Trauma-Informed Practices: A Multidisciplinary Approach with special focus on trauma in Indian Country

Bemidji, Minnesota
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Amy Donnan MA, LP Mental Health Professional
Amy Donnan is a graduate of the three year U of M early childhood mental health certificate program and certified in Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy. Amy has shared her 19 plus years of experience working with families and traumatized youth at the Minnesota regional Evergreen Conference, the national Zero to Three conference, Minnesota Indian Education Association and several early childhood conferences in Minnesota as well as Chicago. Amy has worked as an early childhood consultant, clinician within a youth corrections facility, family therapist and has studied family systems, attachment and trauma with the likes of Anne Gearity through the U of M certificate program, Chandra Gosh Ippen from the San Francisco Trauma Research Center, Alan Sroufe and family therapists Brier Miller and Ginny d'Angelo. She is currently facilitating and part of a committee within the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Human Services Division working to create more trauma informed environments and agencies. She has been highlighted on Lakeland PBS for the creation of award winning educational toys for children, and wrote a column for the Hibbing Daily Tribune for over five years.

In this workshop, participants will be provided with: 1. a differentiation between stressful life events and trauma, 2. hands on tools for self reflection, planning and treatment, 3. case examples; 4. an overview of what it means to be a trauma informed agency, and 5. a brief review of effective evidence based practices including a Canadian based treatment protocol used in the Aboriginal Trauma Focusing Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma certificate training through the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Participants will walk away with a guide for prioritizing and conceptualizing 'where they are' in their work with tools which will benefit child and adult therapists.

Barbara Aragon, MSW
Picture Barbara Aragon is Laguna Pueblo and draws from over 30 years of experience working in Native communities and leadership in the continental United States, the U.S. Territories and in the Pacific Basin. In her years of working on social issues with Native American communities, Ms. Aragon has administered trainings and technical assistance; taught cultural competency and social work practice; worked with tribes, universities, federal agencies, and organizations on developing ways to improve community‐based programs. Her passion is teaching storytelling and digital storytelling as a culturally‐ appropriate approach to healing and empowerment and empowerment within Native American communities. She currently works with the SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center providing training on mental and substance abuse disorders, suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
Johnanna Ganz, PhD, SVJI Collaboration Specialist/Rural Technical Assistance Project Coordinator

Johnanna joined the SVJI@MNCASA staff in May 2016, and brings with her a deep passion for and long history with rural communities. Prior to coming to MNCASA, Johnanna was introduced to advocacy in rural areas during her two years working in a domestic violence shelter in Ohio. This experience with victim advocacy and the anti-violence field directly shaped her educational path. In 2015 Johnanna earned her doctorate from Bowling Green State University with expertise in organizational and occupational identity in sexual and domestic violence victim advocacy. After completing her education, Johnanna moved back to Minnesota and began work as the Systems Change Program Manager with the Sexual Violence Center in Minneapolis. While there, Johnanna served as the Hennepin County SMARTeam coordinator and led the team through the protocol development process. As a result of her education and experience, Johnanna has developed trainings and resources on topics such as organizational trauma, vicarious resilience in advocacy, and creating healthy environments for advocates and their organizations.
Karen Hill, Phd, ANP-C, MSN, RN
Karen L. Hill is a doctoral prepared board certified advance practice registered nurse (APRN) with over 26 years of clinical and administrative health care experience. She has a specialty in adult health, occupational and environmental health and a sub-specialty in adolescent and young adult health. Her expertise is in acute care, outpatient, care and transitions management, clinical practice transformation, home health delivery, social determinates health disparities, underserved populations, community engagement, workforce engagement and development, trauma-informed systems of care and worker health. Karen’s dissertation “Occupational injury, employment experience and inner city emerging adult workers” explored the intersection of ACEs and work. She has participated in trauma-informed trainings, professional education and studied trauma for over 7 years. In May of 2016, Karen will provide CME education for a medical group in California that explores Trauma and Chronic Pain”. She also served as the V.P. of programs for Center of Youth Wellness a nationally known pediatric clinic that endeavor’s to change pediatric care by addressing trauma. At the Center, Karen led clinical programs, organizational data and learning, research, and community strategies all focused on addressing toxic stress, trauma and ACEs.
Karen has consulted with non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and community-based organizations. She is an analytical and growth-minded professional with expertise in creating innovative programs and building culturally sensitive collaborations locally and nationally in the current healthcare environment. With a proven track record of leading workplace transformation by enhancing operations and building dynamic, patient-centered, and outcome-driven teams, her efforts focus on assisting clients in identifying and capitalizing on emerging opportunities that fully engage patients and staff, improve patient outcomes, and reduce cost.
Karen is currently engaged in a two three-year projects. The first is in one of California’s largest health systems, which requires surveying 5,000 members of union represented workers, and using results to develop and implement for CQI training to ensure that everyone is working at the top of their training and license. The second is providing technical assistance to Idaho State’s rural and frontier clinics as they move towards national NCQA recognition standards. She has developed vibrant volunteer networks, comprehensive service learning programs and professional development that includes a career ladder for support staff. She has also developed and administered a preceptor training course. Karen is also recently worked with a large physician IPA to redesign and transform the client’s care management department, including workflow redesign, job assignment and extensive team building.
Prior to HMA, Karen was Vice President of Programs at the Center for Youth Wellness, where she developed, directed and evaluated CYW’s overall strategy to ensure the success and sustainability of the organization. As a member of CYW’s senior management team, she directed strategic, operational and compliance efforts for the organization’s clinical, research and evaluation programs, managed CYW’s major strategic partnerships, and led efforts to secure funding.
Previously, Karen was Clinic Manager for Glide Health Services (GHS) a nurse-led center. The clinic was a collaboration between the University of California San Francisco, San Francisco Community Clinics Consortium, Dignity Health, and Glide Foundation that served a largely homeless, racially diverse population. Using data and evidence-based tools, and by leveraging local, state and national partnerships, Karen directed efforts that resulted in improved community and primary health activities and reduced health disparities. Karen’s leadership also resulted in improved health for low-wage workers, reduced employee attrition, and increased staff morale and work output.
Karen developed and administered a nursing and social case management program, created an adolescent and emerging adult health program, and developed and directed an adult dental health program that provided complete onsite services, education and referrals. She also developed a Wellness Center, which included alternative medicine, and instituted a breast health program with California Pacific Medical Center, which provided screening and treatment for over 400 women.
She also created academic partnerships with Yale University, Cal State East Bay, and University of San Francisco; piloted the first RN Transitions Residency Program with University of San Francisco, and developed and expanded a service learning program. Karen’s leadership in grant writing contributed to the successful receipt of over 12 million dollars in federal, state and foundation funding.
Karen is a BlueShield Clinic Leadership Graduate, TeamStepps Master Trainer, and Nursing Adjunct Faculty at UCSF and Yale School of Nursing. She served as the Co-Coordinator of the UCSF Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. Karen earned her Doctor of Nursing from UCSF in 2014.
Sandra Momper, MSW, PhD
Sandra Momper is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians and an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She has over 20 years of experience working with American Indian and African American families and children who are victims of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and structural violence. Her work includes a project on how ecologic stressors can be pathways to PTSD and drug use. She collaborates with American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan, Inc. (AIHFS) on SAMHSA grants with the Inter-Tribal Council (ITC) of MI and the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA). They are creating a System of Care that incorporates trauma informed activities into services that include trauma screening and treatment for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children, and other Wayne County children, who “are out of balance and challenged by spiritual unrest.” They address high end users’ incidences (95%) of traumatic events. The team conducted a cultural and linguistic competency assessment of the DWMHA that will inform trauma informed training, and culturally relevant services, for the MI statewide workforce emphasizing the needs of AI/ANs. The team organized an ICWA cultural humility and trauma informed training to increase providers’ knowledge and practices for working with AI/ANs. She consulted with the Indian Country Child Trauma Center on a Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit. She and AIHFS and MI tribes collaborate on a suicide prevention and intervention project for Native youth age 10-24, many who are victims of trauma. She is a consultant and reviewer for SAMHSA’s Circles of Care and Native Connections grants that fund children’s mental health systems. Her doctoral students’ topics of study are community responses to mass trauma; discourses of historical trauma and healing among AI/ANs; and culture and resiliency to trauma among Indigenous peoples. Her aim is to reduce AI/AN health disparities by providing culturally relevant, and trauma informed trainings, interventions and programs; and impact policy and funding opportunities to reduce trauma and improve the well-being of AI/ANs. She is the 2015 recipient of the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award.
 Rachel Burrage, MSW  
Rachel Burrage, MSW is a PhD Candidate in Social Work and Psychology at the University of Michigan, where she studies trauma, culture, and resilience.  She completed her clinical internship at American Indian Health and Family Services in Detroit, MI, where she worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.   She is a part of a research team evaluating a trauma-focused intervention for women and children in domestic violence shelters in Alaska and is currently beginning her dissertation on trauma and resilience among indigenous Canadians by looking at testimonies given by First Nations residential school survivors.
Marcus Bruning, Supervising Deputy, Retired
Marcus Bruning retired in 2013 after a 28 year public safety career. Marcus served the last 20 years with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office where he retired as Supervising Deputy Sheriff (Rank of Major). Marcus also founded Marcus Bruning Training and Consulting in 2001. Marcus Bruning is known for the real world practical education and training he provides for law enforcement professionals across the country. Marcus Bruning is a certified Federal Law Enforcement Training Center training specialist and currently provides "train the trainer" instruction nation-wide in domestic crisis intervention and intelligence led policing.

Marcus Bruning is a nationally recognized as an expert on law enforcement response to intimate partner abuse, sexual assault and stalking. Major Bruning also provides training services as a Contract Instructor for Praxis International, Minnesota Program Development Inc., The Gender Violence Institute, The National Sheriff’s Association and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Major Bruning's skill and knowledge, as well as his dynamic presentation style and great sense of humor, keep him in high demand by law enforcement professionals and by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs for whom he assisted in the development of a model policy for rural law enforcement response to domestic violence.

Marcus specializes in providing insight into the surprising similarities of victims and police officers that will help you connect to the complex thought patterns of a victim in trying to survive the moment and the long term.

Major Bruning has published articles in the National Sheriff’s Magazine and has been quoted in Oprah’s “O” Magazine. Marcus is also an adjunct professor for the University of Minnesota from which he earned his Masters of Education degree and is a member of American Mensa.
Teresa Garvey, JD
Teresa M. Garvey is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, Teri presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, and national level. She conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.

Prior to joining AEquitas, Teri worked for twenty-two years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Camden County, New Jersey. For nine years she was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit, and for five of those years served as Deputy Section Chief of that Unit. During that time, she created a guide to assist officers in charging the appropriate domestic violence offenses, and charging manuals to ensure proper wording of criminal complaints and indictments for such offenses. Teri also worked closely with the Victim/Witness Advocacy Unit to provide education to the public and to community leaders who come into contact with domestic violence victims. She participated in the Camden County Domestic Violence Working Group, along with municipal and Superior Court judges, Family Court staff, law enforcement officers, victim service professionals, and batterers' program staff. The Working Group identified problem areas in the system of response to domestic violence and worked to create solutions to increase victim safety. In addition to the Domestic Violence Unit, Teri held assignments in several other Units, including Juvenile, Trial Teams, Grand Jury, and Motions and Appeals. Her jury trial experience includes prosecution of domestic violence crimes, sexual assault and other violent crimes, drug offenses, property crime, hate crime, and official misconduct. Teri has extensive appellate experience, and has briefed and argued numerous cases in the appellate courts of New Jersey, including three arguments before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Her most recent assignment, prior to her retirement in 2011, was in Motions and Appeals, handling petitions for post-conviction relief.

Between 1984 and 1988, Teri worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Law, representing the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services.

Teri's interest in domestic violence dates to the late 1970s, when she worked as a volunteer at the first Safe House for battered women in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, while focused on holding offenders accountable, she has never lost sight of the unique perspective and interests of the survivors of domestic violence, and has worked to ensure that their voices are heard and their interests protected by the justice system.

Teri received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1978, and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in 1984. She is an active member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars, and is also admitted to practice in Colorado. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Teri is based in Camden County, New Jersey.

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 Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative of Cass Lake Indian Health Service
This project was supported by grant No. 2015-FJ-AX-0012 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  the opinions, programs / exhibitions are those of the authors(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.  In partnership with Sanford Health, Bemidji, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake and White Earth Indian Health Service Units

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