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Developing Resilient, Trauma-Informed Organizations

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PARKING AT THE TRAINING: Parking at Redeemer Lutheran Church is readily available for all attendees. There is a parking lot available off of West Nevada Place AFTER 8:10 a.m. Please do not use this parking lot before 8:10 a.m. There is also street parking available around the church. Please watch for street sweeping signs and 2-hour parking.

INTERPRETATION SERVICES: Due to insufficient requests, we will NOT be offering Spanish interpretation services at this event. We apologize for the inconvenience!


Event Details

Date: October 11, 2018

Time: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (8:30 for check-in & light breakfast)

Fee: FREE & light breakfast provided

Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church - 3300 West Nevada Place Denver, Colorado 80219

TO REGISTER: Please click the "Register Now!" Button or contact Raquel Hernandez at 303-996-8594 or at

Day after day, many of us work with children, families, and staff who have experienced trauma, yet we often do not know how to respond to their needs. As a result, more nonprofits and agencies are expanding their work to become “trauma-informed and resilient organizations” which is defined as “The program, organization and system:

  • the widespread impact of trauma & understands the paths for recovery;
  • the signs & symptoms of trauma in children, families & staff;
  • by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures & practices; and,
  • Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization.”

~from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

In this training we will unpack each of these concepts and explore what this really means for initiatives, organizations and agencies serving our communities. We will examine how the culuture of an organization can care for and support staff while also creating safe, supportive environments for families and children through trauma-informed policies and practices. 

Participants will walk away with tools for assessing and integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures and practices, and a deeper understanding of how trauma-informed care leads to more sustainable, resilient organizations.  We encourage you to bring a team from your programs, as there will be time for program planning and reflection.

This will be a free, cross-sector training. Dr Gizane Indart and Jessica Gershwin from the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center will be the speakers. The training will be conducted in English. To learn more about them. go to  This event is brought to you by LAUNCH Together in Southwest Denver, a four-year initiative rooted in collaboration and focused on builing a coordinated, trauma-informed systems of community supports around the emotional well-being of your children from birth to 8, their families and the champions who serve them.

Dr. Gizane Indart
Jessica Gershwin

Dr. Gizane Indart is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s. Gizane is a ChildTrauma fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy under the direction of Dr. Bruce Perry. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally on the impact of abuse and neglect in early development, attachment difficulties in children exposed to maltreatment, and sexualized behaviors in children. Gizane is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the Children’s Cabinet Subcommittee, and the Early Childhood Mental Health Colorado Infrastructure.  Additionally, Gizane serves as a consultant for the Child Abuse and Neglect Unit at the Children’s Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2017, she completed a two year training on Problematic Sexual Behaviors through the University of Oklahoma.

Jessica Gershwin joined the DCAC team in 2014 with more than 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and families. She spent six years in urban schools, first as an ESL teacher in East Harlem, then as a bilingual therapist at a school-based health clinic in Manhattan, and finally as a K-8 school counselor in Northeast Denver. Jessica holds master's degrees in education and social work.  She is also a registered yoga teacher for children and adults, and she regularly incorporates mindfulness, breath-work, and movement in her therapy with clients. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
FREE & a Light Breakfast will be Provided
Redeemer Lutheran Church

3300 West Nevada Place Denver, Colorado 80219