News Release

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or

Seminar for Professionals

Resilience in At-risk Children -- Insights in Overcoming Childhood Risk and Adversities

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—A day-long seminar for professionals entitled “Insights in Overcoming Childhood Risk and Adversities” will be held May 11, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Double Tree Hotel, 1900 Pavilion Drive, Virginia Beach.

The program will highlight the protective influences, sources of resilience and turning point experiences that have been most influential in helping individuals overcome the effects of exposure to a range of childhood risks and adversities. It will show how these influences, experiences and sources can be incorporated into the lives of children, youth, families and young adults now confronting many of these same hardships. Implications for preventing and reducing youth violence, school failure and more serious life adjustment problems years down the road also will be reviewed. Particular attention will be paid to the potential behavioral, emotional and physiological consequences of early and prolonged traumatic stress exposure, with emphasis on the effects on day-to-day school performance, learning disabilities and attention problems.

Featured presenter is Mark Katz, Ph.D., a clinical and consulting psychologist in San Diego, Calif., and author of “On Playing a Poor Hand Well.” He is director of Learning Development Services, an educational, psychological and neuropsychological center, which is home to the Resilience Through the Lifespan Project, dedicated to understanding the difference ways people have been able to carve out meaningful and productive lives despite having endured adverse childhood experiences.

The workshop is intended for teachers, guidance counselors, probation and parole officers, social workers, counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, nurses and rehabilitation therapists.

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance for 6.0 contact hours. Continuing education credits will be available through Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University.

There is a $45 registration fee, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline is April 28. The seminar is co-presented by CHKD and the Barry Robinson Center. For information call Elliott Levin at 668-7932.