UAMS to Co-Sponsor Seminar for Health Care Providers on Effects of Trauma

By todd

LITTLE ROCK — Health care providers are invited to participate in a two-day seminar on understanding and treating persons affected by trauma to be held May 4-5 at the Holiday Inn Select, 201 S. Shackleford Road.


“A Call to Service: Minimizing the Effects of Trauma” is sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, the Arkansas Psychological Association and the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.


Cost is $175 for both days or $100 for one day prior to April 20; or $210 and $125 respectively after that date. Full-time students receive a discount. For information, call (501) 663-0658 or visit


The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina highlighted the need to train health care professionals on how to treat people who have experienced traumatic events. This seminar is designed for health care professionals who treat persons who have experienced either collective trauma, such as a natural disaster, or personal trauma, such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse. These health care providers can include physicians, social workers, nurses, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and others.


Topics will include treatment interventions following disasters, evidence-based treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Arkansas community.


Scheduled presenters are:


  • Matthew Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at Dartmouth Medical School
  • Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Bruce Carruth, Ph.D., international consultant and lecturer regarding addictions and trauma
  • Susan Hoffpauir, Ph.D., associate professor of social work and director of the baccalaureate social work program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • L. Annette Woodruff,  president of the National Association of Social Workers, Arkansas Chapter, a licensed certified social worker with the Forensic Unit of the Arkansas State Hospital

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with almost 9,000 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.