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Moving Trauma Responsive Care from the Clinic to the Community

12:00-1:00 PM EST


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Moving Trauma Responsive Care from the Clinic to the Community
Clinical intervention and guidance is greatly beneficial when people suffer from ongoing trauma-related challenges.  However, depending on the clinical community alone to provide the space and resources necessary for healing is unrealistic.  Multiple doses of positive interactions across many different relationships is the best way to support and sustain healing after trauma.
This presentation will explore how neuroscience teaches us that the brain and body can be rewired after a traumatic event through positive relationships and how to equip people who are not clinicians to understand and respond to trauma within their roles.  We will also look at some of the strategies that communities can focus on to become trauma responsive.  Finally, examples will be given of how two agencies, Harmony Family Center in Knoxville, TN and Saint A’s in Milwaukee, WI has worked to inform and equip their communities. 


How to Talk to Your Child About Suicide

Talking about suicide is hard, and it’s even harder to think about having to do this with your own child.  Research and practice show that opening up lines of communication between parents and children can help reduce the likelihood that a child will attempt suicide.  Offering concrete, real life supports – especially nurturing relationships - reduce that likelihood even more.

Sadly, suicide is on the rise across all age groups and races in our country.  A therapist and mother will discuss why some children may be more at risk to attempt suicide than others and the signs to look for.  Then, they will give some practical tips for how to plan for the conversation, what to say and not to say, and how to build in supports for your child.  They will also talk about what to do in a crisis situation and what to expect when professionals are called upon for help.  


Therapeutic Parenting 101: Discipline
Children who have been abused, neglected or substance-exposed don't always respond to typical forms of discipline, challenging and frustrating many foster and adoptive parents. Join Allison Cooke Douglas, adoptive parent and Resource Center Program Manager at Harmony Family Center, in an hour long discussion of why old standbys like timeout, spanking and lectures don't work for our kids and how parents can shift to mindful, connected discipline techniques for difficult behaviors.


Therapeutic Parenting 101: Nurturing Resilience
Children with a history of trauma and maltreatment often struggle with attachment or behavioral issues. As parents, it is all too easy to become wrapped up in “putting out fires”, focusing solely on discipline, our children’s negative behaviors, and other parenting challenges. This webinar will focus beyond behavior management and begin to embrace resilience. Join Allison Cooke Douglas, adoptive mom and Resource Center Program Manager at Harmony Family Center to explore ways to help children rebuild healthy connections and self-perceptions after trauma, allowing them to thrive, not just survive.


Why Good Times Go So Bad
Birthday parties, vacations, family get-togethers…these events sound like lots of fun, but for families parenting foster and adopted kids, they can be a nightmare. In this hour we will explore why good times can be so difficult for kids with trauma and attachment challenges and some tips for avoiding what can sometimes feel like sabotage.


Circle of Security Parenting
Attachment is the heart of healthy child development, building resiliency and creating strong relationships in families and communities. In this introduction to the Circle of Security approach to parenting, we will focus on better understanding our children, tuning in to their needs and building and strengthening attachments.


Surviving the Holidays with Traumatized Kids
The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year for some, but for traumatized kids and their families, the holidays can be incredibly challenging. Join Harmony Family Center for this info packed webinar focusing on why the holiday season may be so difficult and leaving caregivers with a new understanding of problem behaviors and solid strategies for a more peaceful holiday season.