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Author and Child Trauma Specialist To Speak at ODU Wednesday

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., senior fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the North Cafeteria of Old Dominion University's Webb Center. The academy, based in Houston, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes innovations in service, research and education in child maltreatment and childhood trauma (www.ChildTrauma.org).

Perry's lecture, "Love, Loss and Healing: Lessons from Traumatized Children," is part of ODU's In Support of Children education series, "Experiencing Trauma in Childhood: Personal and Social Effects and What Individuals and Communities Can Do to Prevent It and Help Those Who Suffer."

Perry is co-author of "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love and Healing," based on his work with children. Over the last 15 years, he has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children's mental health and the neurosciences, holding a variety of academic positions.

He is the author of more than 300 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings, and the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

Perry's clinical research over the last 10 years has focused on integrating concepts of developmental neuroscience and child development into clinical practices. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children. The ChildTrauma Academy's programs are in partnership with multiple sectors of the community and in the context of public-private partnerships. Its goal is to promote positive change within the primary institutions that work with high-risk children, such as child protective services, and those in the areas of mental health, public education and juvenile justice.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads and Kohl's. It is free and open to the public. Parking is available in garages A and B on 43rd Street and Elkhorn Avenue.

In Support of Children (ISOC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit service organization founded in 1992 by Karen Polonko, ODU professor of sociology and criminal justice, along with students from her Child Welfare class. ISOC advocates for an end to all forms of child maltreatment, especially physical punishment of children, and the promotion of positive partnering techniques. Lou Lombardo, ODU professor of sociology and criminal justice, is co-faculty adviser for ISOC.

For more information contact Lombardo at 683-3800 or isocodu@yahoo.com.

This article was posted on: March 2, 2010

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