Trauma and Self Care

Trauma rates are very high. Many populations are affected by different types of trauma. Experiencing trauma is common for persons with mental illness. Caregivers of persons with mental illness are also highly at risk. In this presentation, participants will learn what trauma is, how to screen for it, how it affects people emotionally and physically, and how to treat it.

Mary Grubbe Lee Bio:

Mary provides information, training and technical assistance to help communities respond appropriately to the needs of people with behavioral health disorders. Mary is active in community training, law enforcement training, problem-solving court training and corrections training. She is certified by SAMHSA as a trainer in Trauma. She provides community presentations for NAMI Northern Illinois as part of their community outreach.

Previously Mary worked for The Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice (COE) providing training and technical assistance throughout the State of Illinois. Prior to the COE, Mary worked at Rosecrance Health Network and Janet Wattles Center as the Training Coordinator supervising new staff orientation, clinical training, volunteer services and community training events. Prior to becoming the Training Coordinator, the majority of Mary’s time was spent in developing and implementing new programs. She started Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA), opened the first residential sites, developed the Intensive Day Treatment Program, implemented an affirmative business structure and opened the Silver Lining Club. In 1995, Mary worked with Frank Ware and Steve Vrtol in developing the Stars of Light Theatre Troupe. Since that time, the troupe has staged over 280 tour shows, produced five videos, aired six radio shows, created a children’s book, produced eight art galleries and staged a full-length play.

Mary served as Chair of the Shelter Care Ministries Advisory Board for ten years and was then elected to the Board of Directors for six years. Mary served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross providing mental health services to disaster victims and teaching CPR and First Aid. She served on the Board of Directors for NAMI Northern Illinois for six years.

Mary volunteers for NAMI Northern Illinois, NAACP, Stepping Stones of Rockford and St. Rita’s Church.