HOUSTON (September 19, 2014) – DePelchin Children’s Center hosted its first annual two-day conference focused on trauma-informed mental health care. Presented as the opening event of DePelchin’s new Maconda Brown O’Connor Training Institute, the conference was developed by DePelchin in collaboration with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Bo’s Place.

“DePelchin was honored to host this inaugural conference on trauma-informed mental health care, knowing the importance of this model to our clinicians and the families they serve,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO. “We have already seen clients make great strides through trauma-informed care. The conference format allows us to increase awareness of important topics like this to professionals throughout the child welfare field.”

Over 190 conference participants heard presentations by local and national experts, including Commissioner John Specia who opened the conference sharing his thoughts on the importance of trauma informed care. The conference also included a panel of foster care graduates who shared their experiences in the foster care system.  

About DePelchin Children's Center:
DePelchin Children’s Center is the leading center in Texas for children’s well-being, with a focus on a mental health, foster care and adoption services. For more than 120 years, DePelchin has been turning lives around with comprehensive care for children, including psychiatric services, counseling, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, residential treatment, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies.  Visit www.depelchin.org to learn more.


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