2024 TraumaTALKS Conference

Supporting Marginalized Youth Populations

Friday, February 23, 2024 | 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Children’s Assessment Center, 2500 Bolsover St., Houston, TX 77005

Chester Street Foundation brings together clinicians, researchers, and experts on childhood trauma for its annual TraumaTALKS Conference. The one-day symposium highlights marginalized youth populations who are disproportionately at risk for trauma and equips participants with best practices for helping children on their road to recovery.

Sponsored by
United Healthcare
Spring Branch

Presenters & Sessions

Diane T. Vines

Riding the Wave: Social Issues, Trauma, and Mental Health

Diane T. Vines, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S
Director — NMT, The Neurosequential Network

The complex human brain is a historical organ and the source of everything we think, feel, and do. This talk will briefly discuss trauma and the intersection of our social environment and mental health.

Melissa Goldberg Mintz

Parenting the Traumatized Child: Enlisting Parents to Provide Trauma-Informed Support

Melissa Goldberg Mintz, Ph.D
Psychologist, Author, and Trainer with Secure Base Psychology, PLLC

Parents are the key to helping children heal after experiencing adversity. Learn about specific evidence-based techniques providers can teach to parents to help kick-start the healing process.

Abdulla Alobaidi

Understanding the Trauma of Refugees: A Personal Perspective

Abdulla Alobaidi
MD Baylor College of Medicine, Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

This presentation aims to shed light on the profound emotional and psychological challenges experienced by refugees. Drawing on personal narratives and firsthand experiences, participants will be exposed to a unique perspective.

Rebecca Fowler

Where Have THE Wins Gone?
The 88th Texas Legislature AND Children’s Mental Health

Rebecca Fowler
Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs at Mental Health America

A deep dive into the impacts of the 88th legislative sessions on children’s mental health, including a review of the state budget, successful bills, and key missed opportunities. Learn how school-based mental health supports and trauma-informed policy gains have been scaled back and how stakeholders can impact change outside the 140-day cycle of the Texas Legislature.

Jenny Hughs

Unveiling the Digital Dilemma: How Social Media Shapes Traumatic Experiences in Teenage Girls

Jenny Hughes, Ph.D
Trauma Psychologist, Founder & CEO BRAVE Providers, LLC

Following recent reports by the U.S. Surgeon General regarding the negative impacts of social media on youth mental health, we must acknowledge the interplay between social media and traumatic experiences faced by adolescent girls. In this presentation, we will uncover the ways digital platforms influence and exacerbate challenges already faced by our teen girls as we shed light on the urgent need for understanding, support, and informed interventions for this vulnerable group.

Ann Friedman

Also Featuring: Mindfulness Facilitator

Ann Friedman, Ph.D
Psychologist, Director of Curriculum at Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute


In-person conference includes continental breakfast and snacks; multiple lunch options within walking distance.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the conference. Presenters kept my interest, and it was refreshing to be in the room with such knowledgeable and compassionate professionals.”

2023 Conference Attendee

“It was well organized and the speakers were fantastic! I attended virtually and it went very smoothly.”

2023 Conference Virtual Attendee

“Presenters were knowledgeable about the topic they spoke on. Presenters were compassionate and knew how to put participants at ease during the conference. Presenters were just dynamic!!!”

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