Join Us For a Trauma-Informed Services for Sexual Assault Victims Conference

Save the date v3Join Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) on Monday, September 25, 2017, at OSU-Tulsa for a conference on Trauma-Informed Services for Sexual Assault Victims.

LPC and LMFT CEU’s available FREE of charge.

Registration is closed for this event.



Morning session (9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.):
Beyond Trauma-Informed Care – Emerging Best Practices for Victims of Sexual Assault
Featuring Keynote speakers:
Jennifer Hays-Grudo, PhD
Ruth Slocum, LCSW, IMH-E®(III)

Afternoon breakout sessions (1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.):
• Working With Human Trafficking Survivors
Perla P. Flores, M.A., Community Solutions, California, and Futures Without Violence

• Working With Sexual Assault Survivors Who Identify as LGBTQ
Lauren Turner, MSW, TulsaCARES

• Working With Sexual Assault Survivors in the Tribal Community
Lisa Byers, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Speaker Information:
Lisa Byers (Cherokee) is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Affiliate Faculty with Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is the inaugural Director of the Center for Social Justice-Tulsa. Her work focuses the use of relational cultural theory to facilitate the healing from trauma in tribal and other colonized groups to restore traditional, holistic wellness. As a person that grew up in North Tulsa nurtured by her Cherokee grandmother and African-American community she is dedicated to service learning and relevant research in these communities.

Perla P. Flores is the Director of the domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking programs at Community Solutions, a non-profit human services agency serving South Santa Clara County and San Benito County. Perla is a commissioner on the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council and she chairs the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking. Ms. Flores holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and was a recipient of the 2010 California Peace Prize.

Jennifer Hays-Grudo, PhD, is a Regents professor of Human Development and Family Science and an adjunct professor of Pediatrics at Oklahoma State University, where she is the Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA), an $11.3M, five-year NIH grant focused on the effects of trauma and poverty on children’s health and development. From 2008 to 2013, she was a George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Community Medicine at OU-Tulsa, where she led the Tulsa Children’s Project, a George Kaiser Family Foundation-funded collaboration with Jack Shonkoff, Bill Beardslee and others at Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child to implement interventions to reduce the effects of intergenerational poverty and adversity on young children enrolled at Tulsa Educare centers. Before coming to Oklahoma, she was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she led the Office of Health Promotion, held numerous NIH grants on health behavior in high-risk populations, was the principal investigator of the Baylor’s clinical center for the Women’s Health Initiative.

Ruth Slocum, LCSW, IMH-E®(III) is a family therapist in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health.  She works for Oklahoma State University where she serves as the Mental Health Manager for the Tulsa Children’s Project, a program dedicated to developing and testing interventions to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty.  She also oversees the Mental Health Consultation for Tulsa Educare, a high quality early childhood program.  Ruth earned her Master of Social Service from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and serves on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health.