Complex Childhood Trauma Summit to be held at University of Georgia-Tifton Campus

November 20, 2014



Tifton, GA — Judges, child welfare workers, court attorneys, school leaders, and stakeholders are invited to meet on December 12, 2014, to discuss complex trauma in children known to our state child welfare and juvenile justice system.  The Complex Childhood Trauma Summit will take place at the University of Georgia, Tifton Campus Conference Center, from 8:30 am to 12 noon.


Three agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – jointly issued a letter calling for state directors of child welfare, Medicaid, and mental health authorities to strengthen their efforts to address complex trauma. The letter provides useful and actionable information about federal authority and funding streams, strategies for coordinating cross-system efforts, and good practices for integrating evidence-based screening, assessment, and interventions related to complex trauma.


Georgia agencies are responding to the challenge and delivering specific action steps in a series of regional complex trauma summits across the state. Judge Render Heard, Jr., Tifton Circuit Juvenile Court, will host the fourth and final installment of these summits. Opening remarks will be delivered by Lei Ellingson, M.P.P., Associate Director, Carter Center Mental Health Program. The keynote speaker, Judge Peggy Walker, Douglas County Juvenile Court and President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, will present “What is the Science Telling Us to Do for Children Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma?” 


The Complex Childhood Trauma Summit is sponsored by the Carter Center, the Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children, Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts, Casey Family Programs, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, and the State Bar of Georgia Child Protection and Advocacy Section.  Earlier summits were held in Atlanta, Savannah, and Dahlonega.