Trauma and Resiliency Conference Information

Due to exceedingly high interest, we have closed registration for the Trauma and Resiliency Conference.

It is clear that these topics are important to our community and we intend to offer future events to continue building capacity in the behavioral health field. 

For a full schedule and description of the conference sessions, please CLICK HERE for an updated agenda for Day 1 and CLICK HERE for an updated agenda for Day 2. 

On November 14 and 15th, the Bridge Center for Hope will host a Trauma and Resiliency Conference at the Tracy Center in Baton Rouge. Due to the recent floods that affected many of Louisiana’s Parishes, this training is being conducted to increase the awareness and capacity of service providers as it relates to trauma and disaster events. Individuals from any of the affected areas are welcome to join the Baton Rouge community in attending this training. 

Hurricane Katrina resulted in double the number of individuals dealing with mental health issues and a significant increase in substance abuse, according to researchers at University of Houston. By increasing our capacity as a region, we will be better able to assess and address these needs. 

The training will consist of various tracks for clinicians, early education providers, first responders, school administrators and teachers, hospital staff and clergy. With the exception of those receiving continuing education credits, the training will be provided at no cost to the attendee. There is a $35 fee for continuing edcuation credits.

Conference will be held at The Tracy Center, located at the Catholic Life Center,
1800 S Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

There is no fee for admission except for those who are interested in earning continuing education credits.

The fee for earning continuing education credits is $35. Please check the box in the form below to receive credits, and we will email you a link for payment when approval for continuing education has been received.

Registration starts at 8 am both days. Sessions will run from 8:30 am to 5 pm. 

Conference Topics

Day 1: November 14th
Introduction to Mind-Body Medicine and Community-Wide Trauma Relief
Lunch and Learn - Introduction and Use of Trauma Screeners
Self Care & Group Support as Fundamental Tools for Trauma Relief & Resilience
Imagery and Imagination for Trauma
Creating Safety for Survivors
Helping Children Rebound from Traumatic Events - Strategies for Early Childhood Educators
Motivational Interviewing
Substance Abuse and Trauma
Act 219 - Suicide Prevention for Teachers

Day 2: November 15th
The Flood: State and Local Response to Behavioral Health Concerns - Panel Discussion
The Role of Breath and Movement in Trauma Relief
Psychological First Aid
Mind-Body Medicine with Children and Teens, Considerations and Applications
The Role of Spirituality in Healing & Next Steps

* Sessions subject to change

List of Speakers:
Dr. Jessica Hamblen, Acting Deputy, Executive Director for the National Center for PTSD
Michele Louviere, Clinical Director, Celebration Hope Center
Dr. James Gordon, Founder, The Center of Mind Body Medicine
Dr. Tonya Hansel, LSU School of Medicine Psychiatry
Paula Davis, LCSW-BACS, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
Amy Shinal, Faculty, The Center of Mind Body Medicine
Dr. Rita Anita Linger, Faculty, The Center of Mind Body Medicine
Cate Heroman, Education Chair, Knock Knock Children’s Museum
Bruce Buggs, University of Louisiana Lafayette
Dr. Jose Calderon, Mindful Psychiatry
Dr. James Hussey, Asst. Secretary, Office of Behavioral Health
Dr. Jan Kasofsky, Executive Director, Capital Area Human Services District
Dr. Tony Speier, LSU Health Sciences
Dr. Stephen Phillippi, Director, Institute for Public Health & Justice, LSU School of Public Health
Michele Many, LSU Health Sciences
Dr. Rick Costa, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, LSUHSC School of Medicine
Dr. Michelle Moore, LSU Psychiatry Department
Toni Bankston, Executive Director, Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center
Becky Young, Crisis Intervention Center
Annemieke Kumiega, Crisis Intervention Center
Dr. Margo Abadie, Crisis Intervention Center