Family Study Center to Host Discussion About Childhood Trauma, Stress

A photo of Lisa Negrini, chief operating officer of the Family Study Center at USFSP.

Lisa Negrini

The Family Study Center at USF St. Petersburg will host “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE): Recognized and Addressed in Family Court” on Friday, Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, which is geared for professionals in the legal and mental health communities, is open to the public and will cost $50. The cost will include breakfast, lunch, a reception and CLE/CEU credits.

The ACE conference is an opportunity for participants to develop a collaborative partnership with the USFSP Family Study Center, family law attorneys, and mental health professionals in the community.

“This is the first time we have partnered with the Sixth Judicial Circuit Family Court to develop a specialized conference to bring the Family Law system together with the mental health community to discuss the impact of adverse childhood experiences throughout the lifespan,” said Lisa Negrini, chief operating officer of the Family Study Center. She added that representatives of local and state government, legislators, and community decision makers have been invited to participate.

“The conference is based on the understanding that trauma and toxic stress greatly impact children and their emerging social-emotional and behavioral systems. In order for children to be prepared to learn and to succeed in life, all systems need to be responsive to children’s needs for safety, security and support during stressful times. “

Register online to attend. It will be held in the University Student Center in USC 200 at USF St. Petersburg, 140 6th Ave. South, St. Petersburg.