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The Center Sponsors Trauma-Informed Care Conference


The Center for Health Affairs and The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board sponsored the Trauma-Informed Care Conference, presented by the Upper Northeast Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Collaborative, a committee of the Northeast Region Public-Private Behavioral Health Collaborative. The conference was on Monday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tri-C Corporate College East. 

In the morning, Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, CEO, Compassion Unlimited, presented best practices on treating traumatic stress to more than 200 attendees. Gentry is an internationally recognized leader in the study and treatment of traumatic stress and compassion fatigue. Some of his accomplishments include co-developing the Accelerated Recovery Program for Compassion Fatigue; introducing the Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist Training and Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Resiliency Training as well as co-authoring Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery, a critically acclaimed text. 

Afternoon break-out session presenters at the Trauma-Informed Care Conference included:

  • Frank Beel, MSN, MHA, RN, director of nursing, Ohio State University Harding Hospital, presenting on TIC in acute care.
  • Kim Kehl, trauma-informed care project coordinator, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, presenting on TIC in elder care.
  • Carol L. O'Connell, Psy. D, clinical psychologist and former director of the NCTSN Grant, Akron Children's Hospital project manager, and Robin Tener, PhD, executive and clinical director, Northeast Ohio Behavioral Health, Ltd., presenting on secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. 

"It's important that all healthcare and human services providers are trauma-informed," said Pam Waite, MSN, RN-BC, MHSA, director, healthcare workforce / NEONI operations, The Center for Health Affairs. "This conference helped us all learn some practical approaches to help those who have been exposed to horrific life experiences."

Other sponsors included Carrington Behavioral Health, The County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board, the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Mental Health and Addiction Services as well as Southwest General Oakview Behavioral Health Services. 

For questions about the Trauma-Informed Care Conference, contact us.

When:  May 22, 2017

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Corporate College East
4400 Richmond Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128