(Council Bluffs) Foundations for Understanding Trauma

(Council Bluffs) Foundations for Understanding Trauma

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Date(s) - Monday, June 1, 2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

St. John Lutheran Church


This training is for adults and older adolescents who work with youth who access state programming for after school and summer school. We will briefly review the environmental data, the fiscal data, the exposure data, and what it means. We will talk about the impact of stress chemicals during key developmental phases and how that translates into behavior. A brief overview of the ACE study and what it means will be a component of this training. The training will focus on behavior shaping through a trauma-informed lens across the developmental continuum. This training will use the latest science from multiple fields to support the practice of staff engaged in helping children overcome challenges that are not of their own doing or choice. Finally, a block of this training will focus on the neurophysiology of self care, what it means at the cellular level, as well as the relationship to fundamental components of a healthy life trajectory for all.

Instructor: Frank Grijalva
As a director of the Midwest Trauma Services Network, Frank Grijalva is tasked through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to facilitate the understanding of Trauma-Informed Care throughout Iowa and Nebraska. Introduction of evidence-based trauma-informed practices, direct training of those practices, the training of selected interventions, and capacity building are the focus of Frank’s activities through 2012. As a clinical programming consultant for the Boys and Girls Home, he has spent the last few years introducing and training selected trauma-informed evidence-based practices, as well as designing innovations specific to at-risk children. As a program manager for the International Center for Disaster Resilience, an operational partner with the Harvard school of Disaster Medicine, Frank has trained clinicians from Nepal, Jordan, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Sudan, as well as many others to stabilize child populations in the aftermath of traumatic events. Frank managed safety and logistics for clinicians and federal employees working at ground zero in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and trained clinicians in and around New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Frank Grijalva has a BS in disaster psychology with an emphasis on mental health and is pursuing a doctorate in public health with a focus on child mental health.

This training has been approved for 6 hours of foster parent training credit.

Please make your reservations as soon as possible with the Ramada Plaza for your accommodations. Tell them you are with the Lutheran Services in Iowa Foster Adoptive Conference on June 1. Register online here.

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