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Founded in 2012, the Ohio Childhood Trauma Institute empowers professionals and caregivers to bring out the best in children who have experienced trauma and to create healthy and supportive environments for them to grow.

The Institute offers multiple trainings, conferences, and workshops that provide in-depth, practical training on innovative approaches, evidence-based practices, and lessons learned from providers and caregivers.

The Institute has provided trainings to over 1,500 professionals in Ohio across the behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and medical fields (view list of past trainings).

About the trainer
David Paxton, LISW-S, is the Chief Clinical Officer for The Village Network in Ohio. For over seventy years The Village Network has been serving abused and neglected children in residential programs, treatment foster care and outpatient programs. TVN currently provides mental health services tin over 70 different schools. Mr. Paxton’s team is responsible for assuring fidelity to TVN’s chosen clinical models: The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and the Collaborative Problem Solving approach. The Village Network has been deemed as a flagship organization of Dr. Bruce Perry’s and The Child Trauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. Since implementing trauma informed care, TVN has significantly reduced the need for high risk interventions such as physical restraints. More recently, The Village Network received a grant to coordinate the training of 30 schools and 65 teachers across Ohio in the Neurosequential Model in Education by the Child Trauma Academy.

Mr. Paxton also oversees the development and implementation of TVN’s annual strategic plan. Mr. Paxton obtained a B.A. degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and earned an M.A. in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago.

Social Workers and Counselors can earn up to 6 CEU hours for this training. The training meets the supervision requirement for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.

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