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On behalf of Reach Counseling we would like to welcome you to the third Trauma Informed Symposium, Wisconsin – Beyond Trauma: Healing and Resilience. The event will be held at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel, Oshkosh, WI. Each year the Symposium highlights a wide variety of evidence based, trauma specific workshops for professionals and community members.   In 2019 our focus is healing beyond the effects of trauma and the development of resilience and healthy growth.  Both days will provide “hands on” tools for working with individuals whose physical, psychological and emotional states have been impaired by trauma.

The impact of trauma affects individuals, families and communities by disrupting healthy development, adversely affecting relationships and contributing to serious mental and physical health issues.  As communities begin to grapple with the impact of generational trauma the need grows for greater awareness, impactful response and evidence based models of treatment.  Addressing trauma in an informed way involves using a framework of recognition, understanding and engagement.  The overall purpose of this Symposium is to incorporate intentional, evidence based, trauma specific tools that will create healing and resilience in ourselves, our clients and our communities.

“In the context of exposure to significant adversity, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.”         Dr. Michael Unger                                                                           

Who Should Attend

 Professionals who work with children, families and adults including: psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, foster parents, caregivers, educators, school counselors, county workers, human resources professionals, clergy, law enforcement professionals, justice system professionals

Desired Outcomes

For participants to gain valuable and effective tools for responding to and working with trauma in their professional and personal lives


Conference Objectives:

Upon completion of this symposium participants will be able to:

  • Discuss trauma and identify trauma responses in ourselves and others.

  • Describe the foundational principles of resilience for youth and adults.

  • Identify ways adjunct therapies can enhance healing from traumatic events.

  • Incorporate culturally sensitive responses to trauma victims from diverse populations into your work

  • Examine how vicarious trauma can affect us as care-givers, healers and family members

  • Develop a practical knowledge of specific evidence informed and evidence based interventions and treatments

  • Recognize the effects of trauma on the brain’s neuro-biology

  • Incorporate trauma informed practices into the work of first responders throughout our communities


Dr. Julian Ford

Julian D. Ford, Ph.D., is a board certified clinical psychologist and tenured Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and School of Law where he is the Principal Investigator and Director of two Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network: the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice and the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders. Dr. Ford is the President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and European Journal of Psychotraumatology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and serves as Chair of the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology Presidential Task Force on Child Trauma. Dr. Ford has published more than 250 articles and book chapters and is the author or editor of 10 books.  Dr. Ford is the co-founder of Advanced trauma Solutions and the developer of the Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET©) model for youths and adults with developmental trauma histories and complex PTSD. Dr. Ford will Keynote on Tuesday with breakouts later in the day.  Dr. Ford will be available after the educational session to sign books.


Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, has worked directly with trauma survivors for more than three decades. She has worked with groups as diverse as zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, private practice doctors, tiny non-profits, massive state agencies, libraries, the Pentagon, alternative colleges, and Ivy League universities. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally. Laura is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure. She is also a published author. Laura will Keynote on Wednesday with a follow-up breakout that morning. Laura will be available after the educational session to sign books.