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Duffy Presents Symposium on Trauma-Informed Care

Press Release
For Immediate Release

November 8 training will focus on best practices for reaching trauma survivors

HYANNIS, MA – Professionals, volunteers and the greater community are invited to attend A Leadership Symposium on Transforming the Community through Trauma Informed Care. The symposium will be 8:30 am to 4 pm, Tuesday, November 8 at Corpus Christi Parish Center, 324 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Sandwich. The symposium is presented by Duffy Health Center.

Heidi Romans Nelson, Duffy CEO, explains that among the community’s most vulnerable people are people who have experienced trauma. “Many people in crisis, particularly those struggling with homelessness, mental illness, or substance abuse, are trauma survivors. Their traumatic experience may have led them into crisis and often prevents them from seeking or accepting help. This symposium will address ways in which individuals, organizations and the community as a whole can respond so that vulnerable clients can live healthier, more productive lives.”

Symposium participants will gain a greater understanding of trauma, its effect on people, and how trauma-informed care can improve outcomes for those most in need. Trauma-informed care can help ease the frustration of service providers, improve organizational effectiveness and help create a healthier community in which we all live.

Working with Duffy on this symposium is t3, a collaborative initiative between the Center for Social Innovation and the Center on Family Homelessness. While homelessness is often a by-product of trauma, this symposium is for professionals and volunteers who work with people who have experienced any type of crisis, including social workers, case managers, clinicians, educators, faith community staff, doctors, nurses and other health care workers.

The full day of training will count for 6 contact hours of Continuing Education credits through the National Association of Social Worker (NASW) and National Association of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselors (NADAAC). Participants who are not licensed through NASW or NADAAC will be offered t3 Certificates of Completion for the 6 hours of training.

Registration for the program, which covers a continental breakfast and lunch, is $15. Advanced registration is highly recommended; there is a limit of 75 participants. Contact outreach@duffyhealthcenter.org to register or for more information. Additional information is also available by calling Duffy at 508-771-7517.