Oliver Licking, received their undergraduate degree from Otterbein University with a B.A. in Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a concentration on Queer Theory. They are a queer and gender-queer professional whose pronouns are they, them, theirs.
They work for OhioHealth’s Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) as an Aftercare Advocate and Outreach Staff Coordinator.
As a staff coordinator at SARNCO, Oliver co-built the long term advocacy program helping survivors access resources for recovery; as well as increase engagement in central Ohio of SARNCO services in their outreach role. They have a particular advocacy focus on transgender and LGBTQIA competency and humility. Oliver gives regular lectures on the neurobiology of trauma both to patients of Outpatient Behavioral Health, as well as behavioral health clinician staff to increase awareness of trauma informed patient care, and reduce victim blaming by both patient survivors, co-survivors, and staff. They regularly expand and update their education and credentials in being trauma informed advocacy practice and cultural humility for marginalized populations.
Presentation: The Neurobiology of Trauma from a Queer and Transgender Lens
Time: Breakout Session 3
Besides professional populations, it’s worthy of note that traumatic experiences are particularly prevalent throughout all populations, and as such, survivors of traumas are everywhere in the population. It is my experience discussing these topics with both my own clients, and patients at Outpatient Behavioral Health that survivors often find it comforting to have their traumatic experiences and struggles around memory, cognition, and or their behaviors in the moment of trauma validated by science and evidence. As such, many participants at the transforming care conference may find this lecture valuable both personally and professionally.
Learning goals for this oral presentation will be to better equip participants in developing a competent, empirically-informed response to trauma as experienced by patients, clients, and loved ones, with a focus on how engaging with patients/clients through a trauma-informed lens can promote access to healing for survivors.