RHD hosted its first Trauma-Informed Care Conference, “Putting Philosophy Into Practice: Trauma-Informed Care in Community Settings” Nov. 30, 2017, at RHD’s corporate headquarters. More than 175 people attended, from community providers, government/county partners and RHD staff. The kickoff for the day was an inspiring keynote address from Dr. Roy Wade, a physician and national expert in trauma. Dr. Wade’s talk about Childhood Stress and Urban Poverty: The Impact of Adverse Experiences on health was met with rousing applause. One participant said, “Dr. Wade’s talk made me want to move in my community in inner city Philly to be an adult super hero for kids. He was inspiring and I will follow his career.”

“The energy and excitement in the room was palpable,” said Susan Hunt, Clinical Director of RHD’s Philadelphia Behavioral Health & Housing Division. “When we envisioned this conference, our hope was that everyone would leave the conference with at least one practical takeaway to implement Trauma-Informed Care into their respective programs or organizations. Our hopes were exceeded! Participants left not only feeling inspired and renewed in their commitment to Trauma-Informed Care, but also with a new toolbox full of ideas, strategies and interventions.”

10 workshops throughout the day covered the gamut of Trauma-Informed Care implementation, from supervision and outcomes to Trauma-Informed Yoga. See list of workshops and resources. An expert panel discussed Trauma Specific Approaches that reflected the diversity of effective approaches and reinforced there is no “one size fits all” approach to trauma recovery.

“The enthusiasm, passion, learning and community that we all felt served as a wonderful kick off to what we hope will be more learning opportunities in the future,” said Pam Kasinetz, Clinical Director of RHD’s RHD Pennsylvania Behavioral Health & Housing Division. “A heartfelt thanks to all who participated for your ongoing commitment to Trauma-Informed Care.”

Dr. Roy Wade


Panel Discussion