About Nkem Ndefo

From Trauma to Resilience: Navigating Cultural Change

Becoming trauma-informed cannot be achieved through the energy of compliance; it takes a traumainformed approach to initiate and successfully navigate trauma-informed change on the interpersonal and systems levels. This presentation explores the importance of assessing and fostering change readiness, building stakeholder resilience, and embodiment of trauma-informed principles. While simultaneously integrating the motivational interviewing approach and lessons from implementation science, Nkem Ndefo brings her personal cross-sector experience developing guidelines, training professionals and community members, and facilitating organizational trauma-informed change. Participants will gain a functional framework with practical implementation resources and skills to begin their own trauma-informed journey. •

About Nkem Ndefo, Trauma Informed Care, President of Lumos and creator of the Resilience Toolkit

As President of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit, Nkem Ndefo oversees the development and implementation of programs that reduce stress and build resilience for individuals and organizations throughout the US. Certified as nurse midwife with extensive post-graduate training in complementary health modalities and emotional therapies, Nkem has worked as a clinician, educator, and researcher in settings ranging from large-volume hospitals to small community clinics. She founded and operated a full scope midwifery and homebirth practice from 2000-2007 and has maintained a holistic health private practice in Los Angeles since 2001. Nkem worked for California Maternal Quality 

Care Collaborative researching maternal death outcomes, and served on the Los Angeles County Trauma-and Resilience-Informed Systems Change Initiative Workgroup. Currently she advises the Strategic Planning Committee for Trauma Informed Los Angeles. See more on her websites at http://www.lumostransforms.com and http://www.theresiliencetoolkit.com.

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