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NORFOLK - The Up Center will host 'Where There Is Breath, There Is Hope: Transforming Practices Through Trauma Informed Care' training designed to create an informed community of peers and providers who can empower trauma survivors.

Trauma informed practices promote healing and long term, improved client functioning in areas of mental health, substance use, housing, vocational or employment support, domestic violence and victim assistance, and peer support.

In all of these environments, an objective we seek to change is the paradigm from one that asks 'What's wrong with you?' to one that asks 'What has happened to you?'', officials said.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is bringing together industry experts, including Joan P. Gillece, Ph.D., Director, SAMHSA; Janice L. LeBel, Ph.D, Director of Program Management, Massachusetts Dept. of Mental Health; and Marsha Woodland, Student, University of Maryland University College, MD, who will address the prevalence and effects of trauma, the techniques to reduce re-traumatization and self-regulation strategies to prevent vicarious trauma for the practitioner.

The Thursday, January 31 workshop is for licensed mental health providers, Social workers, Criminal justice professionals, Child welfare professionals, Public safety workers, Domestic violence responders, Medical professionals, Human services professionals, Educators, Students.

General admission is $25; students are free. Registration for the 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. event includes breakfast and lunch. You can register on the Up Center's website.

It will be held at the Ted Constant Center, Old Dominion University, 4320 Hampton Blvd. in Norfolk. There will be free parking available in the 43rd St. garage.

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