Waiting list grows for trauma-inforced care conference

Waiting list grows for trauma-inforced care conference

The buzz phrase “youth mental health” is growing in popularity across the country. It’s no surprise then that the 2017 trauma-informed care conference, “Beyond Paper Tigers,” maxed out its registration numbers nearly two months before the June 28-29 event. Now parents, educators, mental health workers and law enforcement are clamoring to add their names to a growing waiting list for next year’s conference.

While the 2017 Beyond Paper Tigers conference registration is now full, the Children’s Resilience Initiative is proud to offer a free community event on the first evening of the conference. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, this year’s conference keynote, will also present on Wednesday, June 28 from 6:30-8 PM at Cordiner Hall in Walla Walla. This public offering will provide strength-based strategies to build resilience and improve youth outcomes. Doors open at 6 PM, and Spanish translation and child care services will be provided for those in attendance.

Beyond Paper Tigers follows the renewed interest in chronic stress and trauma on childhood development after the success of the 2015 documentary “Paper Tigers,” which was filmed in Walla Walla. Even with the continued attention on this national topic, those working with youth still struggle to understand the impacts of trauma on brain development in a concrete and tangible way which they can impact.

“Young people live up or down to expectations we set for them,” notes Dr. Ginsburg. “They need adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous, and creative.”

The public is encouraged to attend Dr. Ginsburg’s free “Resilience” community event from 6:30-8 PM at 345 Boyer Ave. in Walla Walla. Conference information and directions on accessing the waiting list are available at www.beyondpapertigers.com. For questions, contact Rick Griffin at 509.749.2103 or rickg@jlacademy.org.