Keynote Address
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Room: Christina Ballroom

This session will address cross agency innovations and practical applications for implementing trauma informed approaches. Moving from deficit to strength based strategies, creative programming will be highlighted as examples in varied settings. Understanding the impact trauma has on our lives is the first step… knowing what to do about it is the critical step to healing.

Speaker: Joan Gillece, Ph.D., Director, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Center for Innovation in Trauma Informed Approaches


Dr. Gillece has thirty-five years of experience working in the behavioral health field with twenty dedicated to trauma and fifteen in prevention of seclusion and restraint and other aversive interventions.Working across agencies, Dr. Gillece promotes the use of trauma responsive approaches in multiple settings including mental health, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice , education, homeless services and community.

Prior to joining the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) fifteen years ago, Dr. Gillece served as Director of Special Populations for Maryland’s Mental Hygiene Administration where her responsibilities included all aspects of state mental health planning and delivery of services as well as development of collaboration across agencies serving individuals with psychiatric diagnosis.  While at NASMHPD she served as project director for SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) and currently is the director for the NASMHPD Center for Innovation in Trauma Informed Approaches. Dr. Gillece has championed the cause of full consumer integration and development of Culturally Competent programs. Utilizing survivors in all aspects of trauma work, Dr. Gillece has coordinated and provided technical assistance, conference presentations, and consultations to multiple systems across the country. . Commitment to strength-based support by implementing trauma informed values with the overreaching theme of healing has been her focus.