Trauma in Early Childhood: Focus on Refugees and Immigrants
Date: Friday, July 14, 2017
Course #: W940
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Erikson Institute
Credit Available: CEUs; SWCEUs: ISBE Clock Hours
Designed for educators, parents, social service, and medical providers, this session includes an introduction to the impact of trauma on marginalized children (with a particular focus on refugee and immigrant youth in the current sociopolitical context), and strategies and practices for adults serving refugee and immigrant children and families. Participants will learn to identify trauma symptoms in young children, recognize students’ mental health needs, and implement culturally responsive strategies and practices to support young refugee and immigrant children impacted by trauma in their setting. Participants will leave the session understanding the importance of (and strategies for) self-care for adults working with youth impacted by trauma for adults to avoid vicarious traumatization.
Rebecca Ford-Paz, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical child psychologist at Lurie Children’s Center for Childhood Resilience. She has a long-standing interest in Latino mental health and the reduction of health disparities through increasing access to evidence-based and culturally responsive prevention/treatment interventions for underserved youth and families. She is the founding co-chair of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition’s Ad-Hoc Committee for Refugee and Immigrant Children and Trauma. Dr. Ford-Paz received her PhD from DePaul University in 2006, completed her clinical internship at Boston Consortium (Boston Medical Center and Boston VA) and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University Medical School.