Trauma-Informed Montgomery County Task Force Holds Childhood Trauma Impact Conference
Community conference examines effects of childhood trauma, explores solutions
The Trauma-Informed Montgomery County Task Force hosted the second Childhood Trauma Impact (CTI) Conference for approximately 200 community and state leaders on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. The one-day conference at Church Project in The Woodlands featured three innovative sessions led by notable experts, an exciting keynote address, and a closing panel discussion.
In attendance were professionals from a wide array of backgrounds, including law enforcement, education, healthcare, the judicial system, social work, and nonprofit organizations, all who work with children who have experienced trauma.
“As a collaborative group, we are committed to building partnerships and advocating for a more trauma-informed community to provide stronger support for our most vulnerable children,” said Ann Marie Ronsman, task force co-founder and president and CEO of Child Advocates of Montgomery County. “This conference is an opportunity for more expansive education within our community, as well as valuable discussion of the pending issues affecting families and generational trauma.”
The Honorable Wayne L. Mack, Montgomery County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1, provided welcome remarks while Ronsman gave a brief introduction to the Trauma-Informed Montgomery County Task Force and its efforts since forming in 2021. Keynote speaker, Scott LePor, D.O., Medical Director for the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice, spoke on the foundations of the trauma-responsive model and Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, or TBRI®, a methodology used to support children and families affected by trauma.
Other prominent speakers included family therapist and former TBRI® trainer for the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, Kimberly Glaudy, LMFT, MS; Texas Model director of leadership development for the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice, Lisa Broussard; assistant district attorney, chief-Special Victims division of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Shanna Redwine; presiding judge for Montgomery County Court at Law No. 3, The Honorable Amy Tucker; director of trauma competency and implementation for Boys and Girls Country, Angie Proctor, Ph.D., LCDC; elementary school counselor for Conroe Independent School District, Michelle MacLean, MEd, LPC Associate; and Ronsman.
Conference sponsors include Conroe ISD, Arrow Child and Family Ministries, and Child Advocates of Montgomery County. The task force also acknowledges in-kind donors, Bayside Printing Company, as well as event partners, the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and Texas Christian University.
For more information about the Trauma-Informed Montgomery County Task Force or the CTI Conference, email Info@CASASpeaks4Kids.com or call (936) 441-5437.