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General Sessions


General Sessions

Opening Session

Trauma and Recovery

Presented by Tonier Cain 

Sunday July 8, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Through her amazing story Tonier Cain will take the audience on a journey to understand how her childhood trauma led to drug addiction and years of self-destructive behavior that subjected her to being re-traumatized constantly by the very people who were being paid to help her.

During her 19-year crack addiction, Tonier Cain racked up 83 arrests and 66 convictions. She turned to prostitution to pay for drugs, lost custody of four children, and, when she wasn’t locked up, she slept under a bridge. Most people she encountered thought she was a lost cause but in 2004, pregnant and incarcerated, she entered a community trauma, mental health and addictions program, where she confronted the haunting childhood memories that she tried to numb with drugs and alcohol. Realizing for the first time that she had been a victim, Tonier began to heal and reclaim power over her life, embarking on a remarkable upward spiral that has no limit. Tonier’s joyous spirit and astonishing inner-strength leaps into audience hearts, inspiring renewed hope and compassion for those still living on the fringes.

Sponsored by Casey Family Programs

Keynote Session

Healing ACEs During Childhood: Blending Science, Partnership, and Advocacy

Presented by Dr. Anu Partap

Monday July 9, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

For 19 years, Anu Partap, MD, MPH, has enjoyed being a pediatrician, educator, and community partner to improve how families receive support when challenged by family violence, foster care, or health disparities. She received her BA/MD from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine in 1995 and then joined Phoenix Children's Hospital/ Maricopa Medical Center for residency, chief residency, and a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship. During her fellowship, she researched the impact of family violence on child health and pursued her Masters in Public Health. She stayed on as teaching faculty, starting grant-funded programs in family violence, family support, early childhood, and physician advocacy.

After a three-year "mommy" hiatus, she joined The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from 2009-2017 and served as medical director for the Foster Care Clinics at Children's Medical Center Dallas. There, she launched the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence. In 2018, she moved to a new position as Physician Director of the Center for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention at The Center for Children's Health led by Cook Children's.

Dr. Partap has secured funding from over 25 entities and is frequently invited to educate and advocate for children's health issues through numerous state and local commissions and groups. She recently co-chaired Texas' Mental Health Committee and founded/co-chaired the Foster Care Committee. In 2017, she worked with Texas Health and Human Services as a foster care health policy consultant.

As research begins to uncovers the "who, what, when and how" the effects of childhood adversities impact child and adult outcomes, families and professionals will need to adapt our language of healing to better protect children. Through case studies, this session will portray emerging opportunities and challenges of integrating ACEs and epigenetics at home, in practice, and in policy. Participants will have the opportunity to identify traditional barriers to practice or community level changes and consider new pathways to promote more effective care. Primary strategies reviewed will include ACE-based treatment planning, integrated care, the role of case reviews, and promoting family stories in advocacy.

Sponsored by The Mentor Network

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