According to the Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, children who experience multiple adverse or traumatic childhood experiences, such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have the highest levels of risk for negative outcomes throughout life. An increasing number of children are affected by past or current trauma that haunts their minds, dictates their behavior and sometimes leads to mental health diagnosis. To support these children in a meaningful way, youth workers must have an understanding of the impact that trauma can have on the children they serve.
This presentation will address trauma, the forms it takes in children and youth, and practical applications for those who interact with children in a non-therapeutic setting. Attendees will:
Speaker: Robin Donaldson, Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association Robin Donaldson has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Social Psychology and has been teaching at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since August 2001. She has been a licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a licensed foster parent. Previously, Ms. Donaldson was the Program Development and Research Director for National Safe Place from 2008 – 2013 and held multiple positions at Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County over 12 years.
Connect: You are invited to bring your business cards and program or service information to share. Please also feel free to arrive early or stay after for additional networking time.