Local experts attend training on trauma in children, veterans

Two groups that can often end up at risk of experiencing unspoken trauma are children and veterans. On Thursday, those who work most closely with these groups gathered for training at Delta Hotels by Marriott in Utica.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2018 5:24 PM

Two groups that can often end up at risk of experiencing unspoken trauma are children and veterans. On Thursday, those who work most closely with these groups gathered for training at Delta Hotels by Marriott in Utica.

Social workers, domestic violence service providers, marriage and family therapists, school counselors, health experts and addiction treatment professionals gathered to learn more about how the brain deals with trauma.

“They’re giving us the science and sort of what happens to the brain as it experiences trauma, and it sounds pretty frankly dark and depressing, but the second half of the conference is how we help and why that help makes a difference,” said Shelly Callahan, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. “And there’s science to support that too, so the resiliency is the part that I really focus on.”

One clinician from SUNY Polytechnic Institute who is an expert on youth trauma also spoke about the wiring of a young brain, and about the U.S. immigration policy. Another expert spoke about veterans’ trauma.

Nearly 100 people attended the training.

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