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Lessons from the Field

Children, Youth & Family Consortium hosts a theme-based seminar series called Lessons from the Field. The purpose of this series is to:

  • Engage community and University clinicians, community leaders, researchers, and instructors in examining specific topics related to children’s mental health.
  • Close the research-practice gap by developing a strong circular pattern of communication where theory and research inform practice that in turn informs theory and research.


The series fits our goal to strengthen children’s mental health practice and policy by promoting use of evidence. Events are planned by a diverse group of community and University representatives and attended by clinicians, researchers, parents, and others locally and throughout Minnesota via video stream and interactive television.

Register now for Lessons from the Field!

October 30, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center and via live web stream

Linda Gensheimer, PhD and Cynthia Packer, LISCW will present "Secondary Traumatic Stress: Building Resilience for Professionals." We invite professionals who work with traumatized children, youth and families to join us for presentations and small group conversations discussing adaptability and health maintenance. Participants will learn to integrate practices that help diminish the negative impact of secondary traumatic stress. Presenters embody a wide range of professional experience with survivors of political violence and torture, generational and historical trauma, and vicarious trauma experienced by school professionals.

Objectives of this Event:

  • Identify personally meaningful ways of talking about feelings and experiences related to secondary trauma
  • Relate ways in which “trauma” work has impacted personal and professional choices and experiences
  • Compare and contrast secondary traumatic stress interventions from individual and organizational perspectives
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Click on a link below to see video recordings, presentation materials, and more from our past Lessons from the Field.

Social Worker CEU Post Test for Lessons from the Field

Post test for social workers who attended our November 14 symposium, Unbarred: Strengthening Families Affected by Incarceration. Post test

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