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Addressing Trauma: Different Approaches, Different Settings & Different Countries

  • DoubleTree Westborough Hotel 5400 Computer Dr, Westborough, MA 01581 (map)

The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Restraint/Seclusion Prevention Initiative is excited to announce:

Addressing Trauma: Different Approaches, Different Settings & Different Countries Grand Rounds.

This training will consist of two speakers:

Jake Lukas, RSW, MBASW will present on the successful implementation of the Six Core Strategies at Novalis Trust, a person centered trauma informed care program for adults and school for children and young adults. He will describe the moral panic in which staff and young adults were becoming traumatized by inspectors which resulted in a reductionist approach in inspecting children’s services. He will also describe the evolution of trauma informed care at his agency and its growth within the UK and Europe as well as Novalis’ journey from being trauma organized to being trauma informed.

Laurie Leitch, Ph.D. will discuss the future of Trauma Informed Care and the rationale behind the Social Resilience Model (SRM) that was developed by the Threshold GlobalWorks, (TGW) an organization that she co-founded. In addition, Dr. Leitch will detail core concepts rooted in neuroscience to build resilience, and identify SRM skills and explain their role in treating trauma.

October 23, 2019 (Wednesday)

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

(Registration starting at 8:30 AM)



Jake Lukas RSW, MBASW is the Chief Executive of Novalis Trust in the United Kingdom which operates a person centred trauma informed care home for adults with a learning disability and a low arousal trauma informed school for children and young people aged between 7-21. Jake pioneered and established a clinical therapy team at Novalis Trust. With a passion for both "evidence based practice" and "practice based evidence" Jake is committed to training and professional development and takes pride in leading by example in delivering training and embarking on his own professional development. 

Learn more about Novalis Trust here:

Laurie Leitch, Ph.D. has been a practicing psychotherapist, clinical trainer, consultant, social entrepreneur and researcher for over 25 years. She co-founded and co-directed Threshold GlobalWorks, LLC (TGW) with Brigadier General (Ret.) Loree Sutton, MD. until September 2, 2014 at which point she assumed the sole Directorship as Sutton was appointed Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs in New York City by Mayor Bill deBlasio. Established in 2011, TGW is dedicated to cultivating the social dimension of resilience within communities, enterprises and systems.

Learn more about Threshold GlobalWorks here: 


  • Due to limited seating, we kindly ask programs not register more than 2-3 staff/program; new participants are strongly encouraged to attend!

  • CE applications are submitted for LMHCs, Social Workers, Psychologists, Nurses and Occupational Therapists.

  • To request special accommodations, including ASL interpreters, or have other questions please contact Joel Danforth at by October 11, 2019.