Friday, May 12, 2017
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital
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Tagged: School of Social Work, Hudson Valley Center

Trauma-Informed Practice in a Changing Landscape

Event, Workshop, Continuing Education

 Alumni and Friends Day in the Hudson Valley

6 CEs and 6 NYS OASAS clock hours
In light of the increasing complexity of challenges facing our society and world, there is increasing need for social workers to have the appropriate skills to be effective in providing trauma informed care. This conference will address developmental, cultural and contextual risks across the life span, as well as protective factors. Additional focus will be placed on evidence-based interventions designed to mitigate negative effects and foster positive outcomes in people and systems exposed to highly stressful and potential traumatic events. In addition to the plenary, there will be 4 break-out workshops on Immigration Trauma, Trauma and Women’s Reproductive Health, Interaction of Disability and Trauma and Trauma in the Lives of the LGBTQI Population.
Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be included
Andrew Safyer+
Welcome Remarks
Andrew Safyer, PhD, LCSW, Dean, Adelphi School of Social Work

Keynote Speaker

Roni BergerRoni Berger, PhD, LSCW was born and raised in Israel. Dr. Berger holds a BSW, MSW and PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Diploma in Psychotherapy from Tel Aviv Medical School. Her fields of expertise are cross cultural aspects of trauma and posttraumatic growth, immigrants, families, specifically stepfamilies, evidence-based practice and group work. She published and presented extensively nationally and internationally. Dr. Berger serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards of professional organizations and consults nationally and internationally (Australia, Hong Kong, Nepal and Israel). Prior to her immigration to the United States in 1990, she worked in Israel in academia, direct practice with individuals, families and groups in the fields of health and mental health, and, supervisory and administrative positions in diverse social, medical and educational settings. Dr. Berger received several awards and grants and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Eileen Chadwick
Outstanding Service Award to Eileen Chadwick, the retired Director of the Hudson Valley Center


Marilyn S. PaulTrauma and Women’s Reproductive Health
Marilyn S. Paul, Phd, LCSW

Amidst a conflict-ridden social and political discourse surrounding reproductive rights, and with ever expanding reproductive technologies, there often exist unanticipated personal challenges for women, men and families as they journey through reproductive years. Through case presentations, this workshop will illustrate diverse real-life situations that highlight the intersection of loss and trauma and will offer useful evidence-based practice strategies to address them.  Ample time will be afforded for questions and discussion.

John RizziTrauma in the Lives of the LGBTQI Population
John Rizzi, PhD, LCSW

This workshop will introduce participates to the multiple sources of trauma and its effects commonly experienced by members of the LGBTQI community. Identification of both risk and protective factors will be discussed.  Clinical vignettes will be used to illustrate the ways in which the effects of trauma impact members of the LGBTQI community in both overt and covert ways.  Practice interventions will also be discussed.

Nicole FeistIntersection of Disability and Trauma
Nicole Feist, MPA, LCSW

Everyone who lives long enough will become disabled. Nonetheless, disability remains a stigmatized condition.  Disability may be caused by a traumatic experience. An existing disability may complicate healing from unrelated trauma.  This workshop will help practitioners understand the unmet needs of two of the fastest-growing groups of clinically-undeserved Americans: Veterans and elders with disabilities. We will discuss evidence-based practice strategies to effectively address co-occurring trauma and disability.

Ohiro Oni-EselehImmigration Trauma
Ohiro Oni-Eseleh, MBA, LCSW

With the current sociopolitical tides in the United States and around the world, the immigrant experiences of anxiety, social rejection and identity conflicts are multiplied and the potential for fear is both heightened and magnified.  Using personal stories and case presentations, these issues will be explored in this workshop and appropriate clinical strategies relevant to the current sociopolitical climate will be discussed.



Conference is free – thanks to a generous grant from The Dyson Foundation

For more information, please contact::

Debbie Perez 
p – 845.471.3348 ext 8103 
Tagged: School of Social Work, Hudson Valley Center