OVC Applied Research and

Best Practice Symposium

A Researcher-Practitioner Collaborative

The 2016 OVC Applied Research & Best Practice Symposium united top academic OVC researchers with leaders of faith-based NGOs serving children around the world, seeking together to give empirically-validated answers on one vital theme:

“Trauma informed Care: Adapting OVC Programs to Address Childhood Distress.”

Practitioners gained exposure to incisive research and new data, innovations and best practices in the field. Researchers had a rare opportunity to directly strengthen frontline OVC care practice, while also gaining exposure to innovative models from around the globe.  This third annual Symposium preceded the 2016 Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) Summit.


Dr. Amanda Howard, Samford University
Presentation Topic: Principles of Trauma-Informed Education
Dr. Karen O'Donnell, Duke University
Presentation Topic: Trauma Informed Research in Mental Health Care for OVC
Dr. Dawn O'Malley, Child Trauma Academy
Presentation Topic: The Impacts of Trauma on the Developing Child
Dr. Shannon Peake, University of Oregon
Presentation Topic: Caregiving in the Aftermath of Early Adversity: A Neuroscience-informed Approach
Dr. Delia Pop, Hope and Homes for Children
Presentation Topic: “The Golden Hour”
Dr. Julia Pryce, Loyola University Chicago
Presentation Topic: How Trauma-Informed Practices can Improve the “Aging Out” Process in Child Welfare
Dr. Shannon Senefeld, Catholic Relief Services
Presentation Topic: Considering Trauma History in Medicine: Implementing Changes to Care for Vulnerable Children
Elisa Bachmann, Healing Haiti
Ruby Johnston, LAMb International
Dr. David Nowell, Hope Unlimited for Children
Kris Faasse, Bethany Christian Services
Samantha Matthews, Back2Back Ministries
Bruce Thomas, Livada Orphan Care

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