2016 – 2017 Webinar Series — Trauma-Informed Responses to Emotional Distress and Crisis


2016 – 2017 Webinar Series

Trauma-Informed Responses to Emotional Distress and Crisis


NCDVTMH’s webinar series on Trauma-Informed Responses to Emotional Distress and Crisis is designed to support DV/SA advocates in partnering with survivors experiencing emotional distress, mental health crises, and/or psychiatric disabilities. The series provides an opportunity to explore existing frameworks for thinking about trauma and mental health and to examine our understandings of crisis and distress. It reminds us that we are talking about people and the complex courses of their lives, not about categories, labels, or diagnoses. Finally, it discusses the knowledge, skills, practices, and reflective processes needed to support people with a wide range of experiences of distress and ways of coping and being in the world.

All live webinars were closed captioned. For more information, please contact Angelica Medina via email by clicking this link or via phone at 312-726-7020 or 312-726-4110 (TTY).


Trauma-Informed Responses to Emotional Distress and Crisis: An Introduction

Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:30pm (CDT)

Hosted by: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Presented by:

Jen Curley, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
Cathy Cave, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

This webinar will engage participants in thinking through what helps when someone is experiencing emotional distress. We will look at the factors that shape how we respond to distress and crisis and discuss both individual and organizational strategies to respond to distress in trauma-informed ways.

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Trauma-Informed Responses to Emotional Distress and Crisis: An Introduction

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

»» Webinar Handouts


Responding to Mental Health Crisis:
Incorporating Peer Support Practices

Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:30pm (CDT)

Hosted by: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Presented by:

Cathy Cave, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Part 2 in our series on responding to Mental Health Crisis.

This webinar will engage participants in considering community-based mental health peer support services as a resource to support people in our programs who are experiencing emotional distress. We will look at the alignment between domestic and sexual violence advocacy work and the principles and practices of peer support. We will also consider opportunities for cross-training, effective partnering and trauma-informed support for survivors.

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Responding to Mental Health Crisis: Incorporating Peer Support Practices

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

»» Webinar Handouts


Responding to Mental Health Crisis:
Program Polices That Support Trauma-informed Responses to Emotional Distress and Crisis

Monday, November 21, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:30pm (CDT)

Hosted by: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Presented by:

Cathy Cave, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

With panelists from:

New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers
District Alliance for Safe Housing

Part 3 in our series on responding to Mental Health Crisis.
In this webinar, leaders from programs that support survivors of domestic and sexual violence will offer examples of trauma-informed program policies created to provide guidance for staff, to offer consistently accessible services, to avoid “screening out” those in need, and to support a range of survivors’ experiences and expressions of distress. Come join our panel for this timely discussion of practical policy approaches.

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Responding to Mental Health Crisis: Program Polices That Support Trauma-informed Responses to Emotional Distress and Crisis

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

»» Webinar Handouts


Responding to Mental Health Crisis: Trauma-Informed Strategies to Support Connection and Emotional Safety

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30pm (CDT)

Hosted by: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Presented by:

Cathy Cave, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Given the experiences of domestic violence and sexual assault, survivor responses that involve emotional distress and mental health challenges are common occurrences in our service settings. Survivors are the best source of direct information to provide guidance about what they need to feel that our services are emotionally safe, supportive and helpful. However, there are also times when people are in distress and can’t tell us what they need. This webinar will provide strategies to offer emotional safety, support and comfort when people are in distress and in the moment, are unable to let us know what would be helpful.

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Responding to Mental Health Crisis: Trauma-Informed Strategies to Support Connection and Emotional Safety

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

»» Webinar Handouts


Responding to Mental Health Crisis:
The What and Whys of Self-injury

Monday, May 22 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm (CDT)

This presentation will explore what we mean when we refer to “self-injury” and why people self-injure. It will also speak to the role of trauma and how we can move beyond common misconceptions about self-injury to better understand and support people in our services.

Hosted by: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH)

Presented by:

Sera Davidow, Director, Western Mass Recovery Learning Community

Sera Davidow has been the Director of Western Mass Recovery Learning Community since it’s inception in 2007. She is also a part of the statewide Certified Peer Specialist training team, a filmmaker, and a regular blogger for Mad in America, as well as a mother of two and wife of one. Sera also identifies as a survivor of trauma, including trauma experienced both within and outside of the mental health system. Sera speaks on a wide range of topics including (but not limited to):

  • Trauma
  • Self-injury
  • Language
  • Starting a peer respite
  • Developing peer roles

Cathy Cave, Senior Training Consultant, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Cathy has 30 years experience as an administrator, facilitator and consultant specializing in culture and inclusion, disparities elimination, trauma-informed practices, peer support, strength based approaches and leadership within child welfare, education, juvenile justice, disaster response, mental health, domestic and sexual violence advocacy, and corrections. Currently, Cathy provides technical assistance on trauma, cultural competence, wellness and peer support through the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, The Mental Health Empowerment Project, governmental agencies, advisory bodies, coalitions and direct service organizations throughout the country. She uses her survivor, family, community, provider and administrative perspectives to facilitate organizational change at local, state and national levels.

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Responding to Mental Health Crisis: The What and Whys of Self-injury

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

»» Webinar Handouts


Responding to Mental Health Crisis: Trauma-informed Approaches to Conversations About Diagnosis, Treatment and Medication

Wednesday, June 28 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm (CDT)

Hosted by: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH)

Presented by:

Carole Warshaw, MD, Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Cathy Cave, Senior Training Consultant, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

In our services it sometimes feels uncomfortable to initiate conversations with survivors about mental health challenges and psychiatric diagnosis and about medication and other approaches to treatment. Our own views and our experiences with mental health systems can contribute to misunderstandings and disconnection for people we intend to assist. This webinar will consider ways to approach these conversations that are transparent about our intentions, support learning about individual preferences, and are respectful of the range of views people have about what they believe is helpful.

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Responding to Mental Health Crisis: Trauma-informed Approaches to Conversations About Diagnosis, Treatment and Medication

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

»» Webinar Handouts


Please stay tuned for information about our upcoming webinars! To join our email list, go to http://www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org/newsletter-sign-up/.

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