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Developing Tools to Best Serve Children from Difficult Beginnings, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ Youth

This is a FREE training event. 

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm (registration begins at 8:30 am) 

Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA  

Upcoming Locations: Humboldt, Ventura, Riverside (dates to be announced)

If no event address is listed, it will be provided in the confirmation materials.


Course Overview:

A wide range of research and data document the critical health and safety needs faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.  This training will assist youth-serving staff wishing to implement research-based and community-defined practices effective in serving LGBTQ youth, their caregivers, and families.  Additionally, this training will provide information about what makes an experience a "trauma" and how such experiences create styles of relationship interactions (attachment styles), core beliefs about the self and others (internal working models), and impairment in typical child development (neuro-cascading dysregulation and relational adversity).  Participants will learn best practices for healing children from this overarching disturbance to childhood development.  Lastly, this training will provide tools to help participants demonstrate and reinforce appropriate psycho-social behavior for people with disabilities and put it into context within their environment.  This education is crucial to helping the individuals understand these concepts, and keep them out of the hands of human traffickers.

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define complex developmental trauma and explain three of its causes
  • Discuss myths that are associated with human trafficking of people with developmental disabilities
  • Identify two or more intersections of LGBTQ issues within systems of care


Ian Stanley Posadas, Director of LGBTQ Connection, brings over 19 years of experience founding programs for youth and over 9 years experience working on LGBTQ youth and community advocacy in rural and suburban Northern California.  Ian specialized in Spanish Language and Bilingual Education at Sonoma State University before starting a dual-language immersion program at two Napa middle schools, a bilingual youth ministry program, and supported local foster youth to start a first-of-its kind peer-run youth center.  In 2011, he partnered with local youth to start Napa County's first LGBTQ community program, in which the California Department of Public Health is investing a million dollars as a model program for the state in reducing health disparities for LGBTQ youth.

Ce Eshelman, LMFT, is an attachment specialist, author, and Founder of The Attach Place Center for Strengthening Relationships and Neurofeedback Solutions.  With 30 years of experience and training in marriage and family therapy, Ce began specializing in attachment and trauma healing 19 years ago after adopting her two children from the foster care system.  Ce has made it her mission to train as many professionals and caregivers as possible in the art of healing complex developmental trauma in children from difficult beginnings.

Stacy Everson, R.N., BSN, is a registered nurse and is nationally certified in Family Life Education (CFLE) and Developmental Disabilities (DDNA).  She has been working in the San Diego area since 1987 teaching social-sexual education, assertiveness, abuse awareness/prevention, and developmental disability syndromes to people with developmental disabilities and a variety of service providing agencies, such as Adult and Child Protective Services.  Stacy serves as an expert witness in court cases, and is an international speaker on the topics of sexuality and abuse of people with developmental disabilities.


The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education units (CEUs) for LMFTs and LCSWs. Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #128510).  CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.  Cost for CEUs is $45.00.  You can apply and pay for credits at the training by cash, check, or card.  Certificates will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the training.

For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Kelly Flugum at or 707-992-0834.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Kelly Flugum.  Requests must be received by January 2, 2020.

Produced by the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch with funding made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act, 2015-VA-GX-0058.