Nursing Education & Events

Trauma Informed Care & Harm Reduction
Saturday, February 29 2020, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, #200, Seattle, WA 98103,


The purpose of this workshop is to provide an understanding of trauma informed care including ways to integrate approaches into nursing practice settings.


8:30-9:00 am               Arrival, coffee

9:00-10:30 am            

Session: How to Care for Those That Have Suffered Trauma by Using A Comprehensive Approach

This presentation will provide a basic understanding and engaging overview of trauma informed care. We will review the current opioid crisis and learn how the trauma informed care approach can provide an environment that is safe to address substance use disorder. There will be basic tips and tools to assist nurses in their everyday work including organizational guidelines that can be implemented to remove barriers and shift away from a judgmental culture.


Heather Stephen-Selby, BSN, MSN, ARNP-BC, RN; Director of Clinical Support Services/ARNP; Health Point. Heather has a varied, passionate, and unique background across the nursing spectrum including clinical practice, policy development, legislation, education and addressing the needs of our most vulnerable populations. She is currently the Director of Clinical Support Services at HealthPoint Community Health where she has been involved with the development and launching of the first low barrier suboxone clinic in King County.

10:30-10:45 am           Break

10:45-12:00 pm         

Session: Trauma Informed Care from a Public Health Perspective

This presentation will provide an overview of trauma informed systems including a case study of their experience in working towards the development of a trauma informed health department that leads with racial justice. They will present trauma as a public health crisis with analysis of racial injustice, ACES, complex trauma and resiliency as public health issues.



Amy Curtis, BSN, RN, has been in nursing practice for 12 years and as she entered the field, she chose to take a 10-year vow of professional poverty. During that time, Amy made it a priority to work with vulnerable and marginalized populations within her local community as well as around the world. As a woman of color who grew-up during a time and in a place where racism dominated culture, she was in many ways forced to assimilate which lead to years traumatization. Since coming into Public Health Seattle-King County (PHSKC) in the Healthcare Recruitment Specialist role, Amy has worked closely with nursing leadership, staff nurses and community partners to ensure that recruitment processes are trauma-informed as it works to support the organization’s commitment to equity and social justice.

Anneleen Severynen, RN, MN, provides leadership and staff development for PHSKC Community Health Services. She works on trauma informed systems and conducts trauma informed trainings throughout King County. Anneleen has worked in community and public health for 30 years providing services to vulnerable populations. She has long been interested in staff resiliency and the prevention of secondary trauma.

12:00-1:00 pm            Box Lunches and Networking

Who Should Attend:

RN’s interested in learning more about trauma informed care.


$15 for KCNA members, $40 all others.

Registration Deadline:

February 24, 2020

All participants will receive a certificate of completion for 4 hours that will meet the continuing competency requirements for license renewal in Washington State.

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