Expert presentations

  • Kate Porterfield, PhD, & Amber Gray, MPH, LCPP: This webinar includes a discussion of assessment strategies, including somatic and expressive modalities, that can be used with children and families impacted by torture and severe trauma. Case examples are included to highlight assessment and practice suggestions.
  • Laura Murray, PhD: Dr. Murray presents key decision points and considerations when choosing a child/youth focused intervention strategy for families affected by torture and severe trauma.  This webinar also includes a focused discussion use and efficacy of trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).
  • Ernestine Briggs King, PhD: Dr. Briggs King discusses assessment and treatment planning for children impacted by trauma, chronic stress and violence. Selected evidence based practice models are discussed for their use in individual and group contexts and include discussion about how to select and adapt treatment based on culture, development and local context and resources. The presentation also includes an overview of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and resources available on the NCTSN website.
  • Theresa Betancourt, PhD: Dr. Betancourt discusses resilience, protective factors and mental illness in children (family systems) impacted by trauma, violence and/or chronic adversity.  Dr. Betancourt also highlights what U.S and international research has revealed and how to make use of assessment data for program design and implementation.
  • Laura Bennett Murphy, PhD: Dr. Bennett Murphy discusses ways in which torture undermines the development of secure attachments within families and the impact of insecure and disorganized attachments on overall adaptation and risk throughout the lifespan. The parent-child psychotherapy model is highlighted as a modality to address disturbed attachments for children and families who have survived torture.