Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please have a second selection in mind in case your first choice is full.


Breakout Sessions #1 – May 12th, 9:15 am -10:30 am


Teacher-Child Interaction Therapy

Presented by: Andrea Ciceri, LCSW

Teacher-Child Interaction Therapy (TCIT) is a classroom intervention for children ages 2-10 that helps strengthen teacher-child relationships, decreases common challenging behaviors such as aggression and defiance, and increases compliance. As an intervention grounded in attachment theory, it can be especially effective for traumatized children who may have attachment difficulties.

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Looking for Trouble in All of the Right Places…Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress

Presented by: Virginia (Ginger) Depp Cline, Ph.D., ABPP

This workshop will focus on understanding pediatric medical traumatic stress (cancer, diabetes, injuries) through the psychosocial preventative health model and how trauma informed practice can be implemented in the medical system.  Providers also need awareness of and ideas for combatting secondary traumatic stress.

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Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Trauma in LGBTQ Youth

Presented by: Megan Mooney, Ph.D. and M. Currey Cook, Esq.

This workshop will review traumatic experiences common among LGBTQ youth along with mental health treatment, legal rights, and out-of-home care for LGBTQ youth who have experienced trauma. Participants will discuss a case example of an LGBTQ youth with a history of trauma prior to and while in government care.


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Heart and Work: Supporting Children and Families Post-Trauma by Integrating Neurobiology, Attachment and the Nurtured Heart Approach

Presented by: Elizabeth Sylvester, Ph.D. and Kathy Scherer, Ph.D.

This workshop covers practical interventions that can be used by parents, teachers, therapists and others when interacting with traumatized children.  The interventions offered are based on neurobiology, attachment theory, trauma research, and The Nurtured Heart Approach; they are focused on healing ways to engage in day-to-day interaction with traumatized children.

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Breakout Sessions #2 – May 12th, 10:45 am – 12 pm


Bridging Practice and Research: A Multi-Site Social Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Care School Mental Health Program Evaluation

Presented by: Johanna Creswell Báez, Ph.D., LCSW and Meghan Gabriel, LCSW, ABD

An overview will be provided of a school-based mental health program evaluation in three New York City public schools with a focus on providing trauma-informed care. The evaluation used the ACE Questionnaire and qualitative interviews. Trauma-informed interventions will be discussed and the protocol for administering the ACE Questionnaire.

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Medical Evaluations in Child Physical Abuse

Presented by: Michael Svoboda, RN, MSN, CPNP and Heather Van Diest, LCSW

The presentation would assist attendees in 1) recognizing injuries concerning for child physical abuse and in 2) orienting attendees to the role of medical professionals in child protection work and, specifically, how medical evaluations can benefit the child, the family, and the investigation.


Trauma Across the Deployment Cycle: Support and Interventions for the Whole Family

Presented by: Vanessa Jacoby, Ph.D. and Abby Blankenship, Ph.D.

This workshop will teach participants about working with military families with stress and trauma throughout the wartime deployment cycle. Participants will learn culturally appropriate family-systems informed interventions for stress, trauma, and intergenerational trauma within families, with an emphasis at prevention and intervention for young children.

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Becoming a Bereavement-Informed System of Care: Best Practice Assessment Models for Traumatized and Grieving Youth

Presented by: Julie Kaplow, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. and Christopher Layne, Ph.D.

Children who experience the death of a loved one present with a unique configuration of vulnerability and protective factors that requires a “bereavement-informed” (distinct from a trauma-informed) perspective. This workshop will elucidate the interplay between trauma and grief, distinguish these constructs, and provide guidance for conducting best practice bereavement-informed assessment.


Breakout Sessions #3 – May 12th, 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm


Margin to Center: Approaches for Supporting API (Asian and Pacific Islander) Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Presented by: Doan Phan, LMSW

Cultural competency is a lifelong journey. It is the process of developing and building personal awareness, seeking cultural and community knowledge and honoring diversity. This presentation will provide attendees practical knowledge on how to implement culturally grounded trauma informed services for Asian survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

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Navigating Uncertainty:  Diagnostic Challenges in Youth Affected by Trauma

Presented by: Julia Hoke, Ph.D. and May Taylor, Ph.D.

This workshop provides health/mental health professionals with an overview of the challenges inherent in diagnostic decision-making with trauma-affected youth and a model for (1) differentiating trauma-related behaviors from other diagnoses and (2) determining when it is appropriate to assign non-trauma-related diagnoses (e.g., ADHD, LD) to children exposed to trauma.

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Putting the Pieces Together: RISing Community Collaboratives for Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Trauma-Informed Care

Presented by: Amanda Barczyk, Ph.D., MSW, Beth Gerlach, Ph.D., LCSW and Heather Larkin, Ph.D.

RIS application is introduced to integrate evidence-supported interventions within restorative contexts. We describe key collaborative elements:

•          Raise awareness of ACE backgrounds of those served, including policy advocacy

•          Promote leadership development and self-care

•          Strengthen social networks

•          Integrate evidence-supported interventions and practice wisdom in local contexts

•          Develop restorative cultures and recovery-oriented systems

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Teens, Trauma, and Self-Harm: Correlations and Applications

Presented by: Megan Canale, M.A., LPC, LCDC-CI and Christopher McMullen, M.A., LPC

This workshop will present the most recent and reliable research findings involving self-harm and trauma. We will explore the comorbid occurrence of self-harm and trauma in adolescents. Participants will learn new and viable skills for working with our traumatized youth. There will be an open dialogue between the presenters and the group to encourage collaborative developments in how to best work with this specific population.

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Breakout Sessions #4 – May 12th, 2:45 pm – 4 pm

Indigenous Perspectives on Trauma & Healing

Presented by: Valerie Ringland, J.D.

Most trauma work is grounded in a Western paradigm. From dadirri in Australia, to the medicine wheel in North America, to African tribal dance and ritual, to South American ceremonies with sacred plants, Ho’pono pono in Hawaii, and ayurveda in India, is wisdom for growing our understanding of trauma.

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Moving in the Direction of Youth-Centered Programming in Residential Treatment Centers as a Strategy for Reducing Restraints

Presented by: Jack Nowicki, LCSW

This workshop describes how RTCs can methodologically transition from normative level systems to individualized programming based on youth’s treatment goals, thereby reducing the need for restraint and/or seclusion.  The workshop is based on TNOYS’ work with RTCs implementing the "6 Cores Strategies for Reducing Restraint & Seclusion", an evidence-based approach.

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Coming to Our Senses: A Sensory Approach to Treating Victims of Childhood Trauma 

Presented by: Beth Crum, MOT, OTR and Leigh Wartella, COTA

This workshop will explain what Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is and how it affects victims of trauma. This session will also introduce the SITT (Sensory Integration Trauma Therapy) Program that utilizes specialized sensory-based therapy techniques as a treatment plan for addressing behaviors associated with SPD. We will provide real life examples of sensory intervention with victims of trauma and the positive outcomes.

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Walk-in Counseling: Addressing Trauma in a One Hour Session

Presented by: Arnie Slive, Ph.D. and Monte Bobele, Ph.D., ABPP

 This workshop will 1) present a single-session mindset designed to assist professionals who provide counseling/psychotherapy for the many clients (including victims of trauma) who choose to attend only one session, and 2) describe service delivery options, such as walk-in counseling, to effectively address the needs of single session clients.

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Continuing Education

Certificates will be distributed via email following the conference. 


ACGC has secured CEU's for social workers, psychologists, law enforcement, LPC's, LMFT's, teachers, speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and LCDC's.


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association – Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.