CSU, Chico News

10th Annual Children in Trauma Conference Continues the Tradition of Education and Advocacy

Date: 01-23-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Melissa McGowan
Regional & Continuing Education

The Center for Regional and Continuing Education and the California State University, Chico Research Foundation will present the 2013 Children in Trauma Conference on Feb. 1 and 2 on the CSU, Chico campus. The program is offered by In Service to Families, Children & the Courts, a professional development series created through a partnership among Butte County Family Court Services; Regional and Continuing Education; the CSU, Chico Research Foundation; and local professionals.

This year’s event, “Interventions Addressing Complex Trauma Among Children & Adolescents,” will provide in-depth knowledge of how Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT) was developed and how this treatment model can be used to treat complex trauma in children and their families. Participants will learn how to provide advocacy and optimal collaborations with other systems to facilitate healing and healthy functioning in affected children and families.

The conference presenter will be Dr. Cheryl Lanktree, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Santa Monica, Calif., and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Southern California. From 1998 to 2009, she was director of the Miller Children’s Abuse and Violence Intervention Center (MCAVIC), a multidisciplinary outpatient center in Long Beach, Calif. From 2005 to 2009, she was also principal investigator for the federally funded MCAVIC-USC Child and Adolescent Trauma Program, a Treatment and Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Children in Trauma Conference. “This year we want to acknowledge the ongoing work of the professionals and resource providers who advocate for children and make a positive impact on our community,” said Elaina McReynolds, program director with Regional and Continuing Education. The conference serves psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, school counselors, nurses, physicians, educators, behavioral health professionals and other children’s advocates throughout CSU, Chico’s North State service area. Attendees can earn 11 hours of BBSE, BRN, MCLE and CPA continuing education.

The Children in Trauma Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Colusa Hall Conference and Event Center on the CSU, Chico campus. Additional information and online registration can be found at http://rce.csuchico.edu/children-in-trauma or by calling Regional and Continuing Education at 530-898-6105.