News Release

Monday, April 05, 2004

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043; or Lou Lombardo, ODU, (757) 683-3800

Two Free Programs on April 22 to Highlight Child Abuse Prevention Month

Authority on understanding, treatment of traumatized children and families will be featured speaker

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—As part of an on-going mission to make the region a “blue ribbon” community for raising safe, healthy, happy and loved children, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Child Abuse Program; In Support of Children, an Old Dominion University student organization; and Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads will co-present two free programs on April 22 featuring B. Bryan Post, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority on the understanding and treatment of children and families who have experienced trauma. --Afternoon workshop for professionals, including teachers, counselors, social workers, foster parents and others dealing with difficult children. “When Beauty Becomes the Beast: Working with Traumatized Children,”1-4 p.m., CHKD’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk. Register on line at or call (757) 668-7500. Space is limited. This workshop provides:
  • Theories about the behavior of children, focusing on childhood trauma
  • Impact of trauma on early brain development
  • Developments in mental health treatment of children and families
  • How bonding and attachment difficulties impact children
  • Alternatives to traditional tools of treatment
  • --Evening workshop for parents and anyone interested in the welfare of children. “Discipline: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why – Revolutionary New Strategies for Raising Children,” 7-9 p.m., ODU Batten Arts and Letters Building, first floor auditorium, room 104, across from the Constant Center on Hampton Blvd. No advance registration required. Free parking in the Constant Center parking garage, Lot 20 or Lot 30. This workshop provides parents:
  • Techniques for dealing with problem behaviors
  • Tools to deal with defiance and aggressive behaviors
  • Insight into what children need
  • Understanding of the impacts of stress and trauma in families
  • Tips on relating to children in positive ways
  • Ideas on revolutionizing family relationships
  • Dr. Post is a licensed clinical social worker and founder of the Post Institute for Family-Centered Therapy. He also is the author of “For All Things A Season” and co-author of “The Forever Child” series. An internationally recognized specialist in the treatment of trauma in children and families, and himself an adopted child, Dr. Post has made it his primary work to speak to parents and professionals from a perspective of true-life examples based on his own life and countless families he has successfully treated. For more information about either workshop, call (757) 668-7402.