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2019 Featured Speakers

Keynote Presentation • Monday, October 28 • 9:15 to 10:30

Partnering with Parents to Buffer Intergenerational Trauma: Parents Do Know Best

Buffering intergenerational trauma (IGT) is of great interest to researchers, policy makers and interventionists working to reduce the experience of the same trauma across generations within the family. IGT has been well studied among families who lived through the Holocaust and families who live with violence, and there is emerging IGT literature understanding the impact of historical events and societal-based adverse experiences across generations.

This keynote presentation will introduce a new framework for IGT and will highlight how parents’ strengths and strategies help buffer their children from trauma. Dr. Thomas will share results of a study that broke new ground as one of the first to describe the prevalence of IGT, one of the first to explore parent traits as potential reducers of IGT, and one of the first to describe how our society inflicts trauma on families. The presentation will emphasize the importance of learning from the families we work with, and will offer practical suggestions for collaborating with parents to promote healing and safety.

Presented by Dr. Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD, Senior Program Officer – Irving Harris Foundation

Dr. Thomas works to help individuals, programs and our society experience transformation by learning, doing and being. She is a senior program officer at the Irving Harris Foundation where she provides vision and strategic director for integrating early childhood development and child trauma-informed best practices into programs and systems, and where she led the creation of the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work With Infants, Children and Families, a framework and approach to help organizations and systems that work with children and families. A published author and well-sought out speaker, Dr. Thomas sits on local and national advisory groups related to children’s social-emotional development and well-being, diversity-informed practice and mindfulness.

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