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Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities Conference

September 26 - September 28

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Research shows an undeniable link between childhood adversity and community crises, such as poverty, crime, poor educational outcomes, chronic illness, behavioral health problems and more.

Through collaboration within the human services, healthcare, educational and criminal justice sectors, Wisconsin is at the forefront of the trauma informed care (TIC) movement.

Join us in Milwaukee, Sept. 26-28, 2018 for
Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities.

Hosted by Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWiM), a multi-disciplinary group
dedicated to inspiring collaboration to help Milwaukee heal.

About the Event

If you work in any human serving capacity, this conference is for you. If you want to understand how a city like Milwaukee can heal from generational and historical trauma, it’s for you too.

Our together begins with a Community Gathering about Race and Trauma on Wed. evening at the Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center (new home of the Milwaukee Bucks) and continues with five Keynotes and 50 workshops on Thurs. and Fri. at the Wisconsin Center.

Race and Trauma – Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center (Bucks’ Arena)

Wed, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.

Anthony Ray Hinton shares his story of spending 30 years in a 5’x7′ cell on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. He has called his wrongful conviction a “legal lynching,” but never lost fatih – or his sense of humor. He is the author of the memoir, “The Sun Does Shine: How I Found LIfe and Freedom on Death Row.” Free and open to the public (ticket required).

Conference Day 1 – Wisconsin Center

Thurs., Sept. 27
8:30 a.m. – Welcome
8:45 a.m. – Keynote Speaker L. Song Richardson presents a session about implicit bias and its implications for equity.
10 a.m. – Break
10:15 a.m. – Keynote Speaker Dr. Bruce D. Perry, MD PhD presents “A Relational Approach to Working with Traumatized and Maltreated Children.”
12 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 p.m. – Breakout sessions
2:30 p.m. – Break
2:45 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg presents on the importance – and challenges of – parent and teen communication.

Conference Day 2 – Wisconsin Center

Fri., Sept. 28
8:30 a.m. – Breakout sessions
9:45 a.m. – Break
10 a.m. – Keynote Speakers Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter present on behalf of ACE Interface, drawing from research conducted during the seminal adverse childhood experiences study.
11:45 a.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – Breakout sessions
2:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz presents on behalf od the Child Mind Institute and its work in child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.
3:30 p.m. – Conference close

Breakout sessions that focus on emerging and best practices in education, law enforcement, health care, and child welfare can be expected, as can breakout sessions from Midwest ACEs groups.


Register now for this opportunity to hear from local, national and international experts on childhood trauma and how we, as a national collaborative, can lead the way in healing trauma and creating healthy communities.

Please contact us at swimconference@sainta.org with questions.

Traveling From Out of Town?

We have negotiated a discount room rate of $90 per night for double occupancy rooms at the Hilton City Center for reservations between September 26-28, 2018. This rate is available until August 27th after which time the rate will increase to standard rates pending availability. Please reference “Healing Trauma Conference” when making your reservation.
Hilton Phone: 414.935.5940


Limited Conference Scholarships are available by request. Please complete your application and submit to swimconference@sainta.org; please also email us with any questions.


Wisconsin Center
400 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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