New Frontiers in Pediatric Mental Health



Join us for a two day event of expert advice on the identification, treatment and neuroscience of pediatric mental health where we explore how to strengthen early identification, treatment and resources of childhood mental illnesses, and best practice issues of treating childhood trauma, neglect and abuse.

Our national experts will provide information on models designed to guide identification, assessment, and evidence based treatment for a variety of pediatric mental health concerns.

Target Audience
The workshops above are appropriate for Psychologists, Social Workers, School Counselors, Psych/Mental Health Nurses, Pediatric Nurses, School Nurses, Courts and Corrections Staff, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Basic Information

Dates: May 3 – 4, 2013
Times: 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: University Plaza Hotel, Springfield, Missouri
Who Should Attend: Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, School Counselors, Nurses, Courts and Corrections Staff, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists.

Risky Behaviors

David Snider

Officer with Community Services Section/Crime Prevention
Springfield Police Department
Springfield, MO

Risky childhood and adolescent behaviors are a sad but real occurrence. According to the National Survey on Drug and Alcohol Use, in 2009, 10.4 million young people ages 12-20 reported they drank alcohol beyond “just a few sips” in the past month. Furthermore, every year in the United States, about 5,000 young people under age 21 die as a result of underage drinking. While underage drinking is dangerous, it is merely the tip of the iceberg when examining the risky behaviors of this population. Peer pressure, low self-esteem and inability to recognize consequences contribute to behaviors such as cutting, prescription drugs, bath salts, choking game, K2 alternatives, and pharming. Just when you think you’ve heard it all – this workshop will leave you sadly astonished at the extreme and sometimes shocking risky behaviors of today’s youth.
Specific Goals and Learning Objectives:

  • Describe current attention-seeking behaviors of the pediatric population;
  • Identify warning signs of participating in risky behaviors; and
  • Describe interventions available to prevent negative outcomes.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with Youth Exposed to Child Abuse and Neglect

Matthew D. Kliethermes, PhD

Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis
Associate Clinical Professor at University of Missouri – St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Trauma- Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a best practice for traumatized youth ages 3-17. This workshop will provide an overview of TF-CBT including the theoretical rationale, empirical support, model and session structure, and guidelines for implementation with fidelity. Specific suggestions for implementation of TF-CBT with youth exposed to sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect will also be provided.
Specific Goals and Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the theoretical rationale for the TF-CBT model;
  • Define the structure of the overall TF-CBT model and specific sessions; and
  • List the specific strategies for implementing TF-CBT with youth exposed to child abuse and neglect.

An Integrated Approach to Childhood Exposure to Violence and Implications for Brain Development

Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH

Director Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project
Homer, Alaska

Dr. Chamberlain begins by making the connection between different forms of family violence and the long-term implications of abuse over the lifespan. Following a brief overview of neurobiology and the mind-body connection, she explains why the developing brain is more vulnerable to the effects of trauma and violence. The latest science on adolescent brain development is introduced to demonstrate the continuum of brain development and windows of opportunity for intervention strategies. Dr. Chamberlain uses case scenarios to illustrate the physical, mental, cognitive, and behavioral health effects of childhood exposure to violence, including the hidden epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder. Wrapping up on a provocative and positive note, she provides strategies for assessment, practical tips for working with children from violent households and promising practices that are making a difference in the lives of children and families exposed to violence.
Specific Goals and Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the connections between different types of family violence;
  • Discuss the continuum of brain development from infancy through adolescence;
  • Describe three physical and/or mental health problems associated with childhood exposure to violence; and
  • Demonstrate two strategies to assess for childhood exposure to violence; and
  • Identify two guidelines for working with children exposed to violence.

Having It Both Ways: Integrating Directive and Non-Directive Play-Based Approaches to Treating Traumatized Children

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S

Adjunct Faculty for Numerous Graduate Programs, Author and Private Practice
Nashville, Tennessee

This workshop will expose participants to a trauma treatment approach that integrates effective play therapy interventions from a variety of theoretical orientations with a view towards expanding our practice models to flexibly meet the needs of all the children who come through our doors. Flexibly Sequential Play Therapy (FSPT), a components based model of trauma treatment, weaves together non-directive, cognitive-behavioral, expressive, dyadic and somatic play interventions into a treatment tapestry that can more flexibly meet the needs of the children we serve. Participants will leave with a guiding framework for intervention and a toolbox of practical play therapy techniques that will be immediately useful in clinical settings.
Specific Goals and Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the components of the FSPT model;
  • Describe four practical strategies for soothing the physiology of traumatized children;
  • Articulate the role of parents in co-regulating their children;
  • Delineate three play therapy interventions that counter cognitive distortions; and
  • List three non-linguistic mediums that can augment verbal or written trauma narratives for children.

Behavioral Health Providers
Burrell is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Burrell maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Each workshop is approved for 3 credit hours. Total conference is approved for 12 credit hours. All workshops in this conference are to be considered intermediate level of training.

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Up to 12 Contact Hours will be awarded to all individuals who attend the two-day offering (6 contact hours/day, 3 contact hours/session), sign in, complete the evaluation form and are paid in full. MONA Provider Approval Number 713-XII.


Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S

Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor with specialized training in work with children, adolescents and their families. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and received her MSSW from the University of Tennessee. She pioneered the first play therapy program for the Therapeutic Preschool at Dede Wallace Center before joining Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic where she worked in both the outpatient setting and the school based program. She currently sees children of all ages in private practice and serves as adjunct faculty for graduate programs at the University of Tennessee, Vanderbilt University, and Trevecca Nazarene University. Paris has an international reputation as a dynamic and original speaker. She provides supervision, organization consultation and training on many topics related to child treatment. She is the author of “Gabby the Gecko”, a new bibliotherapy material aimed at helping children disclose and heal from traumatizing experiences. She has also authored a book entitled “Digging for Buried Treasure: 52 Prop-Based Play Therapy Interventions for Treating the Problems of Childhood” and co-authored an original DVD, “10 Peas in a Pod”, a resource that helps clinicians immediately replicate empirically informed prescriptive play therapy strategies.


Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH

Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist specializing in childhood exposure to violence and brain development, and is the founding director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project. An internationally renowned keynote speaker, she works as a consultant for the Family Violence Prevention Fund and holds affiliate faculty appointments at the University of Alaska and Johns Hopkins University where she did her doctoral research. She earned her public health degree from Yale School of Medicine, specializing in maternal and child health and epidemiology. Dr. Chamberlain has published extensively on the topic of family violence and is editor for the e-journal, Family Violence Prevention and Health Practice. Awards and recognition for her work include a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship. Living on a rural homestead outside of Homer, Alaska with her husband and dog team, she has developed a highly innovative lecture series on leadership and teamwork called, “Lessons from the Trail” and teaches a graduate course on public health and leadership.


Officer David Snider

Officer David Snider is currently serving his 20th year as a law enforcement officer. He graduated from Parkview High School in 1986, and then enlisted in the United States Army. He served in C-Company – 588th Engineer Battalion as a Combat Engineer. He achieved the rank of Sergeant during his tour of duty, which also included Operation Desert Storm. Officer Snider’s law enforcement career started with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1993. During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office, he served as Certified Police Instructor at the Calcasieu Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in the areas of Defensive Tactics and Officer Survival Skills. He also served as a tactical operator and a commander with the S.W.A.T. team. Officer Snider has been with the Springfield Police Department since October of 2006. He has served as a uniformed operations officer, and is currently assigned to the Community Services section as a Crime Prevention Officer. One of his duties with the unit entails speaking to various public and private organizations about crime prevention and police related topics. His primary emphasis is focused on Crime Prevention efforts and deterrents within the community. Officer Snider has attended a wide array of law enforcement training schools on both the user and instructor levels during the past 20 years. He currently holds an instructor certification in the State of Missouri and has the privilege of instructing at the SPD training on the topics of Crime Prevention and Community Policing. His training ranges from basic police work and knowledge to the theories of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).


Matthew D. Kliethermes, Ph.D.

Matthew D. Kliethermes, Ph.D. is a Missouri Licensed Psychologist/Health Services Provider at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL) and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Dr. Kliethermes has over 12 years of experience working with traumatized youth and has received extensive training in this area, including exposure to multiple trauma-focused, evidence-based practices. Currently, Dr. Kliethermes provides direct clinical services to children exposed to trauma and their non-offending caregivers, supervises the clinical work of mental health trainees, and provides frequent training and consultation at local, state, and national levels. His primary professional interests include complex trauma, assessment and diagnosis of traumatized youth, effective trauma-focused engagement strategies, and Child Traumatic Grief.

Hotel Reservations

RamadaThe New Frontiers in Pediatric Mental Health Conference will be held at the University Plaza Hotel Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri

Located in the heart of downtown Springfield – surrounded by great restaurants, lounges and coffee shops – this first class hotel has terrific resort-style amenities like a fitness center, whirlpool, sundeck and indoor and outdoor pools.

Special Room Rates

We have special room rates for conference at $89 (plus applicable taxes) single/double.

Call the reservations department at 417.864.7333 and be sure to ask for the Burrell New Frontiers conference block to receive the discounted conference rate.

NOTE: Rooms at the special rate are subject to availability and sell out quickly! Hotel reservations are separate from conference registration and must be booked and paid for separately.

University Plaza

See their website and take a tour of the hotel at:

University Plaza Hotel
333 John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield MO 65806

Hotel Phone: 417.864.7333
Hotel Fax: 417.831.5893