Understanding Childhood Trauma

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Wednesday, September 18, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
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Wednesday, October 2, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
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MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 2.0 (all dates, all formats) Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
GAL for Children CE Credit: 2.0 (GAL Information)
Registration Fee: $150

Information

Why Attend?

  • Increase your basic knowledge of trauma (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in children, including its impact on physical and behavioral health
  • Understand how trauma-informed practices can aid in your representation
  • Learn skills to recognize how trauma can manifest in both the child and the parents (if there is a trauma history)
  • Learn how to utilize brief screening tools to determine whether a child has experienced a traumatic event
  • Learn to apply this knowledge to enhance effective communication strategies with the child and the parents
  • Learn to apply this knowledge to help the family find appropriate providers and services

Trauma doesn’t discriminate. It can happen to children and adults alike, across different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Yet at-risk children and families more often find themselves involved in court, whether in abuse and neglect cases, delinquency cases, Children in Need of Services or Children in Need of Supervision (CHINS), or challenging custody matters.

In the legal setting, one may perceive these affected individuals as defiant or disrespectful, while in fact their behavior could be better understood through the lens of traumatic stress. At the heart of trauma-informed care is sensitivity to the individual’s past and current experiences, as well as a deep understanding of how those events molded him or her into the person that he or she is today. Research demonstrates that the success of the child and family depends in part on the ability of our professional community to collaborate effectively to engage the family and to guide them to appropriate resources.

This course is designed to highlight the physical, medical, and mental health aspects of trauma, often caused by child abuse and neglect, to better inform and prepare attorneys who work with families and children as Guardians ad Litem or through the juvenile justice system.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Defining trauma (acute, chronic, and complex)
  • Key effects of trauma exposure
  • Impact on brain and behavior
  • Key resilience skills that need to be addressed in all case plans
 

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Registration Deadlines:
Webcast: 10 minutes prior to seminar. If you register for a webcast the day of the seminar, your e-mail receipt will include a link to launch the seminar and download the materials.
Telephone: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
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Live on Site: Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. the day preceding the seminar
Walk-in registration is permitted on a space-available basis

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/transfer requests will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar. You will, however, be charged $40 if you cancel or transfer your registration to a different seminar after the link to the materials has been e-mailed by Virginia CLE.

Full refunds or transfers are available up to two days after a webcast in the unlikely event that you experience technical difficulties.

MCLE Credit Caveat: The MCLE Board measures credits by the time you spend in attendance. If you enter a seminar late or leave it early, or both, you must reflect those adjustments accurately in the credits you report on your credit reporting form. A code will be given at the end of the seminar, which must be written on your MCLE form.


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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (September 18) (Eastern Time)

2:00 Understanding Childhood Trauma
4:00 Adjourn
  • Sign-in for live seminar attendees in Charlottesville begins at 1:30 p.m.
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

COURSE SCHEDULE (October 2) (Eastern Time)

9:00 Understanding Childhood Trauma
11:00 Adjourn
  • Q&A will be handled via chat room for Webcast attendees.
  • Q&A will be handled via e-mail for telephone seminar attendees.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP, Integration Solutions, Inc. / Richmond

Dr. Allison Jackson is the CEO of Integration Solutions, Inc.  She aims to bring trauma-and-resilience-informed practices to professionals who serve at-promise youth, families, and adults in their communities. Her clinical practice and research focus on advancing effective trauma-informed treatment practices for persons who experience behavioral problems. She offered outpatient therapeutic services for military service men and women and their families and has provided crisis therapy services to youth and adults who were diagnosed with mental health problems.  Additionally, Dr. Jackson has provided leadership development services via behavioral health, education, child welfare, and criminal justice systems for more than 20 years.

Dr. Jackson grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work). 

Jennifer M. Newman, Jennifer M. Newman, PC / Richmond

Jennifer M. Newman is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Richmond Law School. Upon graduation from law school, she entered private practice by opening her own firm.

Ms. Newman handles matters involving criminal appellate law, criminal law, and family law, and focuses on matters of child delinquency, child dependency, and child welfare. She frequently serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for children and adults. Ms. Newman has served on various work groups and panels involving the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Department of Social Services and the Chesterfield Court Appointed Special Advocate program. She is a founding member of the GAL Roundtable in Chesterfield, a member of the Chesterfield Best Practices Core Group, a member of Greater Richmond TICN (Trauma Informed Care Network), and a member of the Chesterfield Systems of Care group. She has presented in panel discussions at a number of seminars and spoken as a Guardian ad Litem during PRIDE foster parent training, during CASA volunteer training, and to new workers with the Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Department of Social Services.

Ms. Newman is also an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond Law School where she co-teaches appellate advocacy. She has the privilege of practicing with and mentoring her mother, Nancy C. Newman, Esquire, a fellow Guardian ad Litem.

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