The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is proud to host the webinar “Making the Unspeakable Speakable: Making the Case for Trauma Screening and Assessment” with Meghan Christian, ICFW Child and Family Therapist, Dimitri Topitzes, ICFW Clinical Director, and Cynthia Franzolin, Licensed Professional Counselor from Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and Franzolin Consulting Services, LLC on May 4th from 1:00-2:00 CST.
Trauma-informed care has increasingly become common nomenclature to social service providers, therapists, researchers, school staff and the general public. To become trauma-responsive, it is essential to conduct trauma screening and assessment so as not to make assumptions, miss vital information, reinforce shame through silence and avoidance, set inappropriate goals and lose rapport with clients. This practice creates many questions for professionals and clients such as why these topics are being explored, how the information will be used and how the process is used as a change maker for families and, at a community-level, policies.
Through the process of gradual exposure and developing relationships, authentic client engagement around trauma yields real partnership and voice from those most affected by trauma. Meaningful trauma screening and assessment between interviewer and interviewee is a reciprocal process of empowerment and education that constructs a foundation of frank openness. This foundation then allows for co-creation of informed service goals and treatment design, resilience-building experiences and, ultimately, produces sustainable changes that actually benefits the individual, family, and community.
This webinar seeks to explore trauma screening and assessment, why it is critical to service provision, how it impacts the provider/recipient relationship, and how trauma screening and assessment can be a change maker for communities through robust conversation with an experienced, Milwaukee-based panel.