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2019 Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workshop: Trauma-Informed Care Across Systems

Trauma-Informed Care Across Systems
Chandra Ghosh Ippen is the Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, SF

The Ripple Effect: An Integrative Framework for Enhancing Trauma-Informed Practice Across Systems

Friday, May 10, 2019 | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | Ben Franklin Center Room 4430 (map and directions) | 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015P

This workshop presents an integrative framework for understanding and communicating across systems about how trauma can affect a child, a family, and a system. The framework was developed by Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Christopher Layne, and Bob Pynoos of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is adapted from core trauma concepts identified and ratified by the NCTSN Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma Task Force.


This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for your interest. 


8:30-9:00 Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

9:00-10:15 Introduction

  • Rationale for why across systems we need to think about and understand trauma
  • Connection between theory and intervention
  • Common definition of trauma
  • Overview of how trauma affects development

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-12:00 Interconnected Web

  • Understanding the impact of trauma on core domains of functioning
  • Interactive exercise
  • Impact of trauma on providers

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 C.O.PE.S.: From concept to Practice Lens Mode: Understanding Factors that Shape Perspective (Introduction)

2:00-2:45 Trauma Dynamics: Core Concepts for Understanding the Mechanism through which Trauma Affects Functioning

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Trauma Dynamics Continued

The Ripple Effect translates complex trauma concepts using metaphor, visual models, common language, and rich case example and shows:

  1. the domains of functioning affected by trauma;
  2. the mechanisms through which trauma affects development, and
  3. intervention pathways.

This workshop offers foundational trauma knowledge for clinicians, educators, and administrators who are interested in learning about  evidence-based trauma treatments and/or trauma-informed care. It highlights ways to share trauma theory with family members and across systems (e.g. schools, child welfare workers, mental health, medical practitioners, police) as we work jointly to lessen the impact of trauma exposure.

About the Speaker

Chandra Ghosh Ippen is the Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco, the Director of Dissemination for Child-Parent Psychotherapy, and member of the Board of Directors of Zero to Three.. She specializes in working with young children who have experienced trauma and has co-authored over 20 publications on trauma and diversity-informed practice, including the manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy, the children’s story “Once I Was Very Very Scared,” and the Trinka and Sam story series. She has over 14 years of experience conducting trainings nationally and internationally in diversity-informed practice and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. She also has a lifetime mission to bake 1000 pies and a pie in all 50 states.


  • Participants will be able to name at least 3 domains of functioning that may be affected by trauma.
  • Participants will be able to name at least 2 core concepts related to the mechanism through which trauma affects development.
  • Participants will become familiar with the C.O.PE.S. framework.
  • Participants will be able to name two practice elements to enhance emotion regulation.
  • Participants will be able to name two factors that may affect individual variability in response to a traumatic event.
  • Participants will use the framework to identify at least three ways in which their current practice currently addresses the core trauma concepts.
  • Participants will use the framework to identify 2 ways in which they may make changes in practice to further address core concepts.


Professional/Continuing Education Credits

  • Approved to offer LCSW, LPC, LMFC ($20)


Once I Was Very Very Scared: A little squirrel announces that he was once very, very, scared and finds out that he is not alone. Lots of little animals went through scary experiences, but they react in different ways. Turtle hides and gets a tummy ache, monkey clings, dog barks, and elephant doesn’t like to talk about it. They need help, and they get help from grown-ups who help them feel safe and learn ways to cope with difficult feelings. This story was written to help children and grown-ups understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them. Available on Amazon.

You Weren't With Me: Little Rabbit and Big Rabbit are together after a difficult separation, but even though they missed each other, Little Rabbit is not ready to cuddle up and receive Big Rabbit’s love. Little Rabbit needs Big Rabbit to understand what it felt like when they were apart. “Sometimes I am very mad. I don’t understand why you weren’t with me,” says Little Rabbit, “I worry you will go away again.” Big Rabbit listens carefully and helps Little Rabbit to feel understood and loved. This story was designed to help parents and children talk about difficult separations to help them reconnect and find their way back to each other.  Available on Amazon.

Contact Information

Please direct questions regarding programming to Dr. Susan Woodhouse (

Please direct questions regarding registration to Tammy Bartolet ( or 610-758-3226).


We will send out important information one week prior to the event that will include directions, maps, parking instructions among other items. Please be sure to check your email.

Presented by

The Pennsylvania Association for Infant Mental Health (PA-AIMH)

Northampton County Early Intervention

College of Education Counseling Psychology