Keynote Speaker Richardson
L. Song Richardson, Dean of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law

Thurs., Sept. 27 8:45 a.m.
“The Impact of Implicit Racial Bias on Communities”

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In her speech, entitled “The Impact of Implicit Racial Bias on Communities,” L. Song Richardson will explain how unconscious mental processes shaped over time by history and culture can lead people to view the world through a biased lens and to behave contrary to our deeply held egalitarian values. Using both research and real-life examples, Richardson provides insight into the science of implicit bias and its influence on decisions, perceptions, and judgments. She will end with some recommendations for addressing these biases in our communities.

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L. Song Richardson is the Dean and Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law with joint appointments in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Asian American Studies.

She uses cognitive and social psychology research to study decision-making and judgement in a variety of contexts. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the legal and moral implications of mind sciences research on policing and criminal procedure.

A leading expert on implicit racial and gender bias, Richardson speaks to audiences in the fields of law and criminal justice, academia, and private industry. She is a member of the American Law Institute, the country’s leading independent organization made up of elected judges, academics, and practitioners, which publishes works to clarify and improve the law.

Keynote Speaker Perry

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy

Thurs., Sept. 27, 10:15 a.m.
“A Relational Approach to Working with Traumatized and Maltreated Children.”

This presentation will focus on the power and regulating effects of healthy relational interactions on the developing child. Providing an introduction to basic neurodevelopment and traumatology for clinicians, professionals, parents, caregivers and policy makers, Dr. Perry will address the positive impact of high quality caregiving, supportive families and stable communities while illustrating the devastating impact of neglect, trauma, chaos, violence, and relational poverty. Individuals who have few positive relational interactions are at greater risk for developing trauma-related problems, while positive relational interactions can help promote healing and healthy development for both the normal and maltreated child. Dr. Perry’s address will focus on the importance of positive human relationships in both caregiving and therapeutic settings.

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Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and adjunct Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered.

Dr. Perry’s research has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child. His work has focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. He developed the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to working with traumatized children.

Dr. Perry has consulted in the wake of many high-profile, child-traumatizing incidents, such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco (1993), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), the Columbine School shootings (1999), the September 11th terrorist attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), the FLDS polygamist sect (2008), the earthquake in Haiti (2010), the tsunami in Tohoku Japan (2011) and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings (2012).

Keynote Speaker Ginsburg

Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Founding Director, The Center for Parent and Teen Communication at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Thurs., Sept. 27, 2:45 p.m.
The Importance of Resilience-based, Strength-Focused Communication and Expectations for Young People

As we address the results of marginalization and trauma, we must do so through a strengths-based lens. We must not allow our knowledge of trauma to backfire by becoming one more risk label applied to youth. We must emphasize the protective power of adults (most notably family!) in people’s lives and prepare all adults to take their preventive and healing roles. Furthermore, we must help young people better understand their reactivity while also celebrating their likely increased levels of compassion and other strengths. This talk will focus on how both parents and professionals can raise ALL young people to become their best selves. It will discuss loving interactions that restore control to youth both in homes and professional settings. It will also discuss a coping strategy that empowers youth to manage uncomfortable feelings in a healthy manner.

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Dr. Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves Philadelphia’s homeless youth as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania.

The theme that ties together Dr. Ginsburg’s clinical practice, teaching, research, and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His research has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co-developed the Teen-Centered Methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas.

Dr. Ginsburg is the Associate Medical Editor of and has appeared on CNN, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS morning show, FOX and Friends and various nightly news programs. His most recent books are, “Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings,” and “Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love with Expectations and Protection with Trust.”

Keynote Speakers Anda & Porter

Robert Anda, MD, MS, Co-Principal Investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study
Laura Porter, Co-Founder of ACE Interface

Fri., Sept. 28, 10 a.m.
“Understanding ACEs: Building Self-Healing Communities”

This presentation is about the public health and community-wide implications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Dr. Anda and Laura Porter will provide examples of how ACEs affect the goals and practices in human service systems (education, justice, and health care, for example). They will explain how Self-Healing Communities use this science to engage the creativity, minds and hearts of the community so individuals can heal and entire cultures can change. Hope, new meaning, and understanding are all necessary for moving beyond old ways of thinking about trauma and its related outcomes. This speech helps unlock the latent potential and creativity in communities so they can interrupt the intergenerational cycle of ACEs and reduce exposure for generations to come.

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Dr. Robert Anda has done research in behavioral health, mental health and disease, childhood determinants of health, and a number of other health studies for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the 1990’s, Dr. Anda collaborated with Dr. Vincent Felitti at Kaiser Permanente to investigate child abuse as an underlying cause of medical, social, and public health problems.

This effort lead to a large-scale study to track the effects of childhood trauma on health throughout the lifespan. They called it the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study. Dr. Anda played a principal role in the design of the study, and serves as its co-principal investigator and co-founder. He is the author of more than 200 scientific and governmental papers on the effects of ACEs, and his work is highlighted in the documentary “Resilience” by Jamie Redford, which appeared at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Dr. Anda consults with leaders in public health, medicine, corrections, judicial and social services to show how the ACE study findings are useful to inform programs, policy, and legislation to prevent disease and disability.

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Laura Porter has more than a decade of experience leading successful implementation of ACE Study concepts in Washington State in partnership with over 30 communities and nine Tribes.

In addition to her work in Washington, Laura works with leaders in over 20 states, providing education, facilitation, and empowerment strategies for building self-healing communities. Laura provides support and services to a wide range of groups from parents and youth who are convening neighborhood conversations, to philanthropic leaders and government officials who are using ACE science in investment and policy decisions.

She and Dr. Robert Anda founded ACE Interface to help leaders to use ACE concepts to build Self-Healing Communities.

Keynote Speaker Koplewicz

Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, Founding President of the Child Mind Institute

Fri., Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m.
“Countering Fear and Hatred: Helping Children Cope in an Uncertain Era”

Our children’s mental health depends upon the social environment they live in — what they see, what they hear, and how the adults who care for them help them understand it. All children share a need for support, for a safety-net to encourage them and to give them a secure sense that they are valued. How can parents give these things to their kids when they themselves are unsure about the future? How can families and communities create secure developmental environments when systemic barriers threaten stability? We can’t protect children from being confused, alarmed, or even disappointed in the world we’ve given them. But we can help children build healthy coping skills and confidence that can overcome adversity, and advocate for open conversation and robust policies surrounding child development and safety. This requires removing the stigma of mental illness as well as tying mental health to overall health including emotional health, resilience, and community engagement.

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Dr. Koplewicz is one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists and Founding President of the Child Mind Institute. He established the NYU Child Study Center in 1997 and was the Director until 2009. Dr. Koplewicz was Director of the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research from 2006-2011.

An award-winning master clinician and advocate for children and teens with psychiatric disorders, Dr. Koplewicz was named one of WebMD’s 2014 Health Heroes. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post.

He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology and author of several books including the textbook Depression in Children and Adolescents; It’s Nobody’s Fault: New Hope and Help for Difficult Children and their Parents, which received the Parent’s Choice Award and was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award; Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery & Hope; and his most recent work on adolescent depression, More Than Moody: Recognizing and Treating Adolescent Depression.

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