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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

Implementing Trauma-Informed Care Within Organizations

Implementing Trauma-Informed Care Within Organizations

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

This webinar will discuss the ways in which we can implement trauma-informed care practices in our organizations. These methods are able to recognize and understand the role trauma plays in our lives and the lives of our members. We will explore bridging the gap between consumer and service provider from a trauma lens. Trauma-informed care moves the focus from "what's wrong with you" to "what happened to you?" It can also help organizations provide services, structures, systems, and policies in methods that are trauma sensitive. Many peer and clinical services practice trauma-informed care. But the benefits of this method should not be limited to trauma-specific organizations.

Join Mental Health America, in collaboration with Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN) for this 60-minute webinar where we will discuss:

  • Trauma and the need for trauma-informed care
  • The unintentional situations where organizations can cause harm
  • Methods organizations can use to implement trauma-informed care


This webinar will be recorded and available to the public within 1 week.
We do not offer CEUs, but certificates of attendance will be available after the event.

You are encouraged to take the Adverse Childhood Experiences quiz before this webinar.

Meet the Presenters:

Guyton Colantuono - Guyton Colantuono became the Executive Director of Project Return Peer Support Network in 2014 and has been working in the field since 1995. Guyton is motivated by his unwavering belief that "people are people first" and that a label is not a destiny. His experiences as a survivor of homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness have fueled his fire for a person-centered approach in all aspects of his career. Guyton has led a multitude of programs including: Homeless Outreach Programs, Dual Recovery Services, Transitional Age Youth Program, Adult and Older Adult Services along with Employment Programs and Homeless Shelters.

During his 20 years in the mental health field, Guyton has developed curriculum and trained on a wide range of topics including: Harm Reduction, The Role of a Peer Supporter, Hiring People with Lived Experience, Motivational Interviewing, Welcoming and Hospitality, Meeting People Where They Are, Homeless Outreach and Engagement, Boundaries and Ethics, Community Integration, Program Leadership, Supported Employment, and Education Supervising People with Lived Experience working in the Public Mental Health System. These trainings have been delivered at community colleges, universities, conferences, and other nonprofit organizations.

Guyton is a National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS), the 2007 CASRA Manager Hope Award Recipient of the Year and has been featured on Channel 11 news with Aidan Pickering and PBS for overseeing AB34 funded homeless outreach programs. He is a recipient of a Volunteer of the Year for Los Angeles Parks and Recreation in 2014. In his spare time, he volunteers for the Castaic Sports Complex as a youth soccer, basketball, and flag football coach, and enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife and two sons.

Nia Lancelin-Brantly - Nia Lancelin-Brantly is a Peer Support Specialist and Training Specialist for Project Return Peer Support Network. Her 20 years of teaching in the entertainment industry made her realize there was a need for mental health services on a large scale. Therefore, she decided to get the training necessary to serve her community and others. On this journey she found a home with Project Return and enjoys giving training as well as working, formerly, on the warm line. Nia has administered trainings that include HOP (Honest, Open, Proud) and Group Facilitation. Her goal is to "focus on changing lives in order for lives to change."

Kat McIntosh - Kat McIntosh is the Manager of Global Peer Support at Mental Health America. Here, she promotes the I Am Not Alone platform, aimed at addressing loneliness and isolation for those with mental health challenges. She also works on the Peer Partners online training, to help increase awareness about the need for peer programs within all communities. Kat also advocates for marginalized communities such as the black diaspora and the LGBTQ community particularly within peer services. She also works as a facilitator of a black LGBTQ peer support group with Peer Support Space.

Kat is an invisible disability advocate. Her previous work involved social justice issues including working with the Global Mental Health Peer Network, the Ministry of Education - Special Education Unit, and the Rape Crisis and Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Her social justice lens is also guided by her early childhood trauma and its effects on her health. These include living with the symptoms of bipolar, Complex-PTSD, psychosis, and social anxiety along with chronic pain.

Kat advocates for inclusive and intentional trauma-informed practices in organizational systems and policies. She holds certifications in peer support, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Mental Health First Aid, Black Mental Health and Healing Justice as well as Honest, Open, Proud - a certificate on disclosure. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and counseling and early childhood care education.Kat is a proud pansexual Black Caribbean femme living in her country of Trinidad and Tobago. She lives with her fur baby Panther. She is a published author with her 2018 poetic prose work "Letters to the Broken, Healing and Healed."