma survivors, addictions, and training.


Facilitating Healing, Resilience and Hope

Join us for two full days of foundational training from Mary Vicario & Finding Hope Consulting. Through understanding the latest trauma research and careful translation into practice, we can help trauma survivors experience healing, resiliency, and hope. This lively and interactive training brings to life the neuroscience of trauma and the healing power of relationships. This training also provides self-care for caregivers and service providers, so they have what they need to assist with the important journey of healing.

10-20-22: Hardwired for Connection
Trauma is now recognized as a nearly universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems often resulting in a complex array of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Current research is demonstrating toxic stress’ influence on our genetic code through gene expression (epigenetics).  Research demonstrates that toxic stress disproportionally affects individuals in marginalized groups through stereotype threat and implicit bias. This training will explore resilience based, trauma responsive, interventions that can be done even on a single contact
1. The centrality of relationships in human growth and development, how the quality of relationships affects brain development and the healing power of empathic connection
2. Cultural context and its impact physically, psychologically, and behaviorally
3. The impact of trauma on brain development, attachment, and developmental milestones
4. Mood Syntonic vs. Mood Dystonic Abuse; PTSD vs. Complex PTSD

11-1-22: The Healing Power of Empathy and Connection
This training coordinates trauma informed care into a framework that can be used by anyone working with victims of trauma.  It includes the three stages of positive trauma resolution and the five resilience factors found in people who move beyond their traumatic experiences. Trauma’s effect on brain chemistry, development, and relationships are explored, and since trauma is processed and stored in nonverbal parts of the brain, expressive and relational strategies and interventions will be identified to benefit clients of all ages and ability levels and even those with preverbal trauma. Day 2 will be held at the Butler County Educational Service Center 400 N. Erie Blvd. Hamilton, OH 45011.
1. Biologically Based Fear Responses
2. The three stages of positive trauma resolution and how to address them with survivors
3. The five resilience factors found in people who overcome and do not recreate their traumatic experiences

Target Audience: This is an foundational level training for social workers, counselors, social services staff, educators, case workers and volunteers. 

Lunch: There will be a 1 hour break for lunch on your own. Water and light snacks will be provided.

Cost: Free! (Priority will be given to partner agencies in Butler County). 


A Trauma Responsive Care Certification Series is available for those seeking the ability to practice these theories and train others. Review the application and details here.



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