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Community Impact Forum: Trauma

March 13, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


Back by popular demand, Spurwink is pleased to announce its second Community Impact Forum on Wednesday, March 13th from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Maine State House Council Chambers, Room 334, 210 State Street in Augusta. This event, focused on trauma, is a part of a series of free events providing timely information to community partners, leaders, and funders about the critical behavioral health issues affecting Maine people and how they impact the vitality of our community. RSVP HERE

The forum will provide attendees with a better understanding of what trauma is, how it influences development and affects children, youth, refugees, and other vulnerable populations in Maine, and its impact on families, schools, and our communities.

Following the presentation by two of Spurwink’s clinical leaders, Ben Strick, LCSW, Director of Adult Behavioral Health Services, and Rebecca Patkus, LCSW, Regional Director of Outpatients & Community Services, there will be a facilitated discussion on systems-based responses to trauma and its related health outcomes. Coffee and breakfast provided.

Addressing underlying trauma promotes better quality of care, particularly for under-served populations such as those with behavioral health needs and those experiencing the core stressors of the refugee experience. Many people with behavioral health needs have histories of complex trauma that affect their health and their ability to access and successfully navigate our healthcare system. Mainers who are refugees often experience trauma in their home countries, and are too often faced with cultural barriers to accessing behavioral healthcare. People with histories of trauma also have an increased risk for the chronic physical and mental health conditions and their attendant increases in the need for long-term care or inpatient treatment.

Please contact Gabrielle Gallucci, Director of Mission Impact, at (207) 871-1211 ext. 2137 or with any questions.



March 13, 2019
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Maine State House, Council Chambers
Room 334, 210 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330 United States