“Holding Steady in Unsteady Times: Working in Contexts of Ongoing Traumatic Stress”

Riverside Trauma Center’s 9th Annual Conference

Friday October 4th, 2019

Conference Description:

No moment exists in a vacuum – each moment occurs within a particular cultural context and brings its own social justice dilemmas. This reality impacts mental health professionals, the people with whom they work, and the relationships between them. This year’s annual conference will focus on how professionals understand and make meaning of their trauma work in the context of what’s happening in the world, and how that affects what they bring into the room in a meaningful and effective way, which both supports the people they serve and sustains the professionals.

“Helping Shape Narratives: Working with News and Newsmakers When Responding to Community Tragedies”

In the aftermath of a community tragedy, public narratives about the event play a key role in the acute and long-term response to such events and often have a significant impact on survivors and the clinicians working with them. Yet little training exists for the public, clinicians, and other public health responders on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work with journalists and respond to the news itself. This presentation will review controversies, evidence, and best practices to facilitate effective collaborations and consultations with journalists. There are many actions that professionals and the public can take in working with journalists to help shape the public narrative and understanding about traumatic events. These practices and lessons learned have implications for creating healing narratives in social media and even in clinical work. For professionals, engaging with the news media, while understanding and implementing their rules of engagement, can itself become the path of advocacy. Speaker: Elana Newman, PhD

“Healing Ongoing Traumatic Stress”

Highlighting Riverside Trauma Center’s understanding of self-care as an ethical imperative in human service work, this presentation will talk briefly about and provide examles of skills for the “3Rs of self-care”: reflection, regulation, and relaxation. The majority of the presenation will involve experiential learning with an EMDR Early Intervention technique called EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol Adapted for Ongoing Traumatic Stress. This technique was initially developed to assist people living in times of disaster and war, but is now also being used to reduce distress among human service workers of all kinds. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and build personal skill in their own trauma stewardship. Speaker: Marlene Kenney LICSW, MA

To learn more or register for this conference, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holding-steady-in-unsteady-times-working-in-contexts-of-ongoing-traumatic-or-toxic-stress-registration-61291892701

To learn more about the trainings and services Riverside Trauma Center offers please visit https://riversidetraumacenter.org/