Instilling Hope V: Annual Trauma-Informed Care Conference

Media Advisory:
March 10, 2016

Instilling Hope V: Annual Trauma-Informed Care Conference to Draw More Than 60 Local Social Service Organizations
Professionals and trauma-informed care leaders to speak to participants about suicide prevention, treating victims of trauma, and crisis intervention.

TALLAHASSEE – The Circuit 2 Trauma-Informed Care Workgroup will host the 5th annual, Instilling Hope V Through Trauma-Informed Care” conference on Friday in Tallahassee. Conference participants include social workers, counselors, licensed and certified professionals, school district representatives, law enforcement, trauma-informed care organizations and leaders. 300 participants representing over 60 organizations will hear from trauma-informed care professionals on how to modify their approach to treating individuals and families who have suffered traumatic events in their lives.

Traumatic events may include physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and disasters. Trauma also impacts one’s spirituality, relationships, and may result in feelings of shame, guilt, rage, and isolation. System wide efforts to become “trauma-informed” aim to improve outcomes early and reduce the long term and costly effects of unresolved traumatic experiences. Victims of trauma may seek the assistance of medical and psychological experts to help guide them toward recovery. Some experts may not realize how these traumatic events can completely change and impact the lives of those who reach out to them for assistance.

The conference serves as a call to action to stakeholders to become more informed about trauma and to shift perspective from providing traditional services to focusing on the individuals being served, the way they are served and each individual’s history. This approach provides interactions that help children and adults heal and foster hope and resilience.

Who: 300 social services professionals representing more than 60 organizations and private practitioners who serve child, youth and adult victims of trauma

What: Instilling Hope V – 5th Annual Trauma-Informed Care Conference

When: Friday, March 11, 2016, 8:15 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Where: Tallahassee Community College Workforce Development Center, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304

Event Schedule

  • 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. – Welcome Remarks: Kellie Sweat Darnell, Northwest Regional Managing Director, Department of Children and Families
  • 8:45 - 10:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker: Why People Die by Suicide, Thomas Joiner, Florida State University
  • 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. – Breakout Session 1
  • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. – Keynote Speaker: Secondary Trauma: Preventing Burnout & Building Resilience, Carol Campbell Edwards, Florida State University, College of Social Work
  • 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. – Breakout Session 2
  • 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. – Breakout Session 3

See full event schedule.

Contact: DaMonica Rivas, Northwest Communications Director, 850-778-4056