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9/12/2019  |   9:00 AM - 12:15 PM   |  Ballroom A & B

After the Fight: Understanding the Developmental Consequences of Interpersonal Trauma and Creating Systems that Support Healing

Research shows that children aged birth to five are highly vulnerable to exposure to interpersonal trauma, and trauma exposure at an early age can have long-term consequence for development. Trauma affects children’s sense of safety, their neurobiological development, their capacity to form relationships, and their beliefs about themselves, others, and the world. Yet within popular culture and within our field, people often ask “Do young children remember?” and “Won’t they just forget?” Through metaphor, story, and rich clinical vignettes this presentation will help participants understand that the questions should be rephrased from “Do they remember?”” to “What have they learned?” and from “Won’t they just forget” to “How will we help them learn something new?” To support new learning and the development of trauma-responsive systems, the presentation includes core trauma concepts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and key lessons learned from over 20 years of work with young children and families who have experienced family violence.

Chandra Ippen (Primary Presenter), University of California, San Francisco, cgippenconsulting@gmail.com;
Chandra Ghosh Ippen is the Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of Dissemination and Implementation for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). She is a member of the board of directors of ZERO TO THREE and has spent the last 26 years conducting research, clinical work, and training in the area of early childhood trauma. She has co-authored over 20 publications on trauma and diversity-informed practice, including the manual for CPP, a randomized trial documenting the efficacy of CPP, the children's story

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