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Being Trauma-Informed: What Professionals in Juvenile Court Need to Know (Omaha)

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Friday, May 17, 2013



Judges Wadie Thomas, Omaha, and Larry Gendler, Papillion, Separate Juvenile Court – Host Judges

(Nebraska Center for Children, Families and the Law will attend the seminar and assist reporters in coordinating interviews)


Lecture Series education program on what professionals in juvenile court need to know about being trauma-informed when dealing with children throughout the abuse-neglect court process.

(Reporters, this is an opportunity to learn more about children in your community who are impacted by traumatic events. Talk with local professionals about ways to help minimize negative effects of trauma and see what the court and child welfare systems are doing to help.)


June 3, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. – Noon


Omaha, UNO Thompson Alumni Center - Bootstrapper Hall, 6705 Dodge Street











There is consensus that a high percentage of individuals in the court system have experienced serious trauma at some point in their lifetime. The reverberating effects of traumatic experiences can challenge a person’s capacity for recovery and pose significant barriers to utilizing services.


This lecture will examine the various impacts of trauma on the court process. It will begin with a look at trauma throughout the life span, from birth to parenthood. It will include the manifestations of trauma, as well as the appropriate treatment for these different developmental stages.


The purpose providing this educational session to child welfare and court system professionals is to:

  • Increase understanding and awareness of the impact of trauma,
  • Develop appropriate responses to those who have been negatively impacted by traumatic events; and,
  • Provide strategies for developing and implementing policies that accommodate the needs of individuals impaired by traumatic events.


Trauma-informed child welfare and court system responses can help to avoid re-traumatizing individuals, decrease reoffending, and increase community safety.


  • Jennie Cole-Mossman is a Licensed Infant Mental Health Practitioner and is the Young Child Services Coordinator for Project Safe Start Nebraska in Douglas, Lancaster, and Sarpy Counties.
  • Alicia Henderson is the Chief Deputy in the Juvenile Division of the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office.


This Lecture Series is sponsored by the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative - a project of the Nebraska Supreme Court. The Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative offers a broad array of trainings across Nebraska. Audience members generally include juvenile jurisdiction judges, attorneys, caseworkers, and service providers.

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