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Modules 5 & 6: Elective Sessions

Participants will select 2 of these sessions to further their knowledge and understanding of how to best support the diverse populations they are working with.

  • Supporting Immigrants and Refugees: Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery

  • Supporting LGBTQI+ Populations (November 9 only)

  • Disability and Crime: What Victims Assistance Personnel Need to Know

  • Working with Children and Adolescents (Session starts at 9am)

About Elective Modules

This presentation aims to highlight the diverse experiences, needs, and challenges of immigrants and refugees recovering from trauma. The interrelated biological-psychological- social aspects of trauma across various stages of immigration and resettlement will be reviewed. Implications for children and families will also be discussed. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will highlight personal, cultural, and contextual factors that affect this marginalized population’s stress and resilience in response to trauma. Recommendations for promoting resilience will be offered in light of potential constraints to service provision and in accordance with culturally-responsive and trauma-informed best practices.


Participants will be able to:


  1. Address the convergent and divergent needs and challenges confronting immigrants and refugees recovering from trauma.

  2. Develop strategies to support immigrant and refugee wellness in accordance with culturally-responsive and trauma-informed best practices.

Elective 1: Supporting Immigrants and Refugees: Trauma, Resilience, and Recovery

Presented by: Eric C. Chen, Ph.D, Gabriela Muñoz De Zubiría, MSEd and HangYiChen, LCSW, MSW

This workshop will introduce participants to harm reduction and trauma informed care within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex communities (LGBTQI+). Participants will first learn about the communities, and then explore the different risks factors and opportunities for resilience across these communities. Through use of case studies and small group discussion, participants will explore how they might be able to better identify, address, and intervene with persons in this community in a culturally appropriate way.

Participant engagement is highly recommended, so that we can collective translate how we can better support this community in your current agency or setting.


Participants will be able to:


  1. Describe the different identities and statuses that make up the LGBTQI+ communities

  2. Identify at least one harm reduction and one crisis intervention strategy that can be implemented within these communities in their agency

  3. Identify, evaluate and describe culturally appropriate ways to intervene with LGBTQI+ persons facing trauma or harm in their specific setting context

**Available on Tuesday, November 9th ONLY**

Elective 2: Supporting LGBTQI+ Populations

Presented by: Kris Goodrich, Ph.D.

Victims of crimes who also are disabled have needs that parallel those of crime victims in general, but also have some unique needs and circumstances that need to be understood and addressed by those who wish to assist. This training will acquaint the participant with the characteristics of individuals with disabilities who become crime victims, such as the types of disability that result in the highest risk, and will also explore some of the differences between victimization of people with and without disabilities, including crime rates, types of crime, reporting, victim-offender relationship and others. Various considerations for working with individuals who have a pre-existing disability versus those who sustain their disability as a result of violent crime will be addressed.


Participants will:


  1. Understand the significance of reasonable accommodations in working with crime victims with disabilities

  2. Review helpful disability etiquette and language, including disability type-specific considerations

  3. Receive resources helpful in working with individuals with disabilities

Elective 3: Disability and Crime: What Victims Assistance Personnel Need to Know

Presented by: Linda Shaw, Ph.D.

This 90-minute training module is designed to enhance attendees’ knowledge of the impact of trauma exposure on the bodies, brains, and emotions of children and adolescents. The presenter will engage the audience in understanding these young people from the inside out, including considering how the stories of what kids have been through, which are often hard to express in words, get told instead through behavior, play, and relationship patterns. In addition to learning about the impact of trauma, participants will be able to identify characteristics of trauma-responsive relationships and environments—which hold the greatest promise for helping young people to transcend their circumstances in order to build a hopeful future.


Participants will:


  1. Identify three ways that trauma impacts young people

  2. Cite two reasons why the promotion of self-regulatory capacities is essential to positive outcomes

  3. Articulate two commitments for their professional work that will help them build more effective relationships with children and adolescents who have been traumatized

**Please note that this workshop topic begins at 9am**

Elective 4: Working with Children and Adolescents

Presented by: Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA

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