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APNA Pennsylvania Chapter Conference

Trauma Informed Care in Special Populations

Saturday, April 28, 2018
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Magee Women’s at UPMC Hamot
Lincoln Education Center
118 E 2nd Street
Erie, PA 16507

6.0 Continuing Education Contact Hours


Co-Sponsored by Edinboro University Social Work Department and the APNA Pennsylvania Chapter.

Conference Goals

  1. Participants will expand their knowledge of trauma informed care principles.
  2. Participants will develop skills related to trauma informed care to bring to various practice settings.
  3. Participants will network with other disciplines in Behavioral Health.

Conference Objectives

At the completion of this learning activity, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe fundamental principles of trauma informed care.
  2. Compare and contrast trauma informed care in specialized populations and settings.
  3. Describe at least two ways in which specific clinical settings can become more trauma informed.

Conference Program Overview

Opening Plenary: “Trauma Informed Care and Mental Health”
Elaine Rinfrette PhD, RN, LCSW

Workshop A: “Substance Use Disorders and Trauma Informed Care”
Jessi Montie MA, LPC, CAADC

Workshop B: “Bringing Trauma-Informed Care to Children’s Crisis Services”
Marissa DeCesaris, CRNP, PMHNP-C, RN

Workshop C: “Moral Injury: Healing in Community through Circle Process”
Karen Peterson MSN, PMHCNS-BC

Workshop D: “Canine Comfort in Trauma Treatment”
Daniel Eaton MSN, RN & Yvonne Eaton-Stull PhD, LCSW

Closing Plenary: Panel Discussion
Trauma Informed Communities: Erie County Trauma Informed Care Coalition


Download the Full Conference Program


Registration Rates

  By April 15 Onsite
APNA Members $75 $125
Non-members $100 $125
Students $25 $125


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requires written notice to chaptersupport@apna.org. With any cancellation, there will be a $25 processing fee. Cancellations before March 28th will receive a full refund minus $25; cancellations before April 18th will receive a half refund minus $25.


Hotel Accommodations

There are many convenient accommodations nearby. All three hotels listed are less than a mile from the conference location.

Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
55 West Bay Drive, Erie, PA 16507
814-454-2005; 1-888-627-8094

Courtyard Erie Bayfront
2 Sassafras Pier, Erie, PA 16507

Cobblestone Hotel and Suites
701 Bayfront Parkway, Erie, PA 16507
814-455-1010; 1-888-693-8262


This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 6.0 continuing education credits. No partial credit will be awarded.  One must attend the entire program to receive continuing education credits.

Nursing: UPMC Hamot is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission of Accreditation.

Social Work, MFT, CPC: Edinboro University is also approved by the PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists & Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage & family therapists, and professional counselors.

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