Sept. 27 Breakout Session (1:15-2:30p)

A Rock? Healing Activities from an Unlikely Source – Ho-Chunk Nation Social Services Department, Community Supportive Services Division

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A Rock – Healing Activities from an Unlikely Source – Story of the Rock elementary

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Never did she think she would conduct a workshop about a rock. Turns out rocks are pretty versatile and resilient and can teach us about healing. Participants will first go through “The Story of the Rock,” its related activities, and then deconstruct the exercise. We will then analyze the healing aspects of the exercise and brainstorm other potential objects that might impart meaning for clients.

A State-Wide Approach to Trauma Informed Care – Fostering Futures

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Participants will learn the history of Fostering Futures as a state-wide, multi-sector initiative. We will share our strategy for sustainability and learnings from this initiative of First Lady Tonette Walker, including key tips for success and lessons learned. Participants will understand the involvement of multiple levels of government, contributions of key stakeholders, and the importance of relationships to maintain momentum. We will also introduce the offshoot activities of advocating for federal legislation, ongoing curriculum developement, external evaluation and steps that organizations can take towards becoming trauma-informed, or elevating their trauma-informed approaches for those who already possess foundational knowledge.

The session will conclude with some case-based examples of changes that teams participating in the learning collaborative have shared, a hands-on experience that we use within our learning community and some of the early successes teams have reported in regards to staff wellness.

Building Self-Healing Communities – Minnesota Communities Caring for Children

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In this workshop, we will describe our process for building a self-healing communities network in Minnesota, including the critical connection to Historic Trauma. We will highlight some individual community journeys, and invite you to explore with us questions about what comes next. 

Can Peace be Taught? – YES for Schools

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Would we rather live in a peaceful or a violent society? Can peace be taught? Just as a destructive hurricane always has a peaceful center we each have a peaceful center inside. The basic physiological processes of life, which we take for granted, reveal secrets that can bring us back to that peace inside. We will explore tools that control emotions and experience how schools teach responsibility, commitment and respect, which are the cornerstones of successful life.

What happens when we broaden the scope of education to embrace life skills and self-knowledge? What emerges from schools that equip students to be well balanced human beings? What happens when schools focus on empowering youth to be more successful in life and build peace?

This session will be an interactive exploration of the purpose of education and the gap between current schooling and what is needed to develop healthy people.

Change in Mind: Applying Neurosciences to Revitalize Communities – Change in Mind Institute and The Family Partnership

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Change in Mind – Applying Neurosciences to Revitalize Communities – Presentation

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The Change in Mind (CiM) Initiative is an international cohort of 15 sites aiming to develop policy and systems change responses to ACEs and emerging brain science in communities across North America. Our collective goal is to use brain science to leverage sustainable policy and systems change that revitalizes communities, improving the wellbeing and long-term life prospects of children, youth, families and communities. The 15 CiM sites have demonstrated the value and importance of innovation in creating and developing practical applications for brain science integration at an organizational and systemic level. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the Change in Mind Initiative, share up-to-date learnings from this system based approach, provide site specific examples of the integration of brain science at the practice, policy and systems levels, and provide an update on current Change in Mind activities.

Collaborative Care for Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth – Medical College of Wisconsin and Pathfinders

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Collaborative Care for Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth – Presentation Collaborative Care for Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Youth – CSEC indicator and Response Guide

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Sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth is a severe form of child abuse that has been occurring for years in this community. Early identification and treatment of these youth is important for their development and well-being. Knowledge of risk factors as well as red flags can assist with identification of exploited and trafficked youth. Once identified or suspected, a basic understanding of potential acute and chronic medical and mental health need can help guide medical and mental health referrals and treatment for these youth. Collaborations with existing community organizations trained in Trauma Informed Care can and should also be an important part of any treatment plan. Any person or agency working with youth should familiarize themselves with existing resources and medical/mental health facilities within the community that are trained to work with these high-risk youth. Sexual exploitation and trafficking of youth can be combatted through increased education, resources and collaborations within the community.

Community Building Milwaukee Initiative and Utilization of Community Building Workshops – Wisconsin Community Services and Running Rebels

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 Community Building Milwaukee Initiative – Presentation

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Community Building Milwaukee (CBM) is a broad-based effort to build safe, healthy and collaborative communities. CBM is the largest effort in the world to advance the work and practice of Community Building Workshops (CBWs). CBWs are 2-3 day experiences for groups ranging in size from 10-50 people where participants develop an unusual degree of safety, trust and extraordinary respect in a very short period of time leading to deep sharing, healing and building effective collaborative relationships. This presentation will provide an overview of CBM and CBWs and the utilization and impact of CBWs in programming with high-risk youth at the Juvenile Detention Center served by Running Rebels Community Organization and with formerly incarcerated men in a residential reentry center operated by Wisconsin Community Services. People attending the session will take part in a facilitated Deep Listening Exercise to fully hear another without judgement or need to give advice like in a CBW.

Cultural Humility: A Workshop for Participation and Reflection – Walker’s Point Community Clinic

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Cultural Humility – Presentation
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This is a conversation that encourages participation and self-assessment. It provides tools and resources used during the participatory session as well as resources for further learning. Cultural Humility can be applied to any role, but has been very useful in my work with Milwaukee residents, refugees and immigrants, many of whom have suffered significant trauma.

From ACEs to Assets: Successfully Applying Trauma-Responsive Practices to Grow Resilience and Improve Education, Health and Wellness Outcomes – Coordinated Care Services, Inc.

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From ACEs to Assets – Presentation[1]

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This session will provide participants with an overview of applying trauma-responsive and resilience development practices within a school setting. A brief review of foundational information of the impact of trauma and adversity on educational outcomes, and the principles of trauma-responsive education will be offered. Through the lens of school, family, and community collaboration, the discussion will include an approach to sustainable change, and strategies that are in alignment with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. The essential element of resilience and the power of the educator will be highlighted through compelling data demonstrating undeniable risk-reduction in the presence of assets able to be developed in an educational setting. Opportunities for practice change at the individual, school, district, and community levels will be emphasized. Through this exploration of research and practical experience, all participants will gain a vision of their next step to becoming more trauma-responsive.

Helping Providers See ‘Difficult,’ ‘Non-Compliant,’ and Unhealthy Behaviors Through a Trauma-Informed Lens – Advocate Aurora Health Care

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Helping Providers See Difficult, Non-Compliant and Unhealthy Behaviors through a Trauma Informed Lens – Presentation

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Being chronically exposed to adverse experiences such as abuse, neglect, and poverty can fundamentally alter how that individual sees the world and copes with stressors. This can lead to the development of poor health choices and “non-compliance” with treatment. Healthcare providers who view patients as “difficult,” “non-compliant,” etc. can lead to poorer quality care as well as burnout of the provider. This presentation is aimed at helping providers understand how chronic exposure to stressors can lead to the development of interpersonal difficulties and health-interfering behaviors, as well as how utilizing compassion and Trauma Informed Care (TIC) strategies can improve care provided, relationships with their patients, and job-satisfaction. Lastly, you will hear about how the TIC Workgroup at Advocate Aurora has been starting to educate departments about TIC and train them in implementing these strategies to improve the health and well-being of both patients and providers.

Hoof Beats, Heartbeats and a Whole ‘Lotta Rhythm – Gateway Family Services

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Are you frustrated with the lack of progress with some clients? Feel like you’ve tried every intervention but not seeing the results you’d like? Join our workshop to learn strategies geared toward engaging and regulating all parts of the brain to facilitate healing from trauma. We will give a brief overview of the trauma focused-equine assisted psychotherapy (TF-EAP) model, Natural Lifemanship, based on the neuroscience of human and horse brain development, the impact of trauma, and the role of relationships in recovery and healing.

This session will take an in-depth look in to how horses, heartbeats, and rhythm can help organize the lower regions of the brain to assist individuals in developing a more fully integrated brain and how horses can help humans heal. We will provide take home techniques for clinicians, educators and caregivers to help with co-regulation, whether or not they work alongside horses.


Immigration Status Stress in Students and Their Families – Marquette University Counselor Education & Hispanic Initiatives

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Immigration Status Stress in Students and their Families – Immigration Stress Guide_FINAL

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The context of having a parent, sibling, or relative without documentation, or not being documented oneself, is a unique stressor that cannot solely be understood as generic stress or trauma. Families with members who are undocumented often “live in the shadows,” experiencing a lack of safety and fear of deportation. Because of their relationships with students and families, teachers, counselors, and other school personnel are often on the frontline of dealing with mental health concerns as they arise, and should be well-informed about the challenges that immigration status issues may present. This session will address the impact of immigration status-related stress on students in the school context. The historical and political context of immigration enforcement will be reviewed, as will the psychosocial and academic effects of this form of toxic stress (Brabeck, Lykes, & Lustig, 2013). Practical suggestions for teachers and school personnel to support students and their families will be provided.

Lived Experience Leading Systems Change – Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health

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Lived Experience Leading Systems Change – CIP Language Guide 2017
 
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The Collective Impact parent/caregiver and young adult Partners, or CIPs, bring decades of lived experience to their participation and leadership in the Children’s Mental Health Collective Impact meetings. With their insights and guidance, state agencies and other collaborating partners are better able to recognize gaps in services, unhelpful programs, and cumbersome policies and practices. As the backbone agency, the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health provides CIPs with mentorship and leadership skill-building; preparation for and debriefing after meetings; training in concepts such as Trauma Informed Care, systems of care, and family-driven care; and stipends for expert consultation and reimbursement for travel costs. Join this session to learn from system-change leaders who have personal experience in navigating multiple service silos such as mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and school services and now have wisdom to share.

School-Centered Mental Health: Collective Impact for the Greater Good – Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

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School-Centered Mental Health – 2018 LSS SCMH Milwaukee Overview
School-Centered Mental Health – LSS One Pager – Southeast Wisconsin
School-Centered Mental Health – Presentation

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During LSS’ more than ten years of experience in School-Based Mental Health (SBMH), it has become clear that although this model is effective, there are limitations. A more comprehensive approach is needed to meet the needs of children as they attempt to cope daily with toxic stress, trauma, and unaddressed mental health concerns. Mental health thought leaders are in search of a better way to approach School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) in Wisconsin. LSS shares this concern and is leading a collective impact initiative that utilizes schools as a community hub and health equity connector. This School-Centered Mental Health (SCMH) model has far-reaching potential for statewide implementation. Rather than create another silo, LSS is compelled to bring key partners and providers together to further this initiative and facilitate policy change so that best practices are sustainable for all providers. What started as a model is turning into a movement.

Trauma & Recovery: Increasing Availability & Accessibility of EBPs in Southeast Wisconsin – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Institute for Child & Family Well-Being

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The Trauma and Recovery Project (TARP) is a 5-year project that is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Through partnerships between the Institute for Child & Family Well-being (ICFW), the Department of Children & Families, and the Office of Children’s Mental Health, TARP aims to increase the availability and accessibility of trauma-responsive treatments for children and families in southeastern Wisconsin. Specifically, TARP is committed to providing training opportunities that will increase the number of clinicians specializing in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) through targeted recruitment in Milwaukee & Racine counties. A primary goal of the project is to increase the number of children and caregivers that receive appropriate screening, assessment, and specific trauma-responsive services in order to improve child mental and behavioral health outcomes. Both trained clinicians and families participating in PCIT, TF-CBT, and CPP are invited to contribute to established communities of practice (CoPs) in order to enhance service delivery and evaluate treatment adaptations implemented within our community.

Trauma, Health Equity and Neurobiology (THEN): Translating the Science into Health Care Practice – Center for Collaborative Study of THEN

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Trauma, Health Equity and Neurobiology – Presentation

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New research on neurobiology and trauma reveals the link between toxic stress, childhood adversity, and chronic disease. Health professionals and trainees, however, remain largely unaware of this science and lack skills to utilize it. In response, The Center for Collaborative Study of Trauma, Health Equity and Neurobiology (THEN) is developing curricula to translate these core concepts into health science theory, training, practice and research. In this session, we’ll discuss examples of this new science and THEN accomplishments towards full integration of trauma, health equity and neurobiology into core health science theory and practice.

Why They Kill: The Exploratory Film on the Creation and Prevention of Violence – Seton Hall University

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Why do some men, women, and even children assault and murder? This age-old question led to the breakthrough research and singular theory which comprehensively explains how violent criminals develop, how violent communities are created and transformed, and how violent acts are committed and prevented.

Based on the critically acclaimed book by the Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Rhodes, Why They Kill is a startling exploration into the four-step “violentization” process. This feature documentary elucidates how this process unfolds by exploring the stages developed by the renowned criminologist, Lonnie H. Athens, D.Crim., and the strategies in preventing and breaking the cycle. A free DVD of the film will be given to breakout session attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The film underscores the importance of community organizations, including schools, police, courts, families, and neighborhood groups, and others, and the need for these disparate groups to collaborate in a child’s and adolescent’s development.

Wisconsin ACEs: Moving From Awareness to Practice – Panel Facilitated by SaintA

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Wisconsin ACEs – Moving from Awareness to Practice – Presentation

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A panel of Wisconsin speakers representing Menominee Indian Tribe, Waupaca County, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, SaintA and Child Abuse Neglect Prevention Board will share the various ways in which the information on Adverse Childhood Experiences has impacted their organizations over the past decade. Strategies will be shared in bringing awareness and engaging communities, inspiring shifts in culture and transforming practice toward healing. Successful outcomes as well as lessons learned will be shared.

Panel Speakers: Diane Hietpas (Menominee Tribal Clinic), Shannon Kelly (Waupaca County), Rebecca Mather (Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board), Tricia Schutz (Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin), Myrna Warrington (Menominee Indian Tribe), and Regina Washinawatok (Menominee Indian School District)


Sept. 28 Breakout Session (8:30-9:45a)

28 Days to Employment © – PeoplePower, LLC

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28 Days to Employment – YOUR NEXT MSSION a
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28 Days to Employment – PEOPLE POWER PROGRAM SUMMARY
28 Days to Employment – CJ BROWN

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The “28 Days to Employment” system is a new level of information for anyone struggling to find employment. PeoplePower brings a message that is long overdue to assist high school and college students, the homeless, veterans, older workers, people with disabilities, as well as social service, job placement, and development agencies. This academic curriculum replaces the 20th century resume and cover letter that has been used for decades with the 21st Century Career Camp that leads to a career and not just a job. As the title states, those that complete and follow the program are employed within 28 Days which has been proven over the last 16 years with an overall hire rate of 95% and a 98% retention rate.

Building Our Compassion Resilience in Work, Community and Home – WISE/Rogers InHealth and Parklawn Assembly of God

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Building Our Compassion Resilience in Work, Community and Home – Presentation

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How are we filling and re-filling our tanks and those of our colleagues and community members? Explore the concepts of compassion fatigue and resilience through strategies and activities to use in our work with youth and families who face complex challenges. The free Compassion Resilience (CR) Toolkit offers information, activities, and resources to recognize and minimize the experience of compassion fatigue and to increase CR perspectives and skills.

Compassion resilience refers to the ability to maintain physical, emotional and mental well-being while responding compassionately to the suffering of others. It requires the capacity to support another’s recovery from tough challenges/traumatic events without losing one’s own resilience. At the core it is to be able to feel optimistic in an imperfect world.

Strategies introduced are from a system and individual perspective. Content is strongly informed by research and best practices related to resilience, secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, organizational psychology, and mindfulness.

Cross-Sector Collaboration for Trauma-Informed Transformation – Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Chicago Dept. of Public Health

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Cross-Sector Collaboration for Trauma Informed Transformation – Presentation

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Across Illinois, trauma-informed transformation is growing in a diverse range of settings, facilitated by members of the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative and our partners. Central to this work is the commitment made by the City of Chicago to become trauma-informed, an effort led by the Chicago Department of Public Health. As part of this, the Collaborative convenes the Trauma-Informed Hospital Working Group and a separate capacity-building community of health departments across the state that are beginning or advancing trauma-informed transformation. The Trauma-Informed Congregations Network is mobilizing the faith community, and efforts to transform education systems include those implemented by the Center for Childhood Resilience. Trauma-informed advocacy training is expanding this work into legal spaces as well. In this session, individuals leading these efforts will describe how they are operationalizing the tenets of Trauma Informed Care in their varied settings. Successes, challenges, lessons learned, and cross-system collaboration strategies will be discussed.

Cultural Reverence – Alma Institute

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Cultural Reverence – KD Agreements

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Cultural Reverence is the capacity to be willing and able to relate to, learn about, from, and accept persons that one might otherwise experience as “different” or “other” and is grounded in the belief that there are no disposable people.

Informed by Cultural Humility as developed by Dr. Melanie Tervalon, Cultural Reverence has adopted and evolved the following four principles as guide posts for identifying an individual’s and an organization’s capacity to be culturally reverent.

Healing-Focused Engagement of Milwaukee Youth and Families – Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention 

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Learn about local strategies to reduce violence and promote community resilience, as part of the Blueprint for Peacefrom the City of Milwaukee Health Department Office of Violence Prevention (MHDOVP).  The session will include information on the risk factors and types of violence that contribute to trauma, in addition to an overview of strategies that have been implemented with youth and families through ReCAST- an initiative of MHDOVP which aims to promote resilience and equity through evidence-based violence prevention and community youth engagement programs, parent peer support, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services.

Healing, Hope & Empowerment: The Importance of Trauma-Informed Practice when Working with CSEY Youth
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Healing, Hope & Empowerment – Presentation

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As awareness surrounding youth who have been sexually exploited grows, specialized treatment that promotes hope and healing are increasingly in demand. In 2013, Lad Lake opened Wisconsin’s only residential treatment program exclusively focused on female minor victims of commercial sexual exploitation. We have learned many lessons and have seen evidence of how a trauma-informed environment positively impacts our youth and their healing process. The issue of sexual exploitation has many layers and in order to properly serve victims and survivors, we need to work together to provide the necessary resources to help our survivors thrive. This session will provide background information needed to understand the scope of the issue, promote collaboration in our communities to build a strong network of resources to be able to meet the individual needs of our survivors, and discuss specific ways to implement a trauma-informed approach when working with CSEY youth.

How Early Experiences Shape the Developing Brain: An Interactive Workshop – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Change in Mind Institute and Institute for Child & Family Well-Being

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We know that early experiences, both positive and negative, affect the foundations of development. This is an interactive workshop where participants learn about the developing brain and the effect of ACEs and resilience on neurophysiology. There is some information sharing, however, the majority of time will be spent on experiential learning. Working together in teams, participants try to build the strongest brain using life experiences and resiliency factors to provide your “child” with the best neurophysiological outcome they can. When we use what we know from brain research to help support every interaction with children and families, we are building stronger brains, stronger connections and stronger, healthier kids and families.


How Healing Environments Become a Tool and Sustain Healing Programming – Alt Architecture & Research Associates

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How Healing Environments Become a Tool and Sustain Healing Programming

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We will present architectural projects that demonstrate how architecture is a “tool” for healing programming and sustainability. Projects are located in Chicago, Iowa and Texas. We will touch on the department of Veteran Affair’s healing environment design guideline (*document that will guide design and construction of 168 VA medical centers, 1,200 outpatient clinics and all long-term living facilities). Learn how this can be applied to civilian healthcare facilities and schools.

Igniting a Movement: The Evolution of Central Iowa ACEs 360 Coalition – Central Iowa ACEs 360

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Igniting a Movement – The Evolution of Central Iowa ACEs 360 Coalition – Presentation

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In 2010, several local leaders heard Dr. Robert Anda speak at an early childhood conference. His presentation sparked “water cooler” conversations among these leaders over the next several months. These conversations ignited a movement. Central Iowa ACEs 360 began as an effort to collect Iowa data and host a summit. Over the course of seven years, it has launched into a collaborative community movement with both successes and challenges experienced along the way. Based on the theory of collective impact with efforts aligned with the Spectrum of Prevention, Central Iowa ACEs is charting a course for long-term change. Join this session to learn the history and future goals of the coalition, and map opportunities for further growth in your own community.

Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience Project – The Buckeye Ranch

Intergeneraltional Trauma and Resilience Project – Presentation
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Children who have experienced complex trauma frequently have caregivers who themselves have histories of childhood adversity. Intensive home-based family treatment at the Buckeye Ranch integrates evidence-informed family therapy practices with a scientific understanding of the impact of developmental trauma on both the child and the caregiver. Through a grant-funded project, we engaged in a two-year practice-led research project to identify how familial cycles of generational trauma impact family engagement in treatment, what strategies increase the likelihood of family engagement, and what scientifically informed, non-traditional interventions can be utilized to support the family and enhance resilience. This workshop will present the steps involved in this project, the knowledge we gained, and the strategies we identified that demonstrated positive outcomes with families.

Perspectives of Trauma and Policing Panel Discussion – Facilitated by Officer Maria Rozek, Milwaukee Police Department 

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Hear stories and ideas from law enforcement voices on the application of trauma informed concepts. Panelists will discuss trauma informed approaches and the influence that exposure to overwhelming, unpredictable experiences has on individuals, the community, and those who respond and serve. 

Problem-Solving Courts and Trauma – Milwaukee County Circuit Court

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Learn how Milwaukee County Courts and Federal courts are testing new ways of doing justice and re-engineering the ways that judges and other stakeholders address such everyday problems as mental illness, substance use and drugs, domestic violence and child maltreatment. These innovators also now realize that trauma lies at the core of those that come into contact with our justice system and are taking measures to address it. Judges Carl Ashley, Joe Donald, Mary Triggiano and Patricia Gorence will discuss problem-solving courts such as drug courts, mental health courts, domestic violence courts, Re-entry Courts and the Healthy Infant Court and how being trauma smart in these courts have meant better outcomes for families.

Racial Implicit Bias – YWCA Southeastern Wisconsin

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Racial Implicit Bias – Presentation

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Racially-based implicit bias affects all sectors of life in the United States and stems from this nation’s historical and current policies and is reinforced by institutions all around us, such as the education system, media and advertising, and the social service system. In this workshop, we want to better understand the role of implicit bias in workplaces and as social service providers and highlight the intersection of implicit bias and trauma.

School Based Mental Health: Overview and Success Stories – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Institute for Child & Family Well-Being

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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has created successful partnerships within Milwaukee Public Schools for the past three years. Throughout this time, much was learned about how to initiate and develop these partnerships in order to collaboratively provide mental health treatment to children in schools. This presentation will provide an overview to participants about Children’s Hospital’s role in the partnership and how we developed a successful program at Pierce Elementary School. We will discuss details of what qualities make our partnership successful and individual roles of team members. The use of evidence-based treatments in schools will be outlined, and how therapists can adapt these treatments to school based settings.

Super Hero or Villain: Helping Youth Identify Their Capes – Wraparound Milwaukee and RISE Youth & Family Services

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Using super heroes to illustrate how experience impacts the identity of youth, this presentation will outline how practitioners can best support young people who are system involved. Youth often land in our systems due to the adaptive responses they exhibit as they attempt to integrate their trauma and understand their experiences as part of their whole story. We will explore how we, as practitioners, can better recognize and accept the complexity of those stories as we support and assist youth to understand and embrace their own adaptive responses. The practitioner has the ability to impact how these responses can be reframed into the youth’s personal superpower, which they can use on their journey to post traumatic growth. We will examine this process from the role of the client as well as the practitioner and how the role of the practitioner can influence the youth’s identity as a superhero or villain.

Trauma Informed Care as a Pediatric Health System: Promising Early Results – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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This workshop will present the theory, approach, and early results from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s implementation of Trauma Informed Care to address vicarious trauma and burnout among its highest risk health and human service providers. Attendees will see the application of trauma theory to a health system and the inward-focused approach.

Using Social Emotional Learning as a Trauma-Sensitive Practice in Your Organization – Milwaukee Succeeds

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a strategy being employed nationally to help youth and adults develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to be successful in school, work and life. Milwaukee Succeeds’ Goal 4- Community Social Support Network (CSSN) has researched studied and adopted this as our intervention to support our mission – success for every child in every school cradle to career.

This workshop will introduce our guiding SEL model, explore our theory of change (Build adult capacities to improve youth outcomes), provide opportunities to discuss how SEL can be used to improve organizational outcomes and share resources for participants to learn more about SEL as a trauma-informed practice.

The target audience for this workshop is youth serving organizations.

Women, Trauma, and Substance Use – Meta House

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Exposure to traumatic experiences, especially those occurring in childhood, have been linked to substance use disorder. ACE studies suggest for many adults ACEs in their young lives follow them into adulthood in a variety of substance use related behaviors. Recognizing the association between trauma and substance use in women, Meta House has for many years used a trauma-informed approach in providing treatment to all clients. This workshop will review the basics of addiction and explain the connection between Substance Use Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. We will also explore the techniques we use to teach clients coping and grounding in early recovery recognizing the client’s stage of change. We will review how we train staff to understand the impact of trauma on behaviors and how not to mistake symptoms of learned coping skills for willful acting out. We will also do a brief overview on how trauma influences the parent/child relationship.


Sept. 28 Breakout Session (1:00-2:15p)

Assessing for Trauma: Guidance for Social, Human and Health Services – University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Institute for Child & Family Well-Being

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Trauma exposure among recipients of social, human, and health services is widespread and consequential. Not only does it have long-term implications for health and well-being, but it also can undermine service effectiveness. Nonetheless, service providers often express reservations about assessing for trauma exposure and symptoms. According to providers, asking sensitive questions about trauma might undermine client stability and client-practitioner rapport. While understandable, research suggests that these concerns are unfounded. There is little evidence to indicate that asking about trauma compromises client well-being or disrupts client-practitioner rapport. Conversely, research shows that well-conducted trauma assessments may contribute to positive service outcomes. In this workshop, we will discuss the results of our research into trauma assessment and identify the conditions under which assessing for trauma is likely to produce positive service experiences and outcomes. We will also introduce complex trauma assessments that we created, along with protocols that guide administration of our assessments.

Bridging Community Development and Community Organizing: Using an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Frame to Create Transformational Change in a Community Setting – Northwest Side Housing Center and National Lewis University

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In contrast to traditional, single-issue, top-down approaches to community development, an innovative approach to transformative change in Illinois brings communities together around the overarching issue of broadly-defined Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). This multi-faceted model transcends sectors and engages stakeholders from, for example, public health, education, housing, law enforcement, and faith-based institutions. The result is thriving communities. Resident-led community action, revealing ACEs and resilience as common themes, has led to a collaborative grassroots effort across sectors. The ACEs frame informs a distinct capacity-building process intentionally bridging resident empowerment to community ownership, ultimately resulting in transformational change in power, equity and justice. In this session, learn how a Chicago multi-cultural community and university partner co-created opportunities for residents to learn about and take action around trauma and resilience while sustaining support for solving broad community issues.

Emotional Empowerment Education: Building Emotional Resiliency One Feeling at a Time – International Institute for Emotional Empowerment

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Trying to get rid of negative feelings perpetuates the idea that there is something wrong with you for how you feel when you experience a negative emotion. Attempting to control our emotions is often understood as “tucking away” those feelings that make oneself and others uncomfortable. This leaves those who take on a lot emotionally to feel weak, wrong for how they feel, or somehow broken. Not being able to get rid of or control their negative feelings, individuals’ emotions build internally until they are left struggling alone, leaving them to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms or suicidal ideation.

Emotional Empowerment Education or E3 teaches the purpose to negative emotions, which is to help you feel better. Based on this philosophy, individuals are taught to receive, rather than reject their negative emotions, and to utilize the unique, specific guidance of each negative feeling in a beneficial, life-affirming manner.

Healing Focused Communication – Alma Institute

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With a broad evidence base, Motivational Interviewing is a proven strategic method of communication used widely by a diverse group of human services professionals to empower those they serve to embrace positive behavior change. In this session we will experientially explore the integration of Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care. Leverage your skill in MI as a trauma-informed style of communication that creates an atmosphere of safety and trust. Learn how we, as individual service artists, can communicate in ways that heal, guide, and exhibit deep respect for the internal wisdom of those we serve.

Healing Starts … A Path to Well-Being – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Institute for Child & Family Well-Being

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Healing Starts… is an innovative project collaboration within the Institute for Child & Family Well-Being that promotes healing and wellness for women that are currently residing in The Milwaukee Women’s Center Shelter and who have experienced childhood trauma.

Healing Starts… is a three-part series that provides education on trauma/ACES, resiliency and protective factors, as well as tools for self-care and effective parenting strategies.

This presentation will discuss the implementation science model, innovation in practice, collaborative efforts, and lessons learned in conducting this series of healing and wellness to women in the community.

Historical Trauma and the Role of Community Activated Medicine: The Path from Trauma Informed Care to Trauma-Informed Healing – Mount Mary University, HIR Wellness Center, Zablocki VA Medical Center and Medical College of Wisconsin

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Entire populations have been impacted by the legacy of historic, intergenerational, transgenerational, and contemporary traumas. The work of HIR Wellness Center, Milwaukee, WI will be highlighted and presented as a model for how to implement Community Activated Medicine (CAM) as a means of providing Trauma Informed Healing (TIH) in a behavioral health setting. Ms. Denny has coined the terms “Community Activated Medicine” and “Trauma-Informed Healing” as a means of shifting the trauma paradigm to highlight community strengths, increase relational health, and bring focus to action-oriented wellness. Utilizing data from research with American Indian populations in the State of WI and data from research with a K-8 school system, attendees will learn how to transform knowledge about Trauma Informed Care practices into transformative healing practices. Participants will be challenged to identify CAM practices and community based participatory research methods that can be utilized in other efforts throughout the community.

Improving Outcomes for Women with Substance Use Disorders and Trauma – Ascension Wisconsin

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Ascension All Saints Hospital’s Women of Worth (WOW) Program is a family-centered, gender-specific, trauma-informed and trauma specific, substance use Disorder Day Treatment program. Specifically designed for women and their children, the program focuses on the entire family, thereby having a positive impact on the immediate use of substances, the intergenerational cycle of substance misuse, birth outcomes, the future health of children, while preserving and improving the well-being of the family. WOW has demonstrated higher completion rates than the national average, and has excellent clinical outcomes including reductions in chronic post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

The Journey of Raising a Child of Trauma – SaintA

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This is a lived experience panel, bringing to light the struggle and perseverance of hard work. We offer not only the perspective from the survivor point of view, but also the family unit as a whole. We will talk about the struggles of raising a child with trauma and not only how it affects the child, but also the relationships surrounding the child. We shine light on the hard work that needed to be done in order to overcome the hurdles of trauma. We will explain what resources helped us navigate the path of recovery. We offer true, honest, and raw emotions about living with trauma and seeing the effects of trauma first hand. Through all of this hard work, and being optimistic about the future, we have had a great end result and keep working every day to ensure that we stay on the path of recovery. Hope has never failed us or let us down. We are the living prodigy that with hope and hard work, recovery is possible.

Media Voices in the Trauma Movement – Panel Discussion Facilitated by SaintA

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The Milwaukee Trauma Outcomes Project (MTOP): A Comprehensive Research Collaborative to Address Trauma Outcomes – Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

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While treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have evolved over the last two decades, significant limitations in treatment success remain and many trauma survivors suffer with chronic symptoms despite treatment attempts. Furthermore, ethnic minority individuals are at increased risk to experience more severe and persistent PTSD symptoms. There is evidence of neurobiological and psychosocial factors that underlie the development of PTSD and may differentiate pathways to develop the disorder. The purpose of this breakout session is to present evidence from the Milwaukee Trauma Outcomes Project and other research labs about the neural, biological, socioenvironmental, and psychological factors that facilitate risk for post-traumatic stress conditions and are targets for potential new interventions.

Neurons, Genes, and Policies: How Science can Contribute to Trauma-Informed Public Policies – Marquette University

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Neurons, Genes and Policies – Giaimo FINAL 9-28-18
Neurons, Genes and Policies – Makky
Neurons, Genes and Policies – Wheeler

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This panel will explore how neuroscience and epigenetics are making important contributions to our understanding of environmental trauma, and how these can inform public policy. Our panel will encourage the audience to think about how social policy can serve as a stress prevention component and complement trauma-informed behavioral mental health therapies for individuals. An effective approach to trauma must work not only at the level of the individual but also the broader community in which we all live and work and learn.

Racism as Collective Epigenetic Trauma: Implications for Practice – Nurturing Diversity Partners, a program of Jackson-Kaplan Consulting

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Racism as Collective Epigenetic Trauma – Trauma Reading-Viewing-Action List

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Over the past 30 years, mental health and other social service professionals have been introduced to the evolving theory and practices of Trauma Informed Care. Treatment tends to focus on facilitating an individual’s or family’s recovery and resiliency. But what if the very country you live in is traumagenic? This talk explores the 400-year history and impacts of the USA’s racial hierarchy, their implications for all Americans, and what service systems and individual care providers can do reduce and prevent racial trauma and promote individual and societal healing.

Self-Care is Caring for Others: Introduction to Stress-Management and Resiliency Training – MISPIBO Fitness

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Self-Care is Caring for Others – Presentation

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Compassion burnout and fatigue are at alarming rates for caregivers. People who are for others like parents and teachers, coaches and social workers, to name a few, deal with more toxic stress than the average person. Ambrose introduces simple, yet effective mental and physical tools for stress management. You can learn how to self-regulate your emotions and can increase your energy for both personal and professional pursuits. You’ll go beyond mindfulness, using scientific-based advanced breathing techniques proven to decrease stress and increase happiness.

Share the Dream: Building Noah’s Ark – Chrishaunda Lee Perez, Author

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Share the Dream – Building Noah’s Ark – Noahs Ark Animal Healing

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Jana Connor Hedgecoth has for more than five decades served as a champion of children and animals. Jama will share key stories that speak to miraculous healing developments between humans and animals at Noah’s Ark, and encourage the audience that even when they might feel that no human being hears their pain, or they find it challenging to share with others, animals can serve as healing agents. And while animals do not use words to express their hurt, the sheer consistent physical embrace between them and humans can also change their lives as well.

Human-Animal spirit connection can be achieved through ownership of a pet, or in some cases, routine volunteering at a local animal shelter can accomplish the same result.

Jama’s Divine Testimony, “Share The Dream: Building Noah’s Ark One Prayer at a Time”, was written by her dear friend, Chrishaunda Lee Perez, also a trauma survivor, who has her own story to share that explains how one animal for years helped her through a number of challenging experiences in her life.

Trauma in the Justice System – Milwaukee County Circuit Court and District Attorney’s Office; Wisconsin State Public Defender; and Milwaukee Community Justice Council

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In 2015, Milwaukee County was selected to participate in the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC), which focuses on reducing the overuse of jails and creating a fairer, more effective justice system. One of our strategies is to address trauma in the criminal justice system. In February 2016, we conducted a series of train-the-trainer sessions with representatives from behavioral health and criminal justice systems. To date, those trainers have trained over 450 individuals. These trainings help us identify the root causes that drive people into the system, consider how trauma impacts an individual’s behavior or attitude, tailor an effective response to their needs, and address secondary trauma and the need for self-care.

Trauma-Informed Mental Health Treatment for Young Children in Milwaukee: Home and School Interventions – Behavior Clinic at Penfield Montessori Academy/Children’s Center

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Trauma Informed Mental Health Treatment for Young Children in Milwaukee – Behavior Clinic referral form Trauma Informed Mental Health Tratment for Youth Children in Milwaukee – Behavior Clinic Flier
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The Behavior Clinic is a unique Milwaukee-based mental health clinic that works with parents and young children ages 0-6, primarily those living in poverty. This session focuses on the Early Pathways (EP) model, developed at the Behavior Clinic and now listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. EP is designed to promote the development of prosocial behaviors to strengthen caregiver-child relationships, provide treatment strategies to address the full array of presenting symptoms of toddlers and preschoolers, and offer trauma-informed treatment to sensitively address emotional and behavioral concerns related to a child’s experience of a traumatic event(s). The Behavior Clinic’s five-year SAMHSA grant, aiming to provide therapy to children who have experienced trauma and to increase local capacity to serve these children by providing trauma and EP training to community-based professionals, will be highlighted along with the clinic’s recent expansion to provide trauma-informed interventions in a school setting.

Trauma Sensitive Schools in Wisconsin – SaintA; Trauma Sensitive Education, LLC; and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Trauma Sensitive Schools in Wisconsin – Presentation

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Wisconsin is being recognized as a national leader in Trauma Sensitive School Practice. TSS leaders Sara Daniel, Pam Black and Elizabeth Cook will share best practice models for implementation of Trauma Sensitive Schools. A comprehensive free resource with many hands on implementation tools will be shared. This session will discuss how to support and sustain your school district in this innovation through accessing their sense of urgency for improved student outcomes.

Working with Latino Families: In-Home Trauma Interventions for Young Children – Behavior Clinic at Penfield Montessori Children’s Center

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Working with Latino Families – handout
Working with Latino Families – Presentation

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Working with Latino families often presents unique challenges and opportunities for in-home mental health treatment. These challenges can include lack of resources due to a barrier in language, strict gender norms and cultural values. Clinicians may also see culture as an opportunity to connect with families. This session focuses on how trauma-informed treatment can be culturally adapted to address cultural diversity (e.g., race/ethnicity and language) and develop a stronger relationship that integrates culture into treatment of trauma. This will include adapting individual parenting strategies as well as the impact of parental involvement for treatment. Also, this session will address what should be considered when working directly in-home with Latino families such as openly discussing cultural values and including the extended family unit as part of the treatment. These strategies have shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of distress, while promoting positive coping among children and improving parent-child relations.
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