The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Education 22nd Annual Conference - Impact of Trauma and Violence: Interventions for School, Clinical and Community Settings

Miami, FL US
May 4, 2018

Assessments of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) may not adequately encompass the extent of adversity to which low-income urban children and adolescents are exposed. The purpose of this conference is to characterize the range of adverse childhood and adolescent experiences faced by young adults who grow up in a low-income urban area. The importance of adopting a public health approach and engaging multiple stakeholders to address these complex issues will be explored. Trauma-specific perspectives, treatments and resiliency factors will be discussed. Building effective and sustainable strategies that promote protective factors for long term well-being will be identified.  

Target Audience

Teachers, administrators, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, family mediators, mental health workers, marriage and family therapists, social services agency personnel, juvenile and family-court judges, lawyers, law enforcement personnel, clergy, nurses, pediatricians, primary care physicians and psychiatrists.



Learning Objectives

  • Identify strategies to engage at-risk youth and utilize trauma-based interventions.
  • Recognize and promote healing and resilience of children, youth and their families who have been exposed to trauma.
  • Implement trauma-based interventions in a variety of settings including schools, clinics and distressed communities.
  • Discuss ways to create a trauma-sensitive culture and environment to enhance service delivery.
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 6.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Psychology
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/04/2018 - 8:30am EDT
Event ends: 
05/04/2018 - 4:00pm EDT
University of Miami
1330 Miller Drive
Donna E. Shalala Student Center
Miami, FL 33134
United States


Lynn Aptman, M.Ed., is President of The Melissa Institute and a former elementary school teacher. She is one of the founders of the Institute, along with her husband, Michael Aptman, MD, Suzanne L. Keeley, Ph.D., and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.



Daniel Santisteban, Ph.D., is a tenured Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at University of Miami. He became Director of Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center in 2015. Dr. Santisteban has over 25 years of experience conducting clinical trials, developing and testing behavioral treatments for underserved families, and has received six large NIH-funded grants.

Heather Winters, LMHC, is Executive Director of The Melissa Institute and former Executive Director of Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami. She has more than 16 years’ experience providing individual and group counseling to child, adolescent and adult survivors of sexual violence. Her specializations include trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression



 Colleen Cicchetti, Ph.D., M.Ed. is Director of the Center for Childhood Resilience, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Assistant Professor with Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She has worked at Lurie Children’s Hospital for over 25 years, focused on the areas of program development and evaluation, community outreach and parent education, therapeutic summer camp programming, and treatment for children who have been exposed to trauma or victimization. In 2004, she established the Center for Childhood Resilience to provide training, consulting, education and outreach to school professionals, community health agencies, city leaders and parents increasing youth access to mental health services.

She represents the Lurie Children’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on the hospital Advocacy Board and the Injury Prevention and Research Center, as well as in several local and state interagency initiatives that address children’s mental health and trauma treatment: The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, for which she serves as Co-Chair of the School-Age Practices and Policies Committee; and The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition, for which she is the Clinical Director.


Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., is Research Director of The Melissa Institute and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Education at the University of Miami. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. North American clinicians voted Dr. Meichenbaum “one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.” He has presented in all 50 states and internationally. Dr. Meichenbaum has published extensively, and his most recent book is Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military, Trauma Victims and Their Families. Other books include Treatment of Individuals with Anger-control Problems and Aggressive Behavior; Treating Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; Nurturing Independent Learners; and Stress Inoculation Training.


Due to the non-clinical nature of the content discussed, the speakers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

This CME activity will not cover content that would involve products or services of commercial interests. Therefore, no opportunity exists for a conflict of interest based on the financial relationships of faculty and those persons in control of content. Since these relationships are not relevant, no disclosure information was collected.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for 6 credit hours by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Board of Psychology and the Florida Council of Physician Assistants. CE Broker #20-608585.

This activity has also been approved for 6 credits for Nursing and Nurse Practitioners. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 6.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 6.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Nursing
  • 6.00 Florida Board of Psychology
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