Now Available! Training Materials from the Center’s Pre-Conference Institute at the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, March 2012

The Center was pleased to present a Pre-Conference Institute at the biennial National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence hosted by Futures Without Violence in March 2012. Training materials used in that workshop are now available for download (see below).

Working at the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health: Creating Trauma-Informed Services and Organizations

Carole Warshaw, MD, Director
Patricia J. Bland, MA, CDP, Substance Abuse Training Director
Terri Pease, PhD, Director of the Training Institute
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Advances in the fields of traumatic stress, child development and neuroscience are generating new models for understanding the impact of early experience on health and well-being and for delineating the complex interrelationships between domestic violence (DV), trauma, substance abuse and mental health. These models, particularly when grounded in survivor and advocacy perspectives, provide a more useful framework for addressing complex trauma in the context of ongoing DV. This preconference institute will provide an overview of research and community-based perspectives on responding to DV in the context of other lifetime trauma as well as integrated approaches to addressing substance abuse and trauma in the context of DV where legal, safety and custody issues abound. It will also offer practical strategies for building system capacity to address these issues in clinical and advocacy settings including the use of a reflective practice approach to creating trauma-informed services and organizations.

At the end of this session, participants in attendance will:

  1. Recognize critical issues for addressing the trauma-related mental health, substance abuse and advocacy needs of domestic violence survivors.
  2. Describe key elements of an integrated approach to addressing substance abuse and complex trauma in the context of ongoing domestic violence.
  3. Describe strategies for creating culture, DV- and trauma-informed services and organizations utilizing a reflective practice approach.

Training materials available for download:

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