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Trauma Informed Care: Lessons Learned

Symposium Series: March 2016

A victim of trauma – due to neglect, abuse, violence, disaster or loss – can be forever changed, especially if that trauma is never addressed. It can become disabling; the trauma can spread across generations of families and impact critical community systems, including criminal justice, health care, classroom and workforce settings. For that reason, public, nonprofit and private services must take this into account as they serve our vulnerable neighbors and our community.

To better understand the importance of Trauma Informed Care, United Way of the Midlands and partners – Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Children and Families Foundation – hosted a symposium on the topic on March 15, 2016.

Dr. Howard Liu, Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska at UNMC, led the discussion about prevention and treatment, with Melissa Tibbits, PhD, Assistant Professor of UNMC College of Public Health and Barbara Jessing, Clinical Director of Project Harmony’s “Connections” program. The panel explored the challenges and responses to trauma that affects individuals, families, neighborhoods and systems in our metro area.

View the white paper article and read more HERE.