2023 Alaska Advanced Trauma Training Institute

275 Attendees, 27 speakers, up to 10 Continuing Education Credits – and 99% of attendees would recommend this conference to a colleague! Check out the graphic below or download the Trauma Institute recap in ,pdf form.

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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, June 1st, 2023 – 8:00am-4:00pm

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

*Presentation content subject to change. Please check back for updates and final schedule.

8:00amDoors Open, Check-In, Refreshments Available
8:30am Opening Remarks (Arvidson & Goodman)
9:00am Evolution of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD from Development to Dissemination (Resick)
10:15am   BREAK
10:30am Playfulness & Projectives: Drawing with Clients of All Ages (Usher)
Lunch Break (complimentary lunch provided)
12:15-12:45pm Lunch Speaker- Cathy Giessel
TimeKahtnu Room 1 /2Tubughnenq’ Room 3/4Tubughnenq’ Room 5
1:15pm Practice in Socratic Dialogue (Resick) Peer Support: Personally, Professionally, Organizationally and Systemically (Soderstrom) Bias in Diagnosing PTSD (Weiss)
2:45pm Psychosis & Trauma (Usher) Rural Realities - Understanding and Addressing Eating Disorders in Alaska (Kirian) PTSD/ADHD: Considering Parallels and Distinctions (O'Donnell, Martin)

Day 2 Workshop Schedule

Friday, June 2, 2023 – 8:30am-3:30pm

Dena’ina Center- Floor 2

TimeKahtnu Room 1 /2 Tubughnenq’ Room 3/4Tubughnenq’ Room 5
8:30am Healing Play Every Day (Coffey) Peer Support with Transitional Age Youth: The Unexpected Benefits of Lived Experience of Healing from Trauma (McCamant) Jedi Magic: Alternative Methods to Engage Clients (Louk)
10:00am The Dark Side of Empathy: Staying Healthy as a Trauma Clinician (Arvidson) Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - Suicide Prevention (Bracken) Humor in Trauma (O'Donnell)
11:15amLunch on your own
12:45pm 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)
2:15pm Where is the Tipping Point? - Moving Systems to Change (King) Rural Child Trauma Toolkit Development (Arvidson, Paskell) Military Specific Stuck Points in CPT (Weiss)


Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D.

Judith Cohen, MD

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Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW

Brighton Brooks, M.Ed.

Sara Buckingham, Ph.D.

Karl Soderstrom, CDC-S

Kristin Mortenson, MS, LPC-S

MaryBeth Goodman, MA, LPC, NBCC

Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC-S

Anthony Mosinksi, MSW

Sarah Koogle, M. Ed., LPC-S

Craigan Usher, MD

Saraj Gottstein, MA, LPC

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Suzette O’Donnell, LCSW

Stephanie Renno, PhD.

Tami Eller, MS

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Jesse Barrett, LCSW

Nicole Jenkins, MS, LMFT, LPC-S 

Sharon Fishel, MS, LPC

Jimael Johnson, MPH

Brian McCutcheon

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Geri Hernandez, M.Ed., LPC-S

Micki Dunn, M. Ed.

Jody Hassel, M.F.A., TCTSY-F

Polly Andrew, M.Ed.

Austen Rogers

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 Rozel Buzby at rbuzby@akbh.org. To be eligible for the discount, rooms must be booked by April 30th, 2023.

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 – Rozel Buzby at rbuzby@akbh.org

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