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P43. Exploring New Approaches with Healing Centered Engagement

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Exploring New Approaches with Healing Centered Engagement

Learner category:

  • Beginning Level
  • Novice Level

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to: Understand key differences between a healing centered traumainformed approach to care
  • Participants will identify three ways to address the root causes of trauma in communities
  • Participants will identify three ways to improve strategies and outcomes with clients using HCE


This workshop will focus on the shift from the term “trauma-informed care” as it does not encompass the totality of one’s experience and focused only on harm, injury, and trauma. Current formulations of trauma-informed care presume that the trauma is an individual experience, rather than a collective one. Based on the article from Shawn Ginwright Ph.D. entitled “The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma-Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement”, this workshop will provide tools for an approach that allows practitioners to approach trauma with a fresh lens that promotes a holistic and cultural view of healing from traumatic experiences and environments. This approach is called Healing Centered Engagement.


Jesse Heffernan
Recovery Coach Professional Designation Helios Recovery Services LLC

Jesse Heffernan is a person in long-term substance use and mental health recovery for over 19 years. Through his volunteerism and professional career, he has helped develop several mental health and substance use community programs and served as the program director for one of Wisconsin’s three mental health peer-run mental health respite facilities. As the co-owner of Helios recovery services, he has been providing recovery coach training for the last 5 years throughout the Midwest as well as suicide prevention training and mental health awareness campaigns. He lives in WI with his wife and 4 children, enjoying all things in geek culture, disc golf, and coffee. It is his belief that Recovery is a process of moving from surviving to thriving as a whole person.

Comments (3)

  1. Dennis Hagarty

    You bring up several good issues. There are many paths to recovery each with its own unique method. When focusing on Health you help to reduce self-stigma. Every health care worker needs to examine their biases. Excellent presentation.

    1. HeliosRecovery

      Hello Dennis. Thank you for your comment. Yes, multiple pathways for individuals and communities is important.

  2. Rita Hanuschock

    Jesse, this is good stuff…keep going with it.
    I applaud all you say regarding terminology change; this can be expanded to all afflictions, not just substance use issues;
    Words defining a person by their disease: “diabetic”, “asthmatic”, “sickler”, “cancer patient”, is so detrimental.
    I enjoyed your presentation and wish you all the best with Helios

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