Tri-Unity Conference

March 9th, 2020

Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum,
Las Cruces, NM

No Wrong Door: Building a Trauma-Informed Service System for Children with Developmental Needs and Their Families

Keynote Speaker

Marian E. Williams, PhD 

Marian E. Williams is a licensed psychologist, based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, specializing in infant-family and early childhood mental health and developmental disabilities in children. Dr. Williams is Co-Director, Interdisciplinary Training for the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Program Area Lead for the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and Director, Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative.  Finally, Dr. Williams leads the Training and Technical Assistance team for First Connections, a six-year project funded by First 5 LA to enhance developmental screening and linkage for young children from underserved communities.  Through these programs, Dr. Williams trains interdisciplinary staff and students in infant-family mental health interventions, assessment of autism spectrum disorder, and trauma-informed care. She conducts research on early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities, and improving access to care for underserved populations of young children.


About the Tri-Unity Conference

The Tri-Unity Conference was created 13 years ago. It began as a collaboration between Direct Therapy Services, Aprendamos Intervention Team and New Mexico State University-Communication Disorders Department. The partners at Direct Therapy Services and Aprendamos Intervention Team felt it was their responsibility to give back to their community and local university. They also recognized, as practicing therapists, that opportunities for education on specific topics were not found locally and many therapist would travel to hear speakers and continue their education. So together with NMSU they created the conference.

The intention of Tri-Unity it to unite the community through education. To provide training to our community by hosting speakers who are experts in their fields of study. In doing so the conference supports NMSU students and faculty. All proceeds from the conference are donated back to an endowment at New Mexico State University and funds from the endowment provide funding for students and faculty of the NMSU Communication Disorders Department.

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