Wednesday, April 6, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. PT
Trauma is the invisible force that shapes lives and drives behavioral health crises. In this film, Dr. Gabor Maté gives a new vision: a trauma-informed society in which parents, teachers, physicians, policy-makers and legal personnel are not concerned with fixing behaviors, making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms, and judging, but seek instead to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring in the wounded human soul. Audiences will learn a trauma-informed approach to systemic change in the crisis continuum of care and justice diversion.
Facilitated by Antoinette Davis & Heliana Ramirez
Meet the Facilitators
Ms. Antoinette Davis, Vice President and Director, RAC
For more than two decades, Antoinette Davis has dedicated her work to improving outcomes for marginalized communities. She is an expert in research, analysis, and evaluation, particularly around criminal and juvenile justice reform. Antoinette’s work is centered on finding strength-based solutions to complex systemic and social issues. She takes pride in her ability to partner effectively with communities and systems both locally and nationally. Prior to joining Impact Justice, Antoinette worked at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, where she led a variety of local, state, and national process and outcome evaluations; assessed the impact of many juvenile justice related policies, programs and interventions; analyzed data, presented findings, facilitated group discussions and focus groups, and developed training materials. She also conducted institutional and student-centered research at UC Davis, and provided consulting and technical assistance services to a variety of community based organizations. Antoinette received a bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational communications studies and a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University.
Heliana Ramirez, PhD, LISW
Helena Ramirez is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. Dr. Ramirez has addressed a variety of clinical issues through individual and group interventions including suicide prevention and postvention, Veteran post-deployment health, psychosocial rehabilitation, LGBTQ minority stress and resilience, trauma-informed care with combat Veterans and survivors of sexual assault, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C prevention, and substance abuse harm reduction efforts. Dr. Ramirez’s suicide prevention work with clients includes suicide assessments, developing Safety Plans, crisis intervention, and processing the impacts of suicide attempts through suicide post-ventions following hospitalization. Dr. Ramirez organized the nation’s first multi-state LGBT Veteran Suicide Prevention Conference and produced a documentary about trauma and recovery among LGBT Veterans that addresses suicide from a strengths based and culturally-specific perspective (www.camouflagecloset.com).