Kim Carpenter is the BHECN Community Outreach Specialist and conducts rural site development for retention, recruitment and competency of the behavioral health workforce. Kim’s professional history includes training/education, community and coalition and capacity building, advocacy and behavioral health service assessment. Kim has offered training for 15 years to human service providers, law enforcement, educators, health care professionals, and corrections staff on trauma/PTSD, trauma-informed care, co-occurring disorders, gender-specific treatment, child welfare, sexual abuse prevention, substance use disorder, interpersonal violence, sex trade, body-mind connection, self-injury, eating disorders, vicarious trauma, Seeking Safety, and 16 Steps for Empowerment and Discovery. She is a certified trainer in Mental Health First Aid, Darkness to Light: End Child Sexual Abuse and Walk the Walk: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and vicarious Trauma.

Kim’s personal experience includes identifying as a consumer/survivor/recovering individual and she has a special interest in consumer issues. She has initiated peer-run trauma support groups in communities and programs, offered Seeking Safety in women’s correction facilities and produced a survivor-driven documentary on sex trade titled Hidden in Plain sight: Prostitution in Nebraska.

  • Trauma-Informed Services Creating Safe Environments
    This workshop asks ‘What is Trauma-Informed?’ ‘How Can We Assess Our Agency for Trauma-Informed Services?’ The importance of universal screening practices and creating safe environments is discussed and the Program Assessment Protocol, by Roger Fallot and Maxine Harris is reviewed.
    Time: 1-3 hours
  • Trauma & Recovery-- The Basics
    This workshop includes information on trauma & PTSD, trauma symptoms, resiliency factors, mitigating factors, biophysiology & processing traumatic memory, connection between addiction & trauma, treatment considerations, ACES Study.
    Time:1-4 hours
  • From Trauma Recovery to Uncovery, Discovery and Reconnection:
    This workshop reviews the stages of recovery by Dr Judith Herman: Safety, Remembrance/Mourning & Reconnection. It also includes screening and assessment, compassionate thinking, clinical and peer-run treatment approaches, movement as healing, and vicarious trauma.
    Time: 3-6 Hours
  • ACES—Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
    ACE Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted on the links between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. As a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego, Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) members undergoing a comprehensive physical examination provided detailed information about their childhood experience of abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction. Over 17,000 members chose to participate.
    Time: 1-2 Hours
  • Sex Trade & Trauma
    This workshop defines sex trade and reviews sex trade dynamics specific to Nebraska. Issues associated with stigma, mental health, substance use, physical health, legal and trauma in regard to sex trade are included as well as treatment and intervention considerations. The workshop includes viewing of the film, Hidden in Plain Sight: Prostitution in Nebraska.
    Time: 90 minutes-3 Hours
  • 16 Steps For Empowerment & Discovery
    This workshop discusses the importance of peer support and the inclusion of trauma issues in peer support. The 16 Steps for Empowerment & Discovery Model from Charlotte Kasl is presented. The information includes, how to start a group, sustainability considerations, membership development. A brief overview of this model is available for service providers. A workshop is available for consumers/survivors/recovering individuals to start a group in a program or their community.
    Time: 3-5 Hours
  • The Cost of Caring (Co-Trainer/Brent Khan)
    This workshop will review components of vicarious trauma, stress and compassion fatigue. It will examine strategies for staff to maintain resiliency and avoid secondary trauma or burnout as well as information and practice on Heart Math.
    Time: 1-4 hours
  • Seeking Safety
    This workshop reviews the components of Seeking Safety, a treatment model for addiction & PTSD from Lisa Najavits, PhD. Workshop information will include barriers to co-occurring treatment approaches, basic trauma information and Seeking Safety components.
    Time: 4-6 Hours
  • Survivors of Violence and Addiction
    This workshop describes forms of violence including child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trade and their impact on body, mind and spirit.
    Time: 6 hours
  • Gender Matters—Making the Case for Gender-Specific Treatment
    This workshop offers information regarding the history of women and addiction, trends of women and addiction, body image, eating disorders, self-harm, parenting issues, health considerations and developing gender-specific services for women.
    Time: 1-6 Hours
  • Mental Health First Aid
    Mental Health First Aid is offered in the form of an interactive 12-hour course that presents an overview of mental illness and substance use disorders in the U.S. and introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. Those who take the 12-hour course to certify as Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
    Time: 12 hours
  • Darkness to Light
    This program raise awareness of the prevalence and consequences of child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. Offers agencies and professionals information on policy and practice considerations in preventing childhood sexual abuse.
    Time: 3 hours
  • Walk the Walk: Creative Tools for Transforming Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma
    We pay an emotional price for doing the work that we do: Some of us hear difficult stories daily and are frequently exposed to traumatic details from cases we are working on. We are not always able to help everyone who comes to us for help—the demands often outweigh what we can offer. Compassion fatigue has been called “a disorder that affects those who do their work well” (Figley, 1995). The level of compassion fatigue a helper experiences can ebb and flow from one day to the next. Even very healthy helpers with optimal life/work balance and self care strategies can experience compassion fatigue. This one day workshop incorporates a combination of solo, small group, and whole group activities.
    Time: 1-6 hours

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