Patricia Carter, Ph.D.
Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH)

Dr. Carter has been with the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) since 1989 working in various capacities with children and families.  She has worked in both inpatient and community settings, providing clinical and administrative services.  Dr. Carter is the Trauma Lead for the MODMH providing training, consultation and coaching in the area of trauma and trauma informed organizations. Her current role as Director of Children’s Clinical Services focuses on enhancing clinical practices to promote quality care in meeting the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, developmental or substance use disorders across a variety of child serving systems. In March of 2014, Dr. Carter was placed in a joint position with MODMH and Children’s Division/Social Services to expand clinical and trauma consultation to the child welfare system.

Dr. Carter received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi.

Friday Keynote: Trauma and Child Development

Toxic stress has been a focus of much research in the last 20 years. This presentation will outline what trauma is and how it impacts brain development, emotional and behavioral regulation, learning and relationships. We all come into contact with children and families that have experienced complex or chronic trauma on a daily basis through our professional lives and even our personal lives. In our systems we may know of children who have been abused, neglected, living in poverty or in unsafe neighborhoods. We may assess for these things and even provide some therapy yet our expectations are the same and we may not truly understand the long-lasting and broad impact it has on functioning.

This presentation will provide information on trauma and its impact. Follow up workshops will extend the exploration into what we can do to help children and families as well as how organizations can become trauma informed.