Building Trauma Responsive Communities

What is the Building Trauma Responsive Communities Conference?

We believe passionately in the power of language to impact and change the dialogue around trauma and ultimately heal our communities. To do this, we are bringing together believers in the power of human connection. We invite you to engage with our speakers and special guests over the next two days and spark healing in your own communities.

Seven contact hours will be provided for attendance. 

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Bruce Perry

Dr. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Dr. Perry's most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released in 2021.

Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Office of Resilience housed in the New Jersey Department of Children & Families. Ellis has the responsibility for developing and implementing a statewide plan to address adverse childhood experiences.

He is the founder of Dave Ellis Consulting, a group dedicated to using Worldview Illumination and the Art of Hosting for training on equity and inclusion, strategic planning, community engagement, trauma, and trauma-responsive/healing-centered care. He is a Certified Master Trainer on the impact of trauma on the neurobiology and brain development of children prenatal through 3 years of age, epigenetics, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study.

Featured Speakers


Dr. Jessica

Young Brown

Michael A. Gillette

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The Agenda At A Glance

Day One 5/12

Check-In: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

"The Importance of Community in the Healing of Trauma" by Dr. Bruce Perry

Break: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Breakout Sessions: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • "The Ethics of Implicit Bias and Trauma-Informed Business Practices" by Dr. Michael Gillette

  • "FocUS - Community Healing Through Togetherness" by Marrin Scalone & Keith Cartwright

  • "Adaptation to Trauma: The Impact of Experiences on Brain Development" by BreAnne Rogers

Panel Discussion: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Day Two 5/13

Check-In: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

"Trauma-Informed to Healing-Centered: A NEW Jersey- A road never before traveled" by Dave Ellis

Break: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Breakout Sessions: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • "Personal Practice for Incorporation of Trauma-Informed Care" by Dr. Jessica Young Brown

  • "What is LUV? Virginia’s Resilience Campaign" by Yes& Agency

Panel Discussion: 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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