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The Center for Great Expectations Announces Conference on Applying Trauma-Informed Care (UPDATE)

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Center for Great Expectations (CGE) of Somerset, is hosting a full day conference on applying trauma-informed care in mental health and substance abuse treatment at the DCF Child Welfare Training Academy Friday, Dec. 1, from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  

Space is limited so register today. Attendees can earn five continuing education credits (CE), and students are encouraged to take advantage of CGE's 50 percent student discount. 

"Since 2010, we have been developing our unique model of care that has, at its core, an understanding of the extensive impact that traumatic experiences have on the men, women, and children that we serve," Clinical Director, Debbie Ruisard said. "Our environment, our staffing, and our clinical approach are based on trauma-informed principles. We deliver mental health and substance use disorder treatment in a way that is more effective in helping our clients create meaningful lives. We know that because our outcomes show it to be true. This Conference is an opportunity to share our model with other providers."

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CGE is one of a handful of programs in the country that specializes in gender-specific treatment for women with substance use and/or co-occurring disorders with a strong emphasis on trauma-informed care. CGE is a recipient of a five-year National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Category III Community Treatment Services Center Grant.

Approximately 75 percent of individuals with substance use disorders have experienced significant trauma.  The implications of trauma are extensive and potentially multigenerational, leading to mental health issues, substance abuse, emotional, behavioral and relational difficulties. Trauma-informed care is an advanced, innovative, evidence-based clinical approach that addresses the underlying trauma as the core component of substance use and mental health disorders.  

By developing and enhancing the knowledge of skills of clinicians, we expect to improve the quality of care provided to this population and improve treatment outcomes. Trauma-informed care and its treatment model have the potential to be replicated with individual providers and throughout substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities.

Conference Objectives:

  • Understand and describe the trauma-informed care model
  • Apply trauma-informed care with substance use disorders
  • Understand the use of psychiatry, benefit, and application of psychotropic medications to assist with substance abuse treatment
  • Describe the benefit of trauma-informed care on client and treatment outcomes
  • Integrate emotional regulation skills in trauma-informed practice 
  • Understand and apply principles of parent-infant mental health within the trauma-informed model
  • Develop strategies to improve treatment delivery model through empathic care

Keynote Speaker: Joe Spinazzola, PhD
Featured  Speakers Include:  Emily Bosk, PhD, Edward Ratush, MD, Debbie Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LACDC, Loran Vocaturo, EdD, ABPP

Registration Fee:  $ 75.00 before 11/1, $90.00 after 11/1 (full refund if canceled before 11/17/17, no refunds after this date).  Lunch is included.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TRAUMA AT THE CORE:  APPLYING TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE IN MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT CONFERENCE AGENDA AND REGISTER HERE.

For information about continuing education credits for social works, please contact Dr. Debra Ruisard at druisard@cg.nj.org. Application has been made to additional professional regulatory boards for continuing education credits. Participants are encouraged to check with Dr. Ruisard for updates regarding these approvals for up to 5 continuing education credits.

About The Center For Great Expectations: The Center for Great Expectations (CGE) is a premier provider of trauma-informed services delivered to clients from throughout New Jersey.  The Continuum of Care includes residential treatment, outpatient treatment (men, women & adolescent), a licensed child development center, supportive housing for homeless, pregnant or parenting, adult women and adolescents, and their children to overcome and break the destructive generational cycle of trauma, abuse, homelessness, and addiction.

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