ONTRACK Program Resources, in partnership with the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, is offering two trainings to healthcare and behavioral health providers serving high need California communities.
This COST-FREE training series is made possible through the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware Initiative, led by the Office of the California Surgeon General and the Department of Health Care Services to give Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs.
This virtual four-hour supplemental training will enhance Medi-Cal providers to deliver quality healthcare that adheres to trauma-informed principles and patient-centered best practices for developing policies that protect the patient and others. It will cover the standards, as delineated by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), with a special focus on adapting to a post-coronavirus world and NCTSN for child-serving agencies and systems, including:
The training highlights how a discussion of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) early within provider/patient relationships can increase both physical and emotional safety with patients. Healthcare providers who agree to build a safety-based skillset can promote patient autonomy and prioritize the individual rights of each patient. A concept called “Safety Talk” will be practiced with suggestions on how to incorporate “Safety Talk” into clinical practice. Attendees will practice compassionate, present-focused questioning about safety and its impact on health. The concept of “Safety Talk” will be explored to improve effective patient referrals to resources to increase current safety and reduce actual risks in the patient’s life.
The module on the trauma-informed standards will involve the development of a written statement of commitment for the practice or office. Attendees will practice compassionate, present-focused questioning about health and treatment after ACEs disclosure and effective referring of patients to effective treatments that address the impact of childhood trauma histories.
This course is intended for family practice, internal medicine, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care professionals, as well as addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals.
GABRIELLA GRANT is the director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, overseeing the Center’s research, program, and professional development as well as policy analysis. Her background includes heading the nation’s first community corrections-based victim advocacy program and running a three-year project funded by the California Department of Public Health to increase access to domestic violence shelters by women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. She earned her undergraduate degree from Amherst College, a Latin teaching certificate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
This virtual four-hour training will supplement ACEs Aware Core trainings to help Medi-Cal providers gain deeper understanding of the historical and generational trauma inflicted by the health care system on Black consumers and their families. The course will review whole person approaches, strength-based best practices and models for treatment and services for Black/African American consumers. Providers will learn skills that increase empathy and respect to maintain safe engagement with the Black community and lead to efficacious treatment outcomes.
This course is intended for addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals.
OCTAVIA NEAL (pronouns: she/her) has a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology from the University of Hawai’i. She has lived and worked in the Bay Area in the mental health field for almost 7 years providing trauma-informed therapeutic services and support to lower-income marginalized communities. With a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Octavia works with at risk and high acuity youth families while providing mental health education to providers and consumers.