On Monday, November 4, an acclaimed clinician and childhood mental health expert, Mary Rella, will be conducting a day-long seminar with more than 300 students in Cambrian’s Justice and Community Services programs. Rella has worked with troubled children and families in clinical settings and within the child welfare system for more than twenty years. She is currently a clinical manager at the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), a children’s mental health agency based in Burlington.
Rella’s presentation to students will enable them to recognize behaviours associated with complex trauma and teach effective intervention techniques. “It is very important that students bound for professions in community services, law, and justice understand the significance of complex trauma,” Rella explained. “Teaching students how attachment relationships offer protective factors and/or risk factors to the developing infant and how that may affect behaviour in children, adolescents and adults will help them better understand and communicate with those in care. Although most of the clients who receive treatment are past infancy, infancy is an important part of understanding.”
Janice Clarke, Interim Dean of the Schools of Justice and Community Services explained that Rella’s presentation will be tailored for students who are preparing to become front-line workers. “Students in a number of programs, including Child and Youth Worker, Social Service Worker, Early Childhood Education, Corporate Safety and Security, Law and Security Administration, Police Foundations, Developmental Services Worker, and Community and Justice Services will have the benefit of learning from Mary’s experience before they begin their second-semester placements,” Clarke said. “Cambrian is also inviting community partners who supervise our placement students to this seminar, so that they can see what our students are learning. There are many troubling symptoms and risky behaviours associated with complex trauma, so this is an excellent opportunity for our students and partners to learn about the latest research and intervention techniques.”
The presentation is supported by Cambrian’s Schools of Justice and Community Services and the Alumni Association.
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