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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Washington State Convention Center

Please join us for the 2019 NW Children’s Foundation Forum, Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: Trauma-Informed Care and the Future of Healing. This community event features a keynote by Dr. Shawn Ginwright, CEO of Flourish Agenda, with opening remarks by Seattle pediatrician and community leader Dr. Benjamin Danielson.


With the Forum we strive to bring together an extensive network of community members, including direct service and health care providers, first responders, educators, researchers, child welfare experts, policymakers and others, to address the evolution of trauma-informed care to include healing-centered engagement. Using the latest research blended with personal stories, the Forum will focus on how children can experience trauma and healing, not only at the individual level, but also at the community level. 

We will explore how toxic environments and systems such as inequality, poverty and racism are collectively experienced and therefore need a different approach to healing. The Forum will incorporate panelists from the community – including Kaaren AndrewsInteragency Academy, and Sheila Capestany, King County Best Starts for Kids – to share their insights and examples of “Community ACEs” – also known as Adverse Childhood Environments. Attendees will learn conceptual tools and practical strategies that support traumatized children, youth and the adults working with them, in a holistic and strength-based way.

Thank you for your interest in the Forum! We hit our seating capacity and have closed registration. We will be webstreaming the event; see registration information below.

Register to view the webstream of the Forum!

An on-demand recording will be available to all webstream purchasers through February 4. The deadline to register for the webstream is January 28.

11:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Webstream Registration: $20

Click Here for directions and parking information.

Special parking rate for the NWCF Forum: $14 rate for up to 6 hours of parking if you park in the Washington State Convention Center garage. Availability of space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrance is on 8th Avenue between Seneca and Pike Streets. 
Important: To receive the special rate, bring your parking ticket to registration on the 6th floor for validation.


In partnership with the Washington State Association of Infant Mental Health, the NWCF Forum has been approved to offer:

1.75 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work (WSSCSW).

1.75 STARS credits (Early Care and Education Professionals [Child Growth & Development]; School-Age Professionals [Child/Adolescent Growth and Development]) by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).

Please note: Both will require a post-event survey.
Please contact the NWCF Office at 206-682-8447 or email kreimer@nwcf.org
Visit our Community Resources web page for videos and additional resources from the most recent NW Children’s Foundation Forums and outreach events.
NWCF’s 2018 Forum was a great success! There were 850 participants (600+ in person and 200+ via webstream), from a multitude of sectors within the child welfare field, to learn about infant and early childhood trauma:
“Thank you for your visionary leadership for the highly successful and valuable forum. Right afterward our program leaders were action-planning on how to carve out time for reflective supervision to encourage, reinforce and deepen trauma-informed practice.”
“I walked in feeling like a drop in a very big, tippy bucket, but I’m leaving feeling more like part of a bigger movement for change.”
“We have a public health crisis right now, and what NWCF does is monumental – they make science, information and networking available to a very diverse group of people. They create access to learning for many sectors and organizations by providing the Forum at a reasonable cost.”


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