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Off Script: Changing how we recognize and respond to trauma in children
Join us on Thursday, August 15th for Dr. Heather Forkey's presentation on how to effectively respond to children who have experienced adversity.

At the conclusion of this activity the participant should be able to :
  •  Identify the 4 characteristics of a caregiving relationship necessary for healthy
attachment
  • Recognize the most common symptoms of trauma in children
  • Formulate a strategy to immediately respond to children who present with trauma symptoms in a variety of settings
  • Leave with a “toolbox” of brief interventions to help support families and children who have experienced adversity
Heather C. Forkey, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and The Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In her institutional roles as Division Director for the Child Protection Program and as Director of the Foster Children Evaluation Service (FaCES) of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, 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.

Dr. Forkey serves on the Steering Committee and multiple other roles for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and provides leadership for the American Academy of Pediatrics on issues related to foster care and child trauma. Locally, she works with regional and state programs to address the needs of children who have been abused and neglected and to improve the services and supports for our most vulnerable children.
Need more info?
Email: alison.savage@cchmc.org
Call: 513-205-1329