The Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Impacts of Violence: A Workshop

When: July 31, 2017 - August 1, 2017 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: National Academy of Sciences Building (Lecture Room) • 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418

Topics Global Health, Children and Families, Substance Use and Mental Health
Activity: Forum on Global Violence Prevention
Boards: Board on Global Health, Board on Children, Youth, and Families, DBASSE Committee on Law and Justice

The planning committee for the Forum on Global Violence Prevention held a two-day public workshop designed to illuminate the current state of the science surrounding the impacts of exposure to violence and trauma on both neurocognitive and psychosocial outcomes. The workshop  focused on exposure of trauma in childhood and the impacts of such exposure across the life-course (exploration across the life-course could include: general health and well-being, mental health, substance abuse, and outcomes related to re-victimization, and perpetration) and other aspects of exposure throughout the lifespan - including refugee health and/or PTSD in returning combatants.

The Workshop will also featured an exploration of the prevention and intervention opportunities grounded in this science -- especially in the ways in which parents and caregivers can work to build resiliency and mentally-strong children and youth.

The following questions were discussed by invited speakers and guests:

 1. What is known about how exposure to violence or trauma impacts the brain, body, and development?

 2. What is known about the long-term impacts of exposure to violence and trauma?

 3. In what ways can the evidence-base be leveraged to develop primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention programming? At what ages should these approaches be taken? Are there novel ways to apply the science?

 4. What efforts are currently underway in this space and how might violence prevention practitioners and researchers further advance the knowledge-base?

 5. Where are there opportunities for collaboration across sectors in this context?

The planning committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions.Experts will be drawn from the public and private sectors as well as from academic organizations and multilaterals to allow for multi-directional, evidence-based discussions. A proceedings of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur.

Presentation Slides and :  click on the links at the top of this webpage.

Audio Stream Recording: July 31, 2017 and August 1, 2017

Workshop Agenda:  click on the link at the top of this webpage.


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