About Us

Anyone in the community can be subjected to a wide range of traumatic events, from being physically injured to sustaining traumatic brain injury, to witnessing suffering from the aftermath of violence.

This conference is intended for: teachers, school and youth counselors, psychologists, social workers, medical providers, parents and foster parents, and anyone interested in addressing trauma care throughout the healthcare system.

There is no “quick fix” solution for unseen injuries, but education is the key. Those who have experienced trauma need better service and they need it now.

Join us as we come together to inform and unite.

UWM Team
Star DeLuca, Conference Coordinator
Angela Kelber, Continuing Education Associate Director
Liza Longhini, University Advancement Director
Wendy Norem, Associate Director, Marketing
Joe Neuman, Designer
Megan Shea, Registration Supervisor
Ron Wiza, Director of Multimedia and Conference
Drew Laser, Program Assistant

Advisory Council

Shirley J. Burks MA

Program Manager, UWM School of Continuing Education – Nonprofit

Sumaiyah Clark

Sumaiyah Clark MS

Milwaukee County Chief Equity Officer, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services

Patricia Clason

Patricia Clason RCC, CPS

Emotional Intelligence Speaker, Patricia Clason Coaching Associates

Tim Grove

Tim Grove MSW

Senior Director of Trauma Informed Training and Practice, Wellpoint Care Network

Artis Landon

Deputy Administrator, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services

Nieves Lopez

Nieves Lopez

Ryan White Project Manager, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

Jessica Mayer

Jessie Mayer

Clinical Social Worker, Froedtert Bluemound Rehabilitation Hospital

Josh Mersky

Joshua Mersky Ph.D.

Professor, Co-director Institute for Child and Family Well-being. Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Carmen Pitre

Carmen Pitre BA

President and Chief Executive Officer , Sojourner

Ashley Thousand

Ashley Thousand

Clinical Psychotherapist, Froedtert Health

James "Dimitri" Topitzes Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Director of Clinical Serves at the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being and Professor at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Join counselors, social workers, clinicians, psychologists, physicians, nurses, and related practitioners as they present trauma-informed practices. Attend workshops from local and national experts to increase your knowledge of the needs of the community that surrounds us.

Questions? Please contact Star DeLuca – sce-humanservices@uwm.edu or 414-251-7292