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

Bemidji, Minnesota
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

Trauma is an individual response to physically or emotionally harmful events. Short- and long-term reactions to 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.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be better able to:
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma
  • Conduct thoughtful and effective victim interviews
  • Collaborate with allied professionals to fully integrate a trauma-informed approach
  • Explain victim behavior at trial

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.

Goals of this session for Health Professionals
  • Review trauma informed care best practices for survivors of sexual-domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences.
  • Explore the need for clinics to incorporate trauma informed care / inter-professional approaches to address sexual-domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences in high-risk populations.
  • Key considerations for leadership: policy, procedures and evaluation when transforming practices with Victim-Survivor Centered approaches for care delivery

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

Session Objectives
Through this session, participants will be able to
  • Define trauma-informed victim wellbeing and in the context of advocacy work and apply the concepts to practical scenarios
  • Understand and use concepts of culturally responsive work and how it connects to trauma-informed and victim-wellbeing in advocacy

Social Workers/Counselors/Therapists

The Invisible Wound: Creating a roadmap for screening, case management and treatment of trauma.
Amy Donnan, MA, LP Infant and Early Childhood and Trauma trained psychologist, Leech Lake Behavioral Health

Attendees will 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.

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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