Using Trauma-Sensitive Strategies to Support Family Engagement and Effective Collaboration


About the Webinar:  There is a growing awareness that trauma is pervasive and that the impact of trauma is often deep and life-shaping. Whether or not it is fully recognized, educators work with survivors of trauma, including students, families and colleagues. This session will increase understanding of trauma and its impact into adulthood, as well as how a more trauma-informed approach will enhance work with families. Participants will be introduced to the essential elements of a trauma sensitive school and specific strategies for improving family engagement and effective collaboration.

About the Presenter:  Elizabeth Meeker, Psy.D. is the Director of Training and Practice Transformation for Coordinated Care Services, Inc. in Rochester, NY. She provides training and targeted implementation to programs and organizations to sustain change in practice and the associated improvement in outcomes with a particular focus on trauma informed care. Dr. Meeker is also a Clinical Consultant for the Monroe County Office of Mental Health (MCOMH) where she formerly served as the Chief of Child and Family Services overseeing children initiatives for five years. She served as the first Coordinator of The Consortium on Trauma, Illness, and Grief in Schools (TIG), a program that provides training and consultation to assist the nineteen school districts in Monroe County in being prepared to respond to crisis situations. In addition to her administrative and consultation work, Dr. Meeker is a licensed clinical psychologist and has a private clinical practice specializing in children, adolescents, and young adults. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY. She received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University, a M.S. in Psychology from Indiana State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wellesley College.