11th Annual Psychological Trauma &

Juvenile Justice Conference


June 8th and 9th, 2021

June 8th & 9th, 2021



This conference meets the requirements for CEU approval of up to 11 hours for social workers, mental health counselors and psychologists.

Foster Parent In-Service hours have been approved for up to 11 hours.

CEUs for IBC certified professionals have been approved for up to 11 hours.                        

CEU's for Sexual Assault Advocates have been approved for up to 11 hours.

Legal CLEs have been approved.

June 8, 2021:   up to 5.5 hours CLE activity #361566
June 9, 2021:   up to 5.5 hours CLE activity #361525

Nurses will be awarded contact hours from MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center,  Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #17. Full attendance is required per day. No partial Credit will be given.

June 8, 2021:   5.75 Nursing contact hours
June 9, 2021:   5.75 Nursing contact hours




Orchard Place Trauma Informed Care Project

Amerigroup Iowa

Blank Children's STAR Center


Catholic Charities

MercyOne House of Mercy

Mid Iowa Health Foundation

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa



Nicole Byrd or Nancy Boggess
Orchard Place


Conference Audience: Professionals who work with children and families including: physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, foster parents, early interventionists, psychologists, educators, business, human resource, medical, and juvenile justice professionals.

Conference Objectives: Upon completion of this conference participants will be able to: 

  • Define and discuss the relationship of self-care as the platform for crisis recovery and burnout prevention.
  • Discover the importance of proactive, consistent and daily self-care for all caregivers.
  • Define each pathway of self-care: Physical, Mental, Emotional, Relationships, Spiritual, Choice using a holistic approach.
  • Prepare a personal self-care plan to begin immediately.
  • Identify three major changes occurring in the adolescent brain that influence behavior and communication.
  • Describe the unique vulnerability of the developing adolescent brain to alcohol and other substances.
  • Demonstrate three skills to facilitate self-regulation and buffer the effects of stress/trauma.
  • Identify three resources describing simple brain-body practices that would be useful for youth or other clients that you work with.
  • Identify psychosocial factors associated with poor health outcomes.
  • Identify early life stressors strongly correlated with poor child mental and behavioral health.
  • Recognize approaches to addressing childhood toxic stress.
  • Learn the effects of chronic stress on the basic neuroscience, physiology and the central nervous system.
  • Demonstrate simple techniques to help manage varying levels of stress.


Registration for conference:

(Cost covers tuition and materials)

 Kim Richards, RN, NC-BC: $50

 Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D., MPH: $50

 Roy Wade Jr., MD, Ph.D., MPH, MSHP: $50

 Anne Regina T. Contreras, MACP: $50

Students receive a 50% discount

Limited scholarships are available.  Please contact Nicole Byrd or Nancy Boggess before April 23, 2021 for more information.

An electronic link to speaker handouts will be available by May 28, 2021. 




DAY ONE  —  Tuesday, June 8, 2021
8:15 - 8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30 - 10:00  Kim Richards, RN, NC-BC - Rising Resilient!
10:00 - 10:30


10:30 - 12:00 Kim Richards, RN, NC-BC - Building a Personal Self-Care Toolkit
12:00 - 1:00  Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D., MPH - The Amazing Adolescent Brain
2:15 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:00 Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D., MPH - Good News and Simple Tools



DAY TWO — Wednesday, June 9, 2021
8:15 - 8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30 - 10:00 Roy Wade Jr., MD, Ph.D., MPH, MSHP - Childhood Stress and Urban Poverty The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Roy Wade Jr., MD, Ph.D., MPH, MSHP - Evidence Based and Emerging Approaches to Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 Anne Regina T. Contreras, MACP - The Neuroscience of Stress: Integrating Mindfulness and Mindful Movement Building Resilience
2:15 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:00 Anne Regina T. Contreras, MACP -Brain Breaks: Integrating Strategies Into Practice

*For additional information about speakers visit our website at www.traumainformedcareproject.org*

Kim Richards, RN, NC-BC is an author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, health and wellness coach, life coach, and thought leader on the power of dynamic self-care strategies. She helps individuals, teams, groups and corporations do three things: permanently shift their culture toward wellness, implement and invest in effective retention strategies, and swap a “crazy busy” lifestyle for a wholehearted, intentional life that thrives!

Her career is diverse. She began as a critical care nurse, spent time in the pharmaceutical industry and in 1989, combining her nursing background with sales and marketing, she founded a successful executive recruitment firm. Through personal and formal education, she has spent the past 20+ years studying the science of self-care and optimal health as the foundation for living a purposeful, passionate life. She truly believes that healing ourselves is pivotal to creating a life of service to others.


Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D., MPH is a scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker on the brain and stress, childhood adversities (ACEs and family violence) and the amazing adolescent brain.  She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical tools with diverse audiences.  Her current work highlights brain-body practices that work with the brain from the bottom-up to address how stress and trauma are stored in the body.  Certified in several somatic interventions, she demonstrates simple strategies and tools to promote resilience, self-regulation and healing with children, adolescents and families. 

Dr. Chamberlain taught at the University of Alaska and earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University where she also served as adjunct faculty.  She is the author of the Amazing Brain Series and many other national resources.  Recognition for her work includes a Scientist Scholar with the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award and the Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar on Child Behavioral Health. 


Roy Wade Jr., MD, Ph.D., MPH, MSHP is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the Division of General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Wade’s research focuses on decreasing disparities in health caused by exposure to childhood trauma.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Wade earned a PhD in Microbiology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  He earned his medical degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2007 and completed pediatric residency at the University of Virginia in 2010. Dr. Wade served as a Minority Health Policy Fellow at Harvard Medical School where he also earned an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wade completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar’s program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Master’s of Science in Health Policy in 2013.

Dr. Wade’s initial work focused on developing more sensitive childhood adversity measures and promoting the adoption of trauma-informed approaches among health and social service organizations.  In conducting this work, Dr. Wade has authored several papers. Dr. Wade’s research interests also include examining the mechanisms through which significant childhood adversity translate into poor health throughout the life course and negatively impact offspring.

Anne Regina T. Contreras, MACP is Director of Programs and National Trainer for Pure Edge, Inc. whose work centers around supporting administrators, educators and students with self-regulation tools to equip them in dealing with stressors.

She holds a MA in Counseling Psychology from Sofia University, formerly known as the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a BA in International Relations (focus area: global development in South & SE Asia) from San Francisco State University.

She is certified in both Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Advanced Group Therapy Process and has practiced yoga for over 20 years and meditation for over a decade.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in International Psychology with a Trauma Services Concentration.