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April 30 @ 8:30 am - May 2 @ 4:00 pm EDT

Hampton Inn & Suites, Bradenton, FL

Trauma Con 2024 – 3 Day Event

Free in-person training for all classes being offered. Classes will be held at Hampton Inn & Suites 309 10th Street West, Bradenton, Florida, 34205. CEU’s available for these classes.

“Now that I can recognize traumatic stress responses, what is next?” Class by Tari Allan, LMHC-QS.

Training to be held on Tuesday, April 30th from 9:30 am–12:30 pm.

Trauma-informed care for those we serve has been the best practice standard for nearly two decades. In 2011, SAMHSA issued a policy statement that all mental health service systems should identify and apply Trauma Informed Care principles. Consequently, agencies began providing introductory trauma training for helping professionals. This presentation will focus on how increased understanding of traumatic stress responses contributes to not only improved client care, but also transformative healing for helpers whom are at risk for secondary traumatic stress.

“Peaceful Practices: De-Escalation Techniques and Anger Emotion Training for Healthcare Professionals” by Elizabeth Khanov-Lubleva, PHD.

Training to be held on Tuesday, April 30th from 9:30 am–12:30 pm.

A specialized training presentation designed to equip mental health professionals with essential skills in de-escalation techniques and the management of anger emotions. By enhancing these skills, mental health professionals can create a safer and more supportive environment for both patients and colleagues.

“Mental Health First Aid” by Elizabeth Reyes & Lonnitra Jefferson.

Training to be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. (Class size 25 persons.)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. Common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges. How to interact with a person in crisis. How to connect a person with help. Expanded content on trauma, substance use and self-care.

“Child Sexual Abuse Treatment With Young Children” by Tari Allan, LMHC-QS.

Training to be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

According to the work of Dr. Judith Herman (1992), trauma recovery occurs in three main stages: safety and stabilization, remembrance and mourning, and reconnection and integration. The Tri-phasic Model (Baranowsky, Gentry & Schultz, 2010, 2nd Ed.) is a trauma recovery approach that includes helping the client in finding calm, working through the trauma, and re-engaging into a meaningful life. These phases contribute to healing trauma when applied to the therapeutic process for children and their caregivers. This training is a good introduction, but not necessary for the training on working with parents as secondary victims who failed to protect.

“Case and Care Management Expertise” by Mark Mellenthin, BA

Training to be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

3 hour in-person training for an audience of mental and behavioral health professionals that are providing case/care management services. Effective methods for a multidimensional approach to assist with the total healthcare needs of clients. A systematic approach to understanding a client’s needs. Identifying the need to connect with clients and the different ways this can be accomplished.

“Supporting Non-Offending Caregivers of Sexually Traumatized Children” by Tari Allan, LMHC-QS.

Training to be held on Wednesday, May 1st from 1:30 pm-4:30 pm.

When the parent or caregiver (a secondary victim of the sexual offender) failed to protect his/her child from sexual assault, the missed signs or dismissed attempts at disclosure leaves the parent/child relationship fractured. According to the work of Dr. Judith Herman (1992), trauma recovery occurs in three main stages: safety and stabilization, remembrance and mourning, and reconnection and integration. This workshop will offer interventions for application of the Tri-phasic Trauma Recovery Model (Baranowsky, Gentry & Schultz, 2010, 2nd Ed.). As parents work toward future safety, healing occurs with the acknowledgement of the impact their trauma reactions had on his/her child.

“Sexual Health Conversations: An Essential Ally for Improving Trauma Treatment” by Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW from the Harvey Institute.

Training to be held on Thursday, May 2nd, 2024 from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

3 hour in-person training for an audience of Behavioral Health Professionals. 3 hour in-person case consultation and didactic conversation for a smaller configuration of professionals to explore Sexual Health dynamics on a micro-level. Prepare attendees for initiating and responding to sexual health conversations with children, youth, parents, and colleagues. Engage in lively and engaging experiential activities to assess and expand current comfort and willingness, within professional role, to address children, youth and parent sexual worries or problems.

Learn how to integrate practical sexual health conversation skills into day-to-day practice. Examples include: suspending judgement, six principles of sexual health, and seven basic sexual health terms.


Dr. Heather Risk, PsyD

Dr. Heather Risk has over two decades of experience working with survivors of traumatic events, is a Nationally Approved TF-CBT Trainer, and an Affiliate of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Risk has devoted her career to providing empirically supported treatments to survivors of all ages, with a primary focus on children and adolescents who have experienced multiple interpersonal traumas. Dr. Risk’s focus on increasing survivors’ access to research-supported interventions has led her to dedicate recent years to training and consultation services. She has trained thousands of professionals, nationally and internationally, in trauma-informed assessment skills, treatment interventions, and best practices to support survivors. Her expertise lies in the implementation, supervision, consultation, and training of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. Risk’s background includes a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University, a Doctorate of Psychology from Xavier University, an APPIC accredited internship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, CAARE Center, and serving as the Project Director of a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) site for nearly a decade.

Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW

Al Killen-Harvey has served over 27 years at the Chadwick Center at Rady Children’s Hospital as a practicing clinician, Clinical Improvement Coordinator, Reflective Supervisor, and trainer. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award, he co-founded The Harvey Institute, focused on integrating sexual health to improve healthcare outcomes.

Tari Allan, LMHC

Tari Allan has specialized in working with victims of sexual abuse, child abuse, and neglect for the past 28 years, serving at Centerstone Sexual Assault Services for 21 years. Her expertise has been sought for consult and expert testimony in sex crime cases by various legal and child welfare organizations. She is a Qualified Supervisor for Registered Licensed Mental Health Counselor Interns and an affiliate member of the NCTSN Child Sexual Abuse Collaborative.

Elizabeth Khanov-Lubleva, PHD

Holding a Doctorate in psychology, Elizabeth specializes in trauma-informed care, EMDR, and TF-CBT. She is recognized as a highly esteemed professional in her field, guiding and facilitating with expert knowledge.

Mark Mellenthin, BA

Mark Mellenthin is a trauma care case manager with a 35-year history in the public sector addressing trauma-related events. He has been at the helm of a nonprofit community organization for 8 years and holds certifications in Advanced Practices in Case and Care Management and trauma-informed care, among other areas. Mark is also a certified firefighter peer support specialist.


April 30 @ 8:30 am EDT
May 2 @ 4:00 pm EDT
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Hampton Inn & Suites, Bradenton, FL
309 10th St W
Bradenton, FL 34205 United States
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