The Impact of Trauma on Children’s Development: What to Know and What You Can Do! (April 14, 2020)
Audience: Parents & Professionals
Ages addressed: 0-18
This workshop will help participants understand how early experiences of adversity and trauma can impact brain development, attachment, social-emotional development, and self-regulation. After understanding the different areas of development that are affected, we will consider strategies that parents, teachers, and other care providers can use to support children (and families) who have experienced trauma. We will discuss case examples and share specific tools that participants can take back to their own settings. Participants are welcome to bring questions and situations that they have experienced as examples for group discussion. Finally, we will discuss the impact of secondary traumatic stress on those who work with and care for children with trauma histories and strategies for managing those effects.
Dr. Katherine (Katie) Lingras is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Child Psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the University of Minnesota, where she specializes in early childhood mental health, emotional/behavioral regulation concerns, and dyadic (parent-child) treatment for children who have experienced trauma. Her clinical work and research is focused on social-emotional development and building the capacities of the adults who care for them. Dr. Lingras directs the Psychiatry Department’s Early Childhood Clinic, which provides assessment and outpatient parent-child treatment, and also works within the community providing mental health consultation and professional development training in early care and education settings and primary care clinics. Dr. Lingras is a certified group leader in the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management training and has led child, parent, and teacher groups, and provided mental health consultation for HeadStart/preschool programs and school districts around the country. Dr. Lingras completed her undergrad and co-terminal Master’s degrees in Psychology at Stanford University and her doctoral work at the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Child Development, and is happy to be back in the Twin Cities after several years training and working on the East Coast.