Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma


2018 Basic & Advanced Trainings

Ho`omaluhia/IVAT delivered a total of 8 trainings, aside from the 15th Summit's workshops, covering four islands.

Four half-day sessions sponsored by the DOH Maternal and Child Health Division. One session took place on Maui and one on Oahu in May. These trainings covered the basic program on Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resiliency: for First Responders with the following training objectives: 

  • to increase understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (aces) 
  • to learn how aces impacts brain development in children 
  • to explore and understand how aces may impact response
  • to learn tools and strategies that promote resiliency  

Four full-day sessions sponsored by the AG office per their VOCA grant.  One in each of the following islands: Oahu, Maui, Big Island and Kauai in June/July. These trainings explored the intersection of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking with the following objectives for attendees to be able to:

  • define a trauma-informed response,
  • describe 3 types of impacts of trauma on crime victims,
  • describe the original adverse childhood experiences study
  • define poly-victimization,
  • identify the overlap/intersection of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
  • identify 3 signs and symptoms each for domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking,
  • describe 3 potential responses each to domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking survivors,
  • identify 3 local resources for domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

In addition to presentations on the above mentioned topics, the trainings ended with a panel discussion.  Participants on the panels were from local agencies and organizations on each of the islands.  When looking for volunteers to participate in this exercise, networking among agencies and organizations was the driving force.  Over 20 professionals from 13 different agencies/organizations volunteered to participate discussing their respective perspective on the topics presented and sharing information on the various services that their agency, organization offers.



15th Hawai`i International Summit on Preventing Assessing, and Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan | April 16 - 19, 2018 | Honolulu, HI |  15th Summit Summary Report

Basic trainings and more advanced trainings also were delivered as part of the 2018 pre-Summit extending opportunity for training to those around the islands who were not able to attend one of the prior training opportunities, or to new staff.  Advanced training programs were planned in partnership with wide-ranging, multi-agency local committees, co-sponsored by the DOE and the DOH Child and Maternal Health Division.

Over 500 participants attended these Pre-Summit sessions. Pre-Summit sessions over two days were included to provide additional training exclusively reserved to DOE and DOH participants in the Pre-Summit schedule.

The Pre-Summit sessions included:

  • Paper Tigers: Captures the Pain, the Dangers, and the Hopes of Struggling Teens and the Teachers. Panel Discussion. Education /Trauma Informed Schools: Leading with Compassion – presented by Jamie Redford, MA, Godwin Higa, MA, Jason Roberts, MS, Nelson Shigeta, MEd;
  • Trauma Informed Schools: Promoting Resiliency and Hope – presented by Jamie Redford, MA, Godwin Higa, MA, Ann Mahi, MA, Lisa-Ann Barton, MA;
  • Applications of ACEs Research for Educators and Practitioners: Promoting Resilience – presented by Machelle Madsen Thompson, PhD, Dave Corwin, MD, Randell Alexander, MD, Vicki Corwin, MEd
  • Strategies for Supervisors: How to Manage Secondary Traumatic Stress and Build Staff Resilience – Leslie Ross, PsyD

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