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Fall MIATSA Conference - Dec. 1

Trauma-Informed Practice in Correctional and Forensic Settings

Thursday, December 1, 2016 – 9:00 am to 4:15 pm with Registration beginning at 8:15 am 

Location:    Banquet & Conference Center of DeWitt,  1120 Commerce Park Drive, Suite A, DeWitt, MI  488204

Directions: bccdewitt.com                   Phone: 517-668-9229

DESCRIPTION A large body of research has revealed staggering evidence of the pervasive and enduring nature of early trauma. Findings are clear and consistent, demonstrating that as the number of early adverse experiences increases, the risk for a wide range of health, mental health, and behavioral problems in adulthood also increases in a robust and cumulative fashion. Trauma-informed practitioners recognize the role of early adversity in the development of high-risk and criminal behavior. Maladaptive coping and thinking often result from child maltreatment and family dysfunction experiences that distort one's view of self, others, and the world. By exploring and understanding addiction, violence, and criminal behavior through the lens of early trauma, clinicians and correctional supervisors can infuse traumainformed practices into existing evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions. Staff working with those who offend will learn how to incorporate treatment and supervision methods that mitigate future potential to re-offend by facilitating a strengths-based model of service delivery. Participants will increase knowledge and skills that will help offender clients to improve self-regulation and adopt more healthy and non-harmful strategies for relating to others and meeting emotional needs. This workshop will focus specifically on implementing TIC in treatment programs for sexual offending. 

TARGET AUDIENCE This presentation is appropriate for all professionals working with persons with sexual behavior problems or victims of sexual abuse.  Social Workers, Psychologists, Nurses, Lawyers, and Probation Officers from both adult and juvenile treatment arenas are encouraged to attend.   

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 1. Participants will become informed about cross-disciplinary research describing the impact of early childhood trauma on cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral development, including criminality and sexual deviance. 2. Participants will demonstrate that they can define principles of trauma-informed care, identify components of trauma-informed practices, and conceptualize cases through a trauma-informed lens. 3. Participants will learn to incorporate a strengths-based relational approach to offender management, which is designed to reduce risk by correcting distorted cognitive schema, enhancing self-regulation capacities, engaging in positive relationship-building, and role modeling of healthy communication skills.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Jill Levenson, Associate Professor at Barry University in Miami, FL Dr. Jill Levenson is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Barry University in Miami, FL. She researches the impact and effectiveness of social policies and therapeutic interventions designed to reduce sexual violence. She has been a co-investigator or consultant on five grants funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, her research endeavors have focused on the prevalence and impact of adverse childhood experiences and their relationship to adult health, mental health, and criminal outcomes. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, many of which have been about the relationship of early trauma to adult sexual offending and the implications for trauma-informed care. As a treatment provider, Dr. Levenson is an active licensed clinical social worker providing sex offender treatment in an outpatient program in Fort Lauderdale. She also provides counseling services for survivors and perpetrators of interpersonal violence and others with trauma-based disorders. She is frequently invited to present at various state and local national conferences as a keynote speaker about trauma-informed care in clinical, correctional, and forensic settings. In March 2016 she traveled to Auckland New Zealand where she provided TIC training for clinical and forensic psychologists.

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