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National Movement to Prevent Trauma and Foster Resilience


This information was shared from New Hanover Resiliency Task Force leader, Tina Pearson.

The focus of this week’s workshop in the Building A National Movement to Prevent Trauma and Foster Resilience Series is Justice Systems and Child Welfare. Our very own, Ben David is on the Justice Systems panel.  There is still time to register if you would like to attend: To Register: .  They do make the recordings available after the sessions.

Panel 1: Justice Systems

Moderator: Becky Haas, Advocate and Trainer

  • Chief Christopher Leusner, Middle Township, NJ
  • Ben David, District Attorney, The State of North Carolina
  • Sheriff Walt McNeil, Leon County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dr. Stephanie Covington, Clinician, Author, Organizational Consultant, and Lecturer in Addiction, Trauma and Recovery
  • Share Your Story - William Mazur, Acadia Healthcare (former Deputy Chief, Atlantic City, NJ)

Panel 2: Child Welfare and Transition Age Youth (Rashaun Bennett, Director of Operations, National Youth Employment Coalition)

Moderator: Karen Johnson, Director, Change in Mind Institute, Social Current

  •     Keri Richmond, Manager of Child Welfare Policy, American Academy of Pediatrics; Executive Director, FosterStrong
  •     Sixto Cancel, Founder and CEO, Think of Us, Washington, D.C.
  •     Michele Grimes, Director of Counseling and STRIVE, Youth Guidance, Chicago, IL
  •     Tim Grove, Senior Consultant, Wellpoint Care Network (SaintA), Milwaukee, WI
  •     Jas Snell, Jim Casey Initiative Young Fellow
  •     Amber Goodrich, Youth Villages, New Hampshire

The panels will describe successful programs in each sector, advise on how to access and discuss trauma-informed work with decision makers in each sector and with community stakeholders, and will direct participants to resources that support implementing policies and practices based on the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences. There will also be opportunities for participants to share their stories of trauma and resilience to further reinforce the need for trauma-informed mindsets, systems and policies.

To Register:

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