Symposium intended to improve trauma services


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trauma in its many forms affects both victims and those trying to help them. A March 12-13 symposium, “Trauma-informed Care in Kentucky,” at the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus is designed to explore how organizations can better serve traumatized adults and children.

    UofL’s Kent School of Social Work co-sponsors the symposium, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 12 and 8:30 a.m. to noon March 13 in the Founders Union Building, 312 N. Whittington Parkway.

    The workshop is intended to benefit social workers, counselors, emergency service workers, outreach workers, case managers, psychologists and lawyers.

    Participants will learn about trauma, its effects and how victims and providers can be helped by trauma-informed care, which emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety.

    The $50 workshop includes meals and all materials; register at Continuing education units are available for social work, psychology and law.

    Speakers will be Cheryl Sharp, National Council for Behavioral Health; Shawn Marsh, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Metro Government; and Janice Johnston, Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.

    Other sponsors include the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Center for Promotion of Resilience and Recovery of Traumatized Children and Youth, Seven Counties Services, Administrative Office of the Courts and University of Kentucky’s Center on Trauma and Children.

    For more information, contact Anita Barbee at 502-852-0416 or

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.