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Triumph Over Trauma: Meet the Speakers

As a socially-minded non-profit, Harper Hill Global is bringing people together from all walks of life to learn about the impact of trauma on individuals and society. You will be led by the incredibly insightful team introduced below. October 14, 11 – 1 CDT/GMT-5

This short conference (October 14, 11 – 1 pm CDT/GMT-5) will help you understand the impact of trauma on the body and how to deal with it holistically. More in-depth sessions will follow in the coming months.

Meet Our Speakers:

Joan Gillece, PhD

Director, NASMHPD Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Policy and Practice Dr. Gillece has 40+ years of experience working in the behavioral health field, specializing in systems transformation through the implementation of trauma informed responses and the prevention of seclusion and restraint. As director of NASMHPD Center for Innovation in Behavioral Health Policy and Practice, she oversees contracts and provides technical assistance and training, helping transform systems across various disciplines including mental health, substance abuse, adult and juvenile justice and homeless services through various federal, state, local, and private contracts. Fortunate to have the opportunity to advance many systems across the country through various contracts, she has overseen partnerships with SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma Informed Care, US DOJ Office of Victims of Crime services to underserved populations, MD Department of Juvenile Justice, DC and NY Department of Corrections, California Department of Behavioral Health, Casey Family Programs, Baltimore City Heath Department and many more. She champions the cause of full consumer integration in the development of culturally competent programs. Dr. Gillece is committed to strength-based support by implementing trauma informed values with the overreaching theme of healing. Prior to joining the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) in 2005, Dr. Gillece served as Director of Special Populations for Maryland’s Mental Hygiene Administration.

Brian R. Sims, M.D.

Brian R. Sims, M.D., is the Senior Director of Medical and Behavioral Health for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors where he provides lectures and trainings both nationally and internationally on the practice of Trauma–Informed Care and the neurobiology of trauma. Most recently, he has been the lead consultant for Trauma Informed Care in the Faith Based community. Dr. Sims is a former staff psychiatrist with Correctional Mental Health Services, an organization serving the mental health needs of inmates in 60 detention centers in 10 states, where he was responsible for the provision of care for more than 3,000 inmates. Before joining Correctional Mental Health Care Services, he was the Senior Director for Behavioral and Mental Health for Conmed Healthcare Management where he was responsible for the development of core strategic planning for the company’s correctional mental health provisions in 8 states. Prior to his work with Conmed, Dr. Sims served with the State mental health system for 25 years and maintained a private practice for 10 years. Dr. Sims also previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve at Walter Reed working with soldiers with PTSD.

Charryse N. Wright

Charryse N. Wright is an advocate for trauma recovery and  is passionate about the intersections between trauma and Christianity.  She is determined to help others understand the mind-body-spirit connection and how trauma severs that connection which requires interdependent authentic attempts at healing.  Charryse is the author of Finding God’s Truth Within, a workbook discussing forgiveness and healing so one can begin walking their God-given purpose. She has degrees in Social Work and Divinity and is currently  pursuing a Master’s in Community and Trauma Counseling. She is the founder and CEO of Just Wright Ministries, an organization that assists individuals and organizations that have been traumatized, discover and develop their pathways to healing.