ESTABLISHING SAFE CONNECTIONS: Creating Transformational Trauma-Resilient Systems that Care


Date: March 23 & 24, 2021   Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. 
Available only through an online platform.

Regular: $250 / Early Bird (Until February 1, 2021) $225
Group (10 or more): $200 each

No refunds within 30 days of the event.

This conference explores how psychological trauma is a major public health issue affecting the health of people, families and communities across Canada. Working with people who have experienced trauma, particularly children and youth, is rewarding, but hard work. Service providers and front line staff become affected by the experiences and suffering of their clients, sometimes having significant impact on their own lives.  Given the tremendous influence trauma has on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health outcomes, it is vital every health care and human services provider has a basic understanding of trauma, can recognize the symptoms of trauma, and appreciates the role they play in supporting healing.

By now most people have heard of the term “trauma-informed care.” But what does it mean to go beyond being trauma-informed? How do organizations, schools, and even homes transform to become healthy, value-driven systems that promote diversity, collaboration, resilience, and wellness?

Participants will:

  • Explore models of intervention that guides organizational growth to develop trauma- responsive and resilient practices for staff and trauma-specific treatment for the clients.
  • Learn how to create a climate of safety, trust, hope and resilience for staff and clients by bringing trauma-informed theory into everyday strategies that work.
  • Discover how to embed trauma-responsive actions into policies, practices, and processes that result in change.
  • Learn effective and proven ways of teaching children about their brains and what it “feels” like when trauma sensitized or dysregulated.
  • Learn how to create sustaining and culturally safe communities of connection that are more resilient because they are better equipped to address complex problems with collective intelligence.
  • Learn about post-traumatic growth and how we can use our experiences to approach life in a more positive manner. 

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Dr. Sandra Bloom
Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and currently Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders and during those years was also President of the Alliance for Creative Development, a multidisciplinary outpatient practice group. Dr. Bloom is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the pioneers of trauma-informed care and the development of trauma-responsive systems.

Sarah Yanosy LCSW
Sarah Yanosy, LCSW has been a keynote and featured speaker on trauma and organizational culture at both national and international conferences and has published extensively on the implementation and impact of trauma responsive practice. Ms. Yanosy’s career has integrated clinical work, education and administration, which developed her expertise in trauma treatment in individual and family therapy, program and curriculum development as well as program evaluation and replication. She has consulted with several hundred programs nationally and internationally around developing trauma-responsive systems of care. She currently teaches at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, consults with nonprofit human service organizations and sees clients in a group practice in her home state of NY.

Dr. Kathy Van Horn LCP, M.ED
Kathy has been working in the field of education for over 35 years as a teacher, counselor,
administrator, and trainer. Kathy currently is Executive Vice President of Lakeside and works part-time as a professor in Eastern University’s graduate school counseling program. In addition to being a Licensed Psychologist, Kathy has been trained by the ChildTrauma Academy in the Neurosequential Model of both Therapeutics and Education.

Kathy is a key developer of Lakeside’s four trauma-informed schools. She has presented in regional, state, national and international conferences and is the author of a trauma-informed curriculum for students which is being used in schools throughout the United States and abroad.

Josh MacNeil M.ED
Josh began his career as a teacher where he quickly began adapting trauma-informed strategies into his classroom. He realized how important this approach was, and saw amazing improvements in his students. Because of Josh’s success both in his classroom and in communicating trauma-informed educational practices, he began to get many requests to consult and train others, which propelled him to become the Director of Lakeside’s NeuroLogic® Initiative.

In addition to earning his Masters in Multicultural Education, Josh has completed The Child Trauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Education training program. He has presented at regional, state, national and international conferences and now offers training and consultation for schools and individuals throughout the United States and abroad.

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Safe Connections - Regular
$ 250.00
Safe Connections - Group
10 or more
$ 200.00