Resilience in Action: Tools for Overcoming Adversity - Part 1

9-11 am
11:15 – 12:15pm
12:30 – 1:30 pm
1:45 – 2:45 pm
3-4 pm
4-4:15 pm
4:30- 5:00 pm

Saving Heros and Heroines – Dr Allison Jackson

Impact of Adversity on Individuals – Jennifer Kell, LCSW and Heather Pate RPRS

Networking Lunch

Chemicals of Happiness – Dr Nina Beaman

Trauma and 12 Steps – Dr Sarah Clark Wood

Closing remarks

Belly Dancing

Single tickets $25. 

Group discounts available for 50 people for $100.  Please indicate whose attending in your group after clicking on the group ticket (we need an accurate attendance list on our end.  CE’s for NASW-VA and VCB require quizzes for each presentation.   Contact with any questions.


Dr. Allison Jackson

Saving Heros and Heroines

Dr. Jackson aims to bring trauma-and-resilience-informed practices to professionals who serve at-promise youth, families, and adults in their communities. She lives out her mission by providing educational opportunities directly to community members as well as to people in the direct care and leadership levels of an organization.

Dr. Jackson grew up in Richmond, VA. She is a person of lived experience from whom we can learn valuable lessons about life and resiliency. As a professional, she has provided leadership development services via behavioral health, education, child welfare, and criminal justice systems for more than 20 years.

Heather Pate, RPRS

Impact of Adversity on Individuals

Heather is a Registered Peer Specialist with lived experience of trauma throughout childhood and into adulthood.  She co-founded Robin’s Hope and serves as the Chair of the Board.  Heather is a certified trainer for peer specialists and enjoys using her experience to help others heal.

Jennifer Kell, LCSW

Impact of Adversity on Individuals

Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience providing direct services to those impacted by trauma.  She is co-founder of Robin’s Hope and serves as the Executive Director. 

Dr. Nina Beaman

Chemicals of Happiness

Nina is Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at Aspen University.  She is active in promoting health education and serves on the Board at Robin’s Hope.  She has spoken internationally on the importance of trauma-informed care.  She enjoys spending time with her family and staying active in her community.

Sarah Clark Wood, PhD

Trauma and 12 Steps

Sarah is a peer specialist in long-term recovery from alcoholism.  She uses her background as an educator to teach about the importance of trauma-informed care in the treatment of substance use disorders.  Sarah serves on the Board at Robin’s Hope and works at University of Richmond to create a recovery community for students.