This is a FREE conference. 

Burbank, CA / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Start: 9:00AM
End: 4:00PM

Event address will be provided in the confirmation materials.

Registration Deadline: August 31, 2018

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Conference Overview:

Join us for a full day of training, discussion and networking on how to best serve immigrant populations, people of color, and those with limited English proficiency. This statewide event will provide information essential to working with these underserved victims, while also providing the opportunity to network with others doing this essential work. As part of this event, participants will develop strategies to take back to their home agencies.

Keynote Presentations:

  • Ripple Effects of Historical Trauma: Recognizing and Reversing its Impact on Immigrants and People of Color - presented by Sayida Peprah, Psy.D
    This presentation will take particpants on a journey through the historical traumas of African Americans, Native Americans and various immigrant communities.  There will be a dissection of both the mental and physical health impacts of transgenerational trauma as well as exploration of the resilience and strengths evidenced by the various group's survival through the generations.  Recommendations for how to use a strength-based model in providing services, care and treatment will be offered.  
  • Journey to Liberation: The Relevance of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - presented by Gimel Rogers, Psy. D
    Analyzing the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) categories in conjunction with the implications of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS), literature results have indicated that childhood trauma links to emotional and social adjustment problems in adolescence and young adulthood. In particular, childhood and systematic trauma in African American males greatly impacts their interpersonal functioning. It will also look at the impact of internalized racism and emotionality on African American male youth. This presentation will also review literature to examine the impact of PTSS on African American males and if liberation psychology can mediate the impact of PTSS.
  • ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’ in Translation: Discovering Strategies to Effectively Communicate with Immigrant Survivors - presented by Varsha N., JD
    This interactive keynote will provide professionals with necessary tools to effectively communicate with immigrant survivors of domestic violence.  The workshop will address the cultural myths and stereotypes that come into play and will provide strategies for managing such situations.  Through discussion and interactive exercises, professionals will learn techniques to improve cross-cultural communication for interacting successfully with diverse populations.

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

  • Develop strength-based support strategies and interventions for immigrants and people of color impacted by historical trauma
  • Identify the gaps in the current literature by reviewing existing studies on environmental and societal causes that interplay with ACEs and PTSS in the lives of African American males
  • Utilize necessary tools and strategies to provide effective services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

Meet Our Keynote Presenters:

Sayida Peprah, Psy. D, has a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, with a Multicultural Clinical-Community Emphasis, from the California School of Professional Psychology, at Alliant International University. Dr. Sayida completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Religion at Spelman College. Dr. Peprah’s background, both academically and in the field, afford her unique competence in instructing courses, counseling and consulting, from a multicultural perspective. Dr. Peprah has a strong belief and background in cultural competence and, in an effort to expand this, has participated in numerous international, cultural immersion studies. Previously, she has traveled to Ghana, Mexico, Egypt and India, studying mental health approaches, indigenous culture and local spiritual traditions.

Gimel Rogers, Psy. D, has over 10 years of experience providing evidence-based psychological interventions and treatment, and over five years of administering evidence-based psychological assessments to adolescents and adults. She utilizes an array of therapeutic interventions with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral therapy.  Dr. Rogers presently works with survivors who are recovering from emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Having published in the areas of culture, coping, spirituality, and trauma, she is an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College, Pepperdine University, and Point Loma Nazarene University. In addition, she has a passion for working with ethnically diverse populations, and provides culturally sensitive trainings to increase awareness about acknowledging one's intersect. 

Varsha, N., JD, serves as in independent training consultant and has presented both nationally and internationally, addressing a variety of topics including diversity, cross-cultural communication, bystander intervention, bias, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She has developed programs to broaden services provided by rape crisis centers to improve protocols for advocates and to address unique challenges.  Additionally, she has advanced her skills through certificate training in Intercultural Communication.  Varsha received her BA from Columbia University and later received her JD.  She is currently obtaining training via the Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Refugee Trauma, focusing on global mental health issues affecting refugees worldwide.

Statewide Conference Agenda:

  • 8:30am – 9:00am / Check-In & Registration
  • 9:00am – 9:05am / Welcome & Introduction
  • 9:05am – 10:20am / Ripple Effects of Historical Trauma: Recognizing and Reversing its Impact on Immigrants and People of Color
  • 10:20am – 10:30am / Break
  • 10:30am – 11:45pm / Journey to Liberation: The Relevance of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
  • 11:45pm – 12:50pm / Lunch
  • 12:50pm – 2:05pm / 'Lost' and 'Found' in Translation: Discovering Strategies to Effectively Communicate with Immigrant Survivors
  • 2:05pm – 2:15pm / Break
  • 2:15pm – 3:00pm / Breakout Session 1
  • 3:00pm – 3:10pm / Break
  • 3:10pm – 3:55pm / Breakout Session 2
  • 3:55pm – 4:00pm / Evaluations & Close

This training is FREE OF CHARGE. Participants are responsible for travel, lodging and all meal expenses. Lunch is NOT provided.
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Continuing Education:

If you are interested in Continuing Education please apply and pay for credit at the training. Cash, card, and check payments (payable to CIR).

  • Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of cont. education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, $45, Provider #128510. The Center for Innovation and Resource, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Tiffany Anderson at or 805-876-0291.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Tiffany Anderson. Requests must be received by September 7, 2018.

Produced by the Center for Innovation and Resources Inc. (CIR) with funding provided by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act, 2017-VA-GX-XXXX.

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