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Round Table 2015 Round Table

From Knowledge to Application: Integrating a Trauma-Informed Approach into Practice with Young Children and Families


Wednesday, February 25, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Networking
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Round Table

Northstar Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus

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About the Round Table

The Minnesota Round Table is a conference that brings together a panel of state-level and nationally known experts on children's issues for a lively discussion of a topic at the forefront of research and practice.

Following a unique format that has ensured its success for 40 years, colleagues sitting at the Round Table respond to questions posed by the moderator. They are encouraged to reflect, explore intuitive hunches, and challenge each other's ideas in an open, constructive environment.

About the 2015 Round Table

Minnesota practitioners across disciplines including child welfare, early childhood education, and community mental have participated in training on Trauma-Informed Care. The next step is integrating this information into programs and day-to-day interactions with children and families to reflect deep understanding of child development, family systems, and the ways trauma can impact children's functioning over time. The 2015 Round Table features community leaders sharing ways they integrate trauma knowledge and child development into both systems and direct interactions. The interdisciplinary conversation, moderated by Anne Gearity, will examine how trauma work is unfolding across the state and identify challenges to implementing trauma- informed principles. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate with these experts in taking next steps to build services and supports for many children and their families.


12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Networking

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm: Welcome and Moderated Panel Presentation: Ideas Sound Good But Implementation is Challenging

2:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Moderator Summary: Revisiting Imperative Trauma-informed Principles

3:00 pm to 3:45 pm: Moderated Audience Discussion: What To Do To Make Trauma-informed Interventions Work In Our Commmunity

3:45 pm to 4:00 pm: Closing


Anne Gearity, Ph.D., LICSW, Community Faculty at University of Minnesota School of Social Work, Clinical Faculty at Department of Child Psychiatry, and faculty in the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program.

Dr. Gearity has a mental health practice with children, adolescents and adults; does community consultation; and developed an innovative intervention model for very at-risk young children presenting with aggressive behaviors in collaboration with the Washburn Center for Children. This manual is available for download from the Washburn Center. Dr. Gearity is currently working intensely with Minneapolis Public Schools to change attitudes and teaching approaches with very stressed children.


  • Linda Billman, Supervisor, Olmsted County Child Protection
  • Bree Bussey, Community Programs Coordinator, University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies
  • Jane Ellison, Manager, St. Cloud area Thrive; Faculty, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program
  • Michele Fallon, Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
  • Jill Hennes, Reflective Practice Consultant, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Sharon Henry-Blythe, Director, Visible Child Initiative, Family Housing Fund
  • Marlys Johnson, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Health Consultant


This event is free but registration is required.


Deadline to Register: February 18, 2015

Register online

Clock Hour Certificates

Certificates for 3 clock hours will be available (general, administrative, and social work)


Contact Deb Ottman at or 612-624-7395.


Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW)

Center for Early Education and Development


The 2015 Round Table was supported in part by grant #80888 awarded to the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Grant funds are provided under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act and made available through the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Children and Family Services Division.


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