Workshops & Breakout Sessions

Supervision in a Trauma Informed Environment
Rebecca Cashman, MPH, Special Projects Director, RHD’s Family Practice & Counseling Network; Stacey Carpenter, PsyD, Director of Integrated Behavioral Health, RHD’s Family Practice & Counseling Network
In this session, we will describe how one RHD program is working to enhance current supervision practices and provide more training and support to supervisors and their teams. Discussion will include how supervision offers an important opportunity to introduce and reinforce trauma informed practices.
Check out the presentation here: Trauma Supervision // Notes // Leadership Self-Assessment Tool

Technological Innovations Used for Treating Trauma and PTSD
Randee Gallo, MSS, RHD Corporate Clinical Director: Specialized Services; Nyshaunte Randall, LPC-S, Clinical Director, RHD South Division
This session will focus on innovative technologies used to treat trauma and PTSD. Telemedicine, Mobile Apps and the use of Virtual Reality will be discussed. Participants will learn about available technologies and will be given a list of Mobile Apps which can be used working with program participants as well as useful Mobile Apps that support staff self-care.
Check out the presentation here: Technological Innovations

Trauma Informed Care in Case Management: Interrupting the Intergenerational Cycles of Trauma and Poverty
Brian Burman, BA, Intensive Case Manager, RHD FaSST Connections
This session will discuss the effects of intergenerational trauma and poverty on individuals and families using relational and attachment theories. Participants will learn how the case manager can function as an “interrupter” of the effects of trauma on individuals and families by utilizing the principles of the Sanctuary Model, and the work of Sandra Bloom and Bessel Van der Kolk.
Check out the presentation here:  Intergenerational Trauma

Understanding Complex PTSD
James Peightel, M.D., Psychiatrist; Jennifer Collier, MSW, MOL, Director RHD Womanspace Philadelphia
Using the correct lens to understand a person’s behavior is key to successful engagement and outcomes. This session will describe complex PTSD and its relationship to other diagnoses including; Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD. We’ll discuss the benefits, limitations, and ethical implications of psychiatric diagnosis. Treatment implications will be reviewed using clinical examples from RHD Womanspace Philadelphia, a substance use disorder residential treatment facility.
Check out the presentation:  Complex PTSD

Taking Our Own Advice: Integrating Systemic Self-Care into Practice
Brian Chilcote, LCSW, Assistant Regional Director, RHD Pennsylvania Behavioral Health & Housing Division; Matt DiGiandomenico, LPC, Director, RHD Critical Time Intervention; Jami Alexander, PA, Case Manager, RHD Critical Time Intervention
This workshop will focus on transforming program cultures through integration of self-care, both for the individual and the team and highlight the experience of investing in self-care as it relates to staff satisfaction.. Participants will learn practical and inexpensive ways to implement self-care techniques into daily work.
Check out the presentation here:  Self Care

Trauma-Informed Care Implementation and Outcomes: Doing More with Less
Jim Piasecki, Ph.D., Regional Director, RHD Philadelphia BHH Division; Amanda Janulis, LCSW, Clinical Director, RHD Northeast Division
We all want to be trauma-informed, but with limited resources the steps along the journey can be daunting. Learn about the process of implementing TIC and designing outcomes to monitor your progress and success.
Check out the presentation here:  4-Phase Implementation // Doing More with Less // Powerpoint

Trauma-Informed Yoga
Elyse Hibbs, LSW, RYT, Therapist, RHD Womanspace Philadelphia
This session will focus on learning the effectiveness and evidence for yoga as a trauma treatment modality, as well as practicing poses, breath work and meditation exercises to use with clients and your personal self-care.
Check out the presentation here:  Yoga

The Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) and its use in working with Veterans
Tom Wagner, MA, CAC, Director, RHD Healing Ajax
This session will provide an overview of the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) and how this has been used to assist Veterans with a history of traumatic experiences. Participants will gain a better understanding of TREM and will be provided with strategies to more effectively engage with Veterans.
Check out the presentation here:  Vet TREM

Supporting Trauma Informed Care with Art-based Approaches
Sahra Riccardi, MA, Clinical Coordinator, RHD Mainstay Philadelphia
Participants will explore the rationale for, and benefits of, integrating Art Therapy into treatment. Discussion will cover theoretical underpinnings and ethical boundaries. This breakout session will include an experiential art making component.
Check out the presentation here:  Art-Based Approaches

Trauma-Informed Care with the LBGTQI Community
Laura Sorenson, MSW, Program Director, RHD Morris Home; Andrew Spiers, MSS, Lead Therapist and Kade Collins, LSW, Therapists, RHD Morris Home
When working with individuals or groups who identify as LBGTQI there is a special skill set to provide trauma informed services. This workshop focused on identifying best practices to create safe, healing and trauma informed environments.
Check out the presentation here: LGBTQI


Dr. Roy Wade

Panel Discussion