Minnesota's Road to Volunteer Drivers Virtual Forum Series 6th Stop: Trauma-Informed Care Training and Providing Community Education About People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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April 21, 2021


The sixth stop in the MCOTA volunteer driver virtual forum series, Minnesota's Road to Volunteer Drivers focused on training about trauma-informed care and provide community education about people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Forum Materials

Trauma-Informed Care Training

Providing Community Education About People Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Steven Loos

Steven Loos is a psychologist and director of outpatient services at Central Minnesota Mental Health Center (CMMHC). He has extensive training on treating trauma and exploring its impacts on interpersonal relationships. Steven has been the clinical supervisor of the co-occurring disorder program at Park Avenue Center and an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas. In 2013, he was selected to participate in a National Council for Behavioral Health leadership program addressing health disparities. As part of the program, he was named the team lead of trauma-informed care for CMMHC. CMMHC is in its seventh year of its trauma-informed care initiative. During the past several years, Steven also has made presentations on trauma-informed care through the National Council. Steven has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John’s University and a master’s and doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas.

Elise Knopf

Elise Knopf is rehabilitation area manager for the St. Paul Deaf and Hard of Hearing team within Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) under the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). She supervises a team for the seven county metropolitan area and provides technical assistance, support, and guidance to VRS Administration and staff regarding the provision of quality services statewide to consumers that are deaf and hard of hearing. Elise earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Gallaudet University and a bachelor's in history from Cornell College. She also is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders' Institute with the state of Minnesota. In addition, Elise worked with U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin on the Subcommittee on Disability Policy during the passage of the ADA and has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of educational, employment, state, federal, and non-profit settings.

Professional Development Hours

To the best of our knowledge, this course meets the continuing education requirements for 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for the morning session and also 2.0 PDHs for the afternoon session. If you participated in the virtual forum and would like to request a PDH form, please email kkirk@umn.edu. We will email the form.

More Information

Please contact Kaydee Kirk at 612-626-5854 or kkirk@umn.edu with any questions.


Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), the Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA) in partnership with the Minnesota Volunteer Driver Coalition.