The Developing Brain:
Childhood Trauma and Homelessness
It is well documented that a child’s reaction to trauma can interfere with brain development, learning, and behavior -- all of which have the potential to negatively impact a child’s academic success and overall wellbeing. By understanding how trauma enters the lives of children and how to accommodate their response, parents, helping professionals, and the community at large can reduce its negative impact, support critical development, and create a more positive environment.
- Discuss the developmental impact of trauma on brain development.
- Understand how trauma enters the lives of homeless children.
- List strategies and techniques to support children who have experienced trauma.
The Orange County Health Care Agency is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider # 62340). This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
About The Presenters
Tiffany Mitchell, Psy.D.
Director of Youth
& Family Stability
Project Hope Alliance
Dr. Mitchell’s desire to make a difference in her community started at a young age. She participated in numerous volunteer opportunities mentoring children and serving the homeless. These experiences gave her a deep appreciation for the work of nonprofits and fueled her educational and professional goals. Dr. Mitchell earned her doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology and has close to fifteen years of experience working in the nonprofit community serving individuals and families struggling with homelessness, domestic violence, addiction and mental/behavioral health needs.
Her experience coupled with her ability to nurture strong relationships has allowed her to develop and manage multiphase programs that meet the unique needs of the communities she serves. Dr. Mitchell also has expertise in data management, program evaluation, quality improvement, and systems change strategies. She has a record of success in managing strong teams and driving excellent client service delivery.
Tanya Philip, M.A.
Promotor Case Manager
Project Hope Alliance
Tanya Philip holds a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Psychology with a focus on Behavioral Forensics, and a deep-seated dedication to serving youth dealing with the effects of trauma. From over 10 years of working with youth, Tanya has developed a passion for empowering young people facing adversity through mentoring, mental health support, education, and connections to resources.
Her experience as a mental health counselor has involved working with transition aged youth and their families across the country, often involved with the criminal justice system and facing challenges such as homelessness, job insecurity, lack of access to resources and education, and community violence. Her educational and professional backgrounds have laid the foundation for Tanya to approach her work with a trauma-informed perspective, weaving the thread of social and community justice through all of the youth-serving organizations she has had the privilege of working with.