Friday, March 31, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bryant Conference Center
Rast Conference Room


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We are excited to offer this event for FREE to all attendees, however, there is limited seating. Please complete the registration linked below. At the end of the survey you will immediately receive a confirmation message or a request to join our wait list.

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Note: Registration will close 12:00 a.m. on March 23, 2017.

What we are doing:

Tuscaloosa REACTS is a one-day conference that aims to educate community stakeholders about the causes and effects of childhood trauma. This is an opportunity for area leaders, service providers and community members to increase awareness, promote learning, identify resources and network. Keynote speakers include Dr. Glenn Saxe, a nationally recognized expert on community trauma intervention, and Mayor Walt Maddox. In addition, many Tuscaloosa-area providers will share their experiences and expertise in addressing the needs of our children.

Who we are:

The Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Justice Work Group is comprised of community leaders, service providers and University of Alabama faculty and researchers who work together to improve community safety by better addressing the needs of at-risk children. Our goals are to identify gaps in knowledge and services and develop strategies to close those gaps in order to provide research-supported interventions for youth who are involved or who may become involved with the juvenile justice system.


Check back here the morning of the conference for a livestream of this event!


We are in the process of confirming CEUs for various relevant entities. Once confirmed we will post confirmation of those here. At present, we are working on CEUS for:

  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Lawyers

If you are interested in other relevant CEUs please email us at with any information you can provide and we will try to set it up.

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Keynote Speaker — Dr. Glenn N. Saxe

130215_nyu_portrait_138_gns_approvedTrauma can have devastating consequences on a child’s life—consequences that may or may not be obvious to parents, teachers, or other caregivers. In his work, Dr. Glenn Saxe tries to understand the impact of traumatic events on children and their families, and then help them to recover.  He created Trauma Systems Therapy to teach other mental healthcare professionals how to diagnose and treat children following traumatic events. The program addresses a child’s emotional needs and social environment, and he is proud to see it being used to successfully treat children throughout the country and around the world.


The following is a tentative agenda for Tuscaloosa REACTS. Please check back for a final agenda at a later date.

Time Event
7:30-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:45 Introductions and Welcome:  Jill Beck, Dean Vikki Vandiver
8:45-9:15 Tuscaloosa’s Response to Natural Disaster:  Walt Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa
9:15-9:30 The Cold Hard Facts About Child and Adolescent Trauma Jill Beck, Director Youth Services Institute, University of Alabama School of Social Work
9:30 -10:00 Trauma 101:  How Emotional Trauma Affects Child and Adolescent Behavior:  Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell, University of Alabama School of Social Work
10:00-10:15 Adverse Child Experiences Study:  What Trauma Experiences Mean for Health and Wellbeing: Dr. April Kendrick, Director, University of Alabama College of Human and Environmental Sciences Child Development Resources
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Trauma Systems Therapy:  An Individual and Community Level Response to Helping Children with Trauma Exposure: Glenn N. Saxe, M.D.  (Keynote Speaker), New York University School of Medicine Child Study Center
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-1:45 “ReMoved”:  Experiential Learning through Video and Discussion:  Ms. Valerie Trull
1:45-2:30 How Trauma Exposure Plays Out in the Community:  Hon. Hallie Leavell (Juvenile Court Referee) and Daniel Lockwood, (J. Prob. Ofc), Audrey Ellis (Tuscaloosa City Schools)
2:30-2:45 Break
2:30-3:00 Community Resources Available for Trauma Exposed Children and Youth:  Sabrina Thomas (Director of Youth and Family Programs, TOP), Laura Wise Reeves (IRMH)
3:00-4:00 Innovative Interventions: Brian Gannon, MD UMC Pediatrics (An Innovative Healthcare Service for Foster Children), Nancy Rubin, PsyD., University Medical Center Psychiatry (Mental Health Interventions for Trauma Exposed Children and Adolescents), Laura Hopson, Ph.D., University of Alabama School of Social Work (An Innovative Intervention for Trauma Exposed Youth in Schools)
4:00-4:30 Where Do We Go From Here?  Summing Things Up and Next Steps, Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell & Dr. Glenn N. Saxe