NJ Department of Children and Families Series on Trauma Informed Care

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Overview of Trauma Informed Care / Impact on the Child and Family Worker

Course Code: IT0101IA14

Date & Time

Last Held: Monday, June 9, 2014
9:30am - 3:30pm (Check-in time: 8:30am)

PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this program. Walk-ins will not be permitted.


As Director of Delaware's Family Services, Dr. Victoria Kelly will provide a two-hour morning session on the importance of Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P) and how stakeholders can work together to become trauma-informed. In the afternoon, she will focus on secondary trauma and the importance of self-care.


8:30am Coffee, Registration
9:30am Welcoming Remarks
The Journey in Creating Trauma-Informed Systems

The children and families served by child welfare systems often have experienced multiple forms of trauma. The enduring impacts of these traumas affect our clients' ability to form and utilize helping relationships, which is can be a significant barrier to effective engagement and achievement of positive outcomes. Trauma-informed approaches include a fundamental shift from perspectives that ask "What is wrong with you?" to "What happened to you?" This shift challenges us to consider the vulnerabilities of traumatized individuals and prevent their being re-traumatized by the services designed to help them. This shift begins to reduce the sense of blame and shame, while creating openings for greater collaboration and healing. Becoming trauma-informed is a journey of assessment, reflection and intentional change. Success in this journey requires the involvement and investment of both internal and external stakeholders.

12:00pm Remarks, Lunch
Bearing Witness: The Impact and Management of Secondary Trauma

Child welfare work, by its very nature, involves us in the lives of many who have experienced significant trauma. Exposure to others' trauma can have impact on our own feelings, thoughts, and reactions, becoming what is called secondary or vicarious trauma. While this is an occupational hazard in much of human service work, research on trauma recovery and self-care provide hopeful guidance on how to nurture our own resilience. Effectively overcoming secondary trauma not only protects us, but can also deepen our resolve and commitment to this work.

3:00pm Closing Remarks
3:30pm Conclusion


Dr. Victoria J. Kelly, Psy.D., MSW, MHA
Director, State of Delaware Division of Family Services

Victoria Kelly, Trauma Informed Care SpeakerDr. Vicky Kelly is the Director of the Delaware Division of Family Services in the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Families. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy Director for the Division of Child Mental Health. Prior to public service, she served as the clinical director for several multi-service private agencies. Dr. Kelly has over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health as a clinician and program administrator. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Health Administration from Widener University. She received her Masters in Social Work from Louisiana State University. Dr. Kelly has been an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant in trauma and attachment.


There is no charge for this program; however, pre-registration is required. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Substitutions are permitted.


Morning coffee and a deli lunch are included. Breakfast will not be provided.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


The Professional Center at DCF
30 Van Dyke Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions and Parking Information

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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