Moving Beyond Trauma: Building Resilience

This conference is eligible for Continuing Education Units( CEU credits) for Domestic Violence Providers, Medical Providers, Psychiatry and Legal Education

Conference Timeline/Agenda:

Tuesday 1, 2011



Participant Arrival, Check-in

11:00 am – 5:00 pm




Wednesday 2, 2011


8:00 am-10:00am

Welcome and Opening Ceremony
LTC Andrew L Grantham, Keynote Speaker


General Session Dr. Danny Brom, Ph.D

12:00pm- 1:00pm

General Session-Lunch Dr. Naomi Baum, Ph.D


Breakout Sessions
Captain Gregory Pixley- Denver Fire Department Peer Support
Dr. Marjorie B.Lewis, Ph.D

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

General Session- Dr. Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Ph.D
Dr. Naomi Baum, PH.D


General Session Dr. Charles Benight, Ph.D

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm



Reception, Dinner


Terrance D. McWilliams- Keynote Speaker


Live Entertainment by: Classique Jazz


Thursday 3, 2011


8:00 am – 9:30 am

Welcome – Continental Breakfast

9:30 am – 10:30 am

General Session Dr. Danny Brom, Ph.D

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

General Session Dr. Ruth Pat-Horenczyk, Ph.D

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

General Session Paul D. Sexton

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

General Session Dr. Naomi Baum, PH.D

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Break Out Session:
Dr. Wilbert Miles
Dr. Marilyn J. Richardson Lewis, Ph.D

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Reception, Dinner

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Speaker Major General Mark and Mrs. Carol Graham
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm Live Entertainment by Classique Jazz

Friday 4, 2011


8:00 am – 10:00 am

Closing Continental Breakfast




Dr. Danny Brom Ph. D

Theory on Trauma and Resilience
This program aims to provide participants with a broad picture of the latest developments in the trauma field.  Theories and research pertaining to the consequences of trauma, healthy coping processes, and possible pathological consequences will be presented.  Students will learn about the risks of developing PTSD related distress and potential protective factors.  Guiding principles for clinical programs treating post-traumatic disorders will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the mechanisms of survival mode.
  • Participants will learn about how to assess and differentiate between healthy coping and post traumatic distress.
  • Participants will gain understanding of current approaches to treating post traumatic stress.

Dr. Naomi Baum, Ph. D.

Building Personal and Professional Resilience for Public Safety
The focus of this program is on empowering the police professional to deal proactively with exposure to long term stress and trauma by providing them with information and tools to use both personally and in their work environment.  This program places emphasis on the specific components of resilience including self regulation, developing empathy to self and others, expanding coping skills, finding meaning in work and focusing on hope.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the four cornerstones of resilience.
  • Participants will be informed about the current research in the field of resilience, as it applies specifically to public safety officials.
  • Participants will practice resilience skills that can be adapted to personal  and work settings.

Ruth Pat-Horeczyk, Ph. D.

Treating Traumatized Children: Risk, Resilience and Recovery
This is a unique course focusing on the latest research in the field of childhood trauma.  Presentations will explore recent developments pertaining to risk and protective factors for traumatized children and their parents.  The long term impact of childhood trauma on development will be discussed with particular emphasis on the relationship between trauma and violence.  The best practice methods, resilience-building concepts and applications of practice skills will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about how trauma affects children at different ages.
  • Participants will be apprised of the role of the parents in protecting their children.
  • Participants will be exposed to effective interventions with traumatized children

Dr. Charles Benight, Ph. D.

Web-based interventions for Disaster and Trauma:  The Importance of Coping Self-efficacy in Resilience
This presentation will cover the evidence for web-based interventions for traumatic stress and disaster recovery.  It will also introduce a web system, My Trauma Recovery, designed to enhance coping self-efficacy as a key factor in empowering survivors toward recovery.

LTC Andrew L. Grantham

 Resilient Warriors-  LTC, MI Grantham will discuss the Warrior Transition Battalion. How it is made up and some of the programs involved with to support our soldiers as they heal, recover and transit back into society.

Paul Sexton

Peer Navigator Program
The Peer Navigator Program integrates positive psychology principles and a peer-mentorship approach to provide quick and complete service delivery.  It connects service member, veterans and their families with an informed and empathic military veteran Peer Navigator who assists in efficient, personalized navigation through tedious and complex systems of care that typically take months and years to access.  The Goal of the Peer Navigator Program is to positively impact functionality, hope and opportunity across four major life domains: Behavioral Health; Physical Health; Community Outreach; and Career and Development.


Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid’s goal is to demystify the topic of mental illness-to increase mental health literacy and decrease stigma.  Similar to commonly known First Aid, the course does not teach folks to be professionals or counselors.  The course teaches folks how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems, how to offer and provide initial help and how to guide the individual to professional help if needed.  Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis is resolved.

Captain Gregory Pixley

Management and Coordination of Fire Department Peer Support Teams
The Implementation, Training, & Maintenance that is necessary in the every day operations of a Fire Department Peer Support Team. This class will also be applicable to any Emergency Service Organization wishing to determine the process in creating and organizing a Peer Support Team.

Dr. Wilbert Miles Ph. D.

Psychological Treatment of Police Officers With Post Traumatic Stress Disorders.
This workshop will explore (operational) definitions of trauma (single and complex), stressful life events and personality and cultural styles.  Finally, a phase oriented treatment plan ranging from stabilization to recovery and resilience will be identified for treatment providers.  

Dr. Marilyn J. Richardson Lewis Why It’s Different for Women
This session is designed to provide insight into how trauma affects women differently than men – and how those differences shape women’s effectiveness at building resilience.  Participants will learn:
  • The role of resilience in human development and learning
  • What brain research reveals about psychological differences between males and females
  • The importance of delayed realization and acceptance – and recognizing triggers
  • The impact of women’s socialization on resilience
  • Women who serve vs. women who wait at home
  • The dynamic between intention and resilience
  • Where to go for help

Focus will be on why moving beyond trauma is different not only for women who have suffered trauma but also for women who are trying to help others build resilience.

Dr. Marjorie B. Lewis, PH.D. Domestic Violence 5

Other Speakers

Keynote Speaker for Wednesday, February 2, 2011 dinner

McWilliams_0003.JPGTerrance D. McWilliams
As Director of Military and Veterans Affairs for El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs. The private foundation was established in 1937 by Spencer Penrose, a miner, entrepreneur, businessman and founder of The Broadmoor Hotel.  El Pomar is the largest grant maker in the history of the state of Colorado with assets exceeding ½ billion dollars.  The foundation’s purpose is to benefit the people of Colorado through grant making in the areas of education, health care, civic and community initiatives, the environment, amateur sports, human services and the arts.  Terrance has been with El Pomar since 2007 and oversees the foundation’s military community outreach activities.

Terrance implements and manages innovative programs designed to provide direct services and support to the Military’s Active, Guard and Reserve, community and charitable organizations. The Foundation’s current outreach efforts are focused on working with the Military, Veterans Affairs Administration and various Veteran organizations to provide assistance and support to our service men and women and their families.

Terrance serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross, Pikes Peak Chapter, Southeast Armed Services YMCA, and the Military Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Pikes Peak United Way, and the Executive Advisory Board – TriWest Healthcare Alliance.  He previously served on the Center for Nonprofit Excellence board. He is currently the President for Citizen Soldier Connection and immediate past President of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. He is also a member of the Colorado Thirty Group, and serves as a personal advisor to the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army.

Prior to joining the staff of El Pomar Foundation, Terrance served on active duty in the United States Army for over 30 years, cumulating his career as the Division Command Sergeant Major for Division West, First Army and Fort Carson on June 21, 2007 where he was responsible for the health and wellbeing of over 21,000 soldiers, families and civilian employees.

Terrance has attended numerous military leadership and management schools and holds an Associate of Science degree in Supervisory Leadership from Hawaii Pacific University and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.  He is married to his High School sweet heart Georgia Marie, and has two sons and three daughters, Johnny, Lachelle, Terrance Jr., Doris, and Georgina, and one grandson and four granddaughters.

Keynote Speaker - Thursday, February 3, 2011 dinner


Major General Mark Graham

Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7
U.S. Army Forces Command

Text Box: Honors/Recognition:    2010 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Lifesaver Award for Public Service    2009 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Honor Guard Leadership Award    2009 SPARK (Suicide Prevention Advocacy Recognition in Kentucky) Award Recipient    2009 Shining Lights of Hope Award, presented by the Carson J. Spencer Foundation,     2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, Oklahoma City University     2009 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates nominated Major General Graham for Time magazine's 100 most influential people    2008 Heroes of Mental Health Award presented by the Pikes Peak Behavior Health Group     2008 Distinguished Alumnus,  Murray State University    2007 Wall of Fame Distinguished Alumni, Belleville Township High School East    Army ROTC Distinguished Alumni Award, Murray State University   Major General Mark Graham became the Deputy Chief of Staff,
G-3/5/7, U.S. Army Forces Command, on Sept. 18, 2009.  In this position, he oversees the plans, operations and training for Army forces stationed in the Continental United States and ensured conventional forces are prepared for worldwide deployment.

He and his wife, Carol, champion military and civilian efforts to promote mental health and suicide-prevention awareness.  To honor the memory of their two sons, the Grahams established the Jeffrey C. and Kevin A. Graham Memorial Fund to provide the “Question, Persuade, Refer” suicide prevention program at the University of Kentucky.  The Grahams also helped launch the Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Memorial Endowed Lectureship in Psychology for the study of depression and suicide prevention at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.  Additionally, they support the ongoing efforts of the Colorado Springs, Colo., “Jeff and Kevin Graham Memorial Crisis Hotline”.

Major General Graham was commissioned a second lieutenant of field artillery in December 1977 at Murray State University, Ky.   Spanning over 32 years, Major General Graham has served in several key command and staff positions in the United States, Germany and Korea.  Past assignments include artillery battalion command at Fort Sill, Okla.; brigade command in California where he was the first active-duty Army Colonel to command a National Guard brigade in peacetime; commander of the Battlefield Coordination Det, Osan Korea; chief of staff and later deputy commander of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill; executive officer to the U.S. Forces Korea Commander; and as the deputy commanding general of 5th U.S. Army where he supported evacuation and relief operations following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  His most recent position was as the Commander of Division West (First Army) and Fort Carson, Colo.

In addition to his Bachelor’s degree in political science, Major General Graham holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University and a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

Major General Graham has received numerous military awards to include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.

DSC_0024.jpgCarol Graham

Carol Graham is the wife of Major General Mark A. Graham, U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.  In the last seven years Carol has tragically lost both of her sons.  Her youngest son Kevin, a University of Kentucky Senior Army ROTC scholarship cadet, was studying to be an Army doctor when he died by suicide on June 21, 2003. Kevin was being treated for depression but had stopped taking his medication.  Carol’s oldest son Jeffrey was a scholarship student that graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2003 with a degree in civil engineering, and was commissioned a lieutenant in the US Army as an Armor officer.  Although the Army offered Jeff a position in a non-deploying unit because of the death of his younger brother, Jeff said he needed to be with Soldiers and wanted to serve his country.  Jeff was killed while leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol in Khaldiyah, Iraq on 19 February 2004.  Jeff spotted an IED taped to a guardrail and warned his platoon moments before it exploded.
Following the death of Kevin, Carol and her husband, using the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) program, established the Kevin A. Graham Memorial Fund at the University of Kentucky to raise awareness to the signs of depression and prevent suicide.  When Jeff was killed in Iraq the fund was endowed and renamed the Jeffrey C. and Kevin A. Graham Memorial Fund.  The Grahams in partnership with UK alumni also established the Second Lieutenant Jeffrey C. Graham Memorial Scholarship Program for engineering students. Soon after their only surviving child, Melanie, enrolled at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma they realized that Cameron did not have a suicide prevention program. Carol worked along with her husband and university leaders to establish the Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Memorial Endowed Lectureship in Psychology for the study of depression and suicide prevention. 

In 2009 Carol Graham was an integral part in the establishment of the ‘Jeff and Kevin Graham’ El Paso County/Colorado Springs Crisis Hotline which is part of the national suicide prevention hotline network.  Carol was instrumental in raising awareness for depression and suicide prevention for the families and Soldiers at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Sam Houston, Texas and Fort Carson, Colorado and the surrounding communities.  Carol is now nationally recognized for her efforts in suicide prevention and behavior health.  Carol has received numerous awards and other recognition to include:  Governor’s Commendation (State of Oklahoma) for Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness in support of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Program in July 2005, President of the United States ‘Call to Service’ Award, Aug 2009, received the Texas Governor’s “Yellow Rose of Texas” award. US Army Forces Command’s Commander’s Award, Aug 2009, US Forces Command Well Being Award, Aug 2009, Secretary of the Army Public Service Award, Aug 2009, recipient of the 2009 SPARK (Suicide Prevention Advocacy Recognition in Kentucky) Award, the 2009 Shining Lights of Hope Award, presented by the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, the 2010 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Life Saver Award for Public Service, and others. 

Carol speaks at conferences, seminars and workshops to help others survive grief and understand depression as well as to help prevent suicide.   Among her many engagements she was a speaker at the 2006 Fort Sam Houston Annual Green Conference (for military spouses).  Carol was also the keynote speaker at many events, including:  the 2007 National Military Suicide Prevention Conference, the 2007 Tennessee State Suicide Prevention Conference, the 2008 Nevada State Suicide Prevention Conference, the 2008 AUSA National Guard Suicide Prevention Conference, the 2008 Department of Defense (DoD)/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Conference, the 2008 Colorado Springs Faith Based Coalition Conference for Wounded Service Members, the 2008 and 2009 Fort Carson TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Conferences, the 2009 Spring TRADOC Commanders Conference, the 2009 Carson J. Spencer Foundation Annual Dinner, the 2009 Kentucky State Suicide Prevention Conference, the Faith Works Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the 2010 Maryland Veterans Administration Suicide Prevention Conference in Baltimore, and others.

She is an advocate for wounded Soldiers and their Families as she continues to speak out to raise awareness to the dangers of untreated depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Carol was appointed to the national board of directors of the Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN USA) 2006-2009.  She served on the Colorado Springs, Colorado suicide prevention board from 2007 - 2009.  She currently serves as the Military Survivor Support Representative for the Suicide Prevention Action Network since the merger with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  

Planning Team:
Selena L. Dunham, Project Manager with Classique, LLC
Carrie France, Office Assistant with Classique, LLC
Russell A. Roach, Music Director
Debbie Gibbs
Nichole Gibbs, Sales Support with Classique, LLC
Greg Diamond, Government Affairs Consultant with Classique, LLC and Owner of Diamond and Associates
Lance Noyes, Master Trainer with Classique, LLC and Owner of Professional Management Inc.
Klara Nemes-Brown M.A., LPC, Trainer with Classique, LLC and Owner of Counseling Services Private Practice
Joel Odonkor- President Vicara Services, Inc.
Sarah Moss- Sarah Moss, Inc.
Cathy Hazouri- Sales Consultant
Julius Potter- Administrative Assistant


*Note:  Coffee and Refreshments will be served after each breakout session.

Spouse/Partner Program is designed to offer the flexibility of your own schedule.  Choose whether you want to spend your time lounging in the hotel, making use of the many hotel amenities or out on the town meeting new friends.

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