Strengthening Capacity Through Relationships, Regulation & Learning
October 17, 2022 • 8:45am - 4:00pm CDT

CEUs will be awarded!

Helping Children, Families, and Staff Manage Stress and Build Resilience post-COVID

Dr. Bruce Perry and Dr. Kristie Brandt will discuss how patterns of stress can determine risk or resilience and implications of this dynamic for the COVID19 epidemic. They will highlight the importance of structure, predictability and moderation of daily stress in building resilience as children and families prepare to return to school and manage ongoing pandemic issues. They will offer suggestions for how educators/parents/families can structure their day, work towards more meaningful interactions, be conscious of and work towards better self-regulation, and other similar points that will positively impact a child’s experience and relationship with them. They will also focus on the importance of similar concepts: structure, predictability and moderation of daily stress in building resilience in our workforce as they return to the workplace and manage their own stresses as well as those of the children and families that they serve.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Potts Family Foundation Oklahoma Commission on Children & Youth
Indian Health Care Resource Center Charles & Lynn Schusterman Foundation Arnall Family Foundation Sunbeam Family Services Sprouts Child Development Center

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity
Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption
Southern Plains Tribal Health Board Foundation
The Parent Child Center of Tulsa

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Conference Presenters

DR. BRUCE D. PERRY, is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children's mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Dr. Perry's most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released in 2021.

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Dr. Bruce D. Perry
Dr. Kristie Brandt

DR. KRISTIE BRANDT, is an internationally known teacher, clinician, and consultant, specializing in infant and early childhood mental health, trauma, and reflective supervision. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics V.F. at the University of California Davis School of Medicine, and in 2002 she founded the U.C. Davis Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship that trains Fellows from around the world. She was the Chief of Public Health in Napa County, and retired after 25 years of public service. While there, she developed the Therapeutic Child Care Center for children 0-5, and in the process became acquainted with Dr. Bruce Perry and his NMT work. She has studied, clinically implemented, and developed early childhood and reflective practice applications using Perry's concepts for over 25 years.

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DR. JENNIFER HAYS-GRUDO is a Regents professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Center for Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. She is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA), an $11.3M, five-year, NIH-funded center grant that coordinates research studies on the effects of trauma and poverty on children's health and development. From 2008 to 2013, she was a George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Community Medicine at OU-Tulsa, where she led the Tulsa Children's Project, a highly integrated set of interventions to reduce the effects of intergenerational poverty and adversity. Before coming to Oklahoma, she was on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she led the Office of Health Promotion, and conducted NIH-funded research on the effects of the family on behavior and health. With Dr. Amanda Morris, she is the co-author of A developmental perspective on overcoming adversity, to be published summer 2019 by American Psychological Press, and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Adversity and Resilience (Springer), first volume to be published March, 2020.

Dr. Jennifer Hays-Grudo
Dr. Amanda Morris

DR. AMANDA MORRIS is a developmental scientist with research interests in parenting, emotion regulation, and developmental psychopathology. Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in child and adolescent adjustment and the ways in which children learn successful regulation skills. She received her PhD. from Temple University in Psychology, was a post doctoral fellow at Arizona State University, and taught at the University of New Orleans for five years. She is currently an Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.