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Trauma-Informed Care: The Impact of Trauma on Brain Development and What to Do About it

Think:Kids at MGH

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Spring 2014
Trauma-Informed Care: The Impact of Trauma on
Brain Development and What to Do About it

March 27th-28, 2014 


Course Overview:

                 There is renewed interest in the effects of chronic, overwhelming stress and trauma on children’s development. So-called trauma-informed care is emphasized more than ever. Yet, parents, educators, clinicians, mental health workers and law enforcement alike still struggle to understand the impacts of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way. Perhaps even more so, adults trying to help these children and adolescents long for concrete strategies that operationalize what brain science tells us will be helpful to facilitate development arrested as a result of complex developmental trauma. If you want to know how trauma impacts the brain and what to do about it, please join us for these exciting 2 days of learning and collaboration.

Over the course of this 2 day training, experts Dr. Bruce D. Perry from The ChildTrauma Academy and Dr. Stuart Ablon from Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital will come together to make complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible and provide a practical evidence-based process for trauma-informed intervention that all adults can follow in any setting.

Specifically, Dr. Perry and Dr. Ablon will integrate The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). NMT is a developmentally sensitive, neurobiologyinformed approach to clinical problem solving. NMT is an evidencebased practice and not a specific therapeutic technique or intervention. It is an approach that integrates core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to aid in the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual. CPS offers an evidenceinformed approach to assist parents, teachers and mental health providers identify children’s skill deficits that lead to challenging behaviors. It helps adults teach children flexibility, problem solving, and emotion regulation skills.

In this conference, you will learn an overview of both of these approaches and practical examples of strategies for their integrated implementation. It will build on two years of collaboration between Dr. Perry and Dr. Ablon to combine the models in practical clinical application. The conference is intended both for those new to NMT and/or CPS or those skilled in their application.

Learning Objectives:

As a result participating in this continuing education activity, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe key concepts and intervention strategies of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).
  2. Describe key concepts and strategies of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS).
  3. Identify practical strategies for implementing both approaches into a unified clinical process.
  4. Highlight how adults can utilize the approaches in daily practice.
  5. Discuss the implication of using both models across multiple settings.
  6. Identify programmatic challenges in implementing the strategies discussed.

Prerequisite: No prerequisite required! 



Day 1: 8:00am registration and breakfast, 8:30am-4:00pm training

Day 2: 8:30am-4:00pm, breakfast and snacks will be provided


Educators: We have submitted an application to be approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for 12 PDPs

Psychologists: Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, has submitted and application to be approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education of psychologists, and maintains responsibility for this program. An application has been submitted for 12 continuing education credits.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors: An application has been submitted to the MMCEP for 12 continuing education credits.

Social Workers: An application has been submitted to the NASW Collaborative of Boston College and Simmons College for 12 continuing education credits.

Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Other: A certificate of attendance will be provided for 12 units which can be submitted to the corresponding professional organization for consideration.

Travel/Parking: We recommend that you take advantage of public transportation (www.mbta.com) if possible, as parking in the area can be costly. The building is located a short distance from the: T-Red Line, Charles Street; Commuter Rail, North Station; and the T-Green Line and Orange Line, North Station. To check rates of area lots/garages, go to: www.bestparking.com . You will need to enter "West End" neighborhood to search or click here for a PDF showing typical daily parking rates* in the area. The building is located  on Cambridge Street near the intersection with Blossom Street. The North Station garage ($15/day, in by 9am out by 6pm) or lots in the North Station area tend to be the least costly and are only a short work to the training location. From North Station you can walk up Staniford Street and turn right at William O'Connell Way (just past 50 Staniford Street) where you can access walkway to Charles River Plaza. The building will then be on your right, just past the CVS. Please note: The MGH garages and Charles River Parking will likely be aout $40/day and we are unable to provide vouchers.

Room Reservations: Rooms can be reserved at area hotels, including: the Liberty Hotel (866) 507-5245, Holiday Inn –Beacon Hill (617) 742-7630, Onyx Hotel (617) 557-9955 and the The Boxer Hotel (617) 624-0202. Be sure to ask if they offer MGH discounted rates! Reserve early to ensure availability.

Cancelation Policy: Non-refundable. Substitutions are permitted.

Questions: Email: lmoise1@partners.org or call Laurie Moise at (617) 643-3061.

Have questions about Trauma-Informed Care: The Impact of Trauma on Brain Development and What to Do About it? Contact Think:Kids at MGH

When & Where

Simches Conference Room
185 Cambridge St
2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Think:Kids at MGH

Think:Kids teaches a revolutionary, evidence-based approach for helping children with behavioral challenges. Through training, support and clinical services, we promote the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. Unlike traditional models of discipline, our approach avoids the use of power, control and motivational procedures and instead focuses on teaching kids the skills they need to succeed.

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