From Harford County Government:
The Harford County Department of Community Services’ Local Management Board will co-host a conference on Treating Traumatized Youth: School and Clinical Perspectives on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the HEAT Center, 1201 Technology Drive in Aberdeen.
The conference will present school, community, and clinical perspectives on treating traumatized youth. Experts will offer advice on how to make an accurate diagnosis and provide tools to use when working with youth who have experienced trauma (inability to attach, cutting, therapeutic resistance). The conference is geared toward social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, school counselors, and law enforcement.
Speakers include Dr. Joyanna Silberg, Dr. Kathy Seifert, Dr. Maya Paul, and Mary Lou Edgar, LCSW. Dr. Silberg will present her keynote address entitled “Ghost Baby Did It, Not Me: Addressing Dissociative Phenomena in Traumatized Children.” Workshops will address topics including client based perspectives, school based perspectives, and an afternoon case study.
Co-hosting the conference with the Department of Community Services’ Local Management Board are the Harford County Office on Mental Health/Core Service Agency and Harford Community College.
Dr. Joyanna Silberg is the coordinator of Trauma Disorder Services for Children and Adolescents at Sheppard Pratt Health System and the Executive Vice President of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence. Her psychotherapy practice specializes in children and adolescents suffering from dissociative symptoms and disorders, and her forensic practice specializes in child sexual abuse. She is past president of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISST-D) and contributing editor to the society’s journal, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.
Dr. Kathryn Seifert received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1995. She is a Diplomate (DABPS) in forensic psychology and a Fellow in the Maryland Psychological Association where she is President-elect. She is an advocate for the highest quality services for all children needing mental health treatment.
Maya L. Paul, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in children, families, and relationships. She received her doctorate degree from the School and Clinical Child Psychology program at the University of Virginia.
Mary Lou Edgar, MSS, LCSW specializes in adoption counseling and consultant cases. She is the recipient of numerous national and statewide awards. Mary Lou earned her MSS from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, and her BA at the Neumann College, Aston, Pennsylvania, with the Tau Award for Outstanding Graduate.
The cost to attend Treating Traumatized Youth: School and Clinical Perspectives is $45 (5.5 CEUs and lunch provided). For more information and to register, visit http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/community/doc/1644.pdf or call 443-412-2376.