Register for the 2022 Trauma Institute


Each year, the Alaska Advanced Trauma Training Institute features local Alaskan and national experts who share about 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 and support the development of trauma-informed care for behavioral health and social service providers across the state of Alaska.

This event is hosted by the Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health with support of the State of Alaska, 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

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 – 9:00am-4:30pm

Dena’ina Center, Tikahtnu Banquet Hall (3rd floor)

*Please check back for presentation updates

8:30amCheck in
9:00amWelcome – Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSWman in suit smiling at camera
9:30am "You Can't Offer What You Don't Have;
Strengthening Psychological Safety in Trauma Serving Systems" Dr. Jon Ebert
10:45am   BREAK
11:00am "A Research Update on Trauma Treatments: Is Exposure to the Trauma Memory Needed?" Dr. Kathleen Chard
12:15pmHosted Lunch
12:45pmLunch Speaker-  Derrick Green
1:30pm“Alaska Native Cultural Health and Wellness Strategies” Meda DeWitt, MA
3:00pm "Drawing on Lived Expertise to Promote Healing Centered Engagement" Youth Panel- Moderator: Amanda Metivier, MSW
4:15pm Closing Announcements

Day 2 Workshop Schedule

Thursday, June 9, 2022 – 8:30am-3:00pm

Dena’ina Center- Floor 2

TimeKahtnu Room 1 /2 Tubughnenq’ Room 3/4Tubughnenq’ Room 5
8:30am "Strengthening Caregiver Engagement in Trauma Treatment, Part I" "Moving from Reacting to ACES to Preventing It: Introducing a Developing Pre-Birth Household Challenges Assessment Tool" "Working with Shame in Trauma – Symptoms, Instead of Memories”
10:15am "Answering the School Bell: Providing Behavioral Health Services in Alaskan Schools" "Evidence Based Skills for Trauma Therapists- Part I: What is Cognitive Processing Therapy?" "Pharmacological Interventions Post-Trauma "
11:45amLunch on your own
1:00pm Short Session "Movement in Therapy - Let’s Get Moving!" Short Session– "Prescription Without Side Effects is Spelled D-O-G" Short Session- “The Intersection of Trauma and Everyday Life – An Occupational Therapy Lens on Life After Trauma"
1:30pm "Strengthening Caregiver Engagement in Trauma Treatment, Part II" "Evidence Based Skills for Trauma Therapists- Part II: Using Socratic Dialogue in CPT and in General Clinical Practice" "Integrating Vocational Development for Youth with Mental Health Services: Creating a Trauma-Informed Program"


Jon Ebert, PsyD.

Kathleen Chard, PhD.

man in suit smiling at camera

Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW

Meghan Crow, MSW, LCSW

Meda DeWitt, MA

Saraj Gottstein, MA, LPC

Derrick Green

Marissa Hanson, MSW, LCSW

Lori Houston, LCSW, RPT-S

Maressa Jensen, MSW

Jimael Johnson, MPH

Melissa Kitko

Amanda Metivier, MSW

Cole Murphy, BA

Suzette O’Donnell, LCSW

Patrick Sidmore, MSW

Katie Walker, OTD

Curt Wengel, MD

Debbie Zastrow Yanagida

Continuing Education

The Alaska Child Trauma Center at Alaska Behavioral Health is in the process of applying for 10 CEU’s for this conference for Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Social Workers in the State of Alaska. Updates will be posted as they are received. Please check back for more information.

Conference Questions?

Contact – Rozel Buzby at