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Our Annual Conference and Other Events

Our Annual Conference and Other Events

Riverside Trauma Center’s Annual Conference

Every year Riverside Trauma Center holds a cutting-edge conference highlighting current trends, research, and approaches in the fields of trauma, suicide prevention, and resilience. The conference is a great opportunity to gain insight and knowledge about these topics and to network with peers. Events by other organizations are also listed below.

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–Social Worker
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10th Annual Riverside Trauma Center Conference

Cultivating a Trauma-Informed Workplace:

Caring for Human Service Workers

October 23, 2020

Our annual event will be virtual this year.

Registration has ended. If you’ve registered for the conference but have not yet received the Zoom registration link, please email jhuynh@riversidecc.org

Conference Description:

A growing body of research shows that human service workers are uniquely exposed to high stress both because of their work and their own personal histories of adverse experiences. Recently organizations including mental health organizations, schools, and human service agencies have made trauma-informed care for those served a priority for delivery of care.

This year’s online 10th Annual Riverside Trauma Center Conference will examine trauma-informed and culturally responsive approaches to serve the human service workforce from the perspective of the organization. Our speakers and panelists will help us imagine steps to creating more compassionate, supportive and trauma informed organizations that create a deeper and healthier environment for building resilience to thrive in daily work. Caregivers of all aspects of the workforce will learn from our speakers how to promote growth in our most valuable resource, the people doing the provision of care, so that they can bring hope and trauma-informed care to their work.

Learning Objectives

Keynote Speakers:

“The Children’s Fire for Trauma-Informed Organizations”

Lea Denny’s keynote address will focus on her organization’s, Healing Intergenerational Roots, work with indigenous populations in the Midwest. She will talk about indigenous principles of Children’s Fire, and Community Activated Medicine as foundational to the work with the population served and to the organizational structure itself. This presentation will highlight Lea’s research on toxic stress in indigenous people and the use of a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) to facilitate healing with a culturally informed perspective. She will teach this as a perspective that could be used in non-indigenous populations because they are social justice and neurobiology informed.

Lea S. Denny, MS, LPC, NCC, NMT, CEO, Founder & Clinical Director at Healing Intergenerational Roots Wellness Institute (HIRWI). HIRWI is a nonprofit organization that provides social justice-informed and free mental health counseling and wellness services for Indigenous and underserved communities. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mount Mary University. She is Hawaiian and Filipino, and her husband is Oneida (Native American) and together they have two children. She has presented workshops, training’s, and keynotes, locally, statewide, Nationally, and Internationally. This includes speaking at Global conferences, in Cape Town, South Africa at the “Pathways To Resilience” Conference, Banff, Canada at the 2nd & 3rd Neurosequential Model Symposium, and in Winnipeg, Canada, at the 9th Annual National Mental Health Conference. Ms. Denny presents on her research and work around Historical Trauma and community resilience. From her research she developed and coined several concepts and practices such as the Intergenerational Healing Approach ™ , C.A.M.™ (Community Activated Medicine), and CAMPsites ™ (mobile mental health outreach). Ms. Denny’s vision is to establish HIRWI as a train the trainer site that informs, empowers, and encourages the professional development and innovation of the next generation of counselors, healers, and leaders. Ms. Denny is a trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and brings these teachings into her practice for her organization. HIR’s motto is “Illness becomes Wellness when I becomes We, Healing All Nations- One Tribe.”

Creating Safe and Supportive Environments: Moving Beyond Asking “What happened to you?”

Joanna Bridger will discuss ways of working towards safe and supportive or trauma-informed work environments and some of the experiences Riverside Trauma Center has had in working with organizations to move towards more safe and supportive organizational cultures, including many of the common barriers programs face to doing this work and some lessons learned.

Joanna Bridger, LICSW is the Clinical Director for Riverside Trauma Center where she responds to community disasters and provides training on trauma, resilience, trauma-informed care, and suicide prevention and postvention. She has worked with youth, families, adults, and communities that have experienced traumas in a wide range of settings in the U.S. and abroad for more than 20 years. Her particular focus over the past several years has been working with school districts throughout Massachusetts on creating trauma-sensitive or safe and supportive school environments, and she has been consulting with the Lawrence school for well over a year.

Panel Presentation

Panelists represent human service workers from education, public health, mental health and the LGBTQIA+ community. They will talk about the ways that their organizations approach trauma-informed care for those served and those doing the work. Panelists represent a broad range of experience with developing trauma-informed organizations.

Cost: Fees for this on-line conference are $99 per person. $40 per person for Riverside Community Care employees.

Continuing Education: Applications for 5 hours of continuing education credits will be submitted for LMFTs, CADCs, and Nurses. This training is approved for 5 hours of continuing education for Psychologists, Social Workers and Counselors.*

Who should attend this training? This training is targeted towards Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner practitioners. This course is appropriate for all levels of practitioners.

Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Riverside Trauma Center has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6992. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Riverside Trauma Center is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Riverside Community Care, #1518, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/27/2020 – 03/27/2021.

100% attendance is required to obtain full CE credit. No partial credit can be given. Attendance is confirmed via Zoom attendance reporting. At the conclusion of the training, participants must also complete an evaluation in order to receive CE Certificates. Eligible participants will receive CE Certificates via email within 30 days following the conclusion of the conference.

There is no commercial support or conflict of interest known for programs/instructors listed in this training.

For registration, questions, or to request accommodations please contact Jenny Huynh jhuynh@riversidecc.org. For grievance information, click here.

Registration Deadline is 10/19/2020. Pre-registration is required. Register online and pay by credit card here at Eventbrite or by mailing a hard copy of the registration form and a check. Please make check payable to “Riverside Community Care” and send it to: Jenny Huynh, Riverside Trauma Center, 255 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02494.


9:00 am – 9:15 am

Welcome & Introduction by Larry Berkowitz, Director, Riverside Trauma Center

9:15 am – 11:15 am

Keynote: “The Children’s Fire for Trauma-Informed Organizations”

Lea S. Denny, MS, LPC, NCC, NMT, CEO, Founder of the HIR Wellness Institute

11:15 am – 11:25am


11:25 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Rooms – Discussions with RTC Staff

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Trauma-Informed Organizational Practices

1:30 pm – 1:40 pm


1:40 pm – 2:50 pm

Creating Safe and Supportive Environments: Moving Beyond Asking “What happened to you?”

Joanna Bridger, LICSW, Clinical Director, Riverside Trauma Center

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm

Conference Wrap Up & Conclusion

Other Events

Other events run by reputable organizations in our field that may be of interest will be listed below when available.