Improving the lives of children

Developmental Trauma and Trauma-informed Systems Workshop by David Melnick

The Children's Foundation (TCF) is pleased to be hosting David Melnick on trauma. 

Professionals are increasingly being asked to work with highly complex youth who have been exposed to chronic trauma. Many recognize that conventional approaches to casework, therapy, misbehaviour and relationship building can feel frustrating, even counterproductive. This workshop will focus on the impact that chronic trauma has on the developing child, including an in-depth exploration of the neurobiology of stress. Contemporary research as well as clinical practice has helped clarify the expansive effects of chronic trauma, often referred to as the “Seven Domains of Impairment” (National Child Traumatic Stress Network). This workshop will also focus on these Seven Domains with an eye towards their application in the mental health, child welfare, educational, health and legal systems, and focus on ways to transform knowledge into action. The interventions and strategies discussed will focus on core concepts of self-awareness, co-regulation, congruence and compassionate care.

Speaker: David Melnick

Dave Melnick, LICSW is the Director of Outpatient Services at NFI, Vermont, a statewide mental health agency primarily serving children, adolescents and families. For the past 30 years, Dave has worked in a variety of settings including: outpatient, residential treatment, and in public and day treatment schools. During his 20 year tenure at NFI, Vermont, Dave has held multiple positions, serving as the Director of Residential Treatment before becoming the Director of Outpatient Services (The Family Center).  He started The Family Center in 2004, and with the help of a gifted clinical staff, has built the program into statewide and regional recognition. The work at the Family Center focuses on family therapy and trauma-recovery work, and people of all ages are served. In addition to direct clinical work, the staff also provides in-service training, and evaluative and consultative services around the state. The staff works closely with multiple systems including child welfare, education, mental health, law enforcement, courts and medical.

Along with his focus on Developmental Trauma, Dave has expertise in family therapy, adolescence and attachment. He is trained in EMDR, DDP (Dr. Hughe’s attachment model), and a variety of family systems models. In 2015, the Child Trauma Academy (CTA) acknowledged that Dave had completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level, and in April 2017 he was selected as a Fellow at the CTA.

At this time, most of his work focuses on providing trauma evaluations for individual youth, in-service trainings, and consulting with child welfare, mental health and educational professionals. Dave and the Family Center staff are currently refining their Trauma-informed Schools Program; over the past seven years over 75 public and day treatment schools have participated in some form of training to improve educational practices for youth exposed to trauma.  


PLACE:   La Perla Ballroom #230 - 810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC (West side of River Market building above big red stairs)    

DATE:     Friday, October 27

TIME:      9:00am - 4:00pm   (Registration: 8:00am)

TUITION: $150.00         

              Student Rate :$130.00  (copy of student card required)

REFUND POLICY: A full refund can be issued with notification at least 7 days prior to the workshop.

C.E.U.'s applied for : Canadian Counselling Association


Learning Objectives & Methods:

· Increase knowledge of the impacts of traumatic stress across the child’s lifespan

· Learn and apply the “Seven Domains of Impairment” to their work setting

· Increase their understanding of the unique and innovative strategies necessary to address traumatic stress



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