Since 2015, I have taught masters-level courses at the University of Michigan School of Social Work on topics such as Interpersonal Practice for Children and Youth, Groups, and Families; Introduction to Social Work Practices; and Social Work Practical Laboratory. In addition, I have facilitated CEU workshops on Bibliotherapy—A Tool for Helping Children Talk about Feelings, and Trauma Informed Systems of Care at the University of Michigan, presented on trauma-informed treatment at the Michigan Meeting: Preventing Gender Violence Conference, and coordinated the Somatic Experiencing Training in Ann Arbor.
My current interests are somatic based trauma-informed therapies, creating a trauma-informed workplace, and coping with vicarious trauma. All three of these topics go hand and hand. For example if you have a trauma-informed work environment then you are less likely to experience vicarious trauma, however the opposite is also true. Explaining to management and staff members the importance of providing a well informed workplace can help everyone feel more supported, less burned out, and helps to keep morale up. This in turn gives you the opportunity to be a better Social Worker.
Presentations for CEU's through the University of Michigan School of Social Work.
Trauma or ADHD? Trauma-Informed Tools for Working with ADHD
The Calm After the Storm: Exploring How Our Nervous Systems Cope with the Pandemic, and How We Move Forward
I am often described as an energetic and engaging speaker with a good sense of humor. This material can be very difficult to speak about and I encourage people to laugh and orient to the positive parts of the work while still encouraging them to learn something new.