Community Seminar on Trauma Informed Care

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Marsha Woodland
Marsha Woodland

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G.A. Family Services, Chautauqua Tapestry and Chautauqua Health and Human Services are inviting the community to a free seminar on Trauma Informed Care. Keynote speaker, Marsha Woodland, is a national, motivational speaker who shares her personal story and how it has led to the role she plays today in helping people understand how they can support a person who has experienced trauma in his or her life. Her presentation can be translated to people of all ages – from the young child to seniors.
The event is Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 in the Lutheran Chapel at 715 Falconer Street, Jamestown. Reservations are appreciated by calling Patty Eckwahl at 716-720-9122.
“She is an amazing speaker and helps the audience understand the broad spectrum of trauma and how it affects us,” said Misty Pennington, Director of Clinical Services for G.A. Family Services. “She is going to share her journey, discuss the fundamentals of trauma and present the six principles of trauma and recovery. This is truly a story for everyone to hear.”
Woodland has an extensive trauma history; complimented by many years as a consumer of various social/human services agencies. She is an established Professional, Peer and Consultant working with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Council for Behavioral Health and the National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC); she has been in recovery for 18 years and on the road to unimaginable accomplishments.
Her training and education reinforces her commitment to trauma informed care (TIC). Marsha founded the Building Bridges Foundation in 2008 and is the CEO; and through the organization, has provided training to various organizations & individuals on TIC and written several books that share her story of sorrow and hope.
Her first book, “Doomed to be Nothing; Destined to be something” is said to be “A life changing experience”. In her book she shares the journey from helplessness to hope and from hurt to healing. She is a board member for Progressive Steps in Baltimore, MD, a foster care placement agency and Lead Consultant at the Calvin Woodland Sr. Foundation serving children in disadvantaged communities and the Southeast Welding Center serving returning citizens in Washington, DC.
She was honored at the United Nations for her work in Women’s Empowerment in June 2012, honored with the Joe Mann Black Capital Award for her work in Domestic Violence in June 2013, honored for providing outstanding Community Services with the Legacy Award in October 2013 & nominated for many others.
GAFS is a specialized treatment program for youth and their families who are in need of care. Treatment includes residential, a learning center, therapeutic foster care, adoption services and community based and preventative services. For more information about the horsemanship program call (716) 665-2116 and to learn more about G.A. Family Services, call or log onto www.gafamiyservices.net.