Register Now ButtonMentoring Youth Exposed to Trauma: Best Practices and Highlights from Recent Research

Morning Workshop 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Exposure to adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse and community violence, can have a profound effect on children’s relationships and overall development. Intense and long-lasting effects occur when problems accumulate, particularly in childhood. Mentoring is one promising strategy for intervention, but programs must also be attentive to the unique challenges and opportunities that present themselves as a result of traumatic experiences. This workshop will review the impact of trauma on development, mentoring best practices for traumatized youth, and highlights from recent research.

Presented by Lindsey Weiler (Assistant Professor of Family Social Science and an affiliate faculty member with the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota)

2016 Mentoring Caucus Presenter: Lindsey WeilerLindsey Weiler, Ph.D., LMFT, is an Assistant Professor of Family Social Science and an affiliate faculty member with the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Weiler has been studying the process and impact of youth mentoring programs for high-risk populations (i.e., foster children, court-involved families) for several years. Through this work, she examines for whom, and under what conditions, interventions are most effective in preventing poor mental and behavioral health. She is co-founder of the Campus Connections mentoring program for youth at risk of delinquency, school dropout, and substance abuse which operates at Colorado State University. Dr. Weiler currently serves on the Research Board of the National Mentoring Resource Center.

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