Nov 14 2019
Nov 14 2019: 8:00am–11:15am

Trauma Toolbox

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.


Scott Sylvester, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has been serving as a behavioral education development specialist at Bradley Hospital since 2013. He has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Sylvester has worked in various behavioral health settings with extensive experience conducting psychiatric assessments in both the community and emergency room settings. Sylvester has been working within the field of behavioral health for 17 years and training staff in the art of de-escalation and crisis management for seven years.


Susan Curria MS, RYT200 is currently a behavioral education development specialist who has been working in the department of behavioral education at Bradley Hospital for the last ten years. The responsibilities in this position include teaching a number of evidence-based curriculum programs in-house and within the community setting. These programs include instructing American Heart Association courses, Mental Health First Aid, and Safety Care, which is a crisis management program. Previous experience within Bradley includes 10 years of direct care work as a milieu therapist and supervisor of a residential treatment program and on inpatient units. Curria has been in the field of teaching and behavioral health for over 25 years.

Curria has a master of science degree in human development/psychology with a concentration in education and is currently in the process of obtaining licensure as a clinical mental health counselor. She is a certified yoga instructor for both adults and children with a specialty in trauma-sensitive yoga. She also holds the rank of black belt in a number of martial arts styles including Tae Kwon Do, Yammani Ru, Bo, and Sai. She identifies as a counselor/educator and hopes to combine the aspects of client education, traditional clinical treatment, and the alternatives of body-based practices to improve the quality of lives with the individuals she works with.    

Rebecca Craine, MSEd, CCC-SLP obtained her master of science in education degree from the College of Saint Rose in 2013. She completed her clinical fellowship year working in the Philadelphia school district before receiving her certificate of clinical competence. She then returned to Rhode Island working as a speech language pathologist and rehabilitation manager in skilled nursing facilities across the state while working in acute care. In 2017 she joined the Bradley team working with children with a variety of co-occurring psychiatric and speech and language disorders. While working at Bradley, Craine has developed speech and language programming across the hospital including social and functional communication and life skills. She has recently contributed information on stuttering to the Ferri’s Clinical Advisor in both 2018 and 2019.

Chelsea Kopacz, MS, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist for 12 years in a variety of environments. She worked with the geriatric population in skilled nursing facilities, traumatic brain injury programs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospitals, as well as early intervention with ages birth to three years of age. Kopacz began her career at Bradley Hospital in 2012 where she was the first occupational therapist for the child and adolescent programs. She created programming for each partial and inpatient program to provide trauma informed care methods and aid in the reduction of restraints and seclusions. In 2015 she became the manager of the rehabilitation department and continues to grow and develop the occupational and speech therapy roles on each program.

Melissa J. Weaver, LMHC, ATR-BC is a licensed mental health counselor and board certified art therapist who works with the pediatric partial program, adolescent partial programs, Pediatric Anxiety Research Center partial programs, and outpatient services. Before arriving at Bradley, Weaver gained experience in a variety of settings working at residential, educational, and clinical programs throughout southern New England. Weaver was formally trained in painting at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, CT where she earned her bachelors of fine arts. She went on to study expressive therapies at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she earned her master’s in art therapy and mental health counseling. Weaver brings medium-based exploration and a process oriented approach to art-making with children and adolescents. She encourages participants to explore their creativity, aiming to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of the patients at Bradley Hospital.


This presentation is targeted towards behavioral health professionals seeking alternative treatment modalities to effectively work with patients who have experienced trauma. This training will explore the impact sensory based treatments, art therapy, and speech and language interventions have on one’s ability to process traumatic experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in various therapeutic experiences on their way to filling their trauma toolbox.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize at least three signs and symptoms of a patient experiencing trauma.
  2. Identify four intervention modalities that can be utilized with patients who have experienced traumatic events.
  3. Identify two ways sensory strategies can help calm a child in a discrete emotional state.
  4. Identify two ways therapeutic art interventions can be utilized to promote self regulation and resiliency with patients who have experienced traumatic events.
  5. Identify two ways to support a patient in effectively communicating during times of stress.


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Three CE Hours/Credits (see below) 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered 


  • Program fee: $59
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, November 13.
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752

Register online

To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

Continuing Education Hours/Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists.