Thanks to grants from the HMSA Foundation and American Savings Bank, 16 staff members from local nonprofit Maui Youth & Family Services (MYFS) were able to attend the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) 15th Hawai’i International Summit on ‘Preventing, Assessing & Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan’ April 17-19, 2018 at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu.
MYFS empowers youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community. Its programs include adolescent outpatient and school-based substance abuse treatment, emergency shelter, therapeutic foster care, outreach and advocacy, support for homeless and former foster youth, prevention programs and one-on-one mentoring.
MYFS counselors, therapists, social workers and other support staff learned about the latest research regarding various aspects of working from a Trauma Informed framework for assessments and interventions. Training also centered around the long-term effects of childhood trauma and the psychological, behavioral and neuro-developmental consequences.
“We are deeply grateful to the HMSA Foundation and American Savings Bank for making it possible for us to attend this extraordinarily beneficial conference,” said Susan Pirsch, MC/LMFT, MYFS Clinical Director. “We work with youth every day who have been traumatized, abused or victimized at some point in their life. Our staff left the training with a better understanding of where our clients are coming from and ready to utilize the many practical techniques that were presented.”
The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) is a leading international resource and training center based out of San Diego with a satellite office in Honolulu. For more information about IVAT, visit ivatcenters.org.