Mel Sherman – PCTI Workshop June 6 and 13

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Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) will offer a free two-part training series for anyone in our community who cares for older adults and wants to understand how past emotional experiences affect them and the people in their care. Caregivers, baby boomers caring for aging parents, behavioral health and medical providers, home health care agencies, senior service providers, clinical staff and administrators are invited to join us for “Person Centered Trauma Informed Care for Older Adults”  on June 6 from 10am to 1:30pm and June 13 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at the new Jewish Federation building, Pozez Event Room 3718 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718.  

The first workshop of this 2-part series will offer an in-depth look at the components of “person-centered trauma-informed care (PCTI)”; understanding the science behind memory and psychological trauma, and how traumatic memory can affect current functioning. Workshop participants will learn how to incorporate personal histories into caregiving strategies in order to avoid triggers or re-traumatization of the people in their care.

As we age, the memories and emotions from past experiences often resurface and intensify just as we are becoming less resilient and more dependent on others for our wellbeing and care. The training includes a deeper understanding of the psychological trauma histories of older adults, drawing from JFCS’ expertise in providing support for the Holocaust Survivors in our community whose hope, strength and resilience serve as guiding lights in our reciprocal journey of teaching and learning.

Exposure to others’ stories of psychological trauma is often referred to as “secondary or vicarious trauma.”

The 2nd workshop is designed to build awareness about caregivers’ exposure to stress and understand their own vulnerabilities and reactions when working with older adults with trauma histories. Workshop participants will learn techniques for improving self-care, and explore strategies for incorporating PCTI at an organizational level.

“Person Centered Trauma-Informed Care for Older Adults” trainings will be facilitated by JFCS Vice President of Clinical Services, Kelly Burroughs, MA, LAC, BHP, CCTP. Ms. Burroughs has more than 20 years of experience in the publicly funded behavioral health and social services for children and families. She will be joined by clinical therapist and Jewish community educator, Sharon Glassberg, M.C. and Program Director Raisa Moroz, both of whom provide Holocaust Survivors with behavioral health and supports services at JFCS.

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