FREDERICK, Md.—The effects and intervention
strategies related to trauma and the neurobiology of trauma will be the topic
of a workshop April 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rosenstock Hall at Hood
The workshop, titled “Understanding the
Effects of Trauma on the Lives of Those We Serve,” will be led by Joan Gillece,
Ph.D., project director for the National Coordinating Center for the
Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Initiative and project director for the
National Center for Trauma Informed Care;
Brian Sims, M.D., a psychiatrist who provides training in trauma care; and
Tonier Cain, team leader for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and a
nationally renowned speaker and educator on the devastation of trauma and the hope
Gillece pioneered the Trauma,
Addictions, Mental Health and Recovery program in Maryland, which serves
incarcerated men and women who have serious mental illnesses coupled with
substance use disorders and histories of trauma; and developed trauma-informed
programs for Tamar’s Children, a program serving incarcerated women and their
newborns designed to break the intergenerational cycle of despair, poverty,
addiction and criminality.
Sims, senior director of behavioral and mental health at Conmed
Healthcare Management Inc., is a board certified psychiatrist with more than 20
years of experience in clinical care and program leadership for incarcerated
patients with serious psychiatric illness. Sims has been a consultant providing training in
trauma-informed care with the NASMHPD National Technical Assistance Center
since 2006. His training with NTAC focuses on the neurological impact of trauma
on the developing brain.
Cain lived on the
streets for two decades, where she endured violence, hunger and despair before amassing
66 criminal convictions related to her addiction. The story of her recovery
from a childhood of abuse and neglect
is told in a documentary, “Healing Neen.”
This workshop is sponsored by Hood’s
social work program.
CEUs will be
available at minimal cost and lunch will be available for purchase at the
Blazer snack bar or at local food venues.
For more information or to register, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Hood's department of sociology and social work at (301) 696-3748 or by e-mail email@example.com.