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"It Takes One Committed Community" is the theme of this year’s annual Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Partners Conference. Interest in becoming a Trauma-Informed Care community is increasing and this year, we will accommodate twice as many people at the conference. The TIC conference is open to schools, law enforcement, churches, health care professionals, nonprofits, children’s services agencies, juvenile justice agencies, parents, neighbors and the community-at-large.
During the daylong conference, keynote speakers will share proven methods for making an impact on the lives of those challenged by trauma. Lakeview Center and our partners continue moving toward a Trauma-Informed Care community and we invite you to join us.
Cat Davis, M.A., Registered Drama Therapist, works at the Post Traumatic Stress Center located in New Haven, Connecticut. She provides verbal, trauma-centered psychotherapy and drama therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Davis also is the director of the ALIVE program, which provides trauma-centered social-emotional learning activities and stress reduction sessions to K-12 students across Connecticut, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Virginia. ALIVE’s “Letters to Miss Kendra” program was recently featured as a preventive method to address toxic stress in the KPJR documentary film titled "Resilience." Davis has a special interest in helping communities develop effective, trauma-centered services so that they can attend to the needs of youth as early as possible.
Vincent Felitti, M.D., Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California San Diego Dr. Vincent J. Felitti is one of the world’s foremost experts on childhood trauma. He is the co-principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which famously revealed that humans convert childhood traumatic emotional experiences into organic disease later in life. Founder of the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente, Felitti previously served as the chief of preventive medicine for more than 25 years. Today he is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians. Dr. Felitti has served on advisory committees of the Institute of Medicine, the American Psychiatric Association, the Committee of the Secretary of Health and Human Services for Healthy People 2020, and the Advisory Committee on Women’s Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Felitti has spoken with audiences around the world and various policy leaders about his research to help others understand physical and mental traumas, and how to prevent them.
Helaina Hovitz Regal - 9/11 survivor, Journalist and author of "After 9/11" In 2001, Helaina Hovitz Regal was 12-years-old. She attended a middle school just three blocks away from the World Trade Center. That year, on September 11, her life changed. She recently wrote a memoir that encapsulates her journey of a young girl growing up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after living through the historic, traumatic event known to many as “9/11.” She chronicles the effects stress can have on a young person at the outset of adolescence. PTSD followed Hovitz as she searched for a way to cope with loss, chaos and confusion, but instead turned to addiction and rebellion. She wants others to understand that just because a body remains in motion does not mean that everything will simply “go back to normal.” The chemistry of the brain and the body does change after trauma, and it impacts our relationships, our choices, and how we experience the world around us. Hovitz struggled with PTSD, misdiagnosis and mistreatment for many years. That’s why she is speaking out today. In many ways, the horrific event of 9/11 has become the story of an entire generation growing up in the aftermath of America’s darkest day. It is the story of a group of children who directly survived, but bear invisible scars for the rest of their lives. Hovitz found a new beginning and others can too.
Heidi O'Toole, M.S., LPC, L.M., C-EH-P, EMDR-T Heidi O’Toole is a teaching instructor at West Virginia University (WVU) Department of Counseling. She has served in a multiple of human service positions for more than 30 years and brings both a holistic and neuro-science-based approach to the WVU Therapy & Wellness Center which she co-founded and works as a masters level licensed professional counselor, EMDR therapist, energetic healing practitioner and a licensed minister. Her clinical areas of expertise are trauma and addiction, adolescents, family and relationship counseling. O’Toole developed The Four Cornerstone Model of Emotional Intelligence for growth, change and healing and a parenting curriculum for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Drug and Alcohol. She presents at conference workshops on mental health, trauma/addiction, neuro-science based counseling and healing topics. She considers it an honor and a privilege to be a part of another's healing process.