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Y-Dub Discussions

Recognizing Childhood Trauma
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Dayton Metro Library - Northwest Branch
2410 Philadelphia Dr., Dayton, OH 45406


YWCA Dayton is excited to continue its new community dialogue series: Y-Dub Discussions. Recognizing Childhood Trauma will educate the public on the role of trauma and traumatic stress during childhood and how those experiences may manifest in children’s behaviors and attitudes. Girls, and particularly girls of color, experience trauma at higher rates; YWCA Dayton is committed to educating our community on how to advocate within the education and other systems in a way that supports all trauma survivors, ensuring they thrive.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. The panel session will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m. and include local child advocates and experts who will provide their insight on childhood trauma, toxic stress, and the effects of lived trauma on our community systems.

This dialogue is aimed at providing greater insight for anyone who interacts with children, from educators to faith leaders to sports coaches. There will be time for each panelist to speak of their knowledge about a subject, as well as a question and answer period. Follow the conversation on social media using #YDubDiscussions.

YWCA Dayton is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women, and its newly established Advocacy Committee works to advocate for women particularly within housing, gender-based violence, economic empowerment, and education, with particular emphasis advocating for women from traditionally marginalized populations. This event will be the Committee’s second; it follows Y-Dub Discussions: School Board 101, which raised awareness for issues facing local schools, including the effects of trauma within the classroom.


  • Robbie Brandon, is CEO and founder of Sunlight Village, Inc., a nonprofit that has provided mental health and support services throughout Dayton since 2008.
  • Brooke Lowrie, MSW, LSW, is a mental health therapist and clinical social worker at CARE House, a children's advocacy center through Dayton Children's Hospital for children and families affected by abuse.
  • Dr. Christina Mortsolf, M.S., PCC-S, is program director of Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services (YCATS) at Samaritan Behavioral Health, Inc.
  • Josh Richardt, is the PreK-Second Grade City Connects Coordinator for Catholic Central School in Springfield, Ohio. City Connects is a school-based student support model that leverages the services and resources of city community agencies.


  • Amaha Sellassie, is a self-described peace builder, social healer, freedom fighter, and lover of humanity. He’s an instructor in sociology and director of the Center for Applied Social Issues at Sinclair Community College. Sellassie is president of the board of Gem City Market, chair of the City of Dayton Human Relations Council, a member of the Community Police Council, and co-chair of the MLK March.