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Trauma Impacts the Brain: Healing Happens in Relationships

Full Day Preconference University

Trauma Impacts the Brain: Healing Happens in Relationships

Sunday, May 4 from 9 am to 5 pm

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Experiences profoundly influence the development of young children. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) shape the brain’s organization, which, in turn, influences the emotional, social, cognitive, and physiological activities. Insights into this process come from understanding brain development. So often, trauma happens in relationships, but it is also in relationships that healing also occurs.

Explore the latest research and clinical treatment practices with renowned trauma researcher, treatment visionary, and bestselling author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, and Born for Love:  Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered, Dr. Bruce Perry. Dr. Perry will overview key principles of neurodevelopment crucial to understanding the role of traumatic experiences in defining the functional and physical organization of the brain.  You’ll also learn the key brain’s functions and reviews the hierarchy of brain development.  Dr. Perry will also provide insights that support how healing relationships can begin to repair the negative impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma on brain development.  You’ll also examine the clinical implications of a neurodevelopmental approach to child maltreatment. Dr. Perry’s unique way of making what seems to be complicated material, understandable and above all, doable, will leave participants energized and excited about their work with children as well as adults.

Cheryl Sharp, Senior Advisor for Trauma-informed Services of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, will then lead insightful discussions on implementation of trauma-informed practices and approaches to create environments that support safety and promote healing for children, adults, and communities. Cheryl Sharp’s work is nationally recognized as infinitely doable and collaborative, and she has moved over 800 community behavioral health organizations, county and statewide partners, and other health and human service providers using The Seven Domains of Trauma-Informed Care toward trauma-informed approaches in profound and powerful ways.


Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, Founder and Senior Fellow, ChildTrauma Academy
Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF, CPSST, Senior Advisor for Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

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