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From The 2nd Annual Midwest Regional Psychology Trauma Conference

Children’s Exposure to Violence- public behavioral health and the impact on the future of the United States – Can we stop the violence?

Experts from across the region convened in Iowa May 1-2 to discuss the impact of children’s exposure to violence at the 2nd annual Midwest Regional Psychology Trauma Conference.

The conference focused on how psychological trauma in children is an important issue for communities. If untreated, these children have a greater tendency to develop negative behaviors including: school problems, truancy, substance abuse earlier, friends that are delinquent and involvement in crime at earlier ages. All of this cost the community the state and the nation.

Family Resources partnered with the Midwest Trauma Services Network and the International Trauma Center to host the two-day event at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center. Conference attendees from five states including policy makers, physicians, juvenile justice, social workers, education and related fields gathered to hear keynote addresses by leading experts in the nation on Psychological Trauma.

Dr. Robert Macy Director of the International Trauma Center and co-director of the Midwest Trauma Services Network along with Ginny Wilson-Peters board chair, Family Resources Inc., welcomed attendees to two days filled with multidisciplinary research approaches and cross cultural intervention solutions for those working with youth and families from at risk environments. Quote from Macy on how important it is for these experts to come together to address this serious problem affecting the country etc.

Other notable presenters included Dr. Robert Anda co-principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE) spoke on the health implications in later life related to childhood trauma; Dr. Sandra Bloom who connected trauma’s impact on human service delivery systems and a trauma informed approach to organizational change; Dr. Robert Kinscherff addressed Juvenile Justice as the Default Forensic Mental Health system and Dr. Robert Macy introduced psychosocial interventions, research and violence prevention initiatives for children, youth, their families and their communities.

On the second day of the conference attendees participated in various workshops exploring interventions and treatment approaches for children of all ages. Workshops included a full-day workshop with Dr. Lyndra Bills and Trauma Art Narrative Therapy (TANT), half-day workshops focused on Trauma Informed Care at different levels with Dr. Lyndra Bills and TANT (Trauma Art Narrative Therapy), half day workshops focused on Trauma Informed Care at different levels with Frank Grijalva and Dr. Robert Macy.; Early Childhood a 0-5 year old intervention called Rainbow Dance with Dicki Johnson-Macy Director of Boston Children’s Foundation and the creator and founder of Rainbow Dance, and Juvenile Justice: Mental Disorders among Youth with Dr. Robert Kinscherff