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Translational Design: An Introduction

August 3, 2022


Explore how Translational Design can help you balance science with the strengths and needs of your community to improve outcomes.

About this event

You are invited to participate in an Introduction to Translational Design hosted by the Institute for Child and Family Well-being (ICFW).

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Children thrive when they have regular interactions with responsive, caring adults. Families experiencing significant stressors related to financial insecurity, housing instability, or the impact of systemic and interpersonal trauma can be overloaded with stress, interrupting those interactions. Over time, and without adequate supports, overloaded families can become vulnerable to adverse experiences, ranging from toxic levels of stress to involvement in the child welfare system, and even family separation for reasons of neglect.

A staggering 36,000 randomized controlled trials are published each year, on average, and it typically takes about 17 years for findings to reach clinical practice. Our understanding of brain science and human development has advanced dramatically in the past 20 years, and many of our evidence-based interventions have not caught up, so we must design and adapt solutions to ensure that they are effective. What’s in it for you?

What’s in it for you?

The Introduction to Translational Design workshop is an interactive presentation of:

  • The impact of stress on childhood development and family functioning;
  • Engaging content and context experts in the design and improvement processes;
  • Identifying and framing the challenges that overloaded families face;
  • Brainstorming and designing solutions to the challenges that the overloaded families face;
  • Approaching learning as an outcome; and
  • Design and strategic learning tools.


Through an introductory session that explores why translational design is essential to balancing the latest brain science with the strengths and needs of your local context, participants will begin framing their programs through these questions:

  • How might we center the voice and experience of overloaded families so that we may better understand their strengths, challenges and needs?
  • How might we design our services so that they translate the latest science into the greatest possible impact on reducing the burden on overloaded families?

We hope to see you there!

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