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2018 Policy & Issues Forum

Promising Practices for Helping Families Dealing with Trauma

Mar 15, 2018 10:30am ‐ Mar 15, 2018 12:00pm


Traumatic situations, such as abuse, neglect, experiencing natural disasters, seeing family members impacted by immigration situations, or witnessing violent acts, can affect a child’s development. Health centers can lessen the impact of childhood trauma via the provision of workshops for parents and training for teachers to recognize signs and symptoms, short or long-term counseling, and therapy sessions at various levels. Nationally, we are also seeing long-term champions for children, such as Sesame Workshop and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, increase their attention to develop resources in this space. Presenters will discuss their experiences and programs that have proven effective at the health center level, identify resources for providers and families, and engage participants in a robust Q&A on how health centers can lead.  


  • Jason Patnosh, Associate Vice President, Partnership and Resource Development, NACHC


  • Marisa Parrella, Senior Clinical Manager, School Based Mental Health Program, Mary's Center
  • Jennifer Crawford, Integrated Behavioral Health Director, CCI Health & Wellness Services
  • Leslie Lieberman, Senior Director, Special Initiatives and Consulting, Health Federation of Philadelphia
  • Tara Wright, Professional Development Manager, U.S. Social Impact, Sesame Workshop

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