Splash 2021 Speaker

Splash 2021 Speaker:
Dr. Melissa Williamson

Session Title:
Family Engagement in Today’s Challenging World

This session will highlight the meaning of a trauma informed early childhood setting and its importance to the future of our nation. According to the Trauma Informed Project (2017) “Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.” Some major risk factors of trauma include poverty, recurrent physical and/or emotional abuse, neglect, parental depression, family violence.

Session Title:
Family Engagement
Join this session to explore the makings of a successful family engagement program. This session will highlight research on the essential elements of family engagement. Program/school leaders and teachers are invited to explore the need for intentional learning and best practices on engaging families. Explore the idea that cognition, connection, communication, capabilities, and confidence are critical to a successful program.

Melissa’s Bio:
Dr. Melissa Williamson, EdD, CTP is the Professional Learning Project Manager for Frog Street Press and a member of the faculty at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She was awarded the Susan Hargrove Trainer of the Year from the San Antonio Association for the Education of Young Children. She is a two-time graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Family Engagement Certification. Melissa has extensive experience in early childhood education, family engagement, and the impact of trauma in children and families. As a certified child and adolescent trauma professional, she serves the San Antonio community by co-chairing the Early Care and Education Sector of the South Texas Trauma-Informed Care Consortium.