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The Trauma-Informed School

March 22, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Fundamental knowledge about Developmental Trauma for Educational Professionals.

This conference will focus on the global impact that chronic traumatic stress has on the developing child. Research and clinical practice has helped clarify the expansive effects of chronic trauma, often referred to as the “Seven Domains of Impairment” (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network).

We will study these seven domains with an eye towards their application for professionals, noting the specific and often innovative school-based strategies necessary to help children and families recover.  We will also examine best practice approaches to assessing trauma in the school setting. Through a mixture of didactic teaching, clinical vignettes, videotape and audience activities, participants will increase both their theoretical understanding of complex trauma and their confidence in working with a broad variety of youth impacted by traumatic events.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will increase their knowledge of the impacts of traumatic stress across the child’s lifespan.
  2. Participants will learn and apply the “Seven Domains of Impairment” to their work setting.
  3. Participants will increase their understanding of the unique and innovative strategies necessary to address traumatic stress.
  4. Participants will learn key elements related to implementing Trauma-informed Schools initiatives and practices
  5. Participants will learn assessment protocols to evaluate Developmental Trauma.

Dave Melnick, LICSW is the Director of Outpatient Services at NFI, Vermont. For the past 30 years, Dave has worked with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings including:  outpatient, residential treatment, and schools.  In addition to providing direct clinical work, Dave consults with and trains professionals and parents throughout Vermont, as well as in New York and British Columbia.  His areas of expertise include developmental trauma, family therapy, adolescence, and attachment.  Dave is trained in EMDR, DDP (Dr. Hughe’s attachment model), and a variety of family systems models.  The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Dave has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level.  Dave is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Vermont.

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March 22, 2017
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Instructional Services Center
14 Area Development Dr.-Suite 100
Plattsburgh, NY 12901 United States
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