This presentation is about the early childhood of Anna, a young woman sexually abused in early childhood, who spent 17 years in the mental health system diagnosed as schizophrenic, and who took her life at the age of 32. The presentation is given by Anna’s mother, Dr. Ann Jennings, and includes photographs and artwork along with a narrative of Anna’s childhood story based on Anna’s memories, and the memories of her parents, brothers and sisters, and the many people who knew and interacted with her as a young child. Current research findings are presented on the damaging consequences that can occur over the lifetime to children who suffer from traumatic experiences and who are not recognized or helped. The presentation ends with an open discussion. For formal trainings, the presentation is followed by review of a matrix of strategies for prevention, recognition and early intervention in childhood trauma which can be implemented on a grass roots level in collaboration with community organizations and people. Participants compose preliminary action plans to create trauma-informed communities involving local neighborhoods and organizations.
THE PRESENTER DR. ANN JENNINGS
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