Children’s Institute 5th annual conference on trauma-informed care just around the corner!
September 24, 2015
September 24, 2015
LEARN the latest about trauma-informed practice in child welfare and children’s mental health.
EXPERIENCE a full day of wellness strategies focused on reducing the risk of secondary traumatic stress and building resilience through self-care.
CONNECT with experts and other helping professionals who are leading the way in implementing trauma-informed practices in treatment and wellness in the workplace.
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS by Dr. Laurie Anne Pearlman on life after trauma, with practical strategies for coping and self-care. Hear from Azim Khamisa, Author, Activist and Inspirational Speaker. Other notable speakers include Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis and Jerry Tello.
CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AND TOPICS
Engaging Fathers in a Trauma-Informed Approach
to Improve Outcomes for Children
with Alan-Michael Graves, MSPA
This workshop introduces Project Fatherhood, an innovative, theoretically sound, evidence-informed model of practice aim to reduce risks to children by engaging fathers in their care and development. This workshop will provide an extensive introduction to the concept of historical trauma as it pertains to men and specifically fathers. Its aim is to offer those working in the field of trauma a deeper understanding of the underlying psychological and historical issues that trauma can have on parenting. Fathers – especially those involved in the child welfare system—have their own histories of childhood and/or adult exposure to violence. If untreated, this exposure can continue to affect fathers’ ability to regulate emotions, maintain physical and mental health, engage in relationships, parent effectively, and maintain family stability. A Fathers’ past or present experiences of trauma can affect their ability to work effectively with mental health professionals and/or to respond to outreach from the schools and other systems.
Alan-Michael S. Graves is the Director of Project Fatherhood in the Leadership Center at Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII). The Leadership Center at CII is the nucleus for a broad range of multidisciplinary activities, from research and program development to training and advocacy for policy change.
Alan-Michael has worked in the human services field, with extensive experience as a manager and administrator, for both public and private agencies, for the past 10 years. He has brought these diverse perspectives to his work helping agencies develop, implement and evaluate interagency systems of care, family partnerships and wraparound programs. For the past five years, he has taken on the vision of the late Dr. Hershel Swinger to build one of the foremost Fatherhood programs in the country. He and his team travel nationwide offering intensive training of the Fatherhood curriculum to organizations seeking to implement this innovative program to their constituents. Engaging fathers to utilize effective strategies to significantly and positively impact the lives of their children is a passion of Alan-Michael.