Presentation by Daniel Flannery, Ph.D. given at the 2010 RWJF LFP Annual Meeting in St. Paul, MN
This presentation will present recent research on the links between brain development and neurochemistry, mental health and violence. We will compare traditional treatment programs that focus separately on perpetrators, victims and witnesses with examples of specific, innovative, multi-systemic treatment models that providers have employed in an attempt to break the cycle of violence. Our discussion will revolve around several video vignettes and principles of Trauma-Informed care.
Participants will address the challenges of pilot-tested, “evidence-based practice” versus the “practice-based evidence” of community programs. Treatment challenges related to co-morbid functioning of high-risk individuals will be discussed including substance use, offending, mental health, family functioning and academic achievement. Examples of specific innovative treatment models and local and national data on multi-system involved youth and intervention outcomes will be provided. We will also consider the difficulties and benefits of working in collaborative, community-based coalitions to effect change and how this movement has been affected by policy, resources, and increased demands for accountability.