Don't miss this important opportunity to hear from four leading experts about innovative system of care strategies for addressing trauma at the 2012 Georgetown Training Institutes. Bryan Samuels, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Judith Cohen, M.D., Medical Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, and Brianne Masselli, Director of Training and Continuous Quality Improvement for THRIVE, promise an engaging and informative plenary session. We will be there. Hope to see you there too!
Training Institute Plenary Session: The Challenge of Trauma: Innovative Strategies for Systems of Care
Bryan Samuels is the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) and has spent his career formulating service delivery innovations in large government organizations on behalf of children, youth, and families. As Chief of Staff for Chicago Public Schools, Mr. Samuels played a leadership role in managing the third largest school system in the nation. Previously, Mr. Samuels served as the Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services where he implemented comprehensive assessments of all children entering care, redesigned transitional and independent living programs to prepare youth for transitioning to adulthood, created a child location unit to track all runaway youth, and introduced evidence-based services to address the impact of trauma and exposure to violence on children in state care. He also taught at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration.
Judith Cohen, M.D., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and serves as the Medical Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and as a Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. With colleagues, Dr. Cohen developed and tested Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children and caregivers who have experienced trauma. She has conducted extensive research, has written extensively, and has provided training to innumerable mental health professionals and researchers on assessing and treating trauma. In addition, Dr. Cohen is the principal author of the Practice Parameters for the assessment and treatment of childhood Posttraumatic Stress Disorder published by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D., a clinical community psychologist, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She is the Director of the Data and Evaluation Program for the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as well as the Director of the Trauma Treatment & Research Program at the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH). Dr. Briggs-King has developed a national reputation for her research and clinical work in the areas of child maltreatment and family violence, child traumatic stress, and resiliency in military families.
Brianne Masselli is the Director of Training and Continuous Quality Improvement for THRIVE, a federally and state-funded system of care in Maine. Ms. Masselli coordinates training and technical assistance to providers, organizations, and communities seeking to become trauma informed in order to better serve the needs of families and youth who are experiencing mental health challenges. Ms. Masselli was a co-author of the System of Care Trauma-Informed Agency Assessment that is now required for all child-serving agencies in Maine. Previously, Ms. Masselli was the Youth Coordinator for THRIVE and was instrumental in the promotion of youth-guided care and youth advocacy, as well as the creation of a Youth M.O.V.E. chapter in Maine. In addition, Ms. Masselli has received recognition as an advocate who has first-hand experience as a former youth consumer of mental health services.