Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care Virtual Symposium

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Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care Virtual Symposium

May 12, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care Symposium

May 12, 2021

2:00 - 4:00pm


Cost: Free

Join us for a virtual symposium, featuring keynote speakers Dana Winters, Ph.D. director of the Fred Rogers Center and Junlei  Li, Ph.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Registration is free and all registrants will receive access to the presentation for a limited time following the event. Register below to receive the virtual meeting information.

The Power of Simple Interactions: Understanding and Promoting Everyday Human Interactions

Serving children and families requires us to understand and address a complex system of challenges and opportunities. It is sometimes difficult to imagine how a single, small, and ordinary moment fits within these complex challenges and rising demands for outcomes, yet such moments are the most essential building blocks of a healthy community. Finding meaningful ways to talk about such moments can be encouraging, enriching, and empowering at every level of a system in service of children, youth, and families. Each simple interaction lays the groundwork for lasting developmental relationships. At the foundation of all healthy human development is the power of human connection – and we will explore the power we have to build connections and contribute to the positive development of those around us.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the role of interactions in human development;
  • Identify ways that human interactions can be encouraged and grown across all levels of a system;
  • Apply the conceptual foundation of developmental relationships to the everyday practice of supporting the learning and growing of children, families, and colleagues.

Keynote Speakers

Dana Winters, Ph.D.

Dr. Dana Winters is the Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs, and assistant professor of child and family studies, at the Fred Rogers Center. She contributes significantly to expanding the use of Simple Interactions as an approach for adult-child and adult-adult interactions across multiple contexts to serve children and adults who help them. She leads the team at the Fred Rogers Center to use Simple Interactions to support child-serving professionals across early childhood and other developmental contexts.

Junlei Li, Ph.D.

Dr. Junlei is the Saul Zaentz Senior Lecturer of Early Childhood Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the creator of the Simple Interactions Tool. He has explored the use of Simple Interactions across a wide range of settings, from orphanages to classrooms, and is committed to understanding and supporting the work of helpers – those who serve children and families on the frontlines of education and social services. In his work, Dr. Li is focused on information practice and system change with the science of human interactions.

Special thanks to event sponsor: Linn County Board of Supervisors. 


May 12, 2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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