EARLY HEARING DETECTION AND INTERVENTION VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
MARCH 2-5, 2021

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3/05/2021  |   10:00 AM - 2:30 PM   |  A Brief Intro to Trauma Informed Care in a Time of Global Pandemic, Climate Catastrophe, and Racial and Socio-Political Unrest. (AKA "Let's Get Real Y'all!")   |  Virtual Platform

A Brief Intro to Trauma Informed Care in a Time of Global Pandemic, Climate Catastrophe, and Racial and Socio-Political Unrest. (AKA "Let's Get Real Y'all!")

When we dig deeper into the popular topic of trauma-informed care, we can notice that everyone has the capacity for resilience and posttraumatic growth (“positive psychological changes as a result of struggle with traumatic or highly challenging life circumstances” (Tedeschi et al., 2018, p.3)). Each time we encounter adversity (i.e. socio-political conflict, pandemic, racism, oppression, etc.), we can learn, grow, and emerge stronger, or collapse, repeat unhealthy coping patterns, or fall into doubt and depression, and the relational supports that we have (or do not have) along the way have a strong influence on that outcome. With training, EHDI providers hold trauma-informed care in mind in order to teach, support, and strengthen family resilience so that parents can sensitively and responsively meet their child’s needs. Join Djenne, Jess, Leigh, and Elizabeth for the another iteration of the EHDI Trauma Informed Care Series. They will bring multi-disciplinary perspectives and lead an experiential and interactive session that will acknowledge trauma(s) (diagnostic and/or pre-existing), and will focus on how the EHDI system can apply trauma-informed care and increase resilience in infants and toddlers. Strengthening resilience can help families build confidence while managing stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. This empowers families to make critical decisions, follow-through on treatment goals, and support their child’s growth and development while maintaining a healthy family system. The session will examine how the EHDI system can employ trauma-informed care principles to support optimal development of infants and toddlers. As a group, we will also dig into Infant Mental Health frameworks including the psycho-social processes of the transition to parenthood, the parallel process, parental competency development, and attachment theory as a means to explore and support parental resilience, which is the number one predictor of child resilience. We will also introduce the five change areas of posttraumatic growth and co-create strategies for supporting them. Collectively, we will move from “Trauma Informed Care” towards integration and healing.

  • Participants will define trauma, resilience, and trauma-informed care for themselves.
  • Participants will explore resilience and trauma-informed care for their work in the EHDI system and within the current social, cultural, educational and pandemic climate.
  • Participants will develop strategies and tools to encourage resilience and trauma-informed care at all levels.

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Presenters/Authors

Djenne-amal Morris (), BEGINNINGS for Parents, dmorris@ncbegin.org;
Djenne-amal N. Morris brings passion, humor and real-life experience to her role as national parent/professional trainer, facilitator and motivational speaker whose view of the world not as it is, but as it could be. As a mother of an amazing son with CHARGE Syndrome, she strives to build an atmosphere of support and empowerment for families of children with special needs and the professionals who serve them. This has led to her career working with families of with children with special needs, currently at BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and current President of the Board of Directors for Hands & Voices HQ. Djenne and her husband provide consulting, workshops and coaching to families and professionals in the areas of family dynamics and special needs. She and her husband, Michael and have three children; Imani Sojourner, 26, Malik-Asante, 24 and Zakiya-mali, 19.


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Elizabeth Seeliger (), WSB, elizabeth.seeliger@dhs.wi.gov;
Elizabeth has worked as a clinical audiologist in a variety of settings, helping to guide children and families through the process of diagnosis and intervention of hearing loss. As the Wisconsin Sound Beginnings (WSB) Program Director Elizabeth has played a leadership role in the development of a data, tracking and referral system, developed educational resources for hospitals, providers and an interactive notebook for parents. Elizabeth has also spearheaded the initiative to enable WI homebirth midwives to provide UNHS. Elizabeth has also provided technical assistance and consultation locally and internationally on quality improvement in EHDI systems.


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Jessica Dallman (), Natural Wisdom Counseling LLC, jessicadallmancounseling@gmail.com;
Jessica Dallman is a tri-lingual (English, ASL, Spanish) multicultural counselor based out of Wisconsin. Jess is passionate about weaving together trainings as a wilderness/equine therapist (Naropa University), special education teacher (Teach for America), early interventionist (Gallaudet University), and infant mental health specialist (UW-Madison) to serve clients and the community. She has an interdisciplinary, relational, and social justice framework that she brings to all of her work. Jess launched the Wisconsin Hawthorn Project, a free trauma-informed care resource for agencies that serve children and families, and provides Reflective Supervision/Consultation to organizations serving young children.


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No relevant financial relationship exist.

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No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.

Leigh Hardin (), Diversion, hardinleigh@gmail.com;
Leigh Hardin is the mother of an 11-year-old son with a severe bilateral hearing loss and an 8-year-old daughter with typical hearing. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing psychotherapy with adolescents and families. Leigh specializes in trauma recovery and experiential healing modalities. Her work is constantly informed by her personal experiences, including the ongoing processes involved with raising a DHH child. Leigh enjoys adventuring with her husband and children, including skiing, dancing to live music, and camping. Leigh also finds tremendous personal value in practicing yoga and connecting with friends.


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• Receives Speaker for Independent contractor from Global Impact Audiology.
• Receives Speaker for Independent contractor from Natural Wisdom Counseling.

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No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.