Trauma in the Lives of Vulnerable Children and Youth
This five session bundle will provide an overview of the concepts of vulnerability, risk & protective factors, and resilience. The impact of adverse childhood experiences is reviewed with a focus on how traumatic stress impacts developmental trajectories. Using an ecological lens, interventions to minimize risk and support resilience at the individual child, family, and environmental levels are discussed.
Meet the Instructor
Carmela J. DeCandia, PsyD, is a licensed clinical child psychologist with specialties in child and adolescent development, family homelessness, trauma, program development, and assessment. She has dedicated her career to advancing best practices and policies to support vulnerable children and families, and to improve the systems which serve them. A compassionate clinician and effective leader, she is nationally recognized as a writer, advocate, and public speaker. She has led direct service and national agencies including St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and The National Center on Family Homelessness, and she recently helped launched The Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children and Youth. She is now working as an independent consultant to support providers in building effective programs for children and families. For her work, she was named the recipient of the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award by Antioch University.