The purpose of the RVA Youth Development Network is to bring people together who are working in the OST, youth development, and education fields to provide a space for networking, relationship building, and shared learning.
We are excited to come together on December 7 from 9-11:00am at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg, to learn about a topic that impacts many of us in the youth development field: Trauma & Resilience.
This presentation will span two meetings, with the first session dedicated to understanding trauma and its impact on child brain development, social and emotional skills, learning, and our community. The second session will focus on resilience, the role it plays in counteracting trauma, and how youth development organizations can support the resilience of children and youth.
The presenter for both sessions will be John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW. John is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience working in the field of community mental health. He is committed to the support and strengthening of individuals and communities that struggle with adversity. His experience includes work with chronically mentally ill adults, substance abuse, residential youth care, foster care, and outpatient mental health. He has worked with homeless veterans in New York City, in a hospice home for those with HIV in the early stages of the AIDS crisis, and 6 years living in a home with 8 teenage girls in foster care. He is an experienced trainer, lecturer and keynote presenter. He is the Director of Mental Health Services and Lead Trauma and Resilience Educator at ChildSavers, an outpatient mental health clinic which has served children and families in the Richmond community for over 90 years. He and his wife have a 9 year old son and have worked with over 50 children in foster care in their home.
Registration is encouraged by December 2, 2016.