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8:00am - 8:15am Opening Remarks


Welcome and Opening Remarks Good Morning and Welcome to the 2021 Mississippi Trauma Informed Care Conference!
Lynda Stewart, Division Director, Mississippi Department of Mental Health




K4 8:15am – 9:45am Racial Trauma: Building the Beloved Community Through Cultural Humility


Gloria Morrow, Ph.D.

Society has been significantly impacted by four major pandemics, COVID-19, economic distress, political chaos, and racial injustice. Taken together these pandemics have negatively impacted the mental, physical, and spiritual health of those who are the most vulnerable, especially within communities of color. Racial trauma can

have lethal effects, especially for those who may be victims of other forms of trauma. Further, communities of color can sometimes be re-traumatized by systems and by those working in those systems. This workshop will focus on helping participants to develop strategies for building the beloved community through cultural humility to help communities of color to heal from the racial trauma they have experienced. Service providers are sometimes exposed to secondary trauma when working with clients who have experienced racial trauma. Therefore, strategies for self-compassion and engaging in self-care practices will be discussed.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, participants will be able to identify at least three (3) ways that racial trauma impacts communities of color.

Objective 2: After completion of session, participants will be able to list at least three (3) principles of the Beloved Community through Cultural Humility.

Objective 3: After completion of session, participants will be able to list five (5) strategies for exercising self-compassion.




9:45am -10:15am Break


Transition to Breakout Sessions




B1 10:15am-11:45pm Yoga Therapy Practice for Mind and Body to Heal the Soul


Tammy Moore Kolbo, BSN

This presentation will begin with an experiential practice of mindful breathing techniques, various sitting and standing postures, gentle movement, and guided meditation. These guided activities

will provide participants with their own experience to obtain ideas on how to help themselves and others with this ancient practice of self-care. The group will also be provided a list of resources to learn more and to continue their practice.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, participants will be able to list 2 definitions and terms commonly used in yoga therapy.

Objective 2. After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to identify with the application of yogic principles that support the idea that “if you can breathe, you can do yoga.”

Objective3: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to develop a plan to incorporate yoga practices into their own self-care and how to implement this into care for their clients.




B2 10:15am-11:45pm Supporting Healthy Brain Development to Build Resiliency


Lori Elmore-Staton, Ph.D.

Alisha Hardman, Ph.D

Izzy Pellegrine, M.S.

Childhood adversities, including living in a pandemic, can alter brain development and result in problems concentrating and regulating emotions. However, science shows that supportive environments in the context of adversity can lead to optimal brain-body connections and ultimately more positive outcomes across the lifespan. Professionals interacting with children and families in crisis can serve as a significant support and through this interactive session, participants will learn how to encourage these promotive factors with their clients.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to summarize the impact of adverse childhood experiences on brain development.

Objective 2: After completion of session, participants will be able to recognize 2 ways that environment, experiences and genes work together to shape brains.

Objective 3: After completion of session, participants will be able to generate 3 professional responses that align with trauma-informed practice and support healthy brain development.




B3 10:15am-11:45pm Make a Joyful Noise! Black Joy, Trauma, and Resilience


Karen D. Cathey-Austin, Ph.D., M.Div., LPC-S,

Kenisha W. Gordon, Ph.D., LPC-S, ACS, RPT-S

Whether through music, dance, poetry or spoken word, laughing, visual art, making love, travel, prayer, cooking, etc., Black joy is an important mode of survival, resistance, and healing for members of Black communities and has been for centuries. Recently, there has been a growing movement, during this time of increased racial trauma, to spread word of and encourage the development of Black joy.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to define race-based trauma and Black joy.

Objective 2: After completion of session, participants will be able to discuss awareness of 3 triggers based on historical and current oppression towards black communities.

Objective 3: After completion of session, participants will be able to identify 2 approaches focused on resilience and resistance.




B4 10:15am-11:45pm Skills and Strategies for Surviving the Trauma of a Pandemic and Natural Disasters


Shalonda D. Carlisle, LCSW

Shelia Thomas, LMSW

Nikki Flippins, LMSW

Participants will be exposed to information on skills and strategies that can be used when working with families that have experienced significant events during the Pandemic and Natural Disasters. Families can receive residual trauma due to experiencing a natural disaster. This presentation will give strategies that can be utilized when working with the families and helping them return to stability or “normalcy.”

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, participants will be able to identify 2 differences from trauma issues from a pandemic and those experienced from a natural disaster.

Objective 2: After completion of session, participants will be able to list 3 coping strategies to deal with the stress from the pandemic and natural disaster.

Objective 3: After completion of session, participants will be able to practice 3 strategies that can be implemented during a trauma crisis from a Pandemic and a Natural Disaster.




B5 10:15am-11:45pm How to Keep Happy After Loss


Karlyn LeBlanc, LMSW

This presentation gives individuals the steps and tools needed to recover and cope after a traumatic event. The presentation is fun and interactive and most importantly informative to all scopes of practices. At the end of this presentation individual will have the ability to identify unhealthy behavior and embrace positive outcomes.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, participants will be able to identify 3 personal stressors.

Objective 2: After completion of session, participants will be able to recognize 3 negative behaviors and discuss ways to promote positive behavior.

Objective 3: After completion of session, participants will be able to list 3 tools to implement permanent change.




11:45pam-1:00pm Lunch


Enjoy your lunch




C1 1:00pm - 3:00pm 2021 Ethics


Marcia Hale, LPC

Most professionals in the social service or behavioral health fields are required to have hours of continuing education in Ethics for licensing and certification purposes. When we begin to think of this requirement, our thoughts turn to boredom, “it’s always the same information” and “it is troubling to hear cases of ethical errors.” This presentation will provide information for National Board for Certified Counselors to protect themselves from complaints, what to do with a complaint, and what is new in the field concerning ethics they need to know.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, participants will be able to identify 5 steps to follow when challenged with an ethical dilemma.

Objective 2: After completion of session, participants will be able to

identify 2 ways of finding updates on ethical concerns in the field.

Objective 3: After completion of session, participants will be able to

discuss the importance of keeping updated on potential ethical issues, changes in the laws, statutes and requirements of their certification or licensure.




C2 1:00pm - 3:00pm Reducing the Risk of Harm: A Discussion of Ethics During the Pandemic (SW)


Rachel Daniels, LCSW

Over the last year, many organizations and professionals shifted their

“normal” practices to ensure safety of clients and staff. This session will encourage open discussion to review common ethical standards to protect individuals from harm. Participants will assess guidelines, risks, ethical violations, laws, and liability.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to discuss SW ethics and ethical codes.

Objective 2: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to discuss ethical issue regarding telehealth, social media, and other common dilemmas.

Objective 3: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to access their current practice for liability and risk.




C3 1:00pm-3:00pm (Re)Building Trust: A Trauma-informed Approach to Leadership


Chris Freeze, M.S., M.A.

General 2.0 SW CEs

Every day we read articles and social media posts claiming that to be successful people simply need to avoid negativity, believe in the future, and stop worrying about the past. While that sounds positive, it overlooks the significant percentage of people who spent their lives dealing with adults berating them with negative comments, telling them they had no future, or failing to build trusting relationships. This course will unpack the trauma that impedes building trust, review the leadership principles that can improve building trust, and outline the framework of how hope can lead to building trust.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, participants will be able to identify 3 ways adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma affect people throughout their personal and professional lives.

Objective 2: After completion of session, participants will be able to list 2 leadership principles through the lens of trauma.

Objective 3: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to discuss the framework of the science of hope and its impact on building trust.




C4 1:00pm-3:00pm Victory after Trauma


Zowee Shanks, MS, PhD

Utilizing her personal story of trauma, the presenter will provide practical applications she used to become victorious after trauma. The presentation will also discuss the relationship between trauma and mental health, the importance of healthy relationships in recovery and having a higher power. Participants will also be given tools to provide hope to individuals they provide services to in their agencies.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to discuss presenter’s story and how she became victorious after her traumatic experiences.

Objective 2: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to discuss the relationship between trauma and mental health.

Objective 3: After completion of session, participants will be able to identify 2 tools to utilize to provide hope to individuals they provide services to in their agencies.




C5 1:00pm-3:00pm Preying in the Pews


Hollie Jeffery, LMSW

Sexual predators are always looking for access to potential victims. This presentation looks at trends and data on how predators target and groom faith communities to gain access to child victims. It also discusses ways to implement best practices to keeping children safe in faith communities.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, participants will be able to Identify 2 grooming behaviors predators use to gain trust from the community.

Objective 2: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to review organizational policies and procedures to identify gaps in policies that make a faith community vulnerable to a predator.

Objective 3: After completion of session, participants will be able to identify two best practices to keep children and vulnerable persons safe.




3:00pm -3:30pm Break


Break




K5 3:30pm-4:30pm Triumph: Overcoming the Odds


Russell Lehmann

The session shares the story of a 29-year-old man with autism who overcame debilitating mental health issues, to lead a fulfilling life in which he travels the world spreading hope, awareness, understanding and acceptance. Also shared are lessons learned, insights gained and poetry that gives a deeply personal and transparent look inside the world of autism, OCD, anxiety, and depression. This session is eye-opening, motivational, informative, and inspirational.

Session Objectives

Objective 1: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to discuss awareness surrounding invisible disabilities, and how best to implement person-centered practices.

Objective 2: After completion of session, 80% of the participants will be able to discuss compassion-focused care and how to create a healing and nurturing environment.

Objective 3: After completion of session, 80% participants will be able to utilize various perceptions and perspectives to fully accommodate the personal needs of everyone.





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