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CEU Webinar: Trauma and Neuroplasticity – Practical Implications
December 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
Trauma and Neuroplasticity: Practical Implications
Much of the literature on vulnerable children is overwhelmingly discouraging. As individuals who care deeply for the well-being of vulnerable children and youth, this reality can be heartbreaking and defeating. Thankfully, an emerging field of research brings great hope. “Neuroplasticity” is a scientific term that simply means that the brain can be influenced by the environment around it. Just as adversity can negatively impact brain development, the right interventions can actually reverse damage and move a child towards positive mental health. This presentation will center on themes related to trauma, developmental catch up, neuroplasticity, and how to re-wire the brain. It will include interactive discussion and concrete, actionable ideas for how families can improve the care they provide.
December 4 | 11 am
Speaker: Amanda Hiles Howard, Ph.D.
Mandy Hiles Howard is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Samford University. She came to Samford after serving as the Assistant Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development. She worked closely with Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross in the development of Trust-Based Relational Interventions, which is a trauma-informed evidence-based approach to working with children who have a history of trauma. Mandy’s professional interest broadly falls under the category of applied developmental psychology. Her work integrates theory, research and practice in a concentrated effort to increase understanding of the interpersonal processes underlying mental health and quality of life for children and youth in non-traditional care. Her research has generated a great deal of political and public policy interest both nationally and internationally. Some of her major engagements including addressing Australian Parliament and meeting with the Prime Minister, speaking at the internationally simulcasted Empower to Connect Conference, and training professionals within the Department of Family and Protective Services in multiple states.