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Trauma-Informed Practice and Community Psychiatry: Ending Intergenerational Incarceration
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When: Sunday, October 22, 2017
10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Anna Morgan-Mullane, LCSW and Loren O’Neil, LMSW

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Workshop Title: Trauma-Informed Practice and Community Psychiatry: Strengthening Families and Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Incarceration


Despite the large number of children and families effected by incarceration, there has been very limited research conducted to explore the effects of parental incarceration on children, as well as what policy interventions exist to mediate the toll exacted upon these children and families. Existing research implies that parental incarceration is associated with numerous negative effects. However, no research attempts to interpret the psychological implications of incarceration as based in what is known about traumatic experience, nor does any research describe best-practices for the treatment of this specific population. Therefore, this presentation will offer social workers a comprehensive discussion of mass incarceration on a micro, mezzo, and macro practice level while exploring specific clinical interventions explicitly for children of incarcerated parents.  The presentation will conclude with a critical dialogue on the need to enhance social work education and the intersectionality of clinical practice and criminal justice reform. 


While new treatment methods such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy have offered new methodologies for treating traumatized children and families, there is no evidence in peer-reviewed journals that this treatment orientation has been applied to the specific population of children of incarcerated parents. This presentation explores the psychological manifestations of trauma symptoms related to parental incarceration and lays the groundwork for the implementation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy within a clinical community based setting treating this population.


This presentation will discuss arguments in favor of TF-CBT expansion to the treatment of children affected by parental incarceration. At present, this model is deployed within a limited set of circumstances even though mental health providers largely recognize its potential application for broader use. Trauma symptoms exhibited by children and adolescents, irrespective of the various causes, generally follow a similar symptomatology: depression, anger, aggression, and isolating and self-harming behaviors. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been successfully applied to populations affected by various sources of trauma. Children of incarcerated parents resemble populations treated with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in earlier applications. We anticipate that the correlation across sociodemographic characteristics, as well as trauma symptomatology suggests that children of incarcerated parents will likewise benefit from the Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy therapeutic model.


The training will conclude with the potential for broader applicability of TF-CBT within community-based organizations that treat the population of children and families affected by parental incarceration and mass incarceration as well as necessary exploration of social work education and curriculum necessary to properly prepare social workers to support this population.




Anna Morgan-Mullane, DSW, LCSW Vice President of Mental Health Services at Children of Promise NYC and Adjunct Lecturer at NYU Silver School of Social Work


Loren O’Neil, LMSW Clinic Manager, Mental Health Clinician at Children of Promise NYC



6 CE Contact Hours



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All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop. Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

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