STSeries 7A-TUE-(Pt 1) Identifying and Addressing the Impact of Trauma in Rural and Frontier Communities: Recognizing and Understanding the Signs and Impact of Trauma
This session will speak to the prevalence, signs, and impacts of rural trauma, including the hallmarks of potentially traumatic events, including abuse, loss and chronic stressors. This session will cover the “three Es” of trauma: events, experience, and effects as well as the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, which looks at the ongoing effects of childhood experiences of abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), neglect (physical and emotional), and familial/environmental (active mental illness, untreated substance abuse/addiction, loss of parent, domestic violence in the home) . The session will speak to the health and social effects associated with significant trauma and will be strongly grounded in rural and frontier culture and intergenerational patterns of behavior.
FACULTY: Sherri Downing
Senior Program Manager, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
BIOGRAPHY: Sherri Downing is a Senior Program Manager for AHP and currently serves as the Deputy Director on SAMHSA"s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) contract. She is nationally recognized for her knowledge of frontier/ rural homelessness, and the issues that lead to and sustain homelessness in these and more urban environments, including poverty, domestic and sexual violence, behavioral health disorders, mental illness and co-occurring disorders. She has experience with monitoring projects implementing a variety of evidence-based, including Housing First, and Permanent Supportive Housing. She is an experienced coalition and capacity builder, and knowledgeable about initiating and implementing the strategies, public policies and practices needed to address homelessness.
As owner/principal of a Helena, Montana based consulting firm, Ms. Downing worked with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to coordinate the statewide effort to conceptualize, write and implement Montana's 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness. In this capacity, Ms. Downing established the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) Initiative for Montana, and served as Team Lead from 2004 - 2009. Her skills include providing training and technical assistance on a variety of topics, including Permanent Supportive Housing, case management, trauma and trauma-informed care, and cultural competence (with an emphasis on poverty cultures, frontier/rural environments and Native American communities). She has been the lead author of numerous state- and national reports on homelessness, domestic violence, crime and prevention.