The Power of ‘Being There’ Symposium with Bruce D. Perry, MD, Ph.D.

The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta invites you to join us for Understanding the Therapeutic Moment: The Power of ‘Being There’ Symposium with Bruce D. Perry, MD, Ph.D.

Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. His clinical research and practice have focused on high-risk children. This work has examined the cognitive, behavioural, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.
His clinical research over the last ten years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC). This approach to clinical problem solving has been integrated into the programs at dozens of large public and non-profit organizations serving at-risk children and their families.
Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. His most recent multimedia book, BRIEF: Reflections on Childhood, Trauma and Society, was released in 2013. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.
This symposium is for anyone who works with children, youth, and families.
  • Child, Youth, & Family serving agencies/community organizations
  • Teachers
  • Classroom support staff
  • Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Foster Parents
  • Social Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Sports/Recreation Leaders & Coaches
  • Early Learning Educators
  • Parents
The Child and Youth Care Association is pleased to be able to offer a free ticket for anyone who purchases eight (8) tickets from our Eventbrite ticket site. Please contact to access your free ticket.

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CYCAA Members: $140.00

Non-Members: $170.00

Students: $120.00

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*Note: Those who have seen Dr. Perry speak in Alberta before should know that this presentation will be different than what you have seen in the past.