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Worshops for Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma

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Contact: Laurel Amabile
Phone: 207.874.1030 x281


Event dates: May 1 thru June 3, 2014

Maine Children’s Initiative grant offers
communities training in childhood trauma

The news is full of reports of school shootings, domestic violence, and other traumatic that children are exposed to. Today’s children are exposed to trauma on a much larger scale than ever before. In fact, one in four children and adolescents experiences at least one potentially traumatic event by the age of 16. And these traumatic experiences significantly increase the risk of poor school performance, high health care use, substance abuse, suicide attempts, PTSD, and depression.

The Maine Children’s Trauma Response Initiative will offer a series of local training events focused on recognizing, understand, and caring for childhood trauma. “Communities Creating a Path Toward Healing: Special Topics in Childhood Trauma” will take place in six different locations throughout the state May 1-June3. Each workshop includes training on the effects of trauma on children, on the impact on services providers working with those effected by trauma (secondary traumatic stress), and a spotlight special topic featuring local experts.

“The Children’s Initiative aims at providing training to care givers and clinicians, so we can address the issue of childhood trauma that is a concern in all of our communities,” says grant director Rebecca Hoffmann Frances of Maine Behavioral Healthcare. “It’s especially important to reach out to lesser-served, rural areas that make up so much of Maine.”

The Initiative’s goal is to create a network of care providers so there is “no wrong door” to services when someone is seeking help for a child. In addition to offering community educational events, the Maine Children’s Response Initiative is training licensed clinicians throughout the state in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for children ages 3 to 18 who have been exposed to trauma. The next TF-CBT Learning Collaborative for clinicians is scheduled to start in September. It involves a year-long commitment to training sessions, consultation calls, and team-oriented clinical support.

MCTRI is funded through a four-year grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and as part of The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is currently in its second year.

“Communities Creating a Path Toward Healing” workshops are being held:
•May 1, the Williamson Performing Arts Center in Fairfield, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

•May 8, the Green Ladle in Lewiston, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

•May 19, the University of Maine in Machias, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

•May 20, the Black Bear Inn Conference Center in Orono, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

•May 28, the Ramsdall-Rogers American Legion in York, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

•June 3, Portland Public Library in Portland, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. In partnership with Portland Defending Childhood.

Registration fee is $15 to cover a light breakfast and lunch. Anyone interested in attending the events should register online at the MCTRI website: Seating is limited, so early registration is advised. Questions can be directed to:


Reporters and photographers welcome. Please contact Laurel Amabile ( or 874-1030 ext 281) to arrange interviews or to attend an event.