Child Trauma/Attachment Focus of National Conference, Sept. 22-25

Great Circle’s sessions address impact on children’s behavioral health

Child Trauma/Attachment Focus of National Conference, Sept. 22-25

(St. Louis, Sept. 15, 2016) St. Louis is hosting a national conference, Sept. 22-25, on children’s trauma and attachment issues, and features leading experts in this field sharing knowledge and techniques to make children’s lives better. Great Circle, the largest nonprofit provider of children’s behavioral health services in Missouri, is presenting two sessions on how brain science is being used to develop individualized treatment approaches.  

The conference is coordinated by the Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh), an international nonprofit that provides training, outreach, resources and support for parents and professionals working to heal children who have faced early neglect and abuse. The conference is at St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street.

Conference keynoters include:
Jonathan Baylin, PhD, a clinical psychologist who focuses on attachment disorders and the development of a brain-based model for understanding how children are affected by poor care.
Shelia Frick, an international expert on sensory integration who discusses how tension releasing exercises can help reduce trauma, and
Daniel Hill, PhD, a psychoanalyst and educator who will discuss how trauma produces changes in brain development.

In the wake of increased awareness in the St. Louis area about the impact of trauma and stress on families and children, Great Circle’s sessions focus on brain science and why infants and children exposed to trauma and stress often develop many social, emotional and behavioral problems that can extend into adulthood. One session focuses on how Great Circle’s teachers and therapists use brain science to guide their work in the organization’s special education schools operating in St. Louis and across the state. The other session provides an overview of how Great Circle is using the Neurosequential Model of TherapeuticsTM to improve treatment for thousands of Missouri children and families each year.

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