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Summit Overview

Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience

Date: April 25, 2019  Location: Greater Richmond Convention Center

Keynote: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

Individual registration opens February 13th at 10am. Register here

To mark the milestone of its 25th anniversary, Voices for Virginia’s Children will host the Virginia Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience.  Voices is working closely with Greater Richmond SCAN, the Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT), Families Forward, and others to host a summit focused on both policy changes and practices to prevent adverse childhood experiences and promote resilience. The Summit will be a key milestone in the Campaign for a Trauma-informed Virginia.

The morning of the summit will feature a keynote by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, founder of the Center for Youth Wellness and author of The Deepest Well.  She was just named California’s first surgeon general. To provide context to Virginia’s efforts to improve trauma-informed policy and practice, members of the Governor’s administration and the General Assembly are invited to share their perspectives on the policy panel.

The afternoon will feature breakout sessions highlighting trauma-informed practice and policy change at the local and regional level and across sectors such as education, children’s mental health, health care and child welfare. Our exact agenda is still being finalized. Please also note that we are not able to offer Continuing Education Unit Credits for the conference. 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.    Registration/coffee

8:30 – 9:00             Welcome

9:00 – 9:45              Dr. Nadine Burke Harris gives keynote

9:45 – 10:15            Q&A

10:15 – 10:30          Break

10:30 – 11:30          Policy panel/Q&A

11:30 – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 – 2:15              Breakout 1

2:15 – 2:30              Break

2:30 – 3:45            Breakout 2

3:45 – 4:45            Closing

Rooms are reserved at the Downtown Hilton for this event. Here is the information on how to book hotel rooms.


We are grateful to our presenting sponsors!






There are still opportunities to sponsor the Summit on Childhood Trauma and Resilience.

For more info: Trauma Summit Sponsorship Information

Please contact Katie Ferguson katie_at_vakids_dot_org for more information.