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Oct 6, 2022

In this episode, Joan Gillece, Ph.D., shares how the effects of trauma are as unique as the person experiencing them. Forgiveness of self is essential, and daily practices help.

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Joan Gillece, Ph.D., 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 Health 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.