Dr. Joy Osofsky
This session raised awareness and knowledge of infant mental health and the effects of trauma on young children, their families, and caregivers. Ways to infuse a trauma perspective into child servicing systems were discussed as well as the effects of exposure to traumatic experiences including abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. Discussion included the impact of traumatic experiences on social and emotional development and the parent/caregiver-child relationships. Issues of vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue were also included.