7th Annual Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice:

June 06 & 07, 2017
Holiday Inn Airport, Des Moines, Iowa

June 06 & 07 — 2017

Holiday Inn Airport
6111 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50321
Driving Directions


Holiday Inn Airport is located at
6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321

Room rate is $95.00 per when you let the hotel know you are reserving for the Orchard Place Trauma Informed Care Conference.

Parking is available at no cost.


This conference meets the requirements for approval of CEU credits for social workers, mental health counselors and psychologists.

CME's have been applied for                          CLE’s have been applied for                            EMS Optional Continuing Education have been applied for
Foster Parent In-Service hours have been approved 
CEU's for IBC certified professionals have been approved                                                           CEU's for Sexual Assault Advocates have been approved                                                           
Nurses will be awarded CEU’s Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #17. Full attendance is required per day.No partial Credit will be given.
June 06, 2017: 0.66 Nursing CEUs
June 07, 2017: 0.66 Nursing CEUs 


Orchard Place Trauma Informed Care Project
Blank Children’s Hospital Regional Protection Center 
Broadlawns Medical Center 
Easter Seals Iowa
EMDR & Beyond  
Mid Iowa Health Foundation 
NAMI Greater Des Moines                             United Healthcare Community and State   Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa & Strong Foundations                                                       Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

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.

Over the course of this two-day training, experts Dr. Bruce D. Perry from The ChildTrauma Academy and Dr. J. Stuart Ablon from Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital will come together to make complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible and provide a practical evidence-based process for trauma-informed intervention that all adults can follow in any setting.

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

  • Describe key concepts and intervention strategies of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)
  • Describe key concepts and strategies of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)
  • Identify practical strategies for implementing both approaches into a unified clinical process
  • Recognize how adults can utilize the approaches in daily practice
  • Discuss the implication of using both models across multiple settings
  • Identify programmatic challenges in implementing the strategies discussed


Registration for 2-day conference:  $250 (Student $125)                           (Cost covers tuition, materials and refreshments)

Limited scholarships available.  Please contact Nancy Boggess before 4-14-17 for more information before registering.  Group rates available for 5 or more registering at the same time from the same agency.  Please contact Nancy Boggess to register groups.

An electronic link to speaker handouts will be sent to you by May 26.  Hard copies will not be available at the conference.

Community invited to attend Resilience Documentary Wednesday 6-7-17 from 7:30am-8:30am at no cost; registration for conference not required to attend documentary.    Continental breakfast will be provided.  Please plan to be seated by 7:15am.  Documentary viewing sponsored by Youth Emergency Services & Shelter.

The documentary Resilience will be shown and is open to the public.  Produced by KPJR Productions, the documentary reveals how toxic stress can trigger hormones that interfere with our development and can lead to a greater risk of disease, homelessness, social/emotional problems and even early death.  We can fight back and make a difference in the lives of children and communities.  The film features interviews with leading pediatricians, educators, social welfare and researchers who are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies/interventions to build resilience.




The content for this two day conference will be different on each day with Day 2 building on the content of Day 1

DAY ONE  —  Tuesday, June 06, 2017
7:30 – 8:15 Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30 – 10:00

Trauma-Informed Care:  The Impact of Trauma on Brain Development and What to Do About it
Bruce D. Perry, MD, Ph.D.  and J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.

10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Session Continues
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch: Provided
1:00 – 2:15 Session Continues
2:15 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Session Continues
DAY TWO — Wednesday, June 07, 2017
7:30 – 8:15 Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30 – 10:00 Trauma-Informed Care:  The Impact of Trauma on Brain Development and What to Do About It
Bruce D. Perry, MD, Ph.D. and J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.
10:00 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 12:00 Session Continues
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch: Provided
1:00 – 2:15 Session Continues
2:15 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Session Continues

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

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not for profit organization based in Houston, TX and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.  Dr. Perry 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.  His most recent multimedia book, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society was released in 2013.  Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children's mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research.  His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain.  His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children.  This work has examined the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults.  This work 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 clinical research over the last ten years has been focused in integrating emerging priciples of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice.  This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Nurosequential Model , a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (MNE) and caregiving (NMC).  This approach to clinical problem solving has been integrated into the programs at dozens of large public and non-profit organizations serving at-risk children and their families.

Dr. Perry, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, was an undergraduate at Stanford University and Amherst College.  He attended medical and graduate school at Northwestern University, receiving both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees.  Dr. Perry completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Chicago.


J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Ablon co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as Co-Director from its inception until 2008.  Dr. Ablon is co-author of Treating Explosive Kids:  The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions.  A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world's top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena.

Dr. Ablon's research has been funded by, amongst others, the National Institute of Health, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute, and the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.  Dr. Ablon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his predoctoral and postoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians and consults to schools and treatment programs throughout the world in the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.