people gathered in Kodiak this week for the Second Child Abuse Prevention
Summit. The event was put on by KANA, the Kodiak Island Housing Authority, the
Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, the Native Village of Afognak, Koniag Incorporated and
the Alaska Office of Children's Services.
One of the
keynote speakers at the conference was Doctor Linda Chamberlain of Homer.
Chamberlain is the founding director of the Alaska family violence prevention project.
She's an epidemiologist who specializes in childhood exposure to violence and
night Chamberlain gave a public talk on the affects of violence on childhood
brain development. Through digital imagery and examples, Chamberlain explained
how violence and stress causes a child's brain to revert to "survival mode"
which results in lower level brain function.
also explained that the emotional development of a child starts very early on.
-- (Brain Talk 1 "Never
think that ... in their environment.")
The affects of stress and violence
on brain development are real and measurable. If not corrected, the impairments
will stay with a child into adulthood. But Chamberlain went on to say that
there's other news from the world of brain science that should give all of us
-- (Brain Talk 2 "You
do not ... changing your brain.")
The Second Regional Child Abuse
Prevention Summit ended this (yesterday) afternoon. The event was supported by
the Kodiak Women's Crisis and Resource
Center, Servant Air and
Best Western Kodiak Inn.