In recent years, there has been an explosion in research and knowledge of how traumatic experience and toxic stress shape the nervous system and ultimately the ability to become self-aware, self-regulate, relate to others, play, and learn. Additionally, the growing awareness of how trauma impacts developing brains and bodies, and specifically the impact on physiology, has ushered the realization that body-based approaches are an integral component of trauma informed approaches, rather than solely focusing on cognitive and behavioral models. With this awareness, comes the growing urgency for interdisciplinary approaches to research, care planning and implementation, and public policy delving into both the art and the science of trauma informed approaches.
The model of trauma informed care continues to be in its infancy, and the rise in awareness of the impact of trauma on attachment as intimately interconnected, necessitates the transformation of the model to trauma and attachment informed care. In accordance, Cutchins Care proudly presents its first annual symposium, procuring experts in the areas of public policy, research, and practice.
Join us as we assemble internationally renowned, interdisciplinary professionals exploring the prevailing, best, and promising practices for those working with people with trauma and attachment-related needs and goals.
Dr. Janice LeBel (Keynote)
Dr. Janice LeBel is a licensed, Board-Certified Psychologist with more than thirty-five years’ experience in the public sector working primarily in mental health, but also with child welfare, juvenile justice, and intellectual and developmental disability populations. She oversees a statewide system of inpatient, secure residential care for children and adolescents. Dr. LeBel also leads the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health’s nationally-recognized Restraint/Seclusion (R/S) Prevention Initiative and an Interagency Initiative with the same focus involving seven child-serving state agencies and the public and private special education schools in the state. She was a principal architect of a large-scale, statewide transformation effort implementing the Building Bridges’ Initiative platform in a residential reprocurement for both mental health and child welfare services representing $240M worth of annual purchased service. Dr. LeBel is a founding member of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors’ Office of Technical Assistance Center’s (OTA) teaching faculty, co-authored an evidenced-based curriculum on R/S Prevention, and works to implement trauma-informed care and R/S prevention efforts throughout the United States and internationally. She has provided expert testimony at Congressional Briefings and legal proceedings. She has researched and published on trauma-informed care, consumer-inclusion, and seclusion and restraint-related issues. Dr. LeBel has provided consultation to many programs and facilities in the United States and other countries including: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, and the United Kingdom. She has also presented at many national and international forums and serves as a peer reviewer for several journals.
Dr. Daniel Siegel (Keynote-live interactive video)
Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute that focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.
Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His four New York Times bestsellers are: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D), and his upcoming book Aware (2018). Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over sixty textbooks. Click here to visit Dr. Siegel’s website.
Dr. Tina Champagne
Dr. Tina Champagne is the Executive Director of Cutchins Programs for Children and Families, the owner of Champagne Conferences & Consultation, and a renowned international consultant. She is also a professor for American International College’s Post Professional, Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program. Tina is an expert in sensory integration, trauma and attachment informed care, and fostering organizational change. She consults with a variety of mental health, professional, and educational organizations on state, national, and international scales. Dr. Champagne has numerous publications, including two books, numerous continuing education and research articles, and she is a reviewer for several occupational therapy and nursing journals. She has received numerous awards for her work, the most recent being named a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Dr. Peg Ingolia
Dr. Ingolia is an occupational therapist with extensive experience working with children and families experiencing sensory processing disorders and trauma. She has developed and implemented occupational therapy programs in hospital, school, residential, and clinical settings, and has taught in clinical and educational milieus. Dr. Ingolia holds a particular interest in the effects of trauma and mental health difficulties on parents and families. Her other areas of interest and expertise include manual therapies and mindfulness in practice.
This symposium is intended for:
- Mental Health Professionals
- Child and Adult Serving Professionals and Paraprofessionals
- Criminal Justice Professionals
- Medical, Emergency Responders, and/or Forensic Professionals
- Community Service Providers
- Military Providers
- Members of Community Organizations
- Organizational Leaders
- Citizens Providing Community Services
- Faith-Based Providers
- Family and Caregivers
- People with lived experience
Date & Location
Friday, May 4, 2018, 8:30am – 4:00pm
Venue: Smith College Conference Center, 49 College Lane, Northampton, Massachusetts 01063,
More information: 413 585-6977 or visit https://smith.edu/about-smith/emo/conference-center (Parking available)
Program and Learning Objectives
Keynote speaker, Dr. Daniel Siegel is presenting via live-stream interactive video. Coffee and tea is provided at registration and during the afternoon break. Lunch is not provided.
- $150 per person
- $130 each for teams of three or more
- $120 students
- $100 Smith College students and faculty
Complete the form at the bottom of this page to register.
- Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, Northampton, MA 01060
413-584-3100 / hotelnorthampton.com
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Northampton, 115 Conz Street, Northampton, MA 01060
413 587-9800 / marriott.com
- Autumn Inn, 259 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01060
413 584-7660 / hampshirehospitality.com
Some conference attendees have also found housing through Airbnb
Please contact Kristina Tams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413 584-1310 ext. 303 to inquire if Continuing Education credits are available for your field.
This event provides .55 AOTA Continuing Education Units, equivalent to 5.5 contact hours for occupational therapy practitioners. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Course Completion Requirements
Verification of attendance via monitored sign in/sign out and Post-course Evaluation completion.
Notification of Acceptance
Upon the completion of online registration and payment, applicants will receive email confirmation of acceptance.
Cancellation by Learners: Registration payment is non-refundable. If cancellation is due to extenuating circumstances, the cancellation policy may be negotiated with the Provider. Refunds will not be issued for “no shows.” Substitutions are accepted with a written notice.
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