2021.2.19. Trauma-Focused Care Conference


Registration is now Open

Virtual Trauma-Focused Care Conference


Trauma is an emotional response to a negative event. Realizing that you might actually been traumatized is the first step in healing and overcoming.


Registration is required

 The last day to pre-register is Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4pm.

Date: Friday, February 19, 2021

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Online Platform

Please Note:  This is a one-day conference which is also being offered on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Some of the information presented will be the same, but not all.

Conference Information:


By recognizing that trauma is a health concern and it impacts the emotional and physical wellness of individuals, behavioral health providers can begin to provide support to consumers through the implementation of evidence-based and best practice interventions, and collaboration across the system of care.

It is important to develop and implement treatment services that can effectively address post-traumatic stress symptoms while also successfully managing the risk of triggering individuals into episodes of mental illness symptoms or substance abuse relapse. The goal of this conference is to advance the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment services to individuals served by the public behavioral health system.



Early Bird

Early Bird Deadline








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Wayne County Community Mental Health Professional










Learning Objectives


  • Participants will be able to provide definitions and examples of health inequity, marginalized communities and historical trauma.
  • Participants will be able to state the relevance of trauma and the pandemic, stress and community disproportionately observed in marginalized communities for traumatic stress.
  • Participants will be able to provide three ways that they can modify their treatment or practice to be responsive to the needs of communities.



Ebony Lewis, Author, Community Activist, wife and mother has had a desire to inspire change in the community her entire life. After attending King High School then Columbia College in Chicago, she retuned home to do just that. Working in youth development for over 10 years and as the Director for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, she has certainly made her mark. Black Boys It Is Okay to Cry is about the emotional state of our young men, highlighting some of the things we go through from a young age. Lewis’ inspiration has come from personal struggles, as she had to endure her cousin taking his own life in 2016. She also watched as her father battled with bi-polar disease her entire life.


John H. Smith, Author and Owner of Grind Time Fitness, LLC John focuses on the mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being of his clients, not just the physical. Grindtime Fitness is a personal training facility that offers group training as well as one on one training. Grindtime Fitness also provides meal plans and meal prep to help those who find healthy eating to be a challenge. Grindtime Fitness is a gym that aims to help encourage people to have a better quality of life through physical activity, encouragement, dedication, and healthy eating guidance. We have a heart for the people we serve. Our ultimate goal is to help get Detroit healthy again. This is the gym where excuses are put away, limitations are broken, and physical results are achieved.


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Phillip Lutrell, Phil in the Gaps
Phillip Luttrell is a LMSW-C clinical social worker and sole founder of Phil in the Gaps. He is currently working full time as a substance abuse therapist in Michigan with experience working with clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. He received his Bachelors of Social Work from Central Michigan University in 2015, and his Masters of Social Work from The University of Michigan in 2016. Phillip was a part of the Detroit Clinical Scholars Program during his graduate program. Phillip currently works as a substance use disorder therapist at Hegira Programs.  Phillip utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing.


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Jessie Fullenkamp, Ruth Ellis Center Director of Education and Evaluation, joined the Ruth Ellis Center in 2010. Jessie studied in Kumasi, Ghana and graduated with a BSW from Xavier University and a MSW from the University of Michigan. Fullenkamp lived and worked in the Federated States of Micronesia on the island of Weno on education, HIV and women’s issues. She led the development and implementation of the first Medicaid billable, LGBTQ youth specific community mental health services in the state of Michigan. A world where LGBTQ youth are safe and supported no matter where they go is now the focus of the training and research Jessie leads at the Ruth Ellis Center.

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Angelika M. Lewis, Ruth Ellis Center

Education and Evaluation Coordinator, Ruth Ellis Center As a coordinator and facilitator Angelika enjoys engaging with community, bridging the gap between lived experience and policy, and creating safe learning environments. Her work currently focuses on training adult learners in order to support LGBTQ+ youth and adults in their care, primarily working within systems such as child welfare, juvenile justice, and community mental health. Previously a direct care worker herself, in fields ranging from early childhood education to community mental health, Angelika knows that sustainability requires accessible, affordable, ongoing training and support.

Angelika holds a B.A. In Cultural Studies from Columbia College where she also studied photography, restorative justice, and memory work in post-apartheid South Africa. Her work continues to focus on increasing equitable practices that impact the health and safety outcomes of minoritized groups, specifically LGBTQ+ youth.

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Michelle Mattison, The Humanity Collection

Michelle C. Mattison of is an appointee on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.
Mattison is a yoga enthusiast and experienced instructor. She is a student pursuing her Master of Business Administration degree after recently completing her Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan. She is a Detroit native with a passion for yoga and improving health determinants in the Black community by enhancing the quality of mental health services. Mattison is a world peace visionary and firmly believes in the power of uplifting individuals through empathy, encouragement and integrity. While in the School of Social Work, she has served as the president of our Student Union and deputy director of Black Radical Healing Pathways.

Mattison envisions using her collective experiences to own a business that focuses on advocacy and empowerment. Her most recent work includes educating teenagers on the practice and knowledge to support a healthy meditation practice. She pursued her MSW while pregnant with her third child and has hoped to serve as an impression of resilience and redemption. Mattison hopes that being transparent about her life experiences will uplift others and plant seeds of self-belief. 



Suggested Participants: Adult Providers, Case Managers, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Addictions Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Administrator, and Clinical Directors serving adults.


The last day to register for this event is Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Continuing Education Information

-SOCIAL WORKERS:  4 continuing education credits are pending for this training. 
-QUALIFIED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (QMHP): These event hours meet the MDCH training requirement for QMHP  staff. 
-CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (CMHP): These event hours meet the MDCH training requirement for CMHP  staff. 
-SUBSTANCE USE PROFESSIONALS:   4 non-specific CEC hours are approved by MCBAP for substance use professionals, such as Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CAADC).

-TRAINING HOURSThis event will count toward the annual training hours required by most provider agencies.


ADA Accommodations

If you have individual requirements or need special services to participate in this training, please notify Tinetra Burns at (313) 344-9099 or tburns@dwihn.org. Please make arrangements at least two weeks before the event date.

Remember: The last day to register for this event is Wednesday, February 17, 2021

If you have questions regarding the event, contact Andrea Smith at asmith1@dwihn.org.



If you have individual requirements or need special services to participate in this training, please notify Tinetra Burns at (313) 344-9099 or tburns@dwihn.org. Please make arrangements at least two weeks before the event date.


There is a nominal registration fee to attend this conference. Please pay prior to February 18th by entering your credit card information when the registration process asks for it. You may also send a company check or money order to DWIHN. All checks/money orders can be made out to ‘DWIHN’. Receipts will be available upon request.

Substitutions are permitted at any time. No Shows will be billed at the same rate. Cancellations must be received in writing no later than 7 business days prior to the training to asmith1@dwihn.org in order to obtain a full refund. If cancellation is received less than 7 days prior to the training, no refund will be issued.

By joining us at this event, attendees consent to Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network's Detroit Wayne Connect photographing, videotaping and using your image and likeness.