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The Connection of Trauma and Attachment in a Baby's Brain
November 21, 2019
Tessa Chesher, DO
Tessa Chesher, DO
Associate Clinical Professor, OSU Center for Health Sciences
Dr. Tessa Chesher is an associate clinical professor at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is dually board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She received her general psychiatric training at The University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, where she also completed a Harris Fellowship in Infant and Early Childhood Psychiatry. Dr. Chesher’s professional interests include infant and early childhood mental health, early childhood trauma, and pediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry. She also focuses on increasing infant mental health knowledge in the medical and mental health communities through education and consultation across Oklahoma.
The first years of development are an amazing time in which a baby’s brain is growing quicker than any other time in life. Traumatic events can have a large impact on this growth, making it difficult to care for a baby affected by trauma. Join us to learn how a baby’s brain grows and is changed in traumatic environments, as well as how trauma affects the whole body. Dr. Tessa Chesher will discuss how attachment is affected by trauma and how powerful responsive relationships are to a baby healing from trauma.
Parents in attendance will earn 1 hour of in-service training credit toward their annual 12-hour requirement.
Please contact Kristal Richardson, your webinar host, via email or by phone at if you have any questions.
Sponsored by Oklahoma Department of Human Services and coordinated by The University of Oklahoma OUTREACH National Resource Center for Youth Services.
Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by contacting Danielle Harbinger at (918) 660-3700 as soon as possible.
November 21, 2019
Pending Training Events
Resources, Opportunities, and Relationships: Supports for Youth Mental Health Needs
Youth in child welfare represent some of our most vulnerable members of society, as well as the most rewarding to know and engage. Participants will learn about the unique mental health needs of youth in child welfare, resources currently available to Oklahoma families, and ways to advocate for youth through ongoing partnerships.
|Date: TBD||Location: OU-Tulsa Learning Center - Room 136, Tulsa, OK||Reg. Deadline: TBD|
This training will explore LGBTQ+ history and how it impacts the LGBTQ+ community today, address information about language and terms, specific challenges LGBTQ+ youth face, and available resources.
|Date: TBD||Location: Dennis R Neill Equality Center, Tulsa, OK||Reg. Deadline: TBD|
The Adolescent Brain
This training seeks to connect the anecdotal knowledge that youth serving professionals have about why adolescents behave the way they do with recent advancements in the science of adolescent brain development. In addition, examples and exercises will help participants more effectively provide support to their youth.
|Date: TBD||Location: OU/DHS Training Center, Norman, OK||Reg. Deadline: TBD|