PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTES

Monday, June 12, 2017

Unifying Communities: Real Strategies for Creating Trauma-Informed Practices Within Communities
Julia Yeary

Description: We have all heard the cry for professionals working with infants and toddlers to be trauma-informed.  Many have attended trainings learning about ghosts in the nursery and the influences on parenting. But what does that mean in our practice? How do we come together as a community to support optimal development of babies and toddlers and reduce the potential impact of adverse childhood experiences? This day will review key components of a trauma-informed practice, provide opportunities to dialogue with communities who are leading the way in Wisconsin to provide for a community-wide approach for trauma informed practices, and foster participants in learning real strategies to create a stronger trauma-informed community through their work. The session will include a cross-disciplinary panel representing trauma-informed best practices across the state of Wisconsin.

Panelists:

Kim Eithun Harshner – Operations Lead, Office of Children’s Mental Health

Bonnie MacRitchie – Children’s Mental Health Program and Policy Analyst, Department of Children and Families

Cindy Schick, PT – Portage Project Birth to 3 Program Coordinator

Child development center director

Law Enforcement Representative

 

Using sensory processing to support relationship development in infancy: an interdisciplinary approach to trauma
Gretchen Crabb & Jennifer Bluske Krull

Description: When life doesn’t begin as planned, it can mean a whirlwind of worry, confusion and anxiety for parents and families on many levels.   Families are generally left to figure out life with a newborn without much guidance.  This leaves families in a place of physical and mental vulnerability when faced with processing the trauma of their families’ early experiences.  In this presentation we will discuss how trauma impacts the body from a sensory, neurobiological and regulatory standpoint.  We will provide experientials and group discussions that will promote attendees’ facilitation of body-based strategies to promote healthy relational development.  We will do this by promoting special emphasis not only on the family, but also in identifying regulatory strategies for self-care as a provider.

Abstract: When life doesn’t begin as planned, it can mean a whirlwind of worry, confusion and anxiety for parents on many levels.  In this presentation we will discuss how trauma impacts the body from a sensory, neurobiological and regulatory standpoint. We will emphasize use of body-based techniques to address trauma and relationships using an interdisciplinary treatment approach.