The Heart and Science of Trauma and Recovery Informed Care - Expo and Symposium

Friday, October 18 2019, 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM [CST]

11140 Greenbay St., Fellowship Hall, Houston, Texas, 77024, United States

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Friday, October 18 2019, 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM [CST]

Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay St., Houston, Texas, 77024, United States.


THE HEART AND SCIENCE OF TRAUMA- AND RECOVERY-INFORMED CARE: Our Ninth Houston Recovery Initiative (HRI) Expo & Symposium


BACKGROUND.  A recovery-oriented system of care provides comprehensive services to individuals with substance use disorders and supports person-centered and person-directed long-term recovery. Integrating person-centered, trauma-informed approaches into recovery-oriented systems is a natural coupling of two complementary and critical care modalities. 

Research shows that individuals who suffer childhood and adolescent trauma are at higher risk of substance misuse and substance use disorders. In fact, living with a substance use disorder and/or having a family member who is living with a substance use disorder is inherently traumatic.  The Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study found that individuals who have experienced four or more ACEs were two times more likely to smoke, seven times more likely to misuse alcohol and 10 times more likely to inject illicit drugs.  Stress caused by ACEs has been shown to act on the same stress circuits in the brain as addictive substances. This is one explanation for the increased risk of substance use disorders among individuals who have experienced trauma.

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT.  Author Steven Covey is rather famous for saying “Begin with the end in mind.”  The end we have in mind for this Expo & Symposium is that you will

(1)     discover new community resources and connections,

(2)      learn about the new initiatives and programs of familiar resources and enjoy being with familiar, comfortable connections,

(3)     get updated on what is going on locally in research related to trauma, stress, and substance use,

(4)     add to your skill set in providing trauma-informed care for your clients (like how to create a safe “space”),

(5)      hear the story of how one organizational department created a trauma-informed work environment for their team, and,

(6)      of course, receive 6 hours of continuing education!

First and foremost, though, we have the privilege of Robert Ashford’s presence at the event.  Robert is a research scientist at the Recovery Science Research Collaborative and he will walk us through the Recovery-Informed Paradigm that he and his colleagues are developing.  This grand theory will incorporate the lived experience of those in recovery with the science of recovery to create a recovery-informed paradigm that includes both “heart and science.”  And the theory will inform research, programs and practices, and (this is wonderful!) EDUCATION, PREVENTION, and PUBLIC OPINION!  Imagine the possibilities!

We hope you will all join us for a wonderful day of education, skill-building, aha! moments, great entertainment (John Cates!), food, and conviviality.  Get recharged and inspired and ready to go make the world a better place for everyone in our community, including yourself!


Event agenda:

Emcee – Ashley Turner

8:15   am        

Registration • Continental Breakfast • Music  • Explore Exhibitors • Housekeeping

9:00   am   

Invocation ~ Rev. Melissa Maher, Lead Pastor, Mercy Street, a church within Chapelwood UMC • Welcome and Gratitude ~ Leonard Kincaid • Video ~ Nadine Burke Harris M.D.

9:30   am   

“Adverse Childhood Experiences” | Rich Rosing M.A. LCDC CCHW

10:15 am   

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION ~ “Exploring Recovery Through Science and Connection” | Robert Ashford M.S.W. ~ Part I

11:00 am   

BREAK ~ Visit Exhibitor Tables • Music 

11:15 am     

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION ~ “Exploring Recovery Through Science and Connection” | Robert Ashford M.S.W. ~ Part II

12:15 pm   

BREAK ~ Pick Up Lunch, Visit Exhibitors • Music 

12:45 pm   

“Treatment of Co-Occurring PTSD and Substance Use Disorders: Current Approaches and Future Directions” | Anka Vujanovic Ph.D.

1:45   pm   

“Embodied Wisdom: Trauma Informed Yoga in Clinical Work | Elizabeth Haberer LCSW

2:30   pm              

BREAK ~ Visit Exhibitor Tables • Music 

2:45   pm   


3:45   pm   

“Creating Trauma-Informed Work Environments” | Ana Philip M.Ed. LPC | Evelyn Locklin M.A. LPC


Final reflections • Submit Evaluations • Pick up Attendance/CE Certificates

4:00   pm   

Adjourn to your weekend!

Cancellation policy

Thank you for letting us know that you can no longer attend, this allows us to allow more people to register and attend the event.

Don Hall

The Houston Recovery Initiative is a community-driven coalition transforming the way we think about recovery; moving from episodes of treatment into a larger recovery-oriented continuum of care.

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Robert Ashford, M.S.W.
Recovery Scientist

Robert Ashford is a recovery scientist focused on substance use, recovery communities, recovery support services and institutions, integrated behavioral health systems, linguistic patterns, and technological interventions for behavioral health disorders. Mr. Ashford holds a Bachelor of Social Work with minors in Addiction Studies and Psychology from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice (SP2). Currently, Robert is pursuing his PhD in Health Policy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Robert has also completed fellowships with the Treatment Research Institute and is currently a graduate research assistant at the Center on the Continuum of Care in Addictions at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Substance Use Disorders Institute at the University of the Sciences. Robert has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, most notably NADAAC’s Young Emerging Leader Award (2014), and the University of Pennsylvania Provost’s Citation for Excellence in Service (2017). He is also the founding editor for the Journal of Recovery Science, a national recovery planning partner for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and serves as an appointee to the Philadelphia Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

About Robert Ashford, M.S.W.

Recovery Scientist

Rich Rosing has been a faculty member of the Human Service Technology Program at Houston Community College for the past 29 years. He was department chair of 15 of those years. Rich’s main focus is now teaching in the area of Motivational Interviewing and prevention. Over the years Rich has been an advocate for the use of Trauma Informed Care within various treatment settings. He has been a speaker at numerous events both within Texas and nationally helping spread the word about Trauma Informed Care. Rich has been a member of Addiction Technology Transfer Center since 1993 and a member of the South Southwest Region Advisory Board. Rich is currently active in the local community by serving as a member of the SBISD Student Wellness Committee and the Houston Recovery Initiative. Rich has served on the Advisory Board of the Houston Coalition for Behavioral Health Services, the National Organization of Human Services, and is a past president of Western Region of Human Service Professions.

About Richard Rosing, M.A. LCDC CCHW

Anka Vujanovic, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Education, and Director of the Trauma and Stress Studies Center (TaSSC)

Dr. Vujanovic is Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Education, and Director of the Trauma and Stress Studies Center (TaSSC) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Texas and the Co-Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Clinic of Houston (TrACH), a community-focused specialty clinic at the University of Houston. Dr. Vujanovic holds concurrent appointments as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and Research Psychologist (WOC) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. She received a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. Dr. Vujanovic’s research program is focused on three interwoven lines of inquiry: (1) investigation of etiological and maintenance processes related to PTSD; (2) exploration of clinically significant correlates of trauma exposure and PTSD (e.g., suicidality); and (3) examination of biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying the comorbidity of PTSD and substance use disorders. The overarching aim of this program of work is to inform novel treatment development and refine evidence-based clinical practice. Dr. Vujanovic is an Associate Editor for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness, and she serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Current Opinion in Psychology, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, and Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

About Anka Vujanovic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Education, and Director of the Trauma and Stress Studies Center (TaSSC)
Ana Philip, MEd
Director of Education and Development for The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Ana Philip is the Director of Education and Development for The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. Ana obtained her Master’s in Education in Clinical Mental Health and pursued her licensure as a Professional Counselor. Ana has worked with The Harris Center for over seven years and is currently a member of the Trauma Informed Core Team at The Harris Center. Ana has a background as the Recovery Manager for the center and is thoroughly familiar with the journey taken by The Harris Center to not only become a place that offers recovery oriented care to people served but also a work environment that acknowledges and strives to address the trauma many staff members have faced by becoming a Trauma Informed workplace.

About Ana Philip, MEd

Director of Education and Development for The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Elizabeth Haberer, LCSW, CGP, E-RYT
Clinical Social Work/Therapist

Elizabeth has 20 years of clinical experience. She has worked in various nonprofit, community mental health, inpatient and outpatient settings prior to establishing her private practice in the Montrose area in Houston, TX. She has worked extensively with trauma, in settings such as the Children’s Assessment Center, where she worked as forensic interviewer and clinician with child survivors of sexual abuse and their families. She also worked with trauma and addiction at the Council on Recovery, and spent many years specializing in dual diagnosis as a Senior social worker at the Menninger Clinic. Elizabeth founded the Sin Fronteras Network, a group of trauma-informed providers providing pro-bono mental health services and evaluations to asylum seekers and migrants in the Houston area. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston who frequently gives talks on trauma-related topics. She is also a registered yoga teacher who created THRIVE trauma-informed yoga system as way to help people create a trusting relationship with their bodies.

About Elizabeth Haberer, LCSW, CGP, E-RYT

Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Evelyn Locklin, MA, LPC
Director, NeuroPsychiatric Center and Crisis Residential Programs for The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Evelyn Urdiales Locklin is the Director over the NeuroPsychiatric Center and Crisis Residential Programs for The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. She is currently the Harris Center’s Team Lead for the Center-wide Trauma Informed Care Core Implementation Team. Evelyn holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Evelyn has worked in Adult Forensics, Post-Acute Brain Injury Rehabilitation, and with The Harris Center for over fifteen years in the Crisis Services Division.

About Evelyn Locklin, MA, LPC

Director, NeuroPsychiatric Center and Crisis Residential Programs for The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Ashley Paige Turner was born and raised in Houston, TX. She attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. She continued her studies at Texas Woman’s University where she received a Master’s in Health Care Administration. Upon graduation from TWU she accepted a position at Legacy Community Health Services in the Human Resources department and later transitioned to Marketing and Communications. In 2015 she became Chief Operating Officer at Bee Busy Wellness Center where she made strides to give patients the best and most comprehensive health care experience. May 2018 Ms. Turner accepted a position at Lone Star College as the Executive Director of Community Relations. Her role is to be the liaison between the community and the college to ensure that communications are succinct and the offerings from the college address the needs of the communities that are served. On January 4, 2016 Ms. Turner became the First Daughter of the City of Houston. In that capacity she serves as the Honorary Chair for the Consular Ladies Club and Honorary Chair for Citizenship Month. She is currently an advisory board member for BARC which is the City of Houston’s animal shelter and adoption facility. Ms. Turner makes it a point to give back to her community. For the past ten years she has volunteered for Turner Family Day in the Park where she assists with the senior citizens and the youth. Ms. Turner is a frequent speaker at functions that promote literacy, healthy self-image and empowerment. In 2015 received the Texas Women Empowerment Foundation’s International Empowerment Award. In 2016 she received the Sweet 16 Women Making a Difference Award, Beauty Mentoring Community Trailblazer Award, and Top 50 Black Health, Medical, and Wellness Professionals Community Hero Award.

About Ashley Turner