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Children's Mental Health Research to Practice Series

CYFC partners with the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) to host an Research to Practice training series at the annual Child and Mental Health Conference. This series features University of Minnesota faculty and staff and provides an in-depth review of basic and applied research, best practices, and translation of research to practice and policy. These events offer advanced training for experienced professionals with an opportunity to participate in a full day of learning and interaction.

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Practices, Organizations and Communities: Building on our Experiences

April 28, 2015

Learn about trauma-sensitive practices, the importance of self-care, how to operationalize thoughtful and reflective program development and evaluation, and local and national trauma resources.

What Does it Mean to Be “Trauma-Sensitive” in Our Work? Engage with Colleagues to Share Definitions, Practices and Wisdom and Healing Through Relationships — with Individuals, Organizations, Communities


Presentation Slides (3 MB PDF)

Healing Through Self Care: How to Maintain Our Humanity in Difficult Situations


Presentation Slides (333 K PDF)

Healing Through Engagement: Partnering in Thoughtful Program Development and Evaluation


Project Video

Trainings, Toolkits and Other Trauma-Sensitive Resources: Learn What They Are and How to Use Them


Presentation Slides (3 MB PDF)

Thanks to our co-sponsors at the University of Minnesota Ambit Network, Center for Early Education and Development, and The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health

Strengthening Families in the Context of Incarceration

April 29, 2014

Keynote Presentation: "Parent in Prison: Collateral Consequences for Children and Families"


Learn about the consequences of mass incarceration on children and families, risk and protective factors, and implications for mental health professionals.

Video (56:18) | Keynote Presentation (694 K PDF)

“Research and Reflections About Incarceration and Families: What Do We Know?”


Video (1:45:12) | Workshop Handouts (618 K PDF) | Jason's Book

"Mothers of Bedford: A Film by Jenifer McShane"

"Mothers of Bedford" follows five incarcerated women who are supported by an innovative children's center that creates a space for positive change and strong parent-child relationships in a prison.


"Interactive Discussion about Incarceration: Mothers of Bedford Film Recap and Question/Answer Session"


Video (1:14:08) | Presentation (53 K PDF)

Children's Book Review — Parental Incarceration (190 K PDF)

Managing Emotions in Teens: Responding Dysregulation and Challenging Behaviors

April 20, 2013

The Neurobiology of Adolescent Mood

Learn about neurobiological stress, coping and self-care for youth, and creating positive and relationships that help youth regulate.


Presentation Notes (4.4 MB PDF) | Video Part 1 (39:50) | Part 2 (42:09)

The Role of Lifestyle in Stress and Coping for Youth: Practical Strategies


Presentation Notes (1.5 MB PDF) | Video Part 1 (45:52) | Part 2 (43:33)

Teens at Risk: Creating Healthy Relationships that Regulate


Presentation Notes (11.3 MB PDF) | Video Part 1 (38:23) | Part 2 (36:08)

Bridging Research and Practice in Trauma: Impact on Children, Families and Communities and Effective Interventions

April 24, 2012

Learn about trauma as it affects very young children and the brain’s development. Explore historical trauma’s effect on American Indian and African American families.

Trauma Happens: Introduction to the Developmental Impact of Trauma and Strategies for Intervention


Presentation Notes (1.2 MB PDF) | Video

Brain Development and Traumatic Experience


Presentation Notes (20.9 MB PDF) | Video

Historical Trauma and its Effects on American Indian and African American Children and their Families


Presentation Notes (500 K PDF) | Video

Bringing Research to Practice in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Diagnosis and Assessment, Interventions, and Levels of Evidence

May 3, 2011

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Diagnosis, Assessment and Best Practices

Learn about the complexities of identifying individuals with ASD, commonly used assessment and intervention tools, and specific communication best practices.


Presentation Notes (3.4 MB PDF) | Video

Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders


Presentation Notes (4.3 MB PDF) | Video

Establish Early Communicative Skills: Augmentative Communication Practices with Learners Experiencing ASD


Presentation Notes (2.11 MB PDF) | Video

Research to Practice: New Approaches to Diagnosis, Assessment and Intervention in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

April 27, 2010

Learn about tools and guidelines used to diagnose FASD,imaging research and common cognitive and behavioral challenges.

FASD: The Real Deal, Imitators, and What Lies Ahead


Presentation Notes (8.9 MB PDF)

Can We Heal the Brain in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders?


Presentation Notes (25.9 MB PDF)

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