Lora M. Robins Speaker Series – Barriers to Learning: Trauma & Youth

This is the first of three sessions that comprise the 2018 Lora M. Robins Speaker Series presented by Leadership Metro Richmond and The Robins Foundation. This year’s series is titled Barriers to Learning: How Trauma Impacts RVA Children,

Trauma is prevalent in the lives of our children. It affects learning, school performance and behaviors. Traumatic stress can undermine the ability for children to form relationships, regulate their emotions, and impairs their cognitive functions. As community leaders we need a deeper understanding and various perspectives on why our children are not thriving, the challenges they are facing and how we need to respond.

Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia in the District of Columbia. Her clinical practice and research has focused on advancing effective trauma informed treatment practices for persons who experience significant conduct related behavior problems. Her areas of specialty include attachment based models of treatment and the use of neuroscience to inform work with children and adults who struggle with complex trauma disorders.

Today, Dr. Sampson-Jackson works independently as the CEO of Integration Solutions, Inc. She provides trauma informed care consultation, education and technical assistance to human service organizations and integrated healthcare systems interested in furthering their incorporation of trauma informed care practices with children, youth, families, adults and providers of care.

In this presentation, Dr. Sampson-Jackson defines child traumatic stress, including types of traumatic stress that can exist among children, the impact of trauma on the developing brain across developmental stages, and behavioral manifestations related to traumatic experiences.