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2021 Symposium – “Childhood Trauma: Addressing the Clinical Needs from Current and Historical Perspectives”

March 12, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The 2021 Symposium will be a virtual event. Registration closed on Thursday, March 11th, at 5:00 pm PST.

Program Schedule

10:00 am – 10:15 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:15 am – 11:45 am
Dr. Bruce Perry

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Dr. Martha Merchant

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 1:35 pm
Announcements regarding CEU/CME

1:35 pm – 2:00 pm
Jasmine Nájera, LCSW, “Local Perspectives: Voices from Within”

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel Discussion – Moderated by Dr. Jen Hastings Bruce Perry, MD, PhD Martha Merchant, PsyD Jasmine Nájera LCSW Community member with lived experiences

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds made at least five days before the start of the symposium will be granted. We reserve the right to cancel any class within five days prior to the class start date with a full refund to participants. We reserve the right to make program changes in the event of speaker illness, natural, or unforeseen disaster.

Keynote Speakers

Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

Founder of the Child Trauma Academy, Houston, Texas Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago

Bruce D. Perry is an American psychiatrist, currently the Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. A clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences, from 1993 to 2001 he was the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital. He also serves as Senior Consultant to the Alberta Minister of Children and Youth Services in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Perry is also a Senior Fellow at the Berry Street Childhood Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He is also the author of several books.

Martha Merchant, Psy.D.

Lead Psychologist for Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS), University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Martha Merchant is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma for the past 16 years. She is a half Korean, half white, cisgender woman and activist, working to empower others and to change the systems of oppression we find all around us. doc Martha regularly works with people often viewed as being on the downside of power, including children, people of color, poly families as well as LGBTQ folk. She is also committed to working with interns/postdocs and educators, who are also systematically undervalued. She began her work with Dr. Joyce Dorado, Ph.D., co-founder of HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools), at the University of California, San Francisco in 2011. She continues with that work nationally, providing training and consultation to educators. doc Martha earned her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.

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History and Legacy

In 1995, the Calciano family lost Jon, their 23-year-old son, and brother, to suicide. After two years of collaboration with the Dominican Hospital Foundation, the family inaugurated the Jon E.Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium to strengthen adolescent behavioral health resources in our community. These annual symposia enable local families, educators, and mental and medical health professionals to hear and interact with renowned specialists in a wide range of timely topics. Over the past twenty years, areas of focus have ranged from suicide to bullying, ADHD, substance abuse, and gender identity. The Calciano family is grateful for the hundreds of symposia participants who work tirelessly to improve the mental health and coping abilities of adolescents in our community. We welcome you to join us at our 22nd anniversary event.


March 12, 2021
10:00 am - 3:00 pm