Pictured left to right: Leslie Lieberman, HFP; Dr. Sandra Bloom, Drexel University; Mitchell Little, Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity; Shandra Banutu-Gomez, HFP; Michael O’Bryan, The Village of Arts and Humanities; Kalma Kartell-White, Behavioral Health Training and Education Network.
December 27, 2016 – The Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity recently held a training session on trauma-informed practices and adversity for Philadelphia city employees. Led by the Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP), the training recognized the impact of trauma on organizations, employees and the importance of caring for the caregivers.
There is a great intimacy in the type of work undertaken by the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, which is the city’s anti-poverty agency. The work can have a powerful impact on people’s lives, but it can also impact the health and well-being of employees. The training combined theory, planning and real-world application. Attendees focused on trauma and adversity in Philadelphia, trauma and attachment theory, organizational stress, safety planning, staff well-being, resiliency and strategies to incorporate trauma-informed practices into their work.