National author and researcher to speak on the effects of trauma-informed therapy

NEWARK, Ohio, August 14, 2019 – Nationally known author and researcher Kristie Brandt, DNP, will present a free symposium on appropriate therapeutic approaches for children on Thursday, August 29, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  "Trauma and Treatment: Letting Neurobiological and Developmental Concepts Guide our Work" will be held at the Coshocton Christian Tabernacle, 23891 Airport Road, Coshocton. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

Brandt is a national expert in clinical/direct application of neurobiologically respectful, developmentally guided and trauma-informed therapy in settings for children.

Healthcare, human services, educational and judicial professionals as well as students are invited to explore appropriate therapeutic approaches and the reflective steps essential to conceptualizing and planning quality therapy for children. Targeted points of the day will include the core concepts related to typical child development, including neurobiological, relational, regulation, attachment and developmental sequences. The dynamic interplay of a child's chronological, developmental and functional age will be explored, along with neurobiological changes related to the stress response systems which impact a child's functional age, health, well-being and healing.

The event is free, but registration is requested at

For more information, contact Leondra Davis, quality improvement coordinator, Coshocton County Juvenile Court, at 740.295.7420 or email

Brandt is CEO of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute in Napa, California, and an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California at Davis' School of Medicine. She earned both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

This presentation is funded by Children and Family Futures; Administration on Children, Youth and Families; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under grant #90CA1854 with additional support from the Supreme Court of Ohio.

The program is supported locally by: Coshocton County National Quality Improvement Center - Collaborative Community Court Team; Coshocton County Juvenile Court, Van Blanchard II, Judge; Knox Community Hospital; Coshocton and Knox County Boards of Developmental Disabilities; Allwell Behavioral Health Services and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC).

COTC offers associate degree and certificate programs within the human services, early childhood education, healthcare and criminal justice sectors. College representatives will be on hand to share credentialing and program opportunities at COTC in these fields.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.