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Recognizing and Responding to Trauma with Clinical Tools to Promote Resilience - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020 | 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Horizons Conference Center  6200 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603


Medical providers and clinical partners practicing in health care settings recognize the pressing needs for professional education to address community priorities for treatment and prevention of child trauma and ACEs-related health and social challenges. Primary care providers and teams are seeking more knowledge of how ACEs-related toxic stress and trauma lead to physical and emotional illness, how to put this science into practice, and/or how to share prevention strategies to help patients heal and build resilience.
We will explore the pediatric medical provider’s role in identifying and supporting attachment and resilience in daily practice, strategies for the recognition of trauma symptoms, and practical tools to respond in the busy clinical setting.

Speaker: Heather C. Forkey, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and The Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Forkey leads programs to address the needs of children who are victims of abuse, neglect and emotional trauma. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her pediatric residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Forkey has been the recipient of local and federal grants to address issues of children in foster care and to translate promising practices to address physical and mental health needs of children who have been traumatized. She is a recognized leader in the field of child trauma and foster care medicine, has published and presents nationally and internationally on the topic, and her work has been highlighted in the popular press as well, including Forbes, The Boston Globe and The Atlantic.

Learning Objectives:

  Define the 4 characteristics of a caregiving relationship necessary for healthy attachment

  Recognize the most common symptoms of trauma in children

  Identify seven resilience skills that should be supported in children

  Formulate a strategy to respond to children who present with trauma symptoms


Central Michigan University College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Central Michigan University College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 3.25 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME Activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to the ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Family Medicine Physicians and Teams including: Pediatricians, PA, Nurses, Psych, Counselors, Social Workers.

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