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Asheville "Trauma Responsive Services: Understanding Trauma & Building Resilience"
November 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pmFree
A trauma informed approach seeks to realize the widespread impact of trauma, recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma, and respond by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into practice without re-traumatization. Trauma responsive practice moves beyond a general awareness and knowledge and seeks to equip individuals to build resilience and heal from trauma. This workshop will equip human service professionals with the knowledge of how the brain and body respond to stress and trauma as well as provide tools to communicate this science to their clients and community. Participants will gain an understanding of the concept of resilience and the importance of building resilience and protective factors in an effort to respond to the effects of trauma and buffer from future adversity.
Allison Sturtevant-Gilliam, BSW, Professional Trainer and Parent Educator, has worked within the human services profession for the last 13 years in a variety of settings including Children’s Protective Services, private foster home licensing, and Care Management for Children (CC4C). Allison has personally experienced ways which permanency can be achieved, first as a sibling to a brother adopted from foster care then as a foster, adoptive, and kinship parent, each experience with a unique outcome of permanency. Allison’s professional and personal experiences have shown the amazing strength and resilience of children and families in the face of stress, difficulty, and trauma. Allison believes that understanding natural responses to stress and trauma, as well as knowing ways to build resilience and balance in ourselves and others are important parts of providing permanency for youth in foster care. Allison graduated with a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Appalachian State University in 2004. She has been a member of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Learning Collaborative since 2014, and has been raining Resiliency Skills since 2015. Allison currently resides in Asheville with her husband and four of her children.