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Childhood Trauma and Resilience: An Educational Conference

Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss in partnership with Kean University is hosting its 3rd Annual Traume and Resilience Educational Conference for theraists, health care providers, teachers and anyone working with traumatized and grieving children.  CE's are provided by Kean University 

Many children will be exposed to either a traumatic event or ongoing traumatic experiences in their lives. Children who experience trauma are 2.5 times more likely to have to repeat a year of school, to have chronic health issues such as asthma or obesity, and to be diagnosed with ADHD. In New Jersey, 16% of children under the age 17 have experienced two or more traumatic events in their lifetime. As mental health professionals and caring members of the community, it is important to learn how to support children through traumatic experiences and teach resiliency.

Workshop Topics:

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  • Fostering Resilience in Children Affected by Trauma and Loss – Patricia Harte Bratt, PhD will explore a range of traumatic responses, tools for building emotional resilience in children and adolescents, and skills for professionals to accomplish their important work with more confidence and less vulnerability to burnout.
  • Learning to “Brake” Before “Accelerating:” Using Emotional Regulation When Treating Individuals with Trauma – Barry Mascari, Ed.D., LPC, LCADC and Jane M. Webber, Ph.D., LPC, DRCC, ACS will demonstrate simple, easy-to-remember techniques to help children regulate emotionally before moving forward to resolve trauma.
  • Helping Children Grieve After Loss – Wendy Berk, MSW, LCSW, CBIS will present on strategies to help children cope with grief, with the assistance of a panel of children who will share their stories regarding death and grief.
  • Intergenerational Trauma, Grief, and Resiliency – Jill Sawers, LCADC, LPC, LAC will explain how trauma and loss can be carried across generations.

Keynote Address:

Dante Peace, uncle to Robert Peace, will speak about the importance of listening to all children who have experienced trauma. The biography “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, illuminates the life of Rob Peace, a brilliant and talented young man from East Orange, New Jersey who attended Yale University. Rob experienced multiple losses and traumatic events during childhood that shaped the course of his life and lead to his untimely death at the age of 30. Dante  Peace will speak about his life with Rob, the traumatic events that the family experienced, and the need to support all grieving and traumatized children.

$99 registration fee.  $69 discounted fee for Imagine facilitators and Kean University faculty and staff. $25 student discounts also available.  Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited so register soon.  To register click HERE or contact Imagine Program Director Mandi Zucker at or call 908-264-3100.

Kean University is an approved NBCC Continuing Education provider.

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