2013 Trauma Conference Attracts Hundreds

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Hundreds of education and social services professionals are attending the “Impact of Trauma on Learning and Development” conference today at the National Center for Community Schools. This daylong conference, a collaboration between The Children’s Aid Society and New York Foundling, will give an in-depth look at this critical issue that affects students and their school environment.

Today's agenda includes a keynote address by Dr. Glenn Saxe, the director of the New York University Child Study Center and Arnold Simon Professor and Chair of the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

The effects of traumatic stress on children have been well-documented and as a result many effective strategies have been developed for addressing the needs of trauma-effected youth in school settings. Leading researchers and practitioners will present on a range of topics, including: current research; organizing support services in a community school setting; and therapeutic and teaching models and strategies.

The idea for the conference grew out of Children’s Aid’s and NY Foundling’s own charter schools, which serve children actively involved in the child welfare system. The event is bringing together leading thinkers and frontline staff to share successes and strategies for creating trauma-sensitive environments for vulnerable children.