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What is Trauma and Why Must We Address It? (Part 1: Implications for Clinical Practice)

October 23, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

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About this Webinar

This 2-hour webinar highlights various types of trauma and its impact on individuals and families. The presenters provide an introduction to trauma-informed care and highlight the benefits of utilizing this treatment approach for prevention and intervention work with both military and civilian families.

On-Demand Recording:


Representatives from SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

Joan B. Gillece, Ph.D.
Director, SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care
Dr. Gillece has thirty years of experience working in the behavioral health field with seventeen dedicated to trauma and seven in the prevention of seclusion and restraint. Working across agencies, Dr. Gillece promotes the use of trauma-informed care in multiple settings including mental health, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice, and homeless services.

Prior to joining the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) seven years ago, Dr. Gillece served as Director of Special Populations for Maryland’s Mental Hygiene Administration where her responsibilities included all aspects of state mental health planning and delivery of services as well as the development of collaboration across agencies serving individuals with psychiatric diagnosis. As project director for SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC), Dr. Gillece has championed the cause of full consumer integration and development of Culturally Competent programs. Utilizing survivors in all aspects of trauma work, Dr. Gillece has coordinated technical assistance, conference presentations, and consultations with experts in the field. Commitment to strength-based support by implementing Trauma-Informed values with the overreaching theme of recovery has been her focus.

Brian R. Sims, M.D. is a Forensic Psychiatrist currently working in several positions. He is a Staff Psychiatrist with Correctional Mental Health Services, an organization serving the mental health needs of inmates in 60 Detention Centers in 10 states. He is currently the Senior Medical Advisor for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors based in Alexandria, Virginia. In these roles, he is responsible for the provision of care for more than 3000 inmates in need of mental health services, as well as a National and International Consultant on the Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Care, where he routinely provides lectures and trainings for Staff, consumers, and Administration in the US, Guam, and recently Australia and New Zealand on the practice of Trauma-Informed Care; its applications, as well as the Neurobiology of Trauma. Before joining Correctional Mental Health Care Services, he was the Senior Director for Behavioral and Mental Health for a large Healthcare Management Company (Conmed Healthcare Management), where he was responsible for the development of core strategic planning for the Companies’ mental health provisions in 9 states. Prior to this, Dr. Sims had served with the State Mental Health System for 25 years, as well as private practice.

This presentation is not endorsed by the Department of Defense and the information, as well as any opinions or views, contained herein are solely that of the presenter.

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October 23, 2014
11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
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