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Creating Safe Spaces: Why Trauma-Informed Care is Crucial to Adolescent Health

Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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An Initiative to End Family Violence Workshop:

Creating Safe Spaces: Why Trauma-Informed Care is Crucial to Teen Health



Presented by Candace W. Burton, PhD, RN, AFN-BC, AGN-BC, FNAP
Assistant Professor, Nursing Science
University of California, Irvine

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Light lunch available at 11:30 a.m. 
Location: UCI Law School, EDU 1111, UC Irvine.
Parking is $10 in the Social Sciences Parking Structure (directions)

This event is approved for 1.0 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.


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Intimate partner violence has been shown to correlate with numerous mental and physical health conditions, but the behavioral and biologic pathways that lead to these conditions are not yet well elucidated. In particular, the health impact of intimate partner violence during adolescence—or teen dating violence (TDV)—is not well described or well contextualized in terms of developmental and biobehavioral outcomes. The unique intersection of growth, development, and socialization occurring in adolescence imbues such experiences with unique and pernicious risks, both long and short-term. In order to address and reduce these risks, it is necessary to explore possible pathways by which health problems manifest, as well as to provide trauma-informed care in the clinical setting. This talk will introduce some of the possible pathways by which traumatic experiences lead to long-term health problems, as well as the principles of trauma-informed care. Finally, a brief introduction to screening for abuse and violence will be provided.

About Candace Burton

Dr. Candace W. Burton is an Assistant Professor of Nursing Science at the University of California, Irvine and a former domestic violence advocate. She became a nurse in hope of increasing understanding of the impact of relationship-based abuse and trauma on women’s health. Her most recent research focuses on the biobehavioral and biological health effects of intimate partner violence, specifically genomic and epigenomic changes as well as other biobehavioral outcomes thereof. Dr. Burton is also a trained qualitative and mixed methodologist, and has published on intimate partner violence, young adult women’s health, social media in nursing, and women’s reproductive health in the context of coercive and controlling relationships. She holds undergraduate degrees in Studies in Women and Gender and in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Burton is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in both Advanced Forensic and Advanced Genetics Nursing, and has been a member of NNVAWI for since 2004.