Dr. Ali Corey, Associate Professor and Program Director for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program in New England, presented the keynote talk at the Connecticut Counseling Association Annual Conference. Her presentation, “Creating Change Through Trauma-Informed Leadership: Counselors as Community Leaders,” focused on understanding the need for trauma-informed leadership and why counselors are in the perfect position to create change through integrating this approach into work within their agencies. Corey provided an overview of what trauma-informed leadership is and how it can be effectively integrated into practice within community mental health agencies. She shared specific knowledge and skills in order to provide practical application to current clinical, supervisor, and leadership roles. Additionally, Corey discussed how trauma-informed leadership would help to ensure a more ethical and effective culture within agencies and organizations.
Corey is also a student in Antioch’s PhD in Leadership and Change Program working to obtain her second doctorate in order to work toward effectively integrating socially just leadership practices into clinical, community-based counseling and higher education. Before joining Antioch University, she worked in various educational and clinical environments. As an academic, her focus has been on developing relational teaching and leadership practices to consistently provide the best educational experience for students. Clinically, she has had the opportunity to work in schools, private practice, and hospital settings, primarily working with children and adolescents.