Trauma-Informed Lens Podcast

Episode 1: Our Trauma-Informed Journeys

Posted on September 13, 2017

Episode 1: Our Trauma-Informed Journeys

Podcasters: Matthew Bennett, Curt Mower, and Jerry Yager

Matt, Curt, and Jerry introduce themselves and talk about their journey to the trauma-informed paradigm. They discuss how this knowledge has influenced their thinking and careers as service providers and leaders.

Jerry’s question of the week. What do we know that helps children, families, and adults heal and grow. How does your organizational environment support it? Please put your thoughts in the comment section!

Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. Before moving to private practice, Dr. Jerry served as Director of Training & Community Education at Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, and was the Executive Director of the Denver Children’s Home, which shares a mission with Denver Children’s Advocacy Center to provide high quality mental health care for low-income children whose problems would otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated.

Dr. Jerry received his Doctorate in Psychology from Nova University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a ChildTrauma fellow with the ChildTrauma Academy, under the leadership of Dr Bruce Perry, and conducts professional training in Colorado, nationally and internationally. Dr. Jerry has served as the president of the Colorado Association for Family and Children Agencies. He is a clinical consultant for Devereux Cleo Wallace Behavioral Health Services, Lutheran Family Services, Tennyson Center and Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. Dr. Jerry currently is a member of the Colorado Court Improvement Project and Colorado’s Systems of Care steering committee. He chairs a Trauma-Informed Schools consultation team for the State of Colorado. Dr. Jerry has testified in court as an expert witness on the developmental impact of abuse and neglect on children and adolescents and has testified at the Colorado State Legislature for bills related to children and adolescents’ crime victims’ rights. Dr Jerry was honored at the 2016 National Crime Victim Law conference as the Child Advocate Victims’ Rights Partner of the Year.

Matt Bennett, MBA, MA, has a master’s degree in community psychology and executive development (nonprofit management), as well as a master’s in business administration in health care. Mr. Bennett specializes in the delivery of trauma-informed care, quality improvement, results-based leadership, and Motivational Interviewing. Mr. Bennett has successfully combined his academic pursuits as a researcher, blogger, and author of Connecting Paradigms: A trauma-informed & neurobiological approach to Motivational Interviewing implement with his practical experience in leading nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to develop research-based solutions to improve the health of individuals, organizations, and systems.

As a sought-after trainer, Mr. Bennett utilizes a participant-centered approach, which includes interactions and adult learning activities to maximize learning, retention, and application. These approaches, combined with a strong mastery of the topical research, allow delivery of in-depth subject matter in a practical manner, targeted to the audience. Mr. Bennett’s presentations are a dynamic dance of innovative research, practical applications, and a passion for the art and science of helping others.

Curt Mower is a Behavior Analyst who works with teachers, clinicians, and organizational leaders to create positive workplace cultures and effective treatment programs for adults, children, and their families. Curt knows the importance of bringing a scientific, systematic approach to behavioral health program design; and understands the demands integrating various approaches and theoretical backgrounds of diverse groups of professionals.

Curt has worked in inpatient, outpatient, educational, and residential settings as a direct care staff, supervisor, manager, and director.  He has been fortunate to have opportunities to present his work with data-driven decision making, quality improvement, and trauma-informed applied behavior analysis at conferences and workshops. Curt earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Auburn University in 2004.  He developed the Internship Program at Devereux Colorado that won a 2016 Community Partner of the Year Award from the University of Denver Counseling Psychology Department & College of Education.

2 responses to “Episode 1: Our Trauma-Informed Journeys”

  1. Teresa says:

    Fantastic information and stimulating dialogue to ponder and reflect upon.
    The gap that exists between what the people in my organization need and what I’m doing . . . whew what a dilemma!

    The style I default to (managing behavior) and have been trained for 20 years to implement does not match a organizational culture that allows people to thrive, heal and grow! Transformational discovery and concept, no wonder I am discouraged often or frustrated, but I am starting to recognize it’s not working.

    Time to learn a new approach . . .what do I know that helps people reach and express their potential? How can I begin to understand their behavior in a different way? Ask what they need, LISTEN and be responsive.

    Keep creating a path in front and behind of you because you’re an amazing inspiration Matt! Love the podcast and thank you!

    • Matthew Bennett says:

      Thanks so much Teresa. Most of us were raised both personally and professionally in the old model. What excites me is that we can position ourselves as leaders to help others learn about this transformational paradigm. Keep up the amazing work my friend!

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