Trauma Informed Care Conference is October 17-18

Cleveland abduction survivor Michelle Knight, now known as Lily Rose Lee, will share her story at a Toledo conference on trauma informed care on Tuesday, October 17 from 10:30 until noon.

Knight, one of three women held captive in a Cleveland house for a decade, will be a featured speaker on the effects of trauma on behavior. Knight, who was kidnapped when she was 21, endured years of torture before she, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were rescued in May 2013.

The “Trauma Care and Vulnerable Populations Conference” will be held October 17th and 18th. It is sponsored the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of how traumatic experiences impact behavior and how to become a survivor.

“The Conference will be geared toward direct support professionals, families, guardians, early intervention specialists, investigative agents, lawyers, medical professionals, mental health professionals, providers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and counselors, superintendents and community members,” said Pat Stephens, Director of Providers Supports at the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

“We know traumatic experiences can impact a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors,” she said. “Obtaining a basic understanding of trauma and trauma reactions will guide professionals with their interactions with children and adults who seek our services. Our goal is to serve individuals with more compassion and understanding.”

Other speakers include renowned trauma informed care experts Mary Vicario and Carol Hudgins-Mitchell, Dr. Julie Gentile, and Dr. Adrienne Fricker-Elhai.

The two-day conference, will be held at the Premier Banquet Complex, 4480 Heatherdowns Boulevard. For reservation information contact Lisha Washington at 419-381-5207 or click here.