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Complex Trauma Conference

  • 04/05/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Pottle Hall, Auditorium #128, Hammond, Louisiana
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  • Anyone who is not in another specific category will fit this group.

The Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy is hosting the Complex Trauma Conference on April 5, 2019. 


5.75 Clinical CEU SW Hours or 5.75 Legal CLE Hours

Join us, as we embark upon a journey to understanding,

healing, empowering, and connecting with those

impacted by complex trauma! 

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Complex trauma describes both children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events—often of an invasive, interpersonal nature—and the wide-ranging, long-term effects of this exposure. These events are severe and pervasive, such as abuse or profound neglect. They usually occur early in life and can  disrupt many aspects of the child’s development and the formation of a sense of self. Since these events often occur with a caregiver, they interfere with the child’s ability to form a secure attachment. Many aspects of a child’s healthy physical and mental development rely on this primary source of safety and stability.

You should attend this conference if you want to:

  • Gain an understanding of the impact of complex trauma across the lifespan
  • Understand the role of culture in complex trauma-related challenges
  • Acquire skills for assessing trauma in child welfare clients
  • Understand the impact of trauma on attachment and nurturing
  • Acquire practical skills to foster resiliency in children impacted by trauma
  • Learn more about the basics of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) as a therapeutic model for caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children.

COMPLEX TRAUMA: Dr. Russell T. Jones 

Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech University, and a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology in the areas of natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal violence. He is also an expert in the behavioral sciences. A related area of study is Disaster Preparedness. Among consequences of trauma studies include Post-traumatic stress disorder, Depression, and Post Traumatic Growth. Assessment, conceptualization, and treatment of consequent psychiatric and psychosocial disorders also serve as a major topic of interest. Co-editor of Behavior Therapy and Black Populations: Psychosocial Issues and Empirical Findings. As an experienced clinician and researcher with traumatized children he has published extensively and spoken to both national and international audiences. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Division 12(Clinical) for several years. He served as a member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and a liaison to the Child, Youth and Family Committee, both within APA. He is the founder and director of REAACT (Recovery Effort After Adult and Child Trauma). He frequently serves as a reviewer for NIMH and the    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is a consultant to the Disaster Technical Assistance Center.  He has appeared on CBS News, BBC, PBS, C-Span, Dr. Oz, Oprah and in other radio/internet media outlets.

Additional Speakers:

  • Corie Hebert, Ph.D., Southeastern Louisiana University, Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Tonyalea Elam, LCSW, Southeastern Louisiana University, Professor, Department of Social Work
  • Kären Hallstrom, JD, MSW, Louisiana Department for Children and Families Services  Consultant, retired from the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Brandy Young, LMSW, Louisiana Department for Children and Families Services 
  • Sonja Smith, JD, 21st Judicial District Court


8:15am          On-site check-in opens

9:00am          Welcome. Keynote Presentation—Complex Trauma:

                        Part 1

11:30am       Lunch

12:35pm       Brain and Sensory Presentation

1:15pm         Attachment and Nurturing Presentation

1:45pm        Sensory Activities

2:15pm        Nurturing Activities

3:00pm         Keynote Presentation— Complex Trauma: Part 2

4:00pm         Interaction, Questions and Closing Comments

5:00pm         Adjourn

Lunch will be provided to attendees. $25 registration fee.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER. No on-site registrations accepted.

Registration to this event is limited.

All registered attendees will receive an emailed confirmation. 

DCFS child welfare team members must go through supervisors and the DCFS training office to obtain authorization to attend.

Foster Parents must contact Connie Riddle at the LCWTA office by email, indicating you want to attend: 

Southeastern LA Students should contact their social work instructors or the LCWTA office on campus to indicate your interest in attending the conference. Volunteers needed.

Southeastern Louisiana University

Pottle Hall

Auditorium-Room 128

Hammond, Louisiana

Questions:  Contact Team Dynamics at 985-624-3514

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