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Arabella Perez

Arabella Pérez, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Professor

Location

Hersey Hall 407
Portland Campus
On campus

Contact

Ms. Perez, originally from Newark New Jersey, is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist of 24 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is completing a Doctorate in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is a native Spanish speaker and daughter of parents from Cuba and Puerto Rico.  Prior to joining UNE, Ms. Perez was a system of care director from 2005-2015, leading three Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants for the state of Maine. During these years she managed to find time to start a non-profit, THRIVE, a technical assistance center for trauma-informed care. She is a certified cultural competency trainer and has presented and provided consultation extensively, both locally and nationally, on Trauma Systems Change, Organizational Healing and Resiliency, Cultural and Linguistic Competency issues, and Youth-Adult Partnerships. She provides technical assistance and consultation to states and communities on the development of trauma-informed systems and provides system of care consultation through federal site monitoring and coaching for the University of Maryland's Technical Assistance Network. 

Credentials

Research

Current research

Researching the Implementation of Trauma Informed Practice in Primary Care to improve patient outcomes in collaboration with the Maine Primary Care Association

Selected publications

The Building Blocks of Trauma Informed Practice. Child and Family Professional, 14(3), 15-23

Fostering Resilience and Recovery Change Package for Advancing Trauma Informed Primary Care

Council on Social Work Education's Specialized Practice Guide for Trauma Informed Social Work 

Other scholarly activity

 

2018   The Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Conference: Community Engagement for Cultural Education Curricula

2018   The National Council for Behavioral Health: Trauma-informed Primary Care: Fostering Resilience and Recovery Learning Community

2017   Presenter at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors: Developing Policy and Contracts with a Trauma Informed Lens

2017   Maine’s Trauma Informed Network: A Blueprint for Making Maine Services Trauma and Resiliency Informed

2014    Mental Health First Aid Trainer: Georgetown Training Institute

2012    Child Welfare Trauma-informed Toolkit Trainer: National Child Traumatic Stress  

2010    Graduate of Hanley Center for Health Leadership (Institute of Civic Leadership Portland ME)

2010    California Brief Multicultural Competence Scale (CBMCS) Certified Trainer

2009    Harvard Pilgrim: Certified Culture Insight Trainer Cultural and Linguistic Competency

2009    Graduate of Georgetown: Santa Fe Leadership Academy on Eliminating Health Care Disparities

2007    Certified National Child Traumatic Stress Network Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Invited plenary presentation

2018   The Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Conference: Community Engagement for Cultural Education Curricula

2018   The National Council for Behavioral Health: Trauma-informed Primary Care: Fostering Resilience and Recovery Learning Community

2017   Presenter at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors: Developing Policy and Contracts with a Trauma Informed Lens

2016   Maine Quality Counts: Trauma-Informed Integrated Primary Care development

2015   Maine Annual ACES and Resiliency Conference; co-presenter "Trauma-informed Collaboration" 

2015    San Francisco Department of Public Health Expansion on Trauma-Informed Care

2014    Monterey County California: Implementing Trauma-informed Agency Assessment (TIAA) Train the Trainer

2013    Indiana Department of Behavioral Health Services: Implementing the TIAA

2013    Missouri Youth in Transition Conference Speaker

2010    Indiana System of Care and Mental Health Association: Key Note Speaker and Consultant on TIAA

2010    Federal monitoring site visit Technical Assistance Partnership Hawaii System of Care

2010    New Community Meeting for Grantees: Panel Member on System of Care 

2009    Missouri System of Care and Dept. of Mental Health Services: Trauma-Informed Care Keynote Speaker 

Research interests

Implementation of Trauma Informed Care and Orgaizational Healing 

Research topics

Trauma

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