Keynotes 2024 Conference

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ATN Announces 2024 Keynotes

The Attachment & Trauma Network is excited to announce the Keynotes for our 7th annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference to be held February 19-23, 2024. The in-person portion of the conference will be held Monday & Tuesday, Feb 19 & 20, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.  The virtual portion of the conference will be Thursday & Friday, Feb 22 & 23.


Our Keynotes include:

Ross Greene, PhD. Dr. Greene will be our opening Keynote on Monday morning in Dallas.  Dr. Greene is the originator of the model of care now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS).  On the faculty of Harvard for over 20 years, Dr. Greene is now the founding director of the non-profit, Lives in the Balance.  He lectures and consults widely throughout the US and around the world with schools, parents, and child-serving organizations. Dr. Greene is the New York Times bestselling author of these influential books:  The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings.

Lori Desautels, PhD. Dr. Desautels will be leading an afternoon Town Hall session on Tuesday in Dallas.  Dr. Desautels has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016 where she created the Applied Educational Neuroscience/Brain and Trauma graduate certification.  Her passion is engaging education students in the application of neuroscience as it applies to both educator and student brain state.  She was the co-author on the Social and Emotional competencies for the State of Indiana.  Her background includes teaching emotionally troubled students, working as a school counselor, and serving as a behavioral consultant to an adolescent psychiatric unit of a local hospital.  Her books include Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perception of Discipline and Intentional Neuroplasticity:  Moving our Nervous Systems and Educational System Toward Post-Traumatic Growth.

Dr. Stuart Shanker, D.Phil. Dr. Shanker is the founder and visionary of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd and Self-Reg Global. He has served as an advisor on early childhood development to government organizations across Canada and the US and has developed the five-step Self-Reg model known as The Shanker Method ® . Dr. Shanker & Dr. Hopkins will be our Thursday Morning Keynotes to kick-off the virtual portion of the conference.

Dr. Susan Hopkins, EdD.  A passionate advocate for children, families, schools, and communities, Dr. Hopkins is the Executive Director of the MEHRIT Centre.  Her over two decades of experience in education has included leading the Northwest Territories implementation of the Early Development Instrument, co-authoring the 10-Year Early Childhood Framework and leading the Planning, Research, and Evaluation division of the Department of Education.  She recently co-authored with Dr. Shanker The Self-Reg Handbook for Educators.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.  Dr. Burke Harris will be our Closing Keynote. She is an award-winning physician, researcher, and public health leader who spent her career on the front lines of some of our world’s most pressing public health challenges.  As California’s first-ever Surgeon General, she helped guide the state’s COVID response.  Amid the throes of the COVID pandemic, she successfully launched a first-in-the-nation statewide effort to train over 20,000 primary care providers on how to screen for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and respond with trauma-informed care.  In 2011, she founded the Center for Youth Wellness in Oakland, CA to advance pediatric medicine, raise public awareness, and transform the way society responds to children exposed to ACEs and toxic stress.  Her work has been profiled in best-selling books including How Children Succeed by Paul Tough and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, as well as in Jamie Redford’s Resilience documentary.  Dr. Burke Harris’ TED Talk “How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across the Lifetime” has been viewed more than 10 million times.  Her book, The Deepest Well, was called “indispensable” by the New York Times.

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