Mannarino to Speak at Governor’s Mansion

By timtaylor  //  April 25th, 2016  // 

Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D., applauds one of the speakers at the 2015 ARBEST training session at UAMS.

Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D., applauds one of the speakers at the 2015 ARBEST training session at UAMS.

Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D., vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., will be the guest speaker at a special edition of the “Mind Matters” lecture series on April 28. A leader in the field of child traumatic stress, Mannarino will be discussing “Only the ‘BEST’ for Traumatized Children in Arkansas” at the event, to be held at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion beginning at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the event, which will include dinner along with Mannarino’s presentation. The charge is $25; to RSVP for the event, contact Cary Wilson at (501) 526-8166, or

Mannarino is a familiar face among Arkansas child therapists. One of the developers of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), he has led yearly training sessions in the highly successful form of psychotherapy at UAMS since 2009. TF-CBT incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family and humanistic principles and techniques. It has proven to be effective in helping children and adolescents with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, sexualized behaviors, feelings of shame and mistrust. The annual training sessions are hosted by PRI’s Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ARBEST) program.

“Dr. Mannarino is one of the country’s leading experts on treating victims of child abuse and he has been instrumental in training our state’s mental health providers on how to help young people dealing with a very serious problem,” said Teresa L. Kramer, Ph.D., director of the ARBEST program. “We’ve been very lucky to work so closely with him. We think it’s made a big difference in the way Arkansas therapists approach abuse survivors.”

Mannarino is also a professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He has been awarded numerous federal grants from the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the clinical course of traumatic stress symptoms in children and to develop effective treatment approaches for traumatized children and their families.

Over 1,600 Arkansas mental health professionals have undergone the TF-CBT training at UAMS. Mannarino will be among the presenters at this year’s sessions, scheduled for April 27-29 at UAMS’ Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute.