THANK YOU to All Presenters and Attendees of the 11th Annual Alaska Advanced Trauma Training Institute – May 9th & 10th, 2024

We appreciate all of your contributions in making this year’s event a success! There was a lot of great interaction, engagement, and learning over these two days. We hope everyone found it beneficial to attend.

If you have not already had the opportunity to complete the post conference survey, we hope you will take the time to share your thoughts. This helps us learn more about what worked well, and ways we might improve future events. The survey can be completed anonymously. You can access the survey HERE

Additionally, attendees of the Rural Child Trauma Toolkit session are welcome to continue providing feedback as this project moves forward. You can access that feedback form HERE

CEUs are still in process and more information on the status of our applications will be made available as soon as it becomes available.

The Alaska Advanced Trauma Training Institute is hosted annually by the Alaska Child Trauma Center with support of the State of Alaska, Division of Behavioral Health. We will continue to update this page as details become available. Registration is now open and there is no cost to attend.


Each year, the Alaska Advanced Trauma Training Institute features local Alaskan and national experts who share the latest research and advances in the neurobiology of traumatic stress, trauma-informed systems, and clinical interventions for complex trauma in children and adults. This high-quality professional development opportunity exists to expand the knowledge of and support the development of trauma-informed care for behavioral health and social service providers across Alaska.

This event is hosted by the Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health with support of the State of Alaska, Department of Health, Division of Behavioral Health. Due to this generous support, registration fees are waived for all participants. There is no virtual attendance option at this time.

Day 1 Schedule*

Thursday, May 9th, 2024 – 8:00am-4:00pm

Location: Dena’ina Center, Tikahtnu A/B Banquet Hall (3rd floor)

8:00 amDoors Open, Check-In, Refreshments Available
8:30 am Opening Remarks with Leah Van Kirk, Health Care Policy Advisor - Office of the Commissioner, AK DOH; Joshua Arvidson, COO, Alaska Behavioral Health; and Mary Beth Goodman, Clinical Director, Cohen Clinic at AKBH man in suit smiling at camera
9:00 am Evolution of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD from Development to Dissemination (Resick)
10:15am   BREAK
10:30 am Playfulness & Projectives: Drawing with Clients of All Ages (Usher)
11:45 am to
1:15 pm
Lunch Break (complimentary lunch provided)
12:15-12:45pm Lunch Speaker- Elizabeth King, Senior Director of Behavioral Health, Alaska Hospital and Healthcare Association
3:45 pmDay 1 Closing Remarks (Arvidson, Goodman)

*Final Schedule

Time Kahtnu Room 1 /2Tubughnenq’ Room 3/4Tubughnenq’ Room 5
1:15 pm Practice in Socratic Dialogue (Resick) Peer Support: Personally, Professionally, Organizationally and Systemically (Soderstrom) Bias in Diagnosing PTSD (Weiss)
2:30 pmBREAK
2:45 pm Psychosis & Trauma (Usher) Rural Realities - Understanding and Addressing Eating Disorders in Alaska (Kirian) Jedi Magic: Alternative Methods to Engage Clients (Louk)
3:30 pmBREAK
3:45 pmDay 1 Closing Remarks – Return to Tikahtnu Banquet Room

Day 2 Workshop Schedule*

Friday, May 10th,2024 – 8:30am-3:30pm

Dena’ina Center- Floor 2

Time Kahtnu Room 1 /2 Tubughnenq’ Room 3/4Tubughnenq’ Room 5
8:30 am Healing Play Every Day (Coffey) Peer Support with Transitional Age Youth: The Unexpected Benefits of Lived Experience of Healing from Trauma (McCamant) PTSD/ADHD: Considering Parallels and Distinctions (O'Donnell, Martin)
9:45 amBREAK
10:00 am The Dark Side of Empathy: Staying Healthy as a Trauma Clinician (Arvidson) Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - Suicide Prevention (Bracken) Humor in Trauma (O'Donnell)
11:15 amLunch on your own
12:45 pm Why We Dread Some Visits and Delight in Others: Temperament, Personality, Defenses, & Hope in Mental Healthcare (Usher) Behavioral Health in Schools - Next Steps (Fishel, Dunn, Sidmore) Paws 4 Purple Hearts (Kitko, Vrolyk, Yanagida)
2:00 pmBREAK
2:15 pm Where is the Tipping Point? - Moving Systems to Change (King) Rural Child Trauma Toolkit Development (Arvidson, Adams, Hurtig, Paskell, Passini)) Military Specific Stuck Points in CPT (Weiss)

*Final Schedule


Patricia Resick, Ph.D., ABPP
man in suit smiling at camera
Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW
Mary Beth Goodman, MA, LPC, NBCC
Jessica Passini, MPH
Craigan Usher, MD
Leah Van Kirk Health Care Policy Advisor
Karl Soderstrom, CDC-S
Becca Kirian, MFN, AP-RDN
Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC-S
Elizabeth King
Patrick Sidmore, MSW
Suzette Odonnell, LCSW
Melissa Kitko
Meghan Louk, MA
Ava Weiss, MSW
Jenn Hurtig, LMSW
Quavon Bracken, Peer Outreach Worker
Quavon Bracken
Holly McCamant, Peer Support
Micki Dunn, M. Ed.
Jason Martin, PMHNP-BC
Debbie Zastrow Yanagida
Anthony Vrolyk
Kandis Paskell, MSc, NCC, LPC, CCTP

Traveling to Anchorage?

Traveling to Anchorage? Alaska Behavioral Health has partnered with the Marriott Anchorage Downtown hotel (next to the Dena’ina Center venue location) to offer a limited number of discounted rooms to Trauma Institute attendees. For a link to book your discounted room, please email Kristin Oberman at To be eligible for the discount, rooms must be booked by April 9th, 2024.

For those individuals needing assistance with travel funds to Anchorage to attend the conference, sponsorship may be available separately to through the Alaska Mental Health Trust. For more information about the Trust’s conference sponsorship application, click here.

Continuing Education

This conference is sponsored and approved by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. In conjunction with statue 12 AAC 62.320 of the State of Alaska Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Trauma Institute attendees are eligible for up to (10) continuing education hours for professional development purposes.

Alaska Behavioral Health is in the process of applying for 10 CEU’s for this conference with the State of Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners. Updates will be posted as they are received. Please check back for more information.

Conference Questions?

Contact – Kristin Oberman at

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