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Oct. 4: Symposium on trauma informed care

FREDERICK, Maryland—To celebrate Hood College’s 125 years of service, the College’s Social Work Program will present a symposium on healing from trauma Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

The guest speakers will include Joan Gillece ’76, Ph.D., Brian Sims, M.D., and William Kellibrew, all experts in trauma informed care. They will present on trauma informed intervention and the neurobiology of trauma.

Gillece is the director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Center for Trauma Informed Care. She has 35 years of experience working in the behavioral health field, with 20 dedicated to trauma and 11 in prevention of seclusion and restraint. Working across agencies, Gillece promotes the use of trauma informed care in multiple settings including mental health, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice and homeless services.

Sims is the senior director of medical and behavioral health for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, as well as an ongoing consultant for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care. As a psychiatrist, he previously worked with Correctional Mental Health Services, an organization serving the mental health needs of inmates in 60 detention centers in 10 states. In that role, he was responsible for the provision of care for inmates in need of mental health services.

Kellibrew serves as the director for the Office of Youth Violence Prevention at the Baltimore City Health Department. He has served more than 10 years as a global advocate for human, civil, children and victims’ rights. He works closely with top leaders to address trauma, violence, abuse and neglect. He has been recognized with several awards for his efforts, including the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award in 2015, and the Ruby Campbell-Pulliam Love You More Award from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation in 2016.

The symposium honors Melanie Sutherland, who was a victim of domestic violence and was in Hood’s thanatology program. In addition to the speakers, there will be a short film, “Healing Neen,” about a woman who overcame trauma and addiction in her life.

Six CEUs will be available for $20 each. This training helps educate professionals to work with clients efficiently and effectively and practice trauma informed care.

RSVP to Amber Frazier at alf12@hood.edu with name, phone number, email address, and interest in CEUs.