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When Difficult Behaviors Arise: Journeys Conference w/ Dr. Samantha Wilson (De Pere)

April 12 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Adoptive parents, guardianship parents, foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, and professionals–please join the Journeys Program and Jockey Being Family for a spring conference in De Pere! Dr. Samantha L. Wilson, Ph. D., IMH-E® IV will be speaking about When Difficult Behaviors Arise. Dr. Wilson is the Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin International Adoption Clinic, Child Development Center at Children’s Wisconsin. She has worked extensively with children who have experienced trauma, and we are so excited for her to be presenting for us!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as certificates of attendance for those who come. The agenda for the day is shown below.

There will also be a chance to enter in for giveaways throughout the conference. Please reach out to czommers@cclse.org with any questions!

*Please note: There is no childcare available at this conference; adults only, please.

Conference Description

When Difficult Behaviors Arise
Children enter foster/adoptive families with many needs. Some are evident early; others surface in the course of later development. A trauma-responsive perspective will be presented to understand emotional/behavioral concerns that commonly arise across development within adoptive/foster families. Content will explore the impact of early adversity on brain/behavior, expressions of grief/loss, common relational worries, questions about identity, and their impact at various ages. Families will consider ways to promote relational health and build stronger connections with their children.

About our Presenter

Samantha Wilson, PhD, IMH-E® IV, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Pediatric Psychology and Developmental Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is the Director of the International Adoption Clinic at Children’s Wisconsin and has been licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in Wisconsin since 2008. She provides trauma-informed, relationship-based assessment and intervention to children/teens and their families. Academic publications cover aspects of adoption, effects of institutional care, and social-emotional development. Dr. Wilson is credentialed within Wisconsin as an Infant Mental Health Mentor (Level IV – Clinical) and is recognized as a Wisconsin-based state trainer for Trauma-Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy. Along with direct service to youth and families, she serves as a clinical consultant to the University of Wisconsin Infant, Early Childhood, and Family Mental Health Certificate Program and provides mental health consultation to the Waukesha County (WI) Head Start Program. Since October 2021, she has provided clinical consultation to support the transitional adjustment of unaccompanied minors in collaboration with the US Office of Refugee Resettlement as a cadre member of Vibrant’s Crisis Emotional Care Team.

This event is being sponsored by Jockey Being Family. To learn more about Jockey Being Family, visit their website here: https://www.jockeybeingfamily.com/


April 12
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Event Category:


Journeys Program


Bemis Conference Center
299 3rd St
De Pere, WI 54115
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(920) 403-4000
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