2019 Fall Houston Conference

Supporting Relational Health and Building Stronger Communities

Monday, October 21, 2019

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Norris Conference Centers – Houston/Westchase

9990 Richmond Avenue, South Building, Ste. 102, Houston, TX 77042

The Neurobiology of Stress and Simple Tools to Promote Resilience, Co-Regulation, and Healthy Relationships

Join us on Monday, October 21st in Houston for this year’s Fall Conference as we discuss Relational Health and Infant & Toddlers. Understanding and managing stress is an essential part of healthy development and well-being. This presentation begins with an overview of the building blocks of the brain to highlight how social connections build brain connections. Dr. Chamberlain uses puppets and other visual aids to demonstrate how the brain and body respond to stress. Participants will learn how overwhelming and unaddressed stress interferes with co-regulation and promoting healthy relationships and communication between caregivers and children. Linda leads the audience in brain-body practices that can become part of a daily toolkit for children, youth and adults to build resilience, teach self-regulatory skills and promote well-being. The latest science supporting the effectiveness of breath work, relaxation response, rhythmic movement and other tools to shift the nervous system and calm the brain will be discussed. These practices are also being used to prevent compassion fatigue and promote vicarious resilience among service providers and caregivers exposed to the suffering of others.  


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First3Years Members: $10| Non-Members: $15

5.5 CEUs | Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided


Tentative Agenda

7:30 AM | Registration and Light Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM | First3Years Opening & Welcome

8:15 AM – 10:45 AMMorning Session presented by Dr. Chamberlain

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM | Lunch  & First3Years Presentation

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | Afternoon Session presented by Dr. Chamberlain

1:30 PM –  2:30 PM |  First3Years Closing Session


About Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D. MPH: Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain has worked in the field of childhood and adult trauma for over two decades.  Known for her abilities to translate science into practical strategies with diverse audiences, she is an internationally recognized keynote speaker who conveys a message of hope.  Her current focus is on a healing-centered framework with a strong emphasis on brain-body strategies to address how stress is stored in our bodies and our natural instinct to heal.   A trainer with Capacitar, an international network for well-being and transforming trauma, she is trained in a wide range of practices that use breathwork, movement, meditation, visualization, HeartMath, iRest and other techniques to promote resilience, self-regulation, and healing.  Her highly interactive, skill-based presentations highlight simple tools that are appropriate for children, youth and adults.  An important application of her work is preventing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma among service providers exposed to the suffering of others in a broad range of settings.   Dr. Chamberlain taught at the University of Alaska and earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University.  Recognition for her work includes a Scientist Scholar with the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award and the Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar on Child Behavioral Health.  


Conference Objectives:

– Identify the four building blocks of the brain –

– Describe stress response in the brain and body –

– List two ways that stress can interfere with relational health and co-regulation –

– Demonstrate three practices to promote self-regulation, resilience and relational health for caregivers and their children –

– List two resources/tools that would be useful for you, your clients, community and/or staff at your organization –


Thank you to our supporters:



Julie Ann Mason Memorial Lecture sponsored by Jerry M. Lewis, M.D, Mental Health Research Foundation


Parking Details: On-Site & Free | Complimentary parking in the garage