In this episode, Patricia speaks with Dr. Bruce Perry, founder and Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy. He is a Psychiatrist and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is a tremendous advocate and leader in the field of child trauma treatment.
Dr. Perry originally founded the Childhood Trauma Academy within the University of Chicago Baylor School of Medicine, but it soon became clear that child maltreatment was too complex to be answered by a medical model alone. At that point, the Child Trauma Academy evolved to be a community of practice, meaning that it represents a collaboration of all disciplines that might interact with a traumatized child. This may include child protection, educators, law enforcement, and mental health. The Child Trauma Academy translates what Dr. Perry understands about the impact of childhood trauma on the brain into practical and viable interventions that help a child recover. Their mission is to help improve the lives of traumatized and maltreated children by improving systems that educate, nurture, protect and enrich these children. They focus their efforts on education, program consultation, research and disseminating innovation in the field.
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