Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Date: October 12, 2012
|WHO:||DHSS' Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health|
Making A Difference: Conference for Leadership in Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma is both more common and more damaging than society recognizes. This is a conclusion of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study that is the centerpiece of this conference. Brain science shows that childhood trauma affects the architecture of the brain, temporarily or permanently, yielding negative outcomes across the lifespan and across life domains. Public service populations have prevalence rates of trauma of between 85 to 100 percent, with average rates in some settings (psychiatric inpatient units, prisons) at the higher end of the range. Yet, studies also show that survivors are often very resilient, creating their own healing strategies and/or seeking assistance from professionals and other survivors. Many trauma-specific interventions have been developed for specific settings over the past two decades. This two-day conference lays the foundation for organizations to embark on, or continue, their journey toward trauma-informed care.
Wednesday: Making a Difference: Trauma-Informed Care in Social Services, Health and Educational Settings Presentation of
findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, and illumination on how trauma impacts brain growth and
development. The conference brings together community leaders to highlight interventions that are working in the community
and how these may be applied in social services, health services, and educational environments.
|WHEN:||October 17 & 18, 2012, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.|
|WHERE:||Delaware Conference Center at Dover Downs 1121 N. DuPont Hwy (U.S. 13), Dover, DE 19901|
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.