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  • Community Action Council of Thurston County 3020 Willamette Drive NE Lacey, WA 98516 USA (map)

This training has been approved for 7 CEs for Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1905.

Presented by Dr. Joyce Gilbert, MD and Jill Hicks LCPC

Joyce and Jill will blend their professional knowledge of the impacts of trauma on children.  You will get an in depth knowledge of the ACE (Adverse Childhood experiences) study, trauma’s impact on brain development, epigenetics, and learn to recognize trauma related behaviors.  

You will also learn hands on strategies to work directly with children and families impacted by trauma in a meaningful way. You will learn grounding and relaxation strategies, techniques to teach feelings, ways to re-process trauma ,and ways to work with caregivers to help their child(ren) impacted by trauma.  You will learn ways to advocate for traumatized children to others in order to better support them across all their environments.

Joyce and Jill will share their experiences in working with traumatized children for over 20 years.  We look forward to you joining us to gain current information and hands on skills in working with trauma impacted children in your workplace.

Professionals will learn the following:

Learn about the ACE’s (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study how it impacts traumatized children

Define toxic stress, trauma, and resiliency

Learn how trauma and toxic stress impacts children’s brain development

Develop an understanding of trauma related behaviors

Develop trauma informed care model to bring to your practice

Learn step-by-step effective and hands on ways to work with a child who has experienced trauma

Learn ways to effectively work with parents/grandparents and/or caregivers with their children who have experienced trauma

Dr. Joyce Gilbert, MD

Dr. Joyce Gilbert grew up in the Denver and Chicago areas. She attended medical school and completed her Pediatric Residency training at the University of Iowa. She then spent 29 years in a primary care pediatric practice in Sandpoint, Idaho. She cared for children from birth to age 18. While practicing in this small community, Dr. Gilbert received countless referrals from the local physicians for potential child abuse and sexual abuse. She attended frequent trainings and seminars to become proficient in the diagnosis and management of abuse. She worked closely with Child Protective Services, law enforcement agencies, and the prosecutor’s offices in the two northern counties of Idaho, and was an active member of the Bonner County Multidisciplinary Team (MDT). She also became involved in the statewide Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program, and gave presentations in both state and national arenas, including a DEC presentation to FBI trainees. She was instrumental in initiating the screening process at the local hospital to identify infants exposed to drugs of abuse during pregnancy.

In 2014, Dr. Gilbert had the distinct honor of being chosen as the Medical Director of the Sexual Assault Clinic and Child Maltreatment Center at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. This clinic serves five counties, providing both urgent and non-emergent medical interviews and physical examinations for any child up to 18 years of age who may have been physically or sexually abused. The clinic also provides SANE nurses for the collection of forensic evidence for adolescent and adult sexual assault victims at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital, and at the Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis McChord.  Dr. Gilbert is an active participant in the MDTs of Thurston County, Lewis County, Pacific County, and Grays Harbor County.

Jill Hicks, LCPC

Jill Hicks grew up in North Idaho and attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.  Jill began her career in secondary education and child development at an alternative high school working with teen moms and their babies teaching parenting and child development classes.  Jill the worked in partnership with the Department of Health & Welfare and the local school district with impoverished families to gain resources and attend school. Jill worked with families and children within the local school district with children, who had IEP’s to learn healthier ways to engage, interact and care for one another.

Jill then joined North Idaho Community Mental Health where she has worked with children and families for 19 years.  Jill saw the need within her rural community grow and develop a passion for trauma informed care. Jill worked as an on-call clinician for Child Protective Services for 10 years and currently serves on the executive board of Kinderhaven (a group home for children in crisis).  Jill is certified in EMDR and serves as a consultant for colleagues gaining the EMDR Level II trainings and is in the process of completing her Trauma Focused-CBT certification. Jill has expertise in sandplay therapy, narrative therapy and attachment theory.

Jill currently serves as the Clinical Director at North Idaho Child and Community Mental Health where she as a small caseload of clients within her rural community and with contacts with the Department of Health & Welfare, as well as oversees 9 clinicians and various programs with her agency of 40 employees.

Jill enjoys educating professionals to bring hands on skills to their practice and/or classrooms.  Jill has conducted various for profit and non-profit live seminars to professionals, school teachers and employees, court advocates and various other professionals working with traumatized and mental ill children and families.

Jill enjoys serving her rural community and is developing Professional Leap as a resource for spreading quality education to professionals to bring to their community and serve their population with current and up to date education.