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Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Early Brain Development

Hawaii Conference Cover Attracting considerable attention for their use of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). Mount Royal Professor, Dawne Clark and colleague Rhonda Kent from YWCA of Calgary Sheriff King Home shared their research on understanding the impact of trauma on early brain development and its last consequences as children age. The presented two workshops at the 2015 International Training Summit on Preventing, Assessing, & Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan in Hawaii. They shared the work they are doping implementing and evaluating the NMT into the Saturday group programming for children and parents who have experienced domestic violence. Both their use of NMT and their research design to help build evidence informed practice was well received.

Says Clark,
"domestic violence is a relatively new area for mea nd I was able to hear some of the top experts in the field. Dr. Jon Briere conducted several sessions exploring his integrated treatment model. He explored how evidence-based approaches may miss the mark for many clients. His presentations validated the work we have been doing at Sheriff King and the design of the research we have been conducting."                                                                           

This conference attracted 1000 participants from 26 different countries.

Kent and Clark presented workshops on "Adaptive Functioning of Children Exposed to Domestic VIolence: Parenting Perceptions of the NMT & Psycho-educational Play" and "Incorporating Trauma & Early Brain Development into a Comprehensive Treatment Program for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence".