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Trauma Institute

with Dr. Sandra Bloom

Tuesday, March 20th from 9am to 4pm

Registration will begin at 8am
(Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided)

Open to ALL within the 23 BHARP Counties


with Dr. Lyndra Bills 

Wednesday, March 21st from 9am to 4pm

Registration will begin at 8am
(Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided)

Open ONLY to the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Providers in the 
Evidence Based Practices (EBP) Initiative Learning Collaborative for Trauma and BHARP System of Care stakeholders


The trainings will gather BHARP counties and stakeholders together to share experiences and information on trauma informed system transformation in the BHARP region and beyond.

Sponsored by:

Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania, North Central HealthChoices contract and the BHARP System of Care Project


Ramada Inn & Conference Center
1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801

Tuesday, March 20th – TRAUMA INFORMED SYSTEM TRANSFORMATION with Dr. Sandra Bloom

Sandra Bloom, M.D.  is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and was awarded the Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Bloom currently serves as Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and in 2016 received the Public Health Practice Award from her school. She is President of CommunityWorks, an organizational consulting firm committed to the development of nonviolent environments. Dr. Bloom is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and presently co-chairs the ACEs Task Force for Philadelphia as well as the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice, based in Washington, D.C. From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. Over 350 programs have been trained in the Sanctuary Model®. The Sanctuary Model® is now being applied in residential and multi-service treatment programs for children, inpatient mental health programs, schools, domestic violence shelters, group homes, and homeless shelters. Dr. Bloom is author or co-author of a  series of books on trauma-informed care and the Sanctuary Model.  Her first book, Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies, now in a second edition, tells the story of the journey she and her colleagues began in the 1980’s in understanding the connections between a wide variety of emotional disturbances and the legacy of child abuse and other forms of traumatic exposure. Her second, co-authored book, Bearing Witness : Violence and Collective Responsibility,published in 1998, was the first book devoted to looking at the deep and wide connections between trauma and public health. Her third and fourth books, also co-authored, were published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and 2013 and focus on the evolution and development of the Sanctuary Model, one dealing with the effects of organizational stress on our helping systems, titled Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery Systems and the other, titled  Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Organizations. She has also published a number of articles and chapters available on her website, www.sanctuaryweb.com.

For the last thirty years, the nation’s mental health and social service systems have been under relentless assault, with dramatically rising costs and the fragmentation of service delivery often rendering them incapable of ensuring the safety, security, and recovery of our clients. The resulting organizational trauma both mirrors and magnifies the trauma-related problems for which our clients seek relief. Complex interactions among traumatized clients, stressed staff, pressured organizations, and a social and economic climate that is often hostile to recovery efforts recreate the very experiences that have proven so toxic to clients in the first place.

In this training, Dr. Sandra Bloom will explore the idea of “parallel process” as it applies to what may happen to groups, organizations, and systems that are under significant stress and describe the fundamental problems with the existing mental model of organizations that is automatically applied to systems and the people in them. Developing a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive system of care requires deep down, attitudinal change that must be applied to all organizations and systems as basic public health knowledge.


  1. Participants should understand the forces that currently undermine social service delivery systems
  2. Participants should be able to describe parallel process.
  3. Participants should gain a better understanding of the basic elements of trauma‐informed and trauma-responsive care in organizational settings.
  4. Participants should be able to describe some significant workplace stressors in social service and mental health environments
  5. Participants should be able to discuss some ways in which groups respond to chronic stress.
  6. Participants should be able to describe key aspects of organizational change.

Wednesday, March 21st – Sustaining Trauma Informed Systems of Care with Lyndra J. Bills, MD – Regional Medical Director, Community Care Behavioral Health

Note:  This day’s training is for the Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Providers in the Evidence Based Practices (EBP) Initiative Learning Collaborative for Trauma and BHARP System of Care stakeholders ONLY

This training will include a day of networking and system integration highlighting the progress made toward a trauma informed system of care by clinical providers and System of Care child serving system stakeholders in BHARP member counties. This day will focus on the many changes and additions to programming over the past year.

Lyndra J. Bills, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio.  She also completed a medicine/psychiatry residency and a one-year fellowship in post-traumatic stress at West Virginia University.  Dr. Bills implemented the Sanctuary Model working in a West Virginia state hospital and then served as the Medical Director of the Sanctuary program at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  She developed Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, a creative cognitive behavioral trauma resolution technique, to help individuals to process traumatic events.



8:00am   Registration (Continental Breakfast)
9:00am   Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15am    System of Care Project segment, Christopher Minnich
10:30am  Break
10:45am  Learning Collaborative & Clinical Provider segment, Dr. Lyndra Bills, Jennifer Geiger, Joseph Korney, Shari Lyn Hutchinson
12:00pm  Lunch (provided)
1:00pm    Importance of Trauma Informed Clinical Supervision and Upcoming Trainings, Dr. Lyndra Bills
2:30pm    Break
2:45pm    Consumer Testimonials
3:45pm    Wrap up discussion
4:00pm   Adjourn


General CEUs will be available.  Other CEUs are pending approval at this time.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel rooms have been blocked at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center for the rate of $75.00 & tax: Ramada Inn & Conference Center, 1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801

For reservations, contact the Ramada at: (814) 238-3001.  Reference the following code:  BHARP3 for the special rate.  *** Hotel rooms will only be held until March 1, 2018. ***



This project was developed, in part, under grant number 1U79SM062468-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.