Behavioral health forum at DelState Thursday

DOVER — Delaware State University will be the site of a one-day conference entitled “Shifting from Trauma-Informed Care to an African-Centered Healing Approach” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on campus.

There is no cost for conference attendance.

This workshop will address a gap in the way behavioral health care practitioners provide treatment to African-Americans who have experienced trauma. The goal of this training is to educate behavioral health care professionals about the limitations of traditional trauma-informed care as a therapeutic approach and why a healing-centered approach is more effective.

Dr. Gwendolyn Scott-Jones, chair of the DSU Department of Psychology, notes that the conference supports Governor Carney’s Executive Order No. 24, which makes Delaware a trauma-informed state. The Order provides direction for the Family Services Cabinet Council to help mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences and build resilience in children, adults and communities.
She added that Delaware State University is among one of the first higher education institutions in the state to demonstrate support of the order and to show a commitment to educating Delaware citizens.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin that morning at 8 a.m.

Cosponsors of the conference include DSU’s Department of Psychology, Department of Social Work and College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; TOVA Healthcare LLC; Delaware Department of Health and Social/Division of Public Health; Delaware Center for Health Promotion; and First State Community Action.

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