Child Trauma Conference 2019
4 - 5 April 2019
Academia, Singapore
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About the Child Trauma Conference 2019

– Prevention to Recovery

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), with the support of Temasek Foundation Cares, is organising the first-ever Child Trauma Conference in Singapore. This conference will bring together, for the first time in Singapore, professionals such as counsellors, social workers, psychologists as well as policy makers, leaders, and other professionals in the child mental health and welfare sector.

Themed, “Prevention to Recovery”, the conference aims to provide a platform for international trauma experts and professionals in Singapore’s community to share their experience and practice in building trauma resilient children, and helping them recover from trauma in a school, hospital and other community settings. The conference also seeks to facilitate sharing of new findings on resilience and/or trauma recovery, and evidence for best practices, as well as facilitate establishment of a stronger network of trauma-informed practitioners in Singapore.

The two-day conference will be held from 4 April to 5 April 2019, at Academia, located within the Singapore General Hospital Campus.

We hope to attract 300 interested participants in joining us on this educational journey.


Conference is open to healthcare professionals and educators.


Esther Deblinger, PhD

Co-Director, CARES Institute, USA

Monica Fitzgerald, PhD

Senior Research Associate, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA

Lucy Berliner

Director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work, USA

Professor Justin Kenardy

Clinical Psychologist and Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia


Pre-conference will be held on 3 April 2019 and the main conference will be held from 4 April to 5 April 2019, at the Academia located within Singapore General Hospital Campus.
Day 1
03 Apr 2019
Day 2
04 Apr 2019
Day 3
05 Apr 2019


1. TF-CBT: Implementing TF-CBT with child sexual abuse survivors and their families
2. Clinical challenge in working with complex PTSD
3. Let’s Connect – emotion coaching, supportive communication to build a resilient family
4. Implementation-Implementing and sustaining EBT trauma informed practice in organizations

Workshops are run concurrently. Please select your preferred workshop choice during registration. For further enquiries, please email to
Esther Deblinger, PhD
Monica Fitzgerald, PhD
Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD
Lucy Berliner

Child Trauma Conference Programme (Day 1)

Academia, Auditorium, Level 1
08:30 - 9:00


Opening ceremony

• Arrival of Guest of Honour, Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore
• Opening performance by Hope Voices Choire, Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home
• Welcome speech by Assoc Prof Ng Kee Chong, Chairman, Medical Board, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
• Speech by Mr Richard Magnus, Chairman, Temasek Foundation Cares
• Official opening of Child Trauma Conference 2019

Keynote Address

Crisis, trauma, recovery, resilience: A personal and professional journey of discovery
Esther Deblinger, PhD
10:15 - 10:45

Tea Break 1

Panel Discussion

• Collaboration: Systems coordination to expand reach and improve outcomes
• Integration: Behavioral health within the healthcare response
• How, who, when of early intervention
• Resilience
• Questions and answers
12:00 - 13:00


Break Out Sessions

• Breakout Session 1: Special considerations in working with caregivers (Venue: L1-S1)
• Breakout Session 2: Using technology to make a bigger difference for traumatised children (Venue:L1-S3)
• Breakout Session 3: Clinical challenges and strategies for dealing with Trauma narration and processing (Venue: Auditorium)
Esther Deblinger, PhD
Monica Fitzgerald, PhD
Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD
Lucy Berliner
15:00 - 15:30

Tea Break

Breakout Session 4

• Building a trauma informed system in Singapore to support child abuse survisors and children in out of home care
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] Enabling implementation of a Trauma-Informed Care System through organisational support
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] Trauma informed approach for youth with adverse childhood experiences in a community-based youth centre
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] Application of trauma-informed practices in child protection work to support children and youths during critical transitions for better outcomes

Breakout Session 5

• Cultural modification to Trauma-Focused - CBT practice in Singapore: A sharing of what we have learnt from community therapists
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] Trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy with child abuse victims who experienced multiple traumas
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] Post-traumatic growth and recovery through Trauma-Focused - CBT for traumatic grief: a retrospective case study

Breakout Session 6

• Having a parent who takes illicit drugs – What do their children go through?
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] Recovering a sense of safety and control in the world using the journey metaphor
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] Can parental involvement and autonomy granting buffer the effects of adverse childhood experiences on children from low-income families in Singapore?

Breakout Session 7

• What is worth doing is worth doing well: implementation journey of trauma systems therapy in Singapore
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] Trauma systems therapy: Two case studies to show it works
• [ORAL PRESENTATION] A pilot study of the relationship between professional protective factors and secondary traumatic stress

Child Trauma Conference Programme (Day 2)

Academia, Auditorium, Level 1
08:30 - 09:00



Evidence-based treatment planning: Important factors to consider when addressing trauma related problems in children
Benjamin E. Saunders, PhD
10:00 - 10:30


Plenary 2

RISE and Community: How to create a safe and supportive school climate and community to build resilience in our younger generation.
Monica Fitzgerald, PhD

Plenary 3

Latest Research Advances: Treatment Implications
Esther Deblinger, PhD
12:00 - 13:00


Break Out Sessions

• Breakout Session 8: Disaster management: Lessons learnt from overseas experiences / Even in silence - A young woman's journey of sexual abuse and recovery
• Breakout Session 9: Best practices in child abuse and domestic violence
• Breakout Session 10: Practice what you preach: Therapists self-care and management of secondary traumatic stress
15:00 –15:30


Plenary 4

Early interventions with infants and toddlers
Professor Justin Kenardy

Closing Address

Creating a trauma-informed system: Using a trauma-informed lens and promoting resilience in the community
17:00 - 17:05



20 College Road, Singapore 169856 (located in Singapore General Hospital Campus)

Abstract Submission

Please submit your abstract online no later than 14 Jan 2019 via online submission form.

Abstracts are to be submitted online and will not be accepted by fax, email or post.

The Child Trauma Conference 2019 Secretariat will notify all abstract submitters of their acceptance via email by 22 February 2019.


All authors accepted for oral or poster presentation must register for the conference and pay the applicable registration fees.

Please note: The submitting author (if different from the presenting author) will be the only one linked to the abstract submission and will receive all relevant information via email. It is the submitting author’s responsibility to ensure that the information is passed on to the other authors listed in the abstract submission.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All abstracts must be written in English.
  • The maximum length of the abstract title is 150 characters with spaces.
  • Up to 10 authors can be submitted under one abstract (underline the names of presenting author(s) – not more than 2 presenting authors).
  • Include the first name, last name and affiliations of all authors separately.
  • Include overview of the intent and purpose of the presentation.
  • Do not include any tables or figures.
  • Include a biography of less than 150 words for the presenting author. This is not included in the abstract word count.
  • The maximum word count for each abstract is 250 words, excluding titles, authors and affiliations.

Submissions on other topics relevant to child trauma are also welcome


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Kindly note that registration for Main Conference is now closed. The response has been overwhelming and we have reached the maximum capacity of the conference. Only limited seats are left for Pre-Conference Workshops.
150.00 SGD

3 April 2019

Only limited number of seats left!

TF-CBT: Implementing TF-CBT with child sexual abuse survivors and their families

Clinical challenge in working with complex PTSD

Let’s Connect – emotion coaching, supportive communication to build a resilient family – FULL

Implementation-Implementing and sustaining EBT trauma informed practice in organizations – FULL

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