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2nd Annual Social Work Mental & Behavioral Health Conference

Effects of Violence on Children & Us: Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Tivoli Student Union, Downtown Denver, CO

This gathering of professionals, researchers, and students allows for an in-depth exchange of current information on all facets of violence, abuse and trauma prevention, intervention and research. The Mental & Behavioral Health Conference focuses on linking research, practice, policy and advocacy to promote violence-free living for all. Opportunities for networking, continuing education, and more make this an event you don’t want to miss.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Richard D. Krugman, M.D., is a Distinguished University Professor at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Colorado where he has been for his entire academic career. Dr. Krugman is a graduate of Princeton University and earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine. A board-certified pediatrician, he did his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In January 2018, he Co-Founded the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect whose mission is to end child abuse and neglect in our lifetime. Dr. Krugman has served on the boards of Princeton University, University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Health, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health and Hasbro Children’s Foundation. He served as Dean of the CU School of Medicine for 25 years from 1990-2015. He has authored over 120 original papers, chapters, editorials and four books, and is currently co-editing a book series on Child Maltreatment with Jill Korbin, PhD.

Image of Dr. Richard D. Krugman, M.D.


Trauma Informed Care and Treatment

Violence and the Developing Child Screening & Assessment to Move Towards Action and Change Behaviors
Eric Sigel, Jami Swegarden, & Lillian Risch

Working from the Heart: How Reflective Practice Supports Who We Are and What We Do
Sarah McNamee

Policies about Mental Health

Preparing Teachers in Trauma-Informed Practices
Anna Joseph, Megan Brennan, & Dr. Ofelia Schepers

In the Belly of the Beast: Accompanying Immigrants in Ice Detention and Responding to Cultures of Cruelty and Systems of Violence
Megan Hope, Magaly Sanchez, & Cindy Schlosser

Violence’s Affect On Children

Developmental Trauma Disorder/Reactive Attachment Disorder- An Experiential Journey
Amy Van, Kathleen Johnson, Beth Cochran

Trauma, Infancy/Young childhood and the developing Brain, Why it matters and How to Strengthen the Foundation
Kendra Kohlhaas

Children Violence; The Impact of Historical Trauma and Systemic Oppression on Marginalized Populations

Happy Fluffy: The journey for one adolescent with disabilities from institutionalization to a “happy, fluffy, beautiful” life -Case Study
Dr. Denise Belk, Caitlin McTague, & Cody McAndrew

Exploring Trauma Through a Race Lens - Panel
Mari Foster, Jenna Vogen, & Michael Wilkins

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Support MSU Denver's Social Work Department's commitment to partnering, collaborating and educating community partners. Highlight your agency, market your product's expertise, or inform prospective interns and employees about your agency by sponsoring the 2nd Annual Mental and Behavioral Health Conference!

For more information contact Guadalupe Vargas at 

Community Partner Sponsorship - $100

  • Acknowledgement on conference website and in conference materials (Media, Flyers and Brochures)

Business Sponsorship - $250

  • One undraped six-foot table on which to display literature and sample products
  • Lunch for two of your organizations’ attendees
  • Acknowledgement on conference website and in conference materials (Media, Flyers and Brochures)
  • Exhibitors will be located in prime traffic areas in the Tivoli Center for attendees to see. The conference agenda includes morning, afternoon and lunch breaks specifically for attendees to visit exhibits.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


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