Loss & Trauma

Dealing with Loss & Trauma as a Community

The Worcester Institute on Loss and Trauma’s purpose is to invest in providers by giving them essential information and tools to equip them to support our community. This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this vital conference, and its enduring impact.

The national addiction epidemic has exacted an equally significant toll on our local communities. Recognizing that there is a palpable link between trauma, loss and addiction, this year’s conference will bring together experts in the addiction treatment and recovery field. Participants will have the opportunity to hear personal stories, and learn best practices in working with families impacted by addiction.

Please join us for the 20th Annual Worcester Institute on Loss and Trauma Conference. “The Pain of Addiction: The Intersection of Trauma, Loss, and Addiction” will feature keynote presentations from:
Ginger Katz, Keynote Speaker

Ginger Katz – Founder, Courage to Speak Foundation
Ginger is a nationally-recognized figure in drug prevention education, and CEO and founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation. Following the death of her 20 year- old son Ian from a heroin and prescription drug overdose, Ginger dedicated her life to ensuring this tragedy would not happen to another family. In addition to creating her foundation, she chronicled her son’s story in the compelling book Sunny’s Story (told from the perspective of the family beagle), which serves as an outstanding tool for those working in the drug prevention field. Alongside teams of experts in the drug prevention field, Ms. Katz led the development of the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Education Curriculum. The programs include: elementary, middle, high school and after-school programs taught by health class teachers nationwide, and Courage to Speak®-Courageous Parenting 101® a multi-session course offered in both English and Spanish.

Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC – Keynote Speaker

Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC – VP, Clinical Development, Spectrum Health Systems
Dr. Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC, has more than twenty-five years of experience in the behavioral health field and is a nationally recognized expert in trauma-informed clinical services development and delivery, integrated treatment, engagement and motivation, and best practice treatment approaches. As Vice President of Clinical Development, Dr. Buivydas provides education, training, and consultation in clinical best practices throughout the country. Dr. Buivydas also provides consultation to numerous behavioral health organizations in the US and Europe, and is a national presenter/trainer at conferences/symposia across the country.

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Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
College of the Holy Cross, Hogan Campus Center
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