Trauma in Our Community Conference — Healing Trauma as a Public Health Priority

Downtown Milwaukee and Live Online


As a community, what can we do to help people overcome their experiences with trauma and prevent exposure to trauma in the first place?

This year’s Trauma in Our Community Conference looks at trauma from a public health lens, exploring how universal approaches and preventative strategies can be effective in the treatment and prevention of trauma.

Why Attend Trauma in Our Community Conference?

Dr. Dimitri Topitzes, who serves as a Trauma Conference Advisory Council member as well as a professor and chair in UW-Milwaukee’s social work department, shares a few reasons why he’s looking forward to this unique event.

Empower Yourself to Empower Others

  • Expand Your Perspectives: Engage with field-level experts, local experts, community members and service providers on the topic of trauma. 
  • Learn Community-Driven Methods: Gain tools to better support individuals and communities, including the link between social determinants of health and community wellbeing. 
  • Access Resources: Expand your toolkit with information on trauma and community violence. 

Join us on June 27, 2024 – at UWM’s School of Continuing Education Downtown Conference Center in Milwaukee and Live Online – as we discuss trauma beyond the individual level, paving the way for improved mental wellbeing, enhanced physical health and stronger communities.

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Cost: $259
CEUs: 0.6 CEHs: 6.0

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Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss

Trauma Quality of Life
Discover comprehensive strategies and approaches aimed at enhancing the well-being and recovery of individuals who have experienced firearm injuries.

Creating Space for Trauma to Heal
Gain an introductory explanation of the ways that traumatic adversity happens to a person, the varied impacts of trauma that happen inside a person when the adversity is left unresolved and the various approaches that enable trauma resolution and healing.

Circles of Support with Project RETURN
Participate in Circles of Support. Members of each circle include formerly incarcerated individuals, a trained circle keeper and community volunteers. Explore the structured process that facilitates growth, shared learning and community healing.

Advocating for Compassionate Schools
Join this interactive session to learn tips and tools for successfully engaging a school in trauma informed practice that promotes compassion, empathy, responsibility and repaired relationships.

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Questions? Please contact Star DeLuca at or 414.251.7292.

“I am excited about this year’s conference! We are at a pivotal moment in the struggle against trauma, and I am eager to hear what’s working to promote healing from this lineup of speakers and all of the participants.”

– Tim Grove, Senior Director of Trauma Informed Strategy and Practice

  • STRYV365
  • Norris, Inc.
  • Rogers Behavioral Health
  • UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
  • UW-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber College of Public Health
  • Wellpoint Care Network
  • WCS
  • Creative Counseling of Milwaukee
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Southwest