Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

March 7, 2012
Nicole Stookey
Northwest Region Communications Director
(850) 509-2675
Partners Collaborate to Strengthen Services for Victims of Trauma
~ Conference will educate professionals on the impact of trauma on the lives of adults and children and provide strategies on how to better serve survivors ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Circuit 2 Trauma-Informed Care workgroup will host its first large-scale conference, "Instilling Hope through Trauma-Informed Care," on Friday to strengthen how professionals and agencies provide services to youth and adults who have been victims of trauma, violence and abuse.

Conference participants include social workers and counselors, licensed and certified professionals, teachers and guidance counselors, law enforcement and correctional officers, first responders and medical professionals, peer leaders and advocates.

The conference is a call to action to stakeholders to become more informed about trauma and to shift perspective from providing traditional services to focusing on the individuals being served, the way they are served and each individual’s history. This approach provides interactions that help children and adults heal and foster hope and resilience.

The conference will be held on Friday, March 9 at the Tallahassee Community College Workforce Development Center at 444 Appleyard Drive. Below is a schedule of events:

  • 9:15-9:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks: Vicki Abrams, Northwest Regional Managing Director, Department of Children and Families
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. - Keynote: The Impact of Trauma on Child Brain Development, Dr. Shairi Turner, former DJJ Chief Medical Director
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. - Morning Sessions (four): Trauma in Adults; Infant Mental Health and Trauma; Trauma in Children of Domestic Violence; Secondary Trauma: Preventing Burnout & Building Resilience
  • 12:45-1:15 p.m. - Circuit 2 Trauma-Informed Care Workgroup Meeting
  • 1:15-2:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: A Story of Trauma, Hope and Restoration, Freda King
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Discussion: Trauma-Informed Care, Jeannie Becker-Powell, Department of Juvenile Justice
  • 3:15-4:00 p.m. - Afternoon Sessions (four): Exploring Trauma, Grief and Loss in Youth; First Responder Debriefing; Trauma in Foster and Adopted Children; Research and Funding for Trauma-Informed Care