Seminar focuses on impact of trauma on children

From bullying or domestic violence to school shootings and natural disasters, families often face traumatic events. More than 200 service providers who work with families attended the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Positive Parenting Coalition’s free seminar, The Impact of Traumatic Events on Children, last month at Chester Christian Church.

The program’s presenter was Allison Sampson, who has a doctorate in social work, is a licensed clinical social worker and serves as vice president of Clinical Operations for Providence Service Corporation’s Eastern Division. Sampson is leading the development of a trauma-informed model to foster effective trauma treatment. She offered conference participants insight on the challenges childhood trauma presents, proven treatment strategies and effective practical skills.

“Trauma is a public health issue impacting families, including those within child welfare, juvenile justice, school systems, and public and private mental health settings,” Sampson said. “Professionals must become more knowledgeable and active in the prevention and treatment of chronic and complex forms of trauma.”

For more information about the resources available to families in Chesterfield County, visit parenting.chesterfield.gov.   

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