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

Community Gathering on Race and Trauma – Fiserv Forum (Bucks’ Arena)

Wed, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.

Join leaders from Milwaukee’s social justice, advocacy and faith-based communities for a community gathering. The new Fiserv Forum is at the heart of the city’s revitalization and so it’s fitting we should gather there to begin two days of Healing Trauma. 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 “The Impact of Implicit Racial Bias on Communities.”
10 a.m. – Break
10:15 a.m. – Keynote Speaker Dr. Bruce D. Perry presents “A Relational Approach to Working with Traumatized and Maltreated Children.”
12 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 p.m. – Breakout sessions (learn more)
2:30 p.m. – Break
2:45 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg presents “The Importance of Resilience-based, Strength-Focused Communication and Expectations for Young People.”

Conference Day 2 – Wisconsin Center

Fri., Sept. 28
8:30 a.m. – Breakout sessions (learn more)
9:45 a.m. – Break
10 a.m. – Keynote Speakers Dr. Rob Anda and Laura Porter present “Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities.”
11:45 a.m. – Lunch
1 p.m. – Breakout sessions (learn more)
2:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz presents “Countering Fear and Hatred: Helping Children Cope in an Uncertain Era.”
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.

Advance registration will close at midnight on Monday, September 10. Limited registration* at an increased price of $190 will be available after that date.

*We will do our best to accommodate, but we cannot guarantee meals or all choices of the conference to those registering after 9/10/18.

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

Traveling From Out of Town?

We have negotiated a discounted 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


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