Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas

March 30-31, 2015


Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and Adjunct Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


Vincent Felitti, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of California, Co-Principal Investigator of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study


Erica Miller, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist and Holocaust Survivor


Ginny Sprang, Ph.D.                                           Executive Director, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children; Co-Chair of National Child Traumatic Stress Network Secondary Traumatic Stress Collaborative


The Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Texas is provided by Austin Child Guidance Center through generous support of St. David’s Foundation, and through a partnership with the Texas Network of Youth Services in collaboration with the Statewide Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Leadership Group, Trauma-Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas, and Texas Department of State Health Services. Special thanks to the Hogg Foundation for expert guidance and support.   


Austin Child Guidance Center is convening a “first of its kind” regional training conference on trauma and trauma-informed care.  This two day conference brings together over 350 professionals and organizations in Central Texas that work with children and adults; including mental health clinicians, physicians, school personnel, medical/nursing professionals, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, and occupational/physical therapists. The conference will provide expert guidance and education on the effects of trauma, as well as evidence-based practices in recognizing and treating trauma. 


Research indicates that there is a direct link between mental health and overall physical health. Mental well-being is intrinsically connected to life outcomes. Moreover, the consequences of untreated trauma can have long term impacts for individuals and communities. Untreated child trauma survivors have higher absentee rates at school, have long-term physical health problems, are retained in school more often, and are more likely to be arrested before graduating. Early identification and treatment of trauma is paramount for improving the quality of life for individuals in the Central Texas area.


Schedule of Events

March 30:

               7:30 am-8:30 am           Registration and Breakfast


              8:30 am-9:00 am            Welcome


               9:00 am-5:00 pm            Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D.,

                                         The Impact of Trauma and 

                                      Neglect on the Developing Child

March 31:


              7:00 am-8:00 am            Breakfast


               8:00 am-10:00 am          Vincent Felitti, M.D,    

                                      Adverse Childhood Experience Study  


               10:15 am-11:45 am         Breakout Sessions


               11:45 am-1:00 pm           Lunch/Erica Miller, Ph.D.


               1:00 pm-2:30 pm             Breakout Sessions


               2:45 pm-4:45 pm             Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., 

                                                             Secondary Trauma


               4:45 pm-5:00 pm             Closing       

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is passionate about reducing trauma and learning about trauma informed systems of care should attend this conference. This is a cross-discipline conference that will bring together individuals and organizations from a variety of disciplines and integrate mental health services with physical health services. Attendees will be from a variety of backgrounds, including: mental health clinicians, law enforcement, OT/PT/ST, teachers, childcare staff, medical professionals, substance abuse providers, child protective services, parents, advocates, peer support/consumer advocates, probation officers, allied health professionals and attorneys. 

Nursing contact hours have been applied for through the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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