Essential Staff in Therapeutic Residential Care:

Exploring the expertise both for and from staff providing direct care in residential interventions

International ~Virtual~Conference



February 24, 2021

This event will run for 24 hours CST, allowing LIVE engagement around the world and around the clock


Keynote Presentation


Trauma-Sensitive Direct Care: Where Healing Happens Best


Dr. Bruce D. Perry from The Neurosequential Network and Dr. Stuart Ablon from Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital will come together to make complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible and provide direct care staff with a practical, evidence-based process for trauma-informed intervention. Specifically, Dr. Perry and Dr. Ablon will teach how their respective models, The Neurosequential Model (NM) and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), can be integrated to understand and address the impact of trauma.



Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston ( and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences, holding a variety of academic positions. Dr. Perry is the author of over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors.

Stuart Ablon, Ph.D. is Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he specializes in the treatment of explosive, inflexible, easily frustrated children and adolescents and their families. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon is co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians and consults to schools and treatment programs throughout the world in the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena.


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