Cassie communicates with audiences in an engaging manner that allows not only for comprehension, but also provides them with compelling evidence and readily implemented strategies that allow adult learners to take action on their learning. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer and is highly respected for her ability to help a wide range of professionals understand the impact of trauma, develop and leverage their skills of relationship, skills of reflection, and the practice of self-awareness to help them provide optimal opportunities and environments for learning, personal growth and healing for the populations they serve. Cassie is a passionate consumer and adept translator of research and theory into everyday practices, policies, and organizational culture and draws on the latest evidence-based findings from the fields of developmental and social neuroscience, attachment, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and complex trauma, implementation science, and resilience.
Understanding Trauma Neurobiology: How Brains Change Research has taught us how adverse experiences (including trauma) can change the structure and function of the developing brain, as well as the processes by which we can reverse those changes. Audiences will learn how trauma affects brain growth and physical health, impairs social, emotional, and cognitive functioning, and sets the stage for the onset of mental and physical problems leading to premature disease and death. They will also learn what approaches facilitate recovery and resilience.
Trauma-Informed Practice A host of human service organizations have adopted a “trauma-informed” approach in response to what is now know about the prevalence and impacts of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on individuals, families, and systems. Those who lack a trauma-informed stance risk developing practices and policies that inadvertently re-traumatize those they serve, and can lead to burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Trauma-informed approaches promote better outcomes for both consumers and staff well being. Audiences will be introduced to the principles and practices of trauma-informed care.
Science of Hope During the last few decades, there has been a flurry of research on the role of hope in recovery from medical and psychological adversity, including traumatic exposure. It is becoming clear that hope and hope- and relationship-focused practices are critical components of resilience and recovery. This presentation will inform participants about the current science of hope as it relates to the use of relationships to build resiliency in the face of adverse experiences.
Post-Traumatic Growth “Post-traumatic growth” refers to the positive changes that take place following a person’s experience with tragedy and/or adversity that can include new perspectives about oneself, relationships, or the meaning of life. Though there has been considerable focus on building awareness of the negative impacts of trauma on one’s brain development and functioning, it is equally important that we understand and foster the positive aspects of post-traumatic growth. Participants will learn the various ways people may grow following trauma and accompanying strategies for facilitating that growth process.