Keynotes and Site Visit
Norman P. Spack, MD
Transgender Youth—From the Streets to the Academic Medical Centers
As the co-founder of the country’s first clinic devoted to treating children with gender disorders, and as a leading authority on transgender youth, Dr. Norman Spack has found himself at the forefront of efforts to educate the public about a widely misunderstood condition and to help transgender people secure their fundamental rights. A pediatric endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital Boston and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Spack was first exposed to transgenderism, a medical condition in which individuals do not identify with the gender into which they were born, in the mid-1970’s. Dr. Spack at the time was treating street kids as a volunteer on a medical van in Boston.
In 2007, Spack co-founded the Gender Management Service Clinic, or GeMS, at Children’s Hospital. The clinic has treated nearly 100 patients, most for birth disorders or other sexual development conditions.
Director of Community Relations, Multicultural Insights, & Government Affairs
Lucas Boyce is the Director of Community Relations, Multicultural Insights, Cause Marketing and Government Affairs for the Orlando Magic, joining the organization in July 2008. His responsibilities include strategic business planning and directing the organization’s multicultural and community initiatives and diverse outreach. He also oversees the company’s efforts in corporate citizenship, supplier diversity and government affairs. Prior to joining the Magic, Boyce served at the White House in the Office of Political Affairs where he monitored political activity and tracked key races across the Plains-Southwest region of the United States. Boyce also coordinated pro-active communication, public relations and education outreach across diverse communities, constituencies and issues on behalf of the President. During his tenure at the White House, Boyce also served in the Office of Public Liaison. In this role, he directed African-American and Professional Sports Outreach in addition to event related work in the fields of healthcare and economic policy. Prior to this, Boyce worked for a public affairs firm in Alexandria, Virginia, Direct Impact, and served in the Vice President’s Political and Communications Office.
Sandra L. Bloom, MD
CREATING, DESTROYING, AND RESTORING SANCTUARY: Trauma-Informed Care, the Crisis in Human Service Delivery Systems and the Sanctuary Model
Sandra L. Bloom, M.D. is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Co-Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the School of Public Health of Drexel University in Philadelphia. Dr. Bloom is the founder of the Sanctuary Institute, Distinguished Fellow at the Andrus Children’s Center and a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. She is author of Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies and co-author of Bearing Witness: Violence and Collective Responsibility. Her latest book, co-authored by Andrus Children’s Center C.O.O. Brian Farragher and titled Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Service Delivery was published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and will be followed by Restoring Sanctuary: Transform Your Organization and Change the World in 2013.
Dr. Sandra Bloom will describe her journey of becoming trauma-informed, summarize what may happen to groups under significant stress, and discuss a trauma-informed organizational approach, the Sanctuary Model that helps organizations develop trauma-informed cultures to buffer individuals against the impact of chronic stress.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Independent Living Skills Program
The Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) was founded by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1988. Its mission – to provide life skills training/services to foster and former foster teens and individuals in states custody (age 15 to 25) who strive to improve the quality of their lives and outcomes after care. ILSP has been funded through the State Department of Children and Family Services Chafee Foster Care Independence Program since 1989. ILSP’s belief is that as children grow into adulthood, consistent parental guidance is essential in helping them to attain successful, meaningful lives. For thousands of our youth, the parental role has been removed. Through group and/or individual training sessions of Basic Life Skills, Advanced Life Skills, Experiential Learning Activities, Nurturing Parenting Skills, ILSP’s clients learn how to form the foundation for a significant, independent life. Skills learned in ILSP training sessions greatly reduce the risk of individuals becoming homeless or incarcerated when released from custody at age 18. ILSP became pioneers by adding a donation center, the Hope Chest, to our already successful operation. Community donations of men’s/ladies’/children’s clothing, houseware items, furniture, toiletries, non-perishable food items and large & small appliances are attractively displayed in a shopping area which adjoins ILSP’s main office. Although many other non-profits have donation centers that are open and sell to the public, the unique aspects of the Hope Chest are:
The Breakin’ the Cycle Alumni Project participants are emancipated and/or living on their own and graduates of the ILSP program. The Project assists former foster youth in developing and practicing life skills and helps them to learn new advanced life skills especially in areas of employment, education, seeking affordable housing and becoming self-sufficient. ILSP also has a very active Youth Leadership Advisory Council. The ILSP Wraparound Project acts as a vehicle to improve the lives of young adults who have either exited state’s custody when they turn 18 or have aged out at 21 and have complex needs. The plan is needs-driven rather than service-driven, although a plan may incorporate existing categorical services if appropriate to the needs of the youth. The initial plan is a combination of existing or modified services, newly created services, informal supports, community resources, and will include a plan for a step-down of formal services.