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Mental health and "trauma" are often misunderstood. Trauma is not just about car accidents or mundane daily hassles. Adverse traumatic life experiences include addictions, violence, verbal and sexual abuse, chronic poverty or unemployment, depression, discrimination, neglect, and many other sources. Trauma and unresolved mental health issues prevent employees from functioning to their full potential. The impact on organizations can lead to increased absenteeism, turnover, and lower productivity. What can organizations do to create a more resilient workforce to achieve greater organizational success? Attend this event to learn more about the challenges of trauma and mental health issues and how to create workforce resilience!
Creating Workforce Resilience:
Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Mental Health on Achieving Organizational Success
Mental health and 'trauma' are often misunderstood. Trauma is not just about car accidents or mundane daily hassles. Adverse traumatic life experiences include addictions, violence, verbal and sexual abuse, chronic poverty or unemployment, depression, discrimination, neglect, and many other sources. Trauma and unresolved mental health issues prevent employees from functioning to their full potential. The impact on organizations can lead to increased absenteeism, turnover, and lower productivity. What can organizations do to create a more resilient workforce to achieve greater organizational success? Attend this event to learn more about the challenges of trauma and mental health issues and how to create workforce resilience!
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
MRA Conference Center
N19W24400 Riverwood Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
Time Session 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast 8:00 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks 8:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Session 1: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Creating Workforce Resilience 9:40 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. Break 9:55 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Session 2: Panel Discussion 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Session 3: Building Greater Workforce Resilience 11:45 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Closing Remarks
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Creating Workforce Resilience
Presented by Tim Grove, Senior Consultant and Trauma-informed care expert, SaintA
Tim will present an overview of the definition of trauma-informed practice and introduce trauma-informed principles that support a healthy and resilient workforce. This session will provide examples of HR practices that recognize the prevalence and impact of adversity on employees and the community and how to get employees to live up to their full potential. Tim will offer a perspective on how a trauma-informed approach by HR professionals fits well in our current economic times and why creating a culture of resilience allows all kinds of talent to thrive.
Moderated by Ann Leinfelder Grove, President and CEO, SaintA
The panel discussion will explore different perspectives on what a trauma-informed practice looks like, with pragmatic examples from people and companies who are investing time and resources in a trauma-informed approach to create workforce resilience.
- Alicia Dupies, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Growth, Capri Senior Communities
- Annemarie Scobey Polacheck, Director of Corporate Philanthropy, Johnson Controls
- Dr. Ingrid D. Hicks, Executive Director, TransformationServices, Inc.
- Tim Grove, Senior Consultant, SaintA
- Dimitri Topitzes, PhD, LCSW, Co-founder and Associate Director of Program Design and Clinical Services, Institute for Child and Family Well-Being
Alicia Dupies, senior vice president of strategy & growth, brings 20+ years’ experience across diverse geographies, sectors, and roles, with a focus on strategy, community affairs, workforce development, and business development. Alicia has a successful record developing innovative strategies that deepen relationships, enhance communication and culture, strengthen reputation, and deliver business and social outcomes for internal and external stakeholders. She focuses on developing strategic partnerships and innovative workforce development strategies and directing the company’s corporate citizenship programs. She is also a recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 and Women of Influence Awards.
Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck is director of corporate philanthropy at Johnson Controls, driving strategy and program development in the area of community support and engagement. She conducts due diligence for the Johnson Controls Foundation and is the architect of the Johnson Controls Neighborhood Initiative, which strategically focuses Johnson Controls Foundation giving and employee volunteerism. Annemarie joined Johnson Controls, in 2006, as the project manager of Vision Week, a global employee engagement initiative, and moved to the public affairs area in 2011 to lead the company’s national United Way campaign and other philanthropic initiatives. Annemarie is also a professional writer who has won national awards. She is on the board of Dominican High School and volunteers in various capacities with local nonprofits, schools, and her church. She is a graduate of Marquette University.
Dr. Ingrid D. Hicks is a licensed clinical psychologist, consultant, grant writer, and author specializing in minority education and curriculum development. Her company, TransformationServices, Inc. (TSI), uses a holistic approach to substance abuse and mental health counseling, incorporating a healthier physical, emotional, and spiritual lifestyle. Dr. Hicks received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Her present areas of interest include the "under and misdiagnosis" of co-occurring psychiatric disorders (mental health and alcohol & drugs), as well as anger and empowerment. Dr. Hicks is also very interested in the psychological effects and reunification of parents and children that have been separated due to incarceration, as well as the perception, treatment, and re-entry issues once the offender is released back to the community. Dr. Hicks has appeared on radio and television, including past appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Geraldo, ABC World News Tonight, and NPR (National Public Radio). She has been interviewed by Essence Magazine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.
Ann Leinfelder Grove is President and CEO of SaintA and has served the organization for close to 30 years in a number of senior leadership positions including Executive Vice President and COO with oversight of all agency programs. She championed the program implementation of SaintA’s trauma-informed care model and seven essential ingredients (7ei) for improving outcomes. Ann is involved in Milwaukee community initiatives such as Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) and in Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) discussions to create innovative solutions to support families. As CEO, Ann’s strategic vision has enhanced SaintA’s partnerships in the community and advanced a culture of equity and inclusion at SaintA.
Tim Grove is the senior leader of trauma-informed care (TIC) initiatives across all agency programs and was responsible for implementing SaintA’s TIC philosophy and practices, including Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). He is a mentor with the ChildTrauma Academy and a master trainer in Dr. Rob Anda's and Laura Porter’s ACE Interface curriculum. He led a 3-year research study, which demonstrated the effectiveness of the seven essential ingredients in child welfare outcomes, and his work has been highlighted in a number of publications. Tim is recognized nationally as a trauma-informed care expert and was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for a 60 Minutes segment on trauma and resilience.
James "Dimitri" Topitzes is co-founder and associate director of program design and clinical services at the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being and serves as an associate professor in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. His research interests include etiology and the effects, treatment, and prevention of early childhood trauma. Dr. Topitzes devotes his time to applied research projects that adapt, implement, test, and disseminate evidence-informed practices within public service sectors. He partners with community-based health clinics, workforce development programs, and child welfare service systems to evaluate usual care and implement, test, and disseminate promising trauma-informed practices. He directs the Trauma-Informed Care Graduate Certificate Program at UWM and teaches three courses within the certificate program. Dr. Topitzes holds a master’s degree in social work and a doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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