Fri, Nov 19 | Zoom

Healing People & Communities Through Trauma-Informed Insights & Approaches

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Time & Location

Nov 19, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

About the event

Program Overview:

Raul Almazar, RN, M.A., a Senior Consultant for SAMHSA, will address the very high prevalence of trauma in the populations we serve and will use the ACE study to help explain the symptoms and behaviors we see every day. Through the understanding of the neurobiological effects of trauma, systems of care will have a more comprehensive and effective treatment framework. With a greater public commitment to trauma-informed programs and systems for survivors, we lessen and prevent a wide range of health, behavioral health, and social problems for generations to come. There will be discussion on the importance of developing a trauma responsive system that understands the need to avoid re-traumatization.

Authors and advocates Emma Van der Klift, M.A., and Norman Kunc, M.Sc. will lead a lively interactive session launching from Emma’s thought-provoking book "Talk to Me: What Educators (And Others) Can Learn About De-Escalation from Hostage Negotiators," in which she draws on extensive research and conversations with hostage negotiators to offer insight into building empathetic, mutually respectful communication and de-escalation techniques into daily life in schools and other community settings.


This program is a community event. Admission is open to the general public. A professional background in mental or behavioral health is NOT required for meaningful participation.

Continuing education credits (CEs) will be available for licensed professionals upon completion of the program. CE approval has been acquired through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Rhode Island Mental Health Counselors Association (RIMHCA) for a total of 6 CE hours.

  • General Admission (open public/students): $25
  • Professional Package (includes 6 CEs): $95

There are a limited number of General Admission scholarships available for those who are in need of financial assistance. To learn more, please email to request a scholarship application BEFORE completing the registration process. *Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by Nov 15th.

For more information, please read the event flyer.

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