CIC 2017: Keynote Speaker James Garbarino


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CIC Keynote: Resiliency & Healing: The Aftermath of Violence in Marginalized Communities

Friday, March 17th, 2017

1.5 CEs/CEUs

James Garbarino is the Maude C. Clarke Professor in Humanistic Psychology and Senior Faculty Fellow, Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University

Workshop Description:


This presentation will offer an “ecological perspective” on trauma as a challenge to human development. At the core of an ecological perspective is the recognition that because developmental always takes place “in context.” Thus there are few absolutes, and when the question is, “Does X cause Y?” the best scientific answer is usually, “it depends.” This focuses attention on how resilience and healing in the aftermath of violence are linked to cultural and community issues (as well as individual temperament and resources). For example, when unresolved trauma leads to a chronic pattern of aggression, bad behavior, acting out and violating the rights of others (“conduct disorder”), the links to violent delinquency are much greater in “high risk” neighborhoods than in “low risk” neighborhoods (four times greater in one study). Similarly, when trauma precipitates mental health crises, the form these crises take may be linked to social factors such as the degree to which an individual is embedded in a “culture of violence.” Similarly, components of resilience are themselves linked to the accumulation of risk factors and developmental assets, and these in turn are linked to the forces that create and sustain “marginality” in communities. This analysis is based upon the presenter’s books Listening to Killers (2015), Lost Boys (1999), See Jane Hit (2006), Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience (2010), and his forthcoming Miller’s Children: How the Supreme Court Opened the Prison Door for Rehabilitated Teenage Killers (2018).

Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level workshop, participants will be able to:

(1) Identify two links between unresolved trauma and violent and anti-social behavior in a socially toxic environment.

(2) Specify two ways in which gender mediates the relationship between unresolved trauma and violence.

Professional Bio of James Garbarino, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

James Garbarino received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in 1973. He currently holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, Dr. Garbarino was Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Development and Co-Director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University, where he is now Emeritus Professor.

Dr. Garbarino has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. In 1991, he undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War upon children in Kuwait and Iraq; has served as a consultant for programs serving Vietnamese, Bosnian, and Croatian child refugees; and advises programs dealing with literacy as a resource in dealing with trauma in El Salvador and India.

Dr. Garbarino serves as a consultant for media reports on children and families. In 1981, he received the Silver Award at the International Film and Television Festival of New York for co-authoring “Don’t Get Stuck There: A Film on Adolescent Abuse.” In 1985, he collaborated with John Merrow to produce “Assault on the Psyche,” a program dealing with psychological abuse. He also serves as a scientific expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of violence and children.

The National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect honored Dr. Garbarino in 1985 with its first C. Henry Kempe Award, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children. In 1975, Dr. Garbarino was named a Spencer Fellow by the National Academy of Education, and in 1981, he was named a National Fellow by the Kellogg Foundation. In 1979, and again in 1981, he received the Mitchell Prize from the Woodlands Conference on Sustainable Societies. In 1987, Dr. Garbarino was elected President of the American Psychological Association’s Division on Child, Youth and Family Services. In 1988, he received the American Humane Association’s Vincent De Francis Award for nationally significant contributions to child protection. In 1989, Dr. Garbarino received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Public Service, and in 1992, the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues prize for research on child abuse. In 1993, he received the Brandt F. Steele Award from the Kempe National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and in 1994, he received the American Psychological Association’s Division on Child, Youth and Family Services’ Nicholas Hobbs Award.  Also in 1994, Dr. Garbarino received the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics.  In 1995, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by St. Lawrence University. In 1999, he received the Humanitarian Award from the University of Missouri’s International Center for Psychosocial Trauma. In 2000, Dr. Garbarino received the President’s Celebrating Success Award from the National Association of School Psychologists, and in 2003, he received the Outstanding Service to Children Award of the Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children. In 2011, he received the Max Hayman Award from the American Orthopsychiatric Association for contributions to the prevention of genocide. In 2015, Dr. Garbarino received the Rosenberry Award from Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver for his work in advancing clinical insight into children and youth. In 2016, he received the Paul Fink Interpersonal Violence Prevention Award from the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence.

Dr. Garbarino has authored or edited a number of books including: Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My 20 Years as a Psychological Expert Witness in Murder Cases (2015); Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience (2008); See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It (2006); And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence  (2002); Parents Under Siege: Why You Are the Solution, Not the Problem, in Your Child’s Life (2001); Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them (1999); Raising Children in a Socially Toxic Environment (1995); Let’s Talk About Living in a World with Violence (1993); Children in Danger: Coping With The Consequences of Community Violence (1992); Children and Families in the Social Environment (2nd ed., 1992); What Children Can Tell Us (1989); No Place To Be A Child: Growing Up In A War Zone (1991); Psychologically Battered Child (1986); Troubled Youth, Troubled Families (1986); Adolescent Development: An Ecological Perspective (1985); Social Support Networks (1983); Successful Schools and Competent Students (1981); Understanding Abusive Families (1980; 2nd ed., 1997); and Protecting Children From Abuse and Neglect (1980).

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 3: Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Workshop Schedule:

90-minute keynote presentation


(1) Garbarino, J. (2015) Listening to killers: Lessons learned from my 20 Years as a psychological expert witness in murder cases. Berkely, CA: University of California Press.

(2) Garbarino, J. (1999) Lost boys: Why our sons turn violent and how we can save them. NY, New York: Free Press.

(3) Garbarino, J. (2006) See Jane hit: Why girls are more violent and what we can do about it. NY, New York: Free Press.



Target Audience: All mental health disciplines.  Students welcome.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.  If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods.  If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them.  Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Moira Jackson at 312-467-2364. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Counselors/Clinical Counselors. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education units.  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed in the State of Illinois to provide continuing education programming for counselors and clinical counselors.  License Number: 197.000159

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education units.  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed in the State of Illinois to provide continuing education programming for social workers.  License Number: 159.001036

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

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