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The Impact of Trauma on a Young Child's Development

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Join Us for a One-Day Community Training & Conversation in Southwest Denver – All are Welcome! Spanish Interpretation provided!

*This training has reached capacity and is no longer accepting registration. Please email to be placed on a wait-list. If an open spot become available it will addressed from the wait-list. Thank you.*


A child's brain development is profoundly influenced by their life experiences.  Adverse experiences such as abuse, neglect or exposure to violence can shape the organization of the brain which, in turn, influences the capacity of the brain to help a child think, feel and behave. Depending upon the specific time in development that the traumatic event takes place, as well as the specific nature of adverse experiences, a range of problems can arise, from delayed development to impulsivity to severe emotional problems.

Understanding the origins of these problems and how they can be identified and addressed is one of the major challenges for professionals. The training will address:

  • Why early childhood and adolescent exposure to violence have such a disproportionate impact on development;
  • How the child's relationships either facilitate or inhibit brain development.
  • Why it is important that we work to increase both physical safety and psychological safety; and,
  • What your role can be in buffering trauma and promoting healing in a child’s life.

This event is brought to you by Denver’s Early Childhood Council, the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center and our LAUNCH Together in Southwest Denver Initiative. This four-year project focuses on building a coordinated, trauma-informed system of community supports around the social-emotional development of young children birth to 5.  This one-day workshop is our kick-off event for bringing a conversation on trauma-informed care to schools, organizations and families throughout Southwest Denver.

 All are welcome!


Dr. Gizane Indart

Gizane is a bilingual and bicultural professional who has worked with traumatized children and their families since the early 1990s. Gizane is a ChildTrauma fellow at the ChildTrauma Academy under the direction of Dr. Bruce Perry. She speaks locally, nationally and internationally on the impact of abuse and neglect in early development, attachment difficulties in children exposed to maltreatment, and sexualized behaviors in children. Gizane is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, on the Advisory Counsel for the Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families, and is a member of Florence Crittenton Board of Directors. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
FREE (Lunch is included)
Denver Indian Center

4407 Morrison Road, Denver, CO 80219