Speaking the Unspeakable How Trauma Affects Young Children And How We Can Help

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Date(s) - April 6
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Speaking the Unspeakable
How Trauma Affects Young Children
And How We Can Help

Keynote Speaker Dr. Alicia Lieberman

Thursday, April 6, 2017
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(Light refreshments will be served)

The Tishman Auditorium
NYU School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

This presentation will be tailored to a multidisciplinary audience of infancy and early childhood providers.
It will describe how trauma affects young children’s brain structure and physiology and the impact of these changes on emotional, social, and cognitive development. It will provide an introduction to Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) as an evidence- based treatment and will describe how CPP basic principles can be implemented across systems of care, including primary care, childcare, home visiting, and the child welfare and judicial systems.

Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D., is Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development at UCSF Department of Psychiatry,
and director of the Child Trauma Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital. She directs the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of the federally-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She is the senior developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for traumatized children aged birth-five. Her research involves treatment outcome studies with traumatized young children from low-income and under-represented minority groups. She has authored a book for parents, The Emotional Life of the Toddler, translated to several languages. Her professional books on childhood exposure to violence have been translated to several languages, including Arabic and Hebrew, and are being used to increase understanding and foster dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians working with young children and their families. Born in Paraguay, she received her professional training in Israel and the United States. This cross-cultural experience informs her commitment to increasing access and raising the standard
of care for low-income and minority children and families. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2016 Rene Spitz Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Association of Infant Mental Health, 2016 Public Health Hero from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and 2017 Whole Child Award from the Simms/Mann Institute.

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