CarePlus NJ Virtual Roundtable Will Explore Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through Lens of Trauma-Informed Care

Expert Panel Will Discuss Impact of Social Determinants of Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma

Paramus, N.J. (December 2, 2021) – Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus NJ”), a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children, announces it will be hosting a free virtual roundtable titled “Trauma-Informed Communities: Innovative & Compassionate Approaches,” which will explore diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of trauma-informed care.

Taking place virtually via Zoom on December 7th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., the panel discussion is free and open to the public and those interested in attending can register here. The purpose of this panel discussion is to put a trauma-informed lens on diversity, equity and inclusion. Through the discussion, expert panelists will explore the impact of social determinants of health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other traumatic events. The panel will also highlight innovative programs and organizations that are working to address social issues and increase access to care.

Expert panelists include:

Maria Masciandaro, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist, Consultant & Trainer

Chris Foreman, MSSW

Liaison, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Kellen Khelefu, LMSW

Director, Neighbors in Action

Sergeant Sara Toro

Bergen County Sheriff's Office

Crisis Intervention Team Law Enforcement Coordinator

Jennifer Velten, LPC

Program Coordinator, Bergen Trauma Training Center, CarePlus NJ

Bergen County Traumatic Loss Coalition Coordinator

“Many individuals have trauma related to their cultural identities that may potentially manifest at a young age as Adverse Childhood Experiences,” said Jennifer Velten, Program Coordinator, CarePlus NJ. “The goal of this panel is to recognize and explore the linkage between trauma and cultural identity and how we can view care for all through an equitable lens while being conscious of how social determinants of health like ethnicity, socioeconomic status and nationality can all impact how individuals experience trauma as well as their overall health and wellbeing.”

Registration is now open for the free panel event and those interested in attending can register via the following link:

Please contact with any questions or for additional information.

About CarePlus NJ

For more than 40 years, Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus NJ”) has been a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children in northern New Jersey. Based in Paramus, New Jersey, CarePlus NJ is committed to providing the most comprehensive integrated treatment options through 72 programs designed to meet the full spectrum of health and wellness needs for adults and children in the communities it serves.  Specializing in acute care, CarePlus NJ provides immediate, high-quality health services and support programs for individuals in crisis. Nationally ranked for excellence in customer satisfaction by the Mental Health Corporations of America, CarePlus NJ is mission driven ensuring that anyone who needs it has access to specialized care. To learn more about CarePlus NJ and its wide range of programs and services, visit

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