Friday, October 27, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
Adelphi University
Garden City Campus

When Children See Too Much: The Effects of Community and Family Violence

With Joy Osofsky, Ph.D.

About the Program

It has become increasingly apparent that a significant proportion of today’s children are impacted by violence. Particularly, in recent decades, violence is becoming an unsettling characteristic of American society. In growing numbers, children are also exposed to real-life violence in their own homes and communities—as witnesses and victims. These traumatic experiences have behavioral, emotional, social and cognitive effects on children.  However, often it is too difficult for parents and other caregivers to recognize and understand the impact on children. Particularly with younger children, their trauma exposure is communicated through their behaviors and emotions as they cannot share what they have experienced through words. Children are also extremely sensitive to the traumatization of their parents or caregivers and their resultant stress.

Dr. Joy Osofsky is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the impact and treatment of a range of traumatic experiences including community and family violence, and child maltreatment. Through the use of illustrative case examples and descriptions she will teach participants about how trauma exposure affects children, strategies to evaluate the impact, and ways to provide support, interventions and treatment. The importance of developing trauma-informed systems of care for young children will be discussed. The training will also include ways to understand secondary traumatic stress (or vicarious trauma) and provide support for responders and providers who, themselves, may have experienced trauma. The day will include a description of a trauma-informed multidisciplinary program that provides support for children and parents or caregivers who have experienced trauma.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Increase their understanding of the effects of violence and trauma on children and caregivers.
  2. Gain a better understanding of the importance of having trauma-informed systems to support children and families exposed to violence.
  3. Learn strategies that can be used to intervene and support children exposed to community and family violence.

About the Instructor

Joy Osofsky, Ph.D., is a Clinical and Developmental Psychologist, Paul J. Ramsay Chair and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is editor of Children in a Violent Society (Guilford, 1997), Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment (Guilford, 2004), Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children (Guilford, 2011), and author of Treating Infants and Young Children Impacted by Trauma: Interventions that Promote Healthy Development (American Psychological Association, in press). She is past president of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families and the World Association for Infant Mental Health. She has played a leadership role in the Gulf Region in developing response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  She was co-director of the Louisiana Rural Trauma Services Center (LRTSC), a center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and Clinical Director for Child and Adolescent Initiatives for the State of Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. She serves as Co-Director of the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project which is part of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program following the Gulf Oil Spill and the Terrorism and Disaster Coalition for Child and Family Resilience, an NCTSN center. Dr. Osofsky is widely published and in 2007, received the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence for trauma work from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2010, Dr. Osofsky was honored with a Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association for her work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Advance registration is closed. Seats are still available. Please call 516.237.8513 if you wish to attend. 

Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • LMHC (6 hours)
  • LMFT (6 hours)
  • CASAC renewal (5.5 hours)
  • Psychology (6 hours)
  • Education (6 hours)
  • ASHA (0.55 CEU's)

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.

For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, Lower Level Room 8
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