Jennie Cole-Mossman and Jamie Manzer This session provided information about the impact on young children when they are exposed to domestic violence. Learn about trauma symptoms that young children may exhibit when exposed to domestic violence and the impact of trauma on development. Also learn how to advocate for young children in the child welfare system who have been exposed to domestic violence through appropriate case planning and recommendations for services that are evidence based.
Jennie Cole-Mossman This lecture examined the various impacts of trauma on the court process. It begins with a look at trauma throughout the life span,from birth to parenthood. It includes the manifestations of trauma, as well as the appropriate evidence based treatment for these different developmental stages. It also looked at how trauma effects the court process, including how to work with witnesses such as therapists to explain the effects of trauma on child well being.
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.
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Resource Guidelines, Adoption and Permanency Guidelines, and the Pre-Hearing Conference. Presented by Judge Douglas F. Johnson, NCJFCJ Vice President on May 9, 2008 in Sidney, Nebraska.
Maura McInerney Important research confirms that the early years present an unparalleled window of opportunity to support the positive development and learning of children in care. However, it is not enough to make an initial referral; continued access to early intervention services and early eduction is key. Drawing on models from other states, this session focused on the role of the GAL and caseworkers in ensuring that young children in care are appropriately and promptly evaluated, receive continuing access to needed services and appropriately transitioned to school.
Dr. Joan Luby This presentation reviewed empirical data showing a relationship between elements of the environment, particularly parental support, and the developing brain in children. The implications of these findings for early intervention and prevention programs were discussed. In addition, the importance of early identification and treatment of mental disorders, based on greater brain neuroplasticity earlier in development were considered.
Judge Douglas F. Johnson Learn what unique reasonable efforts services are needed for the well being and permanency of infants and toddlers in the child welfare system. Also learn what reasonable efforts services these most vulnerable children's parents need. Discussion included case scenarios.