13th Annual Psychological Trauma &

Juvenile Justice Conference


June 6th and 7th, 2023
Holiday Inn Airport, Des Moines, Iowa

June 6th & 7th, 2023

Holiday Inn Airport 
6111 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50321 


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

Room rate is $109.00 per night until May 15, 2023,  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 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 11.5 hours.                     

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

Legal CLEs have been approved  for up to 11 hours activity #391413

Nurses will be awarded contact hours from UnityPoint Health - Des Moines,  Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31. Full attendance is required per day. No partial Credit will be given.

June 6, 2023:   5.5 Nursing contact hours
June 7, 2023:   5.5 Nursing contact hours



Orchard Place Trauma Informed Care Project

Blank Children's STAR Center

Broadlawns Medical Center

Catholic Charities

Grand View University

MercyOne House of Mercy

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

Mosaic Family Counseling Center, Inc.

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

Shine Light on Depression


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: 

  • Describe and list the three organizing principles of the Polyvagal theory.
  • Discuss the importance of the emphasis on the ANS, particularly the vagus nerve, in designing treatment.
  • Identify steps to incorporating polyvagal principles into treatment to reduce distortions and support rapport.
  • Connect PVT-informed interventions to commonly used modalities of treatment.
  • Develop an expanded understanding of Polyvagel theory.
  • Develop an Awareness of intergenerational trauma and its impact on clients and self.
  • Develop a realistic perspective that promotes compassion and curiosity.
  • Identify, collect, and analyze REED contact points.
  • Recognize the impact of racial trauma- direct and indirect.
  • Recognize the importance of front-end diversion as an attempt to keep kids out of the most traumatizing part of the system- detention.
  • Recognize how research and data can inform decision making and policy formation.
  • Identify and define critical areas for organizational change. 
  • Recognize the importance of collaborating with stakeholders and community partners.
  • Utilize tools received to guide local efforts to establish a strategic plan through a racial equity assessment.
  • Discover the four essentials of a trauma-sensitive learning environment.
  • Explore causes of youth adversity, and identify how stress responses may impact students’ health, behavior, and learning.
  • Develop a trauma-sensitive mindset that will help you help others in proactive ways.
  • Identify trauma-sensitive discipline techniques.
  • Identify a next-step goal for either practicing trauma-sensitive discipline techniques or leading the way for change.
  • Explore how taking good care of yourself through healthy boundaries can also help you take good care of others
  • Describe the biological impact of prenatal trauma on the maternal and fetal neuroendocrine systems responsible for attachment.
  • Discuss the impact of prenatal substance exposure on the young child’s neurobehavioral functioning.
  • Analyze the impact of prenatal substance exposure on the young child’s ability to participate in a dyadic relationship with his or her mother.
  • Describe the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the structure and function of the developing brain.
  • Analyze the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on early regulatory development in infants and toddlers.
  • Discuss the implications of early childhood regulatory development on risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system.


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

Limited scholarships are available.  Please contact Nicole Byrd before April 24, 2023 for more information.

There is a $25 discount per person for groups of 5 or more registering at the same time from the same agency.  Please contact Nicole Byrd to register groups.

An electronic link to speaker handouts will be available by May 26, 2023.  Conference book may not include all handouts.




DAY ONE  —  Tuesday, June 6, 2023

7:30 to 8:15                Registration

8:15 to 8:30                Opening Remarks

8:30 to 10:00              Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D. - Application of Polyvagal Principals to Complex Trauma

10:00 to 10:30             Break

10:30 to 12:00            Pastor Edward L. Palmer Sr. and Rachel Bingham - Intentionally Approaching Racial, Ethnic, Equity, and Disparity (REED) Work within Juvenile    Justice Systems

12:00 to 1:00               Lunch: Provided

1:00 to 2:15                 Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D. - Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Jar: Why Do People Get Stuck Personally and Professionally?

2:15 to 2:45                 Break

2:45 to 4:00                 Pastor Edward L. Palmer Sr. and Rachel Bingham - Implementing Components of Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Reforms


DAY TWO — Wednesday, June 7, 2023

7:30 to 8:15                   Registration

8:15 to 8:30                   Opening Remarks

8:30 to 10:00                 Jen Alexander, M.A., NCC, SB-RPT - Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools: What Works and Why?

10:00 to 10:30               Break

10:30 to 12:00               Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D. - The Neurobiology of Prenatal Trauma: Implications for Early Childhood Neurobehavior and Attachment

12:00 to 1:00                 Lunch

1:00 to 2:15                  Jen Alexander, M.A., NCC, SB-RPT - Trauma Sensitive Discipline Techniques: Shifting from Punishment to Repair 

2:15 to 2:45                  Break

2:45 to 4:00                  Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D. - Behavior Belongs in the Brain: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Risk for Juvenile Justice Involvement


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

Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D.  is a leading family psychologist and equestrian who has become a world-renowned professional teacher, speaker, author, and entrepreneur.

Dr. Bailey is the creator of the Polyvagal Equine Institute, an organization dedicated to equine-assisted psychotherapy and education with a focus on applying Dr. Stephen Porges' research on the autonomic nervous system to a variety of populations. She is also the co-creator of the Connection Focused Therapy program and believes that understanding the interaction between the nervous system and our thoughts and actions is key to compassionately responding to and addressing the complexities of today's societal demands. Dr. Bailey has appeared on many network shows, including Anderson Cooper and ABC's 20/20.

Pastor Edward  L. Palmer Sr. is the visionary, senior pastor, and co-pastor with his wife Elizabeth (Angie) Palmer for The Sign of The Dove Church International located in Radcliff, Kentucky. He is a Certified Diversity Trainer and works to eliminate disproportionate minority contact within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. 

In 2017, Pastor Palmer was the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award presented by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin as well as the Courage for Kids Award presented by Kentucky Youth Advocates. In May of 2019, he was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Impact Award presented by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Pastor Palmer is Chair of the State Inner-Agency Council’s Diversity Standing Committee and Immediate Past Chair of the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ). He is a certified Racial and Ethnic Disparities Capstone Project Fellow through the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. In the Spring 2021 Juvenile Justice Update, Pastor Palmer co-authored the article “Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game: The Importance of Systemic Change to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities.”  

Rachel Bingham oversees the following AOC (Administrative Office of the Courts) departments: Family and Juvenile Services, Pretrial Services and Specialty Courts. These three departments carry out statutorily required court functions in all 120 counties and collectively employ more than 560 court personnel. This also includes administering programs which provide technical assistance, training, and support services to judges, court personnel, attorneys, social workers, and community partners.

Ms. Bingham is a current member of the Kentucky State Interagency Council, Kentucky Racial and Ethnic Disparity Standing Committee, National Juvenile Justice Reform and State Courts’ Initiative Steering Committee, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ Curriculum Development Committee, and the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness. Some of Ms. Bingham’s key achievements have been a presenter at 2018 Janet Reno Forum: Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems Conference at Georgetown University and the Future of Children Conference- Multisystem Approaches to Help Keep Children Out of the Justice System at Princeton University. In 2018, she became a Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program fellow through McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Jen Alexander, M.A., NCC, SB-RPT Most know Jen Alexander as Ms. Jen. She's an experienced trauma-informed educator, school counselor, expert on developmental trauma, global speaker, and consultant. Jen is also the author of Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools and Supporting Students and Staff After COVID-19. Her passion is helping others help kids.

Ira J. Chasnoff, M.D.  is an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, is president of NTI Upstream and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is one of the nation's leading researchers in the field of child development and the effects of environmental factors on the developmental trajectory of children and adolescents.  Dr. Chasnoff’s work encompasses community approaches to the integration of behavioral health services into primary health care, the schools, and the other multiple systems that serve children and families. Dr. Chasnoff has served several U.S. presidential administrations on committees and commissions dedicated to organizing and coordinating services for children and families across the nation and developing policies and procedures for addressing the needs of children at risk from prenatal and postnatal trauma.  He also has worked with a wide range of States across the nation and internationally in developing universal outreach and early intervention programs for children and families affected by trauma or substance abuse.

Dr. Chasnoff received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which in 1991 awarded him its first Distinguished Alumnus Award.  He is the author of numerous research articles regarding the long-term cognitive, behavioral, and learning outcomes of high-risk children, and his article on racial and social class bias in the health care system has been cited as a landmark study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.   Dr. Chasnoff has authored 15 books, which have received numerous awards and one of which has been recognized by The Hague International Court. Dr. Chasnoff’s books explore the biological and environmental factors that impact the ultimate development of high-risk children and presents practical strategies for helping children reach their full potential at home and in the classroom. His newest book, Guided Growth, has received international acclaim for its in-depth discussion of educational and behavioral interventions for children and teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and early trauma.   Dr. Chasnoff has been a regular contributor to Psychology Today, writing about high-risk children and their families.  The recipient of several awards for his work with women, children, and families, Dr. Chasnoff for several years has been selected by a poll of physicians across the nation for listing in America’s Best Doctors, cited for his ability to translate complex medical and psychosocial issues into relevant policy that guides the delivery of quality services.   Dr. Chasnoff has been active in establishing comprehensive family intervention programs for children in Australia, Denmark, Portugal, Canada, Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, and across the United States and has lectured on this topic around the world.