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Trauma Informed Care and People with Intellectual Disabilities

  • Best Western Ramkota 2111 North Lacrosse Street Rapid City, SD, 57701 United States (map)

Free Training Presented by Karyn Harvey, Ph.D.

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Dr. Karyn Harvey will address trauma in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. There are so many sources of trauma that people with intellectual disabilities have experienced throughout their lives. Even in the most ideal circumstances, there’s typically
some trauma. And trauma has it effects. Dr. Harvey will give her perspective on what it means for both caregivers and the system as a whole to be more “trauma-informed.”

Participants will learn:
• Causes of trauma & it’s effects on both a biological and psychiatric level.
• Ways in which healing occurs. (Healing will be addressed on multiple levels)
• Ways to facilitate recovery, growth and happiness.
• An approach to positive behavior change, based on both trauma recovery
and positive identity development.

Could some of the reactions we describe as behavior problems really be a past trauma response? According to Dr. Harvey, “In this field we so often focus on behaviors as though the behavior is driving the person and the behavior is the issue, when it’s really a symptom. And what it’s often a symptom of is post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Dr. Karyn Harvey is an engaging and dynamic presenter. She is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and an author. She is currently the Assistant Executive Director of Quality Support at the ARC Baltimore. Dr. Harvey consults with state and individual agencies as well as trains staff, administrators and clinicians on trauma-informed care throughout the country. She has written two books: Trauma-Informed Behavioral Interventions: What Works and What Doesn’t and Positive Identify Development.

Who Should Attend? Service Coordinators, Direct Support Professionals, Educators, Clinicians, Behavior Specialists, Families and others who work with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

Registration Required:

Hosted by:
South Dakota Division of Developmental Disabilities
South Dakota Developmental Center
South Dakota Council on Developmental Disabilities

Contact for Information: Julie Hand or 605-773-3438