Changing the system: Bryan Samuels at HFCC 2015

A former director of Child Services for the state of Illinois in the US says that simply removing a child from harm’s way shouldn’t necessarily mean “case closed”.

In his presentation to the Helping Families Change Conference in Amsterdam in February, 2015, keynote speaker Bryan Samuels said simply moving a child out of immediate danger did reverse or eliminate the effects of toxic stress on children exposed to maltreatment.

He said children retained learned links and thoughts from adverse experiences and these memories could elicit an ongoing sense of fear. Mr Samuels’ presentation at HFCC 2015 is summarised in the latest post of the Triple P Research blog here.