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Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Care

Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Care

What is trauma-informed care and why does it matter? In this bundle, we discuss traumatic stress - what it is and how it impacts us - and identify ways to create relationships and environments that promote healing and recovery.  


Meet the Presenters

Rachel LattaRachel Latta, Ph.D. has worked with low-income and homeless men and women facing trauma, poverty, and mental illness since 1999, with a specific focus on intimate partner violence (IPV). Her knowledge base is grounded in the lived experiences of women, men, and their families, and has guided her practice-based research, policy development, outreach and program development, clinical care, and training. Rachel has served as a local and national trainer on IPV for the Veterans Health Administration, providing in-person and web-based trainings for staff and medical and mental health providers. She has developed prevention programs and a recovery-oriented, person-centered, trauma-informed treatment, and directed an outpatient clinic for veterans and their families dealing with IPV. 


Carmela_DeCandia_No_Name.pngCarmela J. DeCandia, PsyD, is a licensed clinical child psychologist with specialties in child and adolescent development, family homelessness, trauma, program development, and assessment. She has dedicated her career to advancing best practices and policies to support vulnerable children and families, and to improve the systems which serve them.  A compassionate clinician and effective leader, she is nationally recognized as a writer, advocate, and public speaker. She has led direct service and national agencies including St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and The National Center on Family Homelessness, and she recently helped launched The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth. She is now working as an independent consultant to support providers in building effective programs for children and families. For her work, she was named the recipient of the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award by Antioch University.


Katie VolkKatie Volk, MA, has been focusing on poverty and related issues for over 15 years. She has directed numerous training, technical assistance, and curriculum development efforts. Katie has also trained thousands of service providers, primarily focusing on trauma-informed care, homelessness, child development, and organizational well-being. Prior to joining the Center for Social Innovation, she spent seven years at The National Center on Family Homelessness, where she worked in the post-Katrina Gulf; developed the PEACH, a physical and emotional awareness program for children; and was integral in crafting the 2009 America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness.