Upcoming Training and Events

Opportunities for Enhanced Practice: Supporting Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence

September 21, 2017 l Quinnipiac University School of Law, North Haven, CT

Registration Fee: $50 (includes box lunch)

This exciting one day symposium will feature national and local experts addressing the impact of family violence on children and best practices for responding to promote resiliency.

Some topics to be covered include:

  • The intersection of community violence, family violence, trauma and intervention
  • Family violence and cultural competency for children
  • How persistent fear and anxiety can affect young children's learning, behavior and health
  • Trauma informed services within the public school setting

Symposium Agenda:


8:30 - 9:00  Registration

9:00 - 9:10  Opening Remarks

9:10 - 9:15  Overview of the Day

9:15 - 10:45  “The Intersection of Community Violence, Family Violence, Trauma and Intervention"

Carol O'Connor, LCSW - Carol O'Connor is the TF-CBT Project Coordinator and Quality Improvement Advisor for the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut.

10:45 - 11:00  Break

11:00 -12:30  "Cultural Responsiveness for Children Exposed to Family Violence"

Ruby White Starr - Ruby White Starr is the Chief Strategy Officer for Casa de Esperanza where she serves as the director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and communities.

12:30 - 1:30  Box Lunch (included with registration)

1:30 - 2:45  "How Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children's Learning, Behavior and Health"

Margaret Briggs-Gowan, Ph.D. - Margaret Briggs-Cowen is a development psychologist with special expertise in the social-emotional development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers for the University of Connecticut Health Center.

2:45 - 3:00  Break

3:00 - 4:15  “Trauma Informed, Prevention Based Services for Children in the Public School Setting”

Cat Davis, MA, RDT - Cat Davis is the director of the ALIVE (Animating Learning by Integrating and Validating Experience) Program in New Haven, Connecticut.

4:15 - 4:30  Closing Remarks

Other Available Trainings

The Center's staff is available to provide training to your organization upon request. Below is a sample of available trainings, but please contact us if there is a specific topic you would like covered as we may be able to accommodate your request. Please use the form on the Contact Us page to request a training. Fees are negotiable.

Trauma Informed Recommendations for Working with Children Exposed to DV

Exposure to domestic violence is a potent traumatic stressor for children, often adversely affecting their physical and emotional health. However, caring adults can help children heal and thrive. This training will help guide children’s advocates in their daily work with mothers and families. These recommendations are drawn from a review of core components of evidence-based therapeutic intervention models for children exposed to domestic violence including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child and Parent Psychotherapy, and the Kid’s Club.

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence and Exposure to Children

Do you want to improve your capacity to serve children who have experienced trauma in the home?  Tis training will provide an overview of the impact of violence on children and families and how to identify resources and supports for those in need.  Participants will learn to identify different types of domestic violence and the power and control dynamic, how children are exposed and the impact the violence has on them.

Little Children, Big Challenges

Young children face new challenges at every age and stage—that's why it's so important to help them build the skills they need to become resilient. With self-confidence and the ability to express themselves, little ones will be able to handle whatever may come their way…and will just keep getting stronger.  Little Children, Big Challenges, Sesame Workshop’s resilience initiative, aims to help children build self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and emotional tools they need to cope with adversity. Resilient children have the ability not only to overcome difficult situations (such as bullying, divorce, sibling rivalry, and relocation) but also to learn from and be strengthened by challenges throughout their lives.