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Systematic Racism, Health Disparities, and COVID-19: Leading through Complex Trauma with Resilience and Hope

October 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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How do seemingly unrelated but overwhelming global events connect to create complex trauma? How do we reckon with systemic racism, health disparities, COVID-19, and the unprecedented social and economic stress impacting individuals, families, and communities across cultures, generations, genders, and racial groups?

Join us to learn about the tools for supporting individuals as they develop healing and resiliency around complex trauma.


About The Speakers:

Linda Henderson-Smith, PhD, LPC–Director, Children and Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Linda Henderson-Smith, Ph.D., LPC, has more than 18 years of clinical and administrative experience in community-based mental health. She joined the National Council in May 2016 after working at the Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health as the director of mental health planning and policy.

While at Georgetown she helped develop training regarding trauma-informed systems, especially for people with co-occurring developmental and behavioral health disorders. Prior to working at Georgetown, Dr. Henderson-Smith worked at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities in numerous roles, most recently as the director of the Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, where she spearheaded implementation of high fidelity wraparound, care management services and mobile crisis services throughout the state, and worked with other state agencies to strengthen the service systems for vulnerable populations.

As a trauma-survivor, she brings a distinct perspective and knowledge base to mental health and addiction disorders services and is passionate about helping organizations and systems move toward becoming trauma-informed.

Focus Areas: Children’s Behavioral Health; Crisis Behavioral Health; Trauma-informed Care; Trauma-informed Systems; Trauma-informed Communities; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Staff Wellness; Organizational Culture Change, Military Children and Families; Continuous Quality Improvement

Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT–Director, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT, has more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field as both a clinician and administrator. She has worked in a range of clinical settings from treatment foster care and in-home treatment programs to outpatient mental health, private practice and community-based adult services to a variety of residential settings for children and adults. In all these settings, she has provided direct clinical services and provided clinical supervision and direction in all of those areas.

Before joining the National Council, Guroff was COO of a large mental health provider in Montgomery County, Md., where she oversaw and directed implementation of trauma-informed care practices across the entire agency. She was also the clinical supervisor at behavioral health clinic in Columbia, Md.

Guroff earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The College of Wooster and her Master of Arts in human development and family services from the University of Connecticut.

Focus Areas: Trauma-informed Services, Leadership, Workforce Development

Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT–Consultant, Trauma-Informed Services, National Council for Behavioral Health

Amelia Roeschlein, DSW, MA, LMFT, is a skilled licensed clinician who has led health care teams in behavioral health programs for 20 years. She is currently faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) and excels at developing and implementing programs in health care settings.

Dr. Roeschlein has published research and spoken at numerous state, national, and international conferences on interpersonal violence, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed care, compassion cultivation, leadership and team-based health care. She is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council’s list of qualified Mentalization Based Treatment Practicioners and active in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.

She completed her doctorate at University of Southern California with a focus on innovation and creating large scale social change through transdisciplinary training of mental health practitioners.

Focus Areas: Trauma-informed Care, Integrated Health




October 8, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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