Trauma Informed Treatment & Therapeutic Homes Utilizing the Sanctuary Model

Speaker

Michelle Graff

Job Title

Director of traiing and program development

Format

lecture

Audience

Foster and/or Adoptive Parents, Biological Families, Service Providers, Case Managers, Judges/Lawyers, Students, Advocates, Policy Makers

Presentation Summary:

This presentation will provide an overview of Gillis’s experience implementing trauma-informed treatment in a therapeutic foster home setting based on the Sanctuary model. The overview will include program description, model components and sanctuary tools. Participants will gain an understanding of how trauma, chronic stress and childhood adversity impacts neurodevelopment and what approaches can best promote healing and healthy neurodevelopment. Participants will also be introduced to trauma informed tools that can be implemented in a home setting. This presentation will include a combination of lecture and interactive activities.

-       Participants will have an understanding of how trauma, chronic stress and childhood adversity impacts neurodevelopment.

-       Participants will have an understanding of critical components of a trauma informed treatment environment.

-       Participants will be introduced to tools that can be implemented in a home setting in order to create an environment in which healing can take place.

 

Expertise/Bio:

 

Michelle Graff has worked in Gillis’s Community based programs for more than seventeen years. Currently she is Gillis’ Director of Training and Program Development. Ms. Graff has also been contracted to provide training for the state of Missouri’s Children’s Division since 1998 and the National Resource Center for In-home Services since 2010.  She has provided over a hundred trainings statewide and nationally to child welfare employees working for state and private agencies on a variety of topics related to providing services to at risk families.