Kara Dean-Assael

The Trauma Informed Social Worker

There is an increasing understanding that trauma is pervasive and impacts many people across and within various communities. Social workers, in a variety of settings, often interact with clients who have a history of trauma. When aware of the complexity and the effects of trauma on presenting problems, social service providers are better equipped to provide services through a trauma-informed lens. As Trauma Informed Care (TIC) becomes the norm within organizations, social service providers also need to be trauma informed in their practices and clinical relationships.

Resilient Informed Service Environments Learning Community (RISE-LC): Informational Webinar

In this webinar, you learn about the Resilience Informed Service Environments (RISE) Learning Community that is designed to support organizations committed to addressing the needs of clients affected by adverse events and conditions. You will receive information about participation in the Learning Community, including the application process, goals and objectives, and what participation in the learning community will entail.

Resilient Informed Service Environments Learning Community (RISE-LC): Informational Webinar

In this webinar, you learn about the Resilience Informed Service Environments (RISE) Learning Community that is designed to support organizations committed to addressing the needs of clients affected by adverse events and conditions. You will receive information about participation in the Learning Community, including the application process, goals and objectives, and what participation in the learning community will entail.

Children's Complex Trauma Exposure Assessment (CTEA): Essential Strategies

Exposure to multiple, chronic interpersonal traumas, referred to (in accordance with the NYS HH definition) as complex trauma exposure, can result in significant disruptions in child and adolescent functioning and development. NYS has developed and approved comprehensive trauma screening and assessment to aid in the early identification and selection of appropriate interventions as essential in ameliorating the long-term impact on a child’s development.

What's Food Got To Do With It? Food Insecurity and Mental Health

We know that our participants in services often have many other challenges in their lives aside from mental health needs, including physical health problems, housing, substance abuse, or even trauma. We are now aware of another social problem that is often overlooked. It is the silent problem of hunger, also known as food insecurity.

Food Insecurity currently affects 17.6 million households in the United States. The impact of food insecurity ranges from obesity to vitamin deficiency to depression.

Underprivileged & Underserved: The Impact of Poverty on Mental Health**

Living in poverty has been linked to psychological distress that — unless addressed — can impactan individual’s trajectory to wellness. Lack of knowledge, fear and bias can prevent both the provider and client from discussing poverty’s effect on treatment. Therefore, in order to effectively treat and promote mental health more generally, behavioral health organizations working within impoverished communities must understand and recognize the intricate relationship betweenpoverty and mental health.

How Racism Impacts those We Serve and How We Serve: Are We Meeting Participants Where They Are?**

Issues related to race are among the most difficult and least discussed topics in the field of behavioral health. This webinar is designed to raise the awareness of behavioral health providers of the possible overt, subtle, or unintentional ways that organizational policies and service delivery create barriers for individuals who have experienced racial discrimination. The presenters will review the history of racism, how it impacts participants, and what organizations can do to reduce structural barriers for individuals impacted by racism and discrimination.

Workforce Resilience Part I: Helping the Helpers: Occupational Stress and Self-Care

During today's clinic and social service climate there is often much more demand and stress than we may realize.   As helpers, we have a unique relationship with stress and self care.  It may often be the case that we take care of everyone else first.  During this webinar, two of CTAC's clinic coordinators will talk about the importance of managing occupational stress and implementing self care.  We will talk about compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue and also share some practical ways of coping.

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