Trauma-Informed Care Partners Conference

Attend a daylong conference featuring three keynote speakers to engage our community in Trauma-Informed Care. Learn how you can make an impact on the lives of those challenged by trauma. It’s free and open to schools, law enforcement, churches, health care professionals, nonprofits, children’s services agencies, juvenile justice agencies, parents, neighbors and the community-at-large.

In addition to keynote presentations, morning and afternoon workshops will be led by local and national experts who will share proven methods for helping people work through trauma and live meaningful lives.

CME and CEU credits are available. Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited.

Trauma-Informed Care Partners Conference


Keynote Presentation Title: The Power of One Caring Adult

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Josh Shipp, at 14 years old, had been kicked out of so many foster homes that it became a game to him. He acted out because he didn’t trust anyone. He had been abandoned and abused, but thanks to One Caring Adult, his life turned around. Today Shipp is on a mission to help as many at-risk youths as possible. He’s an author, global youth empowerment expert and acclaimed speaker known for his ground-breaking work with traumatized teens. Shipp is the author of the national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination,“ and he has been featured by MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20 and Good Morning America. He’s spoken at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and UCLA and he made Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list. Shipp is living proof that there’s hope for at-risk youth.

Keynote Presentation Title: ACES and PACES — The Health Effects of Adversity and Resiliency During Childhood - (Presentation)

Dr. Robert Block, M.D., FAAP, understands Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress and resiliency in pediatric patient care. He has authored several papers, a textbook and has presented more than 2,000 public speeches on the topic. He also knows that One Caring Adult can make the difference in improving the lives of young people who struggle with trauma. His research interests include: problem behaviors in gifted children, and severe self-injurious behaviors. The best way to survive toxic stress and prevent it is through developing resilience. Dr. Block, M.D., FAAP, is emeritus professor of pediatrics and immediate past Daniel C. Plunket Chair, Department of Pediatrics, at The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa. He also is the past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and past chair of Child Abuse Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and holds certification in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

Keynote Presentation Title: Department of Juvenile Justice: Becoming a Trauma Informed Agency - (Presentation)

Laura K. Moneyham, was appointed to the role of assistant secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Office of Residential Services (ORS) in February 2011. As assistant secretary, she provides leadership and oversight of publicly-funded residential commitments statewide by responsibly managing a $200 million-plus annual budget. Ms. Moneyham also has served as the ORS Chief of Contract Development and Planning and was a key member of the residential leadership team. Prior to joining DJJ in 2007, she held a variety of positions in the Florida Department of Children and Families for 15 years, procuring contracts and services for mental health facilities, providing oversight and managing programs. She is motivated by the guiding principle of ensuring that people are treated in the least restrictive environment possible using individualized and effective treatment plans. She also has focuses on guiding programs that can develop trauma-responsive cultures that support staff and amplify the voices of the youth she serves.

Presentation Title: Trauma that Comes from Arrests and the Court Process and How it Affects Our Community - (Presentation)

Retired Pensacola Police Chief David Alexander, III, was the first of five siblings to earn a college education, and he went on to join the Pensacola Police Department as a cadet. Thirty-two years later he retired as Pensacola’s first African American Police Chief. Alexander was very ambitious during a time when few black men were among the ranks of law enforcement. Nonetheless, he earned a reputation of integrity and fairness. He initiated mentoring programs to empower at-risk students through tutoring, community service, and other positive incentives. His BLAST program, launched at Camelot Academy a school stigmatized for having students with learning challenges, was revered as a model for 21st century community policing during the 2016 International Association of Police Chiefs Conference in San Diego, California. Alexander remains involved in the community even in retirement as a leader and life coach to affect positive change and make a difference.

Presentation Title: Start by Believing – The Importance of Responding with Trauma-Informed Care to Survivors (co-presenter) - (Presentation)

Shelby Amaral, M.S.W., LCSW, is a clinical manager with Lakeview Center’s Victim Services team. Prior to Lakeview, she worked with survivors of domestic violence from 2011 to 2013 at Favor House of Northwest Florida. At Lakeview Amaral works with survivors of sexual violence. She is a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician and her work centers around creating conditions necessary to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence by encouraging loving and equitable relationships, a clear understanding of consent, and a social climate of belief and awareness. Amaral wants to educate members of the community about consent as it relates to sexual violence. She also wants to ensure the community knows what to do and how to respond if someone discloses sexual abuse including the requirements to report abuse to the Florida Abuse Hotline and how to link survivors to the appropriate services in the community.

Presentation Title: Trauma-Informed Behavior Intervention Strategies for Practitioners (co-presenter)

Dayna L. Beddick, Ed. S, BCBA, is an advisor for the University of West Florida (UWF) Office of Applied Behavior Analysis Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Science and Social Sciences. Beddick also works as a guest lecturer for the University, supports instructors for curriculum execution and research endeavors, and supports student research endeavors. Her research interests include: problem behaviors in gifted children, severe self-injurious behaviors, health and fitness, and coercive administration of justice.

Presentation Title: Developing Trauma-Informed Care Schools and Classrooms - (Presentation)

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.

Presentation Title: The Opioid Crisis, Legal Concerns and How the Crisis Affects the Community (co-presenter)

Jeff Gaddy is an associate attorney with Levin Papantonio – Personal Injury Lawyers. His practice is focused on mass tort litigation. While with the firm, Gaddy has worked on pharmaceutical cases involving the opioid crisis, the diabetes medication Actos, medical device cases involving pelvic mesh implants, and environmental cases like the ones involving C8 contamination. Gaddy understands the enormous toll that the opioid crisis is having on society – destroying families, taking the lives of loved ones, and leaching tax dollars and resources from the community. The government estimates that the opioid epidemic has an annual economic cost of more than $500 billion, and what’s more tragic, is that every day 115 Americans dies from an opioid overdose, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Gaddy is committed to community collaboration in battling the local opioid crisis.

Presentation Title: Trauma Informed Congregations – Trauma-Informed Care in Communities of Faith (co-presenter)

Dan Hamel, M.Div., is the Clinical Chaplain at Lakeview Center, Inc. in Pensacola, Florida. He has served the community in this role for the last 18 years after graduating from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity with major in Psychology and Counseling. Rev. Hamel promotes the benefits of spirituality especially as related to better mental health (less depression, lower stress, less anxiety, greater well-being, and more positive emotions) and when coping with the effects of trauma.

Presentation Title: Trauma Informed Congregations – Trauma-Informed Care in Communities of Faith (co-presenter) - (Presentation)

Pastor Rick Hazelip, is the senior Pastor of First City Church located in Pensacola, Florida. He has more than 30 years of ministry experience, the past 11 years, serving the Pensacola community.

Presentation Title: Interacting with Trauma - (Presentation)

Bradley Wayne Lord, Psy.D., LMHC, CAP, is the Director of In-Home On-Site Services at Lakeview Center. He is a Master Certified Addictions Professional, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) qualified. Lord provides administrative and clinical oversite of in-home mental health services which consist of the Child Case Management team, Community Action Team (CAT), Family Intensive Treatment team (FIT), and the Working Rapid Assessment and Prevention treatment team (WRAP). His interests are in trauma histories and how neurological functioning is associated with traumagenic environments.

Presentation Title: Trauma-Informed care Interventions for Complex PTSD (co-presenter) - (Presentation)

Samantha McLane, M.A., is a member of both the Lakeview Center Victim Services Program and the General Adult Outpatient Program. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of North Florida and her graduate degree in Psychology at the University of West Florida. McLane has worked with victims of trauma since her internship in 2013 with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained and works with survivors from various life journeys with a special interest in working with veterans and the intersection between trauma and dissociation. She understands the lasting impacts of trauma including the ways in which complex PTSD can manifest as other mental health issues as well as the types of evidence-based treatments available to trauma survivors.

Presentation Title: Presentation Title: The Opioid Crisis and Legal battles – Our country is in the Midst of a Public Health Crisis (co-presenter)

Peter J. Mougey is a partner with Levin Papantonio – Personal Injury Lawyers and head of the Securities and Business Litigation Department. Mougey has 20 years of experience successfully litigating complex, high-profile cases including financial fraud, corporate misconduct, business torts and securities fraud. He has represented hundreds of governmental entities, including cities, counties, pension plans, public utilities, and hospitals in addition to more than 2,500 individual victims of financial fraud. He has studied the current public health crisis that stemmed from a flood of opioid prescriptions that are now destroying communities both socially and economically. Mougey continues to explore the non-compliant drug manufacturers and distributors who are bound by federal and state reporting requirements for suspicious orders of opioids, but instead choose profits. He has taken dozens of cases to verdict and served as counsel in many class and derivative actions. He routinely lectures on all aspects of his practice and is regularly quoted in the national press. In addition, Mougey consults on cases for governmental agencies and regulators.

Presentation Title: Effects of Toxic Stress on Brain Development - (Presentation)

Chad R. Sedam, Ph.D., CRC, has more than 17 years of experience working with children, families and communities to understand and treat childhood trauma. Currently, he works at Envolve People Care as a trainer and community liaison who’s closely in touch with providers, local advocate groups and families involved with Florida’s Child Welfare System. Dr. Sedam’s experience includes evaluating, counseling, advising, educating and providing treatment to children and adolescents who have experienced trauma including those with attachment or relationship challenges and survivors of human trafficking. He also taught several courses on the subject as a doctoral student and as an adjunct professor at Florida State University.

Presentation Title: Trauma Informed Congregations – Trauma-Informed Care in Communities of Faith (co-presenter) - (Presentation)

Joy D. Sharp is the Director of the Baptist Health Care Faith Health Network. Peers describe Sharp as infectious, passionate and transparent. She is a lifestyle coach who possesses a strong background in all aspects of chronic disease management, care management, community project facilitation, curriculum development, wellness/health education, grant writing and the grant funding budgeting processes as well as excellent communication and leadership skills. For more than 20 years, Sharp’s work has focused on helping faith-based communities deploy innovative, statistical approaches that advance health initiatives and health care research specifically targeting high-risk and under-resourced populations. She coined the phrase “Wellness GPS” and is instrumental in coaching others to become Community Health Navigators. In 2015, Sharp was named a Healthcare Hero by the Memphis Business Journal. In 2017, she was the recipient of the first World of Difference Community Navigation award.

Presentation Title: Trauma-Informed Behavior Intervention Strategies for Practitioners (co-presenter) - (Presentation)

Jessi Truett M.A., BCBA, leads the Applied Behavior Analysis Outpatient Program at Lakeview Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of South Alabama and went on to complete a Masters Degree in Exceptional Student Education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from the University of West Florida (UWF) where she now instructs to help ensure that high-quality practitioners enter the field. At Lakeview she applies diverse applications of behavior principles to target at-risk populations, developmental/behavioral disabilities, and learning disabilities. She also practices across inpatient settings for youth using behavior interventions to facilitate transition to less restrictive settings.

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