Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings
On August 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will present a Web Forum discussion with Vivian Brown, Ph.D., and Amy Fleischauer, LMSW, on best practices for implementing trauma-informed care in victim services settings. Dr. Brown is the founder and former CEO of Prototypes, a California-based nonprofit agency that serves women, children, and communities affected by substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. She has 40 years of experience in developing innovative, trauma-informed and trauma-specific mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS services. Dr. Brown currently provides consultation on integrating mental health, substance abuse, health, and trauma services; and she recently developed a number of trauma-informed practice materials. She previously collaborated on the OVC-funded Institute for Collaborative Response for Victims of Family Violence at San Jose State University, including presenting workshops on family violence and the intersecting issues of trauma, mental health, and substance abuse; and on using trauma assessments to help agencies become more trauma-informed. Ms. Fleischauer is Director of Victim Services at the International Institute of Buffalo, which provides services to foreign-born victims of human trafficking and domestic violence. She also serves as Director of Victim Services for the Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium, which provides training and technical assistance for organizations that administer direct care to survivors of human trafficking. Ms. Fleischauer is a consistent presenter and panelist at national conferences on topics related to domestic violence and human trafficking.Visit the OVC Web Forum now at http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum to submit questions for Dr. Brown and Ms. Fleischauer and return on August 29 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. Go to http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ovcproviderforum/asp/participate.asp for instructions on how to participate.