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

Bemidji, Minnesota
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration
8:00 am - 8:30 am Welcome
Diane K. Bohn, RN, CNM, PhD., Director, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program, Indian Health Service, Cass Lake, MN

Deb Baer, MN 9th Judicial District Domestic Violence Court Coordinator; Beltrami and Roseau County

Chief Judge Paul T. Benshoof, 9th Judicial District, Beltrami County
  Opening Blessing:  Rose Debungie, Cass Lake IHS Cultural Liaison
  Opening Song:  (Wesley Cloud) Drum
8:30 am - 9:10 am

Surviving Multiple Lifetime Trauma Experiences:  A Survivor's Story

Lynette Viznor

In this session a survivor of childhood and adult trauma and abuse will tell her story of survival.  She will review her experiences with multidisciplinary systems including health care professionals and law enforcement.  Lynette will share her journey of healing, providing insight into the power of resilience, support and effective systems responses.

9:10 am - 9:15 am  Five minute Stretch Break
9:15 am - 10:30 am Keynote:  Promoting Healing:  Trauma and Resilience in Indian Country
Weweni Dazhindaan Noojimo 'iwenin:  Ezhi-Baatanendamang gaye Zhiibendamang Anishinaabewakiing

Sandra L. Momper, MSW, PhD., with Valuable input from Rachel L. Burrage

What, exactly, is trauma, and how can it change the lives of people who experience it?  Under what circumstances do traumatic events lead to negative circumstances, and how can people overcome them?  The importance of using trauma-informed practices cannot be understood without first exploring the answers to these questions.  At a biological level, trauma is an extension of our natural alarm system, which helps us in dangerous situations.  However, the effects of traumatic events can extend far beyond biology, affecting individuals' psychological and social wellbeing, as well as that of future generations.  In this session, we will discuss what constitutes a traumatic event as well as the multiple reactions they can bring.  We will examine some of the most prevalent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) among American Indians as well as the concept of historical trauma as it applies to Indian Country.  Finally, we will take a look at how individuals and communities can overcome past trauma in order to promote healing.
10:30 am - 10:50 am Break, refreshments
10:50 am - 12:00 pm

Are we trauma informed? - Assessing your agency
Barbara Aragon, MSW, SAMHSA Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Center

This session will focus on the assessment of agency policies, protocols and practices to assess for trauma-informed approaches, updating and implementing new practices that are trauma-informed, and collaboration between disciplines to provide services to trauma survivors that promote positive outcomes and healing.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch on your own
1:15 pm - 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions
Lakeview Rm 4

Law Enforcement, Attorneys, Judges, Probation, Corrections: A Trauma-informed Approach to investigation, Prosecution and Court Proceedings
Teresa Garvey, JD from Aequitas & Marcus Bruning

Trauma can result in victim behaviors that are often misunderstood.  A trauma-informed approach to crimes of violence against women can minimize secondary trauma to the victim, enable investigators to obtain more detailed statements and identify additional sources of corroborating evidence, and assist judges and juries in understanding the impact of the crime on the victim

This presentation will address common signs, symptoms, and effects of trauma.  The presenters will discuss strategies for conducting thoughtful and effective victim interviews, collaborating with allied professionals to achieve a fully integrated trauma-informed approach, and explaining victim behavior at trial.

Lakeview Rm 5

Health Professionals: Trauma-Informed Inter-Professional Approach to Sexual /Domestic Violence and Adverse Childhood Experiences for busy Healthcare Providers and Teams.
Karen Hill, ADNP, PhD.

This session will review best practices for providing trauma-informed care (TIC) to survivors of sexual-domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences.  Participants will learn how to utilize practical screening and assessment tools to create a TIC system that addresses sexual-domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences and will explore the need for clinics to incorporate TIC/inter-professional approaches to address sexual-domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences in high-risk populations.  Participants will also learn how to recognize and mitigate client/patient behaviors that are the result of trauma.  This session will also explore the importance for training and Care of the Caregivers and self-care techniques as well as key considerations for leadership:  policy, procedures and evaluation when transforming practices with Victim-Survivor Centered care delivery approaches.       

Lakeview Rm 6

Advocates: Centering Our Work on Victim Wellbeing and Trauma Informed Approaches
Johnanna Ganz, PhD., MNCASA

During this session, participants will learn more about the types of trauma, the effects of trauma on a victim/survivor's experience with professionals, and how to integrate core Victim/survivor's  experience with professionals, and how to integrate core trauma informed principles into advocacy.  Using these foundations, we will apply trauma informed practice to culturally responsive work and explore victim wellbeing as a tool to connect all blend of styles such as lecture, discussion, and group work to lay a strong foundation upon which practitioners can continue to build their skills and learning on this topic.

Lakeview Rm 7

Social Workers/Counselors/Therapists: The Invisible Wound:  Creating a roadmap for screening, case management and treatment of trauma
Amy Donnan, MA, LP Mental Health Professional, Leech Lake Behavioral Health

This session will assist practitioners to identify what the invisible wound of trauma 'looks like' in their communities and clients, explore current risks and trends associated with trauma, and understand how to create a roadmap for treatment and case planning that prioritizes safety and next steps in a manner that is supportive to clients.  A review of evidence based trauma practices will be provided in addition to one or more case studies and opportunities for small group discussion.l           

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm Break, refreshments

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm


Plenary: Where do we go from here?
Babara Aragon, MSW, SAMHSA Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Center

This session will focus on implementing trauma-informed policies, protocols and practices in the work place, and supporting one another as agents of change within and between disciplines and agencies.

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Song, Jingle Dress Dancers

Contact Information



 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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