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!



Morning Sessions

  • A Collaborative Approach to Child Abuse Cases in Travis County - Panel Discussion:

    This panel will highlight the collaborative response of public and private agencies in Travis County to effectively and rapidly respond to the needs of abused children and will feature selected representatives from law enforcement, Child Protective Services, prosecution, mental health, medical, and children’s advocacy.

  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Child Maltreatment - Presented by Samantha Miller, Ph.D.:                                                                                              This workshop will focus on the transactional nature of violence between parents and children and will discuss the unique ways in which PCIT is suited to alter physically abusive parent-child relationships. Attendees will acquire information about PCIT and its treatment components and develop basic skills in PCIT. 
  • Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Unaccompanied Minors and Displaced Populations Impacted by Trauma - Presented by Marisol Acosta, M.Ed., LPC:

    This workshop will focus on increasing the understanding of the needs of unaccompanied minors, how historical trauma may impact them and a brief overview of how to address their needs and trauma history. It will incorporate the use of best practices for children impacted by childhood traumatic stress.

  • Sensory Processing Disorder Causing Developmental Delay in Trauma - Presented by Allyson Beth Crum, MOT, OTR, and Kevin Schoenberger, PT:

    This workshop will explain Sensory Integration and Sensory processing disorder and how it affects children in trauma.  Combined with describing the benefits of OT/PT/ST therapies for this population who have secondary developmental delays and decreased function in their daily lives. 


Afternoon Sessions

  •  Trauma-Informed Classrooms - Presented by Micki Marquardt, LCSW, Brandi Winters, LCSW, and Joan Givens, MS, LPC:

    This interactive workshop will present tools and information vital to providing educational services to children who have suffered trauma and neglect.  Participants will gain greater awareness of the impact trauma can have on a child’s mind and body.  Participants will also learn interventions and strategies for the classroom and beyond.

  • Healing Relationships: What Horses Teach Us About Trauma-Informed Practices - Presented by Tim Jobe, BS, and Bettina-Shultz-Jobe, MA, LPC:                 Participants will learn how the horse and traumatized human brain develop in a similar fashion.  They will then utilize this knowledge to apply simple relationship building principles learned from the horse to more complex relationships with children, enabling participants to use the relationship as the vehicle for change and healing.

  • Seen but not Heard: Children's Experience of Addiction within the Family - Presented by Elizabeth Devine, M.Ed., LPC-S:                                                      Utilizing artwork and writings from children affected by a loved one's addiction to drugs or alcohol, attendees will learn common unhealthy messages these children receive and the consequent beliefs and maladaptive coping skills that often develop. Interactive therapeutic interventions will be illustrated with the intent of fostering resiliency.

  • Using TBRI in Child Welfare Law Cases - Presented by Heather Benzenhoefer, Attorney and Counselor at Law:                                                                                            This workshop is for attorneys, caseworkers, foster parents, CASA, teachers, and anyone else who works with children who are involved in child welfare cases. The workshop will give an overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and speak about ways to use the principles of TBRI as an attorney or CASA. Heather will discuss successes and challenges using TBRI and hopes for the future of Child Welfare Law. Participants should gain a basic understanding of TBRI and learn skills they can use in their jobs right now to help their clients who have been through a trauma get on the road to healing.