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Jun 04

14th Annual Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice Conference

Trauma Informed Care Conference which focuses on the impact of trauma on mind, body, behavior and community. National speakers will present current research and practice trends.

Holiday Inn Airport
6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
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Jun 04, 2024 07:30am - Jun 05, 2024 04:00pm

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$150.00 - $300.00


June 4th & 5th, 2024


Holiday Inn Airport 

6111 Fleur Drive

Des Moines, Iowa 50321 


Parking is available at no cost.


A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees who wish to stay at the Holiday Inn Airport during the conference.

Holiday Inn has provided a discounted room rate of $109.00 per night if booked by May 14, 2024, when you let them know you are reserving for the Orchard Place Trauma Informed Care Conference.


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 hours.    


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

Legal CLEs have been approved for up to 11 CLE hours with 2.25 diversity hours under activity number: 406062.

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 4, 2024:  5.5 Nursing contact hours

June 5, 2024:  5.5 Nursing contact hours



Orchard Place Trauma Informed Care Project

Blank Children’s STAR Center

Broadlawns Medical Center


Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines


Iowa Association for Play Therapy

Iowa Attorney General's Office, Victims Assistance Program


MercyOne House of Mercy


Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

Mindspring Mental Health Alliance

Molina Health Care

Mosaic Family Counseling


Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

Shine Light on Depression


Wellpoint Iowa, Inc. (formerly Amerigroup)



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 (see below for contact information).




Nicole Byrd 

Orchard Place


[email protected]


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: 

  • Review the key features of adolescence that persist across race, class, and geography.
  • Distinguish how racial bias distorts perceptions of adolescence and “innocence” among youth of color
  • Identify the psychological and emotional trauma caused by the over-“policing” and hyper-surveillance of youth of color.
  • Discuss strategies for supporting and affirming youth of color.
  • Identify non-law enforcement strategies for youth safety.
  • Identify research on the nature and scope of unconscious racial bias in youth-serving systems; 
  • Identify dehumanizing language, attitudes, and other examples of unconscious bias that impact youth of color.
  • Recognize their own biases and develop strategies to counter them.
  • Develop strategies for interrupting bias when they see it throughout various youth-serving systems. 
  • Name 3 factors that influence a caregivers’ response to when their child experiences trauma.
  • Describe common reactions caregivers have when their child has experienced trauma.
  • Describe cultural engagement strategies when working with parents and other caregivers.
  • Identify psychoeducational tools and resources they can share with caregivers.
  • Discover practical techniques they can use with caregivers to support the parent-child relationship.
  • Identify ways to engage parents in the midst of complicated caregiver situations.
  • Recognize the significance of organizational culture in human services including its impact on staff well-being, client outcomes, and overall program evaluation.
  • Apply trauma-informed principles to create a more transparent, trust-based, and empowering organizational culture that promotes staff functionality and ethical engagement.
  • Explore the "whole person" approach to staff development and retention, including the role of comprehensive wellness initiatives in improving organizational practices.
  • Develop actionable strategies for implementing trauma-informed practices and comprehensive wellness initiatives within human service organizations, recognizing their ethical and operational advantages.
  • Review the multifaceted challenges confronted by survivors of sex trafficking who are parents and pregnant, including trauma, economic hardships, and social stigma.
  • Analyze the resiliency factors and pivotal role of pregnancy/parenting in survivors' journeys toward leaving the life of exploitation, emphasizing the importance of social support.
  • Evaluate effective strategies and best practices for service providers, emphasizing trauma-informed care and collaboration across healthcare and social services.
  • Apply advocacy for destigmatizing survivor experiences, addressing maternal health inequities, and creating supportive environments, while equipping participants with practical tools and resources for assisting survivors effectively.       
  • Recognize historical trauma and its impact on the health and well-being of culturally and socially marginalized youth.
  • Establish awareness of the role of bias in the assessment, treatment, and evaluation of minoritized children and adolescents.
  • Extend their ability to advocate for youth from disenfranchised communities and identify ways to take social action to minimize the impact of structural forces that serve as obstacles to child development.
  • Recognize intersectionality of identity and race-based stress and its impact on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth of color.
  • Establish awareness of the role of cultural bias in the assessment, treatment, and evaluation of LGBTQ+ youth of color.
  • Extend their ability to take social action in support of LGBTQ+ youth of color to minimize the impact of structural racism that serves as a barrier to the psychological and emotional wellbeing of LGBTQ+ youth of color.


DAY ONE - Tuesday, June 4, 2024

7:30 to 8:15 Registration

8:15 to 8:30 Opening Remarks

8:30 to 9:30 Kristin Henning, JD

Race, Adolescence, and the Criminalization of Youth of Color

9:30 to 10:00 Break

10:00 to 11:45 Kristin Henning, JD

See Something, Say Something: Strategies for Interrupting Bias in Youth-Serving System

11:45 to 12:45 Lunch: Provided

12:45 to 2:15 Jessica L. Griffin, Psy.D. and

Jessica Wozniak, Psy.D.

From Devastation to Denial: Moving from Mandated Reporting to Meaningful Supporting - Engaging Parents and other Caregivers

2:15 to 2:45 Break

2:45 to 4:00 Jessica L. Griffin, Psy.D. and

Jessica Wozniak, Psy.D.

Moving from Mandated Reporting to Meaningful Supporting: Practical Tools and Strategies To Engage Caregivers


DAY TWO - Wednesday, June 5, 2024

7:30 to 8:15 Registration

8:15 to 8:30 Opening Remarks

8:30 to 10:00 Elizabeth Bowman, Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C

Trauma Informed and Empowerment Based Work with Survivors of Human Trafficking

10:00 to 10:30 Break

10:30 to 12:00 Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph.D.

Five Historical Trauma Factors Impacting Adjudicated Youth: Looking Back to Go Forward

12:00 to 1:00 Lunch: Provided

1:00 to 2:15 Elizabeth Bowman, Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C

Pregnancy, Parenting, and Trauma: Supporting Survivors

2:15 to 2:45 Break

2:45 to 4:00 Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph.D.

Addressing the Unique Needs of LGBTQ+ Minoritized Youth


*For additional information about speakers visit our website at*

Kristin Henning, JD is a nationally recognized advocate, author, trainer, and consultant on the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing in communities of color. She is the Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at the Georgetown University Law Center and was previously the Lead Attorney of the Juvenile Unit of the D.C. Public Defender Service. Kris has been representing youth accused of crime for more than twenty-six years and is the co-founder of a number of initiatives to combat racial inequities in the juvenile and criminal legal systems, including the Ambassadors for Racial Justice program and a Racial Justice Toolkit for defenders. Kris also trains state actors across the country on the impact of racial bias in the courts and the traumatic effects of police contact and surveillance.

Professor Henning has received many awards including a 2023 Embracing the Legacy Award from the RFK Community Alliance, a 2022 Women of Distinction Award from the American Association of University Women, and the 2021 Juvenile Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center. She has published many articles advocating for reform in the juvenile legal system, and her recent book, The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth (Penguin Random House), was featured on the front page of the New York Times Book Review and received rave reviews in the Washington Post. The book was awarded a 2022 Media for a Just Society Award by Evident Change and the 2022 Social Justice Advocacy Award from the In the Margins Book Awards Committee.

Jessica Griffin, Psy.D. is a clinical and forensic psychologist with specialties in childhood trauma, resilience, and relationships. Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trauma, resilience, and relationships. She developed the UMass Child Trauma Training Center (now known as Lifeline For Kids) which has trained over 200,000 professionals in trauma, trauma-informed care, and trauma sensitive practices. She is a highly sought-after public speaker and go-to expert for national media and is a regular contributor on news outlets. She is a co-author of a book by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Childhood Trauma and Resilience, A Practical Guide, a go-to resource on childhood trauma for pediatrics. Recently, Dr. Griffin also authored a book for couples in romantic relationships, Relationship Rx: Prescriptions for Lasting Love and Deeper Connection.


Jessica Wozniak, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist and the Clinical Research and Development Manager at Baystate Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry in Springfield, MA, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate (UMMS). In her role she oversees community-based projects, clinical research, and training including oversight of all projects funded by SAMHSA/NCTSN. She is the Director of the Child Advocacy Training and Support Center, a national training and consultation center for Children’s Advocacy Centers. Additionally, Dr. Wozniak oversaw the development of the One Mission Project which provides coordinated services to child trafficking victims. She is also a leader of the Hampden County Coalition to Identify and Prevent the Sexual Exploitation of Children. Dr. Wozniak is a nationally recognized trainer in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, the most rigorously tested treatment for trauma in children. Additionally, she conducts trainings for community organizations as well as presenting at national and international conferences on topics related to trauma informed practices, vicarious trauma, trauma-informed multidisciplinary teams and sexual exploitation of children.


Elizabeth Bowman, Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Gallaudet University. She is also a minor domestic sex trafficking survivor, anti-trafficking advocate, mother of two teens, researcher, clinician, and speaker. In her clinical practice she works with trafficking survivors using trauma-informed yoga group therapy and also has a clinical practice supporting children and adolescents with anxiety and other challenges. She holds clinical social work licensure in DC, VA, FL, and Maryland and is a Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT-200. Her research areas include the intersection of child welfare and sex trafficking, organizational culture and supervision in child welfare, and special populations issues in trafficking including LGBT, foster youth, and Deaf youth. She is the founder and executive director of the Restoring Ivy Collective in Washington, D.C., a survivor led organization which provides supportive services to survivors of sex trafficking with a focus on intentional community.

Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph. D. is the Melba Fortuné Martinez Endowed Professor in the counselor education program and director of the Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is a past president of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). In addition, she has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD). Nationally, Dr. West-Olatunji has initiated several clinical research projects that focus on culture-centered community collaborations designed to address issues rooted in systemic oppression, such as transgenerational trauma and traumatic stress. Cirecie West-Olatunji has conducted commissioned research under the auspices of the National Science Foundation, ACA Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, federal Witness Assistance Program, Spencer Foundation, American Educational Research Association, and African American Success Foundation. Her publications include two co-authored books, numerous book chapters, and over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition to national presentations, Dr. West-Olatunji has delivered research papers in Eastern and Western Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas. Additionally, she provided consultation in a PBS initiative to create a children's television show focusing on diversity through KCET-TV in Los Angeles, CA ("Puzzle Place"). Dr. West-Olatunji has also provided consultation to the Center for American Education in Singapore and the Buraku Liberation Organization in Japan to enhance their early childhood and counseling initiatives. In 2018, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji was recognized as an ACA Fellow.