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NJ Department of Children and Families


Biennial Child Protection Skill Building Conference:
Neurodevelopment, Trauma and its Effects on the Brain

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., Senior Fellow, The ChildTrauma Academy

Introduction to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics

The development of a young child is profoundly influenced by experience. Experiences shape the organization of the brain which, in turn, influences the emotional, social, cognitive and physiological activities. Insights into this process come from understanding brain development. This session will provide an overview of key principles of neurodevelopment crucial for understanding the role of experience in defining functional and physical organization of the brain. Additionally, the session will provide an overview of the key functions of the brain, outline the hierarchy of brain development, and provide neurodevelopmental links to key functions of the brain and key times of development.


  1. Provide an overview of key principles of neurodevelopment crucial for understanding the role of experience in defining functional and physical organization of the brain

  2. Describe the emerging clinical and research findings in maltreated children that suggest the negative impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on brain development

  3. Outline the clinical implications of a neurodevelopmental approach to child maltreatment

  4. Discuss the role of public policy and preventative practices in context of the impact of maltreatment on children's emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social and physical health

About Dr. Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Evan Stark, Keynote SpeakerDr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma 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. He serves as the inaugural Senior Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute, an Australian based center of excellence focusing on the translation of theory into practice to improve the lives of children. 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. 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. Download Dr. Perry's full bio here.

Date & Location

Last Held: September 30, 2014
9:00am - 3:00pm
The Professional Center at DCF
New Brunswick, NJ


A Conversion about Trauma Assessment and Intervention

Examining Child Maltreatment Through a Neurodevelopmental Lens

Integrating a Neurosequential Approach in the Treatment of Traumatized Children

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics: An Interview

The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics as Evidence Based Practice

Treating Complex Stress Disorders: The Neurosequential Model

Registration Information

This is a FREE program.

However, pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Enrollment is limited to:
• Law enforcement
• Prosecutors
• MDTs
• CACs
• Law guardians
• Child welfare professionals
• Medical/mental health professionals
• Social workers

Continuing Education

4 Clinical CEs for Social Workers

4.8 CLEs for NJ legal professionals

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