Why Are We So Confused By Angry, Traumatized Kids?


Friday, March 15, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center 
One Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

NYSED and ACE Approved for 3 CE contact hours


Social workers who serve families will encounter children and teens who have experienced a wide variety of significant traumatic experiences. Increased knowledge of how to identify and intervene with this vulnerable population will enhance clinician's effectiveness regardless of the setting in which the service takes place. This workshop will help socal workers and other clinicians to better understand the role of trauma exposure in child and adolescent mental health disorders as well as the importance of specific trauma-informed approaches to clinical care. Relevant processes of trauma-informed clinical care will be presented and reviewed.

Learning Objectives


  • Describe the prevalence of trauma exposure in mental health populations
  • Develop a basic understanding of the clinical and educational effects of un-addressed trauma exposure
  • Learn how to assess the degree of trauma-informed care in clinical care settings
  • Describe the issues in differential diagnosis of traumatized youth


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Jennifer Havens, MD
Vice Chair for Clinical Integration and Mentoring, Dept of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Langone Health; Director of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Office of Behavioral Health, NYC Health and Hospitals

Dr. Havens is Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Integration and Mentoring in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health and Director of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health at NYC Health and Hospitals. Until October 2018, she was the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center, where she oversaw NYC’s most comprehensive continuum of mental health services for children and adolescents. There she opened NYS’s only dedicated Children’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, expanded Bellevue’s inpatient child psychiatric service to 45 beds, and opened NYC’s only Partial Hospital Program serving both children and adolescents. She also leads two public psychiatry initiatives providing mental health services at the NYC ACS Children’s Center and at the NYC ACS Secure Juvenile Detention sites. Since 2012, Dr. Havens and colleagues have been funded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to implement evidence-based trauma-informed care in NYC juvenile secure detention. She has been active in public psychiatry innovation since the early 1990s when she founded and led NYC’s first mental health clinic serving children and families affected by HIV. Dr. Havens serves on numerous public sector committees, including the NYS OMH/OASAS Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council, a gubernatorial appointment.