AVA Mat-Su Regional Academy: Beyond Adverse Childhood Experiences: Integrating Trauma Informed Strategies Into Healthcare Practice

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Friday, April 13, 2018 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 08:00 AM until 04:00 PM
Location and Delivery Method ( view map )
Delivery Method
Location Name
AVA-Mat-Su Regional Academy
501 N Gulkana Street, School Board Meeting Room
State / Province
Zip / Postal Code
United States
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

Ptarmigan Connections
Dr. Erika Stannard, Dr. Susie Wiet, Dr. Vicky Bodendorfer, Dr. Tina Woods

Training Overview Description

Ptarmigan Pediatrics is partnering with the Academy on Violence and Abuse Mat-Su Regional Academy to bring a regional training to the Mat-Su Borough.

AVA-Mat-Su Regional Training Agenda
Beyond Adverse Childhood Experiences: Integrating Trauma Informed Strategies Into Health Care Practice

April 13, 2018 from 8am to 4pm

Location: 501 N Gulkana St Palmer, AK 99645 School Board Meeting Room

8:00 to 8:10 Welcome: Dr. Erika Stannard

8:10 to 9:30 Dr. Susie Wiet: Creating a Trauma Informed Medical Community
Dr. Wiet will review current information, including recent updates, to Adverse Childhood Experience research and findings from clinical practice. Participants will review their own ACEs information as part of an understanding of Trauma Informed Care (TIC). Models for integration of healthcare practice with other community resources for prevention and remediation of abuse and violence will be explored. Participants will learn about evidence based practices and those still evolving or in need of more study, and will also have an interactive opportunity to discuss needs for the Mat-Su.

Dr. Wiet Bio: Dr. Wiet established a small private practice in 2011 and has recently chosen to allocate her time for expansion and program development offering expertise in the overlap of psychiatry with trauma and addiction. In May 2014, Dr. Wiet founded and chairs the Trauma-Resiliency Collaborative (TRC), which is an independent forum of multi-disciplinary professionals dedicated to improving the identification of and services for those affected by violence, trauma and abuse, while advocating to build resiliency within our community and State. This parlays well with Dr. Wiet’s interest in blending mental health and primary care services through primary care integration. She has recently assumed a psychiatric consulting role with the Department of Health, Utah Clinics.

Dr. Wiet graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, IL. She completed her residency in Adult Psychiatry then fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Utah (UofU) School of Medicine. She holds American Medical Board certifications in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She has established, developed and revived programs as the Medical Director for Utah’s first Assertive Community Treatment team (ACT, an intensive multi-disciplinary team to treat persons afflicted with severe mental illnesses) at Volunteers of America of Utah; Director of Psychiatry for Odyssey House of Utah (intensive long-term treatment for people with severe addictions and/or dual diagnosis); Medical Director for Summit County-Valley Mental Health, and Medical Director of Youth Partial-Hospitalization and Outpatient Programs at the UofU. Dr. Wiet remains an Adjunct Faculty member of the UofU, Department of Psychiatry and is the immediate past course director for Adolescent Addiction, a role she served for 12 years. She is a past-president of the Utah Chapter of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

9:30 to 9:45 Break

9:45 to 10:45 Dr. Erika Stannard: Psychological Trauma in the Family System
Dr. Stannard will address the neurological consequences of psychological trauma, including the concept of toxic stress. Recent research points to physical changes in brain structure and functioning which may impact how individuals and family members present in a health care system. Behaviors that may impact access to care, follow through with recommendations, or reactions to the health care system will be addressed. Participants will identify when interventions in the family system are best practice for prevention or rehabilitation, and will review practice protocols that are useful in working with family systems in a health care practice.

Dr. Stannard Bio: Dr. Stannard is a psychologist with extensive experience working as part of an integrated team in educational settings, in primary care (both family medicine and pediatrics), and in a specialty developmental and behavioral pediatric clinic. Her educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Rochester, as well as a master of science degree in counseling psychology and a doctor of psychology degree from Alaska Pacific University. Her dissertation focused on the development of integrated care teams, and she has a certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Stannard is a licensed psychologist, chemical dependency clinical supervisor, and supervisor for licensed professional counselors in the state of Alaska. Currently, she works as the director of clinical services at Ptarmigan Connections in Wasilla, Alaska.

10:45 to 11:30 Dr. Vicky Bodendorfer: Having the Conversation Improves Care; Research Supporting Trauma Informed Practice as Primary Prevention
Dr. Bodendorfer will be sharing some of her recent research regarding having an ACE conversation in primary care. The goal of her study has been to identify barriers to having this discussion and how to break these down. Her goal is to help focus on primary prevention of ACEs which ultimately affect a child’s entire life. The first step in doing this is by informing families through an ACE conversation.

Dr. Bodendorfer Bio: Victoria "Vicki" Bodendorfer grew up in Germantown, Wisconsin, obtained her Bachelor's degree in Human Biology with an emphasis in Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and obtained her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently a second year Family Medicine resident at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Her medical interests consist of full-scope Family Medicine in or just outside of the borders of Wisconsin. She has a strong passion for Child Advocacy as she spent much of her medical school career completing a scholarly project regarding this subject and has chosen to further this interest by researching ACEs during her residency. Some of her personal interests include running, biking, water-skiing, watching movies, hanging out with family and friends, and being a new Aunt to her niece Evie.

11:30 to Noon: Facilitated Skills Practice
The AVA-Mat-Su Regional Training Academy Faculty will support participants as they practice formal and informal screening conversations. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback about trauma informed practice strategies.

Noon to 1:30 pm Working Lunch (lunch provided)

Local Speaker: Law Enforcement (12:15 to 12:45)
Participants will understand how law enforcement personnel use trauma informed practice when a call is received for welfare checks, domestic violence, runaway or other similar concerns

Local Speaker: Office of Children’s Services (12:45 to 1:15)
Participants will understand how OCS personnel use trauma informed practice when there is a report of suspected harm or child abuse.

1:30 to 2:30 Local Resources
Participants will learn about Mat-Su social service agencies, prevention initiatives, and rehabilitation options and the referral processes for the same. Opportunities for interaction and ongoing discussion about unmet needs and potential solution will be provided.

2:30 to 2:45 Break

2:45 to 4:00 Dr. Tina Woods: Building Resilient Clinical Teams
Dr. Woods will discuss provider resiliency, the warning signs of burn-out and vicarious trauma in clinical staff, and will review options for prevention of the same. Self-care and self-assessment strategies for provider resiliency will be reviewed. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to evaluate and reflect upon their experience at the conference, their future training needs, and ideas for integrating medical healthcare services into community strategies for building resiliency.

Dr. Woods Bio: Tina Marie Woods is Aleut from St. Paul Island, Alaska, and Chamorro from the Island of Guam. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural Indigenous Emphasis from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has worked within the Alaska Tribal Health System for over 15 years with a majority of her time as an administrator for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association.

She respectfully blends both Western science and indigenous practices based on teachings from Elders. She has dedicated her academic training and career to working with Alaska Native people to provide quality, holistic and comprehensive health services. Woods presents with “lived experience” and leverages such experience in combination with science for teaching others about trauma-informed care. She strongly believes in going upstream with prevention efforts in order to make a significant difference for future generations.
Woods sits on the Data Safety Monitoring Board Member for the HEALTHH Study (Healing and Empowering Alaskan Lives Toward Healthy Hearts Project), the UAA Psychology Department’s Community Advisory Board and is a member of the Alaska Public Health Association, Alaska Psychological Association and American Psychological Association. Woods is ANTHC’s Senior Director, providing leadership for Community Health Services programs including long-range corporate plans and formulating strategies and action plans to achieve the goals of the organization.

Ptarmigan Pediatrics is partnering with the Academy on Violence and Abuse Mat-Su Regional Academy to bring a regional training to the Mat-Su Borough.

Traumatic Brain Injury
Chronic Alcoholism and Other Substance Related Disorders
Behavioral Health/Mental Illness
All Tribal Services/Tribal Government
All Substance Abuse
All Health Care
All Education K-12 & Postsecondary faculty, staff, and students
All Direct Support Services/Care Givers
All Developmental Disabilities
All Child Welfare
All Behavioral Health / Social

Registration Information

For more information or to register click here, call 907-357-4400, or email rgeorg2017@gmail.com.