Lessons in Survival and Healing: Understanding the Difference and Why it Matters

11:30am - May 23, 2023 thru 12:45pm - May 23, 2023 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Northwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 23, 2023
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This 75-minute webinar will focus on how surviving and healing differ, the capacity humans have to heal, and how to engage mental health practitioners, programs, and systems to support trauma healing. Offered in collaboration with Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon (MHAAO). 

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Human beings are not only wired to survive, but we are also wired and have the innate capacity to heal from trauma and adversity. Despite deep wisdom across cultures and generations, many current efforts to increase sensitivity and support for people impacted by trauma (trauma-informed care) have focused almost exclusively on survival and stabilization, leaving out the promise and possibility of full healing and recovery for individuals and communities. In this presentation, Elaine will share lessons learned from her own healing and work and insights about engaging mental health practitioners, programs and systems to fully support and promote trauma healing. This session will provide information and strategies for behavioral health providers on incorporating an expanded perspective and new approaches to trauma healing into their work.    


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Elaine Walters, MS

Elaine Walters is the founding Executive Director and lead trainer at the Trauma Healing Project, an organization that provides professional and community training and direct healing support for survivors. Prior to this position she coordinated the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force in Oregon. For the last 25 years she has been a consultant, trainer and community organizer working to address and eliminate intimate violence. She has designed and facilitated workshops and trainings on many related topics and has provided direct services and support to youth and adults impacted by violence, abuse and other forms of trauma and oppression. She is involved in the effort to expand accessible trauma healing resources and to implement trauma-informed care practices regionally and state-wide.