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  • Addressing the Needs of Male Victims of Sexual Trauma

    Join us for a full day of training, discussion, and networking on how best to serve male victims of sexual trauma. This statewide event will provide information essential to working with male victims, while also providing the opportunity to network with others doing this essential work.

    Presented by: Mark Godoy Jr., Victim Rights Advocate and Visual Artist; Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, Co-Founder, The Harvey Institute; and Steven L. Procopio, ACSW, LCSW, Consultant and Trainer, Procopio Consultants

  • What happens when our systems of support become systems of oppression? In this ask the expert we will explore the risk factors that system involved youth face and how we can create better support to prevent and/or intervene.

    As the Training and Prevention Manager at MISSSEY, Inc., Andrea Diaz advocates and supports youth through education. She loves being in the community and working towards creating safer spaces for youth to navigate by offering outreach, information, and collaboration. Andrea is a certified domestic violence counselor and has served as a case manager, SFPD liaison, and education manager in that field. She is passionate about working with women and youth and learning how to best build support for and around them.

  • The Ask the Expert session has two-parts. Part one is a pre-recorded mini session and will provide key points around working with male victims of abuse. Part two is a virtual Ask the Expert.

    Bill Burmester, M.A., M.F.T.

    This conversation addresses the gendered experience of male survivors of trauma by drawing upon clinical experience with male survivors of sexual abuse. We will consider them not only as victims but as boys and men whose trauma primes them to reconnect with their own, typically-abandoned vulnerability and therefore with their inherent capacity for empathy.  Embracing vulnerability, not as weakness but as an act of emotional courage, increases men’s chances for success and fulfillment in important relationships and improves their overall health and well-being.   

    We will first review the relational damage caused by abuse as it interacts with external and internalized norms of male in-vulnerability.  Then we will attend to how male survivors in therapy discover and develop a capacity for emotional daring, depth, authenticity, and intimacy.  As they work to repair trauma-burdened relationships, especially with each other in group therapy, spontaneity, humor, affection, and hope balance and help build tolerance for the pain of past trauma, in place of fighting, fleeing, and numbing it.

  • The trauma field has always acknowledged heightened rates of abuse within the special needs community — however, despite the frequency of occurrence, this is one of the least served populations. Limited abuse reporting, atypical disclosure styles, and lack of education for providers has contributed to this community remaining left out of services. 

    The process of providing more support to these families begins with understanding how the abuse experience differs from what is commonly seen in this field. This webinar will focus on highlighting those differences in the following areas: grooming behavior, conditioning the victim and family, investigation considerations, and treatment approaches.


    Amber McDonald, PhD, LCSW, MSW

    Dr. McDonald’s research and professional practice is entirely rooted in understanding and providing effective prevention and intervention strategies for youth who've experienced trauma. She has extensive experience in trauma informed systems of care, forensic interviewing, complex trauma, and program and curriculum development. She has spent the last 15 years honing her skills in mental and behavioral health and has had the opportunity to share her skills across the United States and internationally. Dr. McDonald is committed to integrating the most current empirical literature in to her practice and frequently provides training to others where she is tasked with translating data and evaluative results to others in a comprehensive and digestible fashion.

    Courtney Palm, LMFT

    Courtney Palm is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist specializing in child development and trauma as it relates to victims with special needs. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and completed a three year internship with the Child Development Institute in assessment and treatment of children with neurocognitive disorders. During her time at the Child Development Institute she completed training in evaluations using the Bayley, Mullen, and other developmental assessments to determine cognitive, language, motor, and social-emotional skill levels. After relocating to Denver, Colorado she worked with the University of Denver’s Fisher Early Learning Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and Early Intervention Colorado. Her professional work with these agencies included evaluation, treatment, and professional education around intervention with children with special needs. Courtney also worked with the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center and Blue Sky Bridge conducting trauma counseling and forensic interviews for victims of crime. Courtney co-authored an article with Dr. Amber McDonald for the APSCAC journal’s best practices issue on conducting forensic interviews with children with special needs.

  • Dr. Katie Pedgrift is the creator of Relationships Decoded. She is a licensed clinical psychologist at North Bay Regional Center. She earned a Special Education Teaching Credential from San Diego State University, her Master’s Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University. She has worked with people who have autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of contexts including forensic settings, in-patient and out-patient settings, schools, and diagnostic clinics. Dr. Pedgrift has authored numerous curricula designed to increase knowledge and self-protection behaviors in people with disabilities including the Array of Color’s curricula, Abuse Awareness and Prevention, Sexuality, and How to be Fire Safe.

  • The Ask the Expert session has two-parts. Part one is a 20-minute recorded mini lecture by Françoise Mathieu. This required pre-requisite session will provide a baseline understanding of vicarious trauma as well as exercises to help intervene.  Part two is the online session where participants receive specific answers to their toughest questions about preventing and mitigating vicarious trauma.

    Presented by: Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed, RP, CCC

    Vicarious trauma (VT) and Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) are frequently used interchangeably to refer to the indirect trauma that can occur when we are exposed to difficult or disturbing images and stories second-hand. This can occur by viewing graphic news reports, gruesome or frightening television shows and various other media, hearing a detailed traumatic story from another person, viewing crime scene evidence, working in a court room, attending a debriefing or a conference where disturbing images are described or shown, and many other ways in which we can be indirectly affected by the content or visuals of some other living creature's suffering. Over time, repeated exposure to difficult content can have a negative impact on our functioning and overall mental health, and it is important to develop a sense of our individual warning signs and develop tools to mitigate these negative effects.

  • The prerecorded session will provide a foundation on recognizing and responding to the scene with a victim with a developmental disability related to the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Guillermo will discuss common indicators to identify individuals with ASD, actions that can trigger a negative response, best practices, tools for your “toolbox” and governmental and non-profit organization resources.
    The prerecorded session can be viewed here:

    Guillermo Auyon is a retired Special Agent in Charge of the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ). He spent 13 years with the CA DOJ, retiring in December 2019. SAC Auyon was the Program Manager for the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force, e-Crimes/Cyber Crimes Unit, Pharmaceutical Narcotics Task Force (RxNET) and the Foreign Prosecution and Law Enforcement Unit (FPLEU). While assigned to the FPLEU as a Supervisor and Agent for over 10 years, SAC Auyon developed an expert background on Foreign Prosecutions in Mexico, Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abductions and domestic & international law enforcement relations. SAC Auyon has an extensive background working with various domestic and international law enforcement agencies, central authorities, district attorney offices, social services and non-profit organizations. For the past 4 years, SAC Auyon has taken a profound personal and professional interest in the recognition and response practices with our special needs community.

  • Knowledge of how children talk about events can help forensic interviewers select effective questions. This knowledge is also crucial for distinguishing between true contradictions and inconsistencies that might have stemmed from language immaturity or other issues. Drawing on numerous examples from laboratory transcripts, this question/answer session is a tour of how children’s minds work during interviews and how interviewers can respond to increase the amount of accurate information reported during conversations. Dr. Dickinson will present a summary of his research and then answer any specific questions you may have.

    Jason J. Dickinson, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology, Acting Chair of the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy, and the Director of the Robert D. McCormick Center for Child Advocacy and Policy at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. His research on children’s eyewitness testimony (understanding how children remember, misremember, forget, and tell about events they’ve experienced) is designed to identify strategies for questioning children in forensic contexts and increase the accuracy of legal decision-making in cases involving children. He frequently consults with defense attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, and the child protection community to help translate research findings into public policy, inform investigative practices, and evaluate the reliability of children's testimony.

    If you are interested in viewing this webinar, please email to request the link.

  • Studies have long established that individuals with disabilities are disproportionately criminally victimized. In 2015, the average annual rate of violent victimization for individuals with disabilities was more than twice the rate among individuals without disabilities. Serious violent victimization for individuals with disabilities was more than three times than that for individuals without disabilities (Harrell, 2017). The risk of being a victim of crime, especially a victim of sexual assault, is 4 to 10 times higher for an individual with a disability. There are a number of factors related to individuals with disabilities susceptibility to victimization. Understanding and communicating effectively with adults and older adults with disabilities including intellectual disabilities, autism and other developmental disabilities who are victims of abuse are necessary skills for adult protective services, law enforcement, district attorneys, clinicians, and other social service personnel who may work with these individuals who have been victimized. Furthermore, assumptions made regarding these populations can inhibit effective communication, creating safe environments and conducting thorough investigations. This presentation will focus on the susceptibility of victimization for persons with disabilities as well as typical biases and assumptions that impact investigation and service delivery to individuals with disabilities.

    Presented by: Scott J Modell, Ph.D. 

  • Participants will receive a link to a 20-minute recorded mini lecture by Liat Wexler. This session will provide key points around working with people in the LGBTQIA+ community who are victims of abuse.

    Participants will develop a more nuanced understanding of the culturally-specific tactics of power and control used in abusive relationships in LGBTQIA+ communities and the dynamics in these communities that create a foundation for abuse. Participants will gain greater awareness to spot and respond to partner abuse when it happens to queer and transgender clients.

  • This workshop will present a Family Justice Center perspective on serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, and Intersex Community. The session will examine barriers to accessing services and how Strength United has met the community’s emerging needs over the past two years. Overall, this presentation will benefit law enforcement officers, forensic nurses, and victim advocates by providing safe, affirming, and culturally competent practices for LGBTQIA+ youth. There will be time for a question and answer session at the end of the presentation.

    Lunx Girgado is a 24-year-old, non-binary, queer transgender person of color. They work at Strength United: Family Justice Center, a California State University, Northridge (CSUN) community agency, as the Advocacy Coordinator. They have worked with survivors of interpersonal violence at the agency for three years. In addition, they are interning with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles as a Sexual Health Educator. With PPLA, they teach comprehensive sexual health to middle and high school students in the classroom. They graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast and a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies in 2018 from CSUN.

  • Immigration policies and administrative decisions affecting immigrants are happening at an almost breakneck speed. Because so many service providers have immigrant clients, individuals in many sectors can benefit from even a surface understanding of these policies and decisions.
    The prerecorded session can be found here:

    Rachel Ray is a Managing Attorney at the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center (“UC Center”). At the UC Center, Rachel handles an immigration caseload and oversees immigration legal services provision to students and their family members at UCSF, UC Davis, UC Merced, and UC Santa Cruz. Her immigration legal experience includes removal defense, family and humanitarian based immigration, and business immigration work at private firms.

  • The Ask the Expert session has two-parts. Part one is a 20-minute recorded mini lecture by Dr. Peprah. This session will provide key points around working with teen mothers who are in the foster system. Part two is the virtual Ask the Expert session. It is strongly encouraged that participants view the 30-minute session to allow for a deeper conversation during the live Ask the Expert event.

    Presented by: Sayida Peprah, PsyD

  • Best Practices for Supporting and Treating Commercially Sexually Exploited Children

    Join us for a full day of training and discussion about the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC).  As professionals develop strategies that help both identify and support victims, this statewide event shares current trends and innovative approaches to working with CSEC youth and allow for networking with others in the field doing the work.

    Presented by: Holly Joshi, MA and Michelle Guymon, MSW

  • Building an Inclusive Model for Abuse Investigation for Children with Special Needs

    Currently, there is limited information for families of children with special needs on how to prevent and recognize the signs of abuse. The lack of information leads to under-reporting of abuse and limited prosecution of disclosures. The fear is that juries will not find children with disabilities as reliable witnesses because their accounting of abuse varies considerably compared with their typically developing peers.

    Studies around abuse within the special needs community are limited and rates of abuse can range from 22-70% of children within this population (National Research Council, 2001).  This shows an increasing need for professionals in the trauma field to obtain additional training around developmental disabilities, especially as it pertains to processing traumatic events.

    Presenter Information: Courtney Palm, LMFT

  • Child Abduction Intervention and Resource Training

    A Skill Enhancement Training on Family and Non-Family Abductions.

    This basic training introduces participants to a multidisciplinary approach to assist professionals working within all facets of child abduction. This is an opportunity for county partners to increase their understanding of the roles of each agency and network with partner agencies towards a more coordinated response for missing and abducted children. It is suitable for: child abuse and abduction programs, child protective services, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, non-profit organizations, prosecutors and investigators, sexual assault/domestic violence programs, victim witnesses, and school personnel.

  • Child Forensic Interview Training (CFIT)

    The Child Forensic Interview Training for California is a four-day introductory course intended for new child forensic interview specialists. This course will introduce child forensic interviewing within the context of multidisciplinary team investigations; interviewer and team responsibilities; interview models and techniques; child development of language and cognition as it applies to interviewing; disclosure dynamics; childhood trauma as it relates to interviewing. Experiential exercises and role-play activities are interwoven throughout the four-day training. Video of actual interviews will be shown whenever possible. Completion of this course does not certify you to conduct child forensic interviews - consult your County CAC/MDIT for local requirements.

  • Child Sexual Abuse: Special Populations with David Love

    The child abuse treatment field, mental health services, probation services and schools often identify young people with problematic sexual behaviors. This ranges from sexually abusive pre-adolescents, sexually inappropriate juveniles to youthful child molesters and rapists. When working with young people, male victims of sexual abuse are often identified. These victims represent a population that is significantly under-reported to appropriate legal entities. With both groups, it is important to use effective screening and assessment tools, to identify tested treatment strategies and to refer young people to appropriate services. 

    This workshop will examine screening and assessment tools and explain how to use them with a range of sexual behaviors. The workshop will separate normal sexual exploration and sexual reactivity from sexual exploitation. Treatment strategies for each category of sexual issues in young people will be identified. The key elements of these strategies will be discussed and case examples will be used to illustrate their application. The training will also discuss the value and risks of individual, group and family therapy. 

    Presented by: David Love, LMFT

  • The objectives of the webinar are to engage & educate community members about the commercial exploitation of youth. The webinar will provide an overview of the scope of the issue as well as a deep dive into exploiter types and tactics. Participants will come away with an increased understanding of what youth are experiencing, pathways to entry, and best practices on how to engage with youth.

    Learning objectives:

    • Describe vulnerabilities and risk factors
    • Inspire leaders who engage and influence important and necessary community change efforts and conversations
    • Strengthen knowledge of exploiter & recruiter types to better understand pathways to exploitation

    Presented by Andrea Diaz
    As the Training and Prevention Manager at MISSSEY, Inc., Andrea Diaz advocates and supports youth through education. She loves being in the community and working towards creating safer spaces for youth to navigate by offering outreach, information, and collaboration. Andrea is a certified domestic violence counselor and has served as a case manager, SFPD liaison, and education manager in that field. She is passionate about working with women and youth and learning how to best build support for and around them.

  • Muchos padres se preguntan cómo hablar con sus niños sobre sus cuerpos, pero no saben cómo hacerlo o cuando es adecuado. Muchas veces los padres se sienten muy incomodos hablando con los niños sobre sus cuerpos, acerca de la sexualidad,
    y el abuso sexual que puede resultar cuando no se habla del tema.
    Es importante que los padres se sienten cómodos con el tema antes de tener una conversación con sus niños. En este seminario de web, usted
    aprenderá algunas formas de educar a sus niños sobre sus cuerpos, el espacio personal, y de cómo prevenir el abuso sexual infantil.

    Monica Borunda es una Terapeuta Matrimonial y Familiar Licenciada, profesora adjunta de California State University en Los Angeles, una Especialista en Entrevistas Forenses para Niños, y una Educadora de Padres. Ha sido una oradora invitada en conferencias y jornadas de trabajo.
    Adicionalmente, Monica habla con niños, adultos, y familias en su práctica privada en la ciudad de Pasadena. Actualmente Monica está sirviendo en la junta directiva de la Sociedad Profesional de California Contra el Abuso de Niños.

  • Culturally Inclusive Service Delivery for Victims of Color

    In striving to provide culturally inclusive services, it is crucial that helping professionals be willing to examine the cultural lenses through which they view the world. While this is important no matter the race/ethnicity of the person being served, it is particularly important when working with people of color due to the nuances of cultural trauma that this population experiences on a daily basis. Utilizing a transformational learning lens, the goal of this workshop is to provide participants with an experiential and safe environment in which to develop the foundation needed to provide culturally inclusive services. This will be done through introducing participants to a model designed to visually expand the way that one views themselves, others, and the systems in which they work. Multiple modalities will be used to teach this workshop including lecture, experiential exercises, and small group work.

    Presented by: Taquelia Washington, LCSW, PPSC

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

    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.


    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.

  • This course will provide an overview of key concepts, strategies, tools, and perspectives that can maximize effectiveness in working with, understanding, and communicating with transitional age youth. Topics covered will include developmental theories, basic brain and neurobiological processes, communication strategies, the shifting of roles, and practical tools to increase resilience, learning, and decision making skills. This presentation will be virtually facilitated, however, there will be the opportunity for brief discussion and questions, experiential activities, and sharing of practical applications of concepts.

    Rex Sheridan is the Clinical Director at San Pasqual Academy, a program in north county San Diego serving adolescents and transitional age youth in a residential education program. He has 17 years of experience working with various youth and T.A.Y. populations and 13 years in a management role which includes providing professional development training to parents, educators, staff, volunteers, and mental health providers. He holds an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.
    One of his strongest passions is helping parents, caregivers, and professionals of all kinds to more deeply understand young people at this critical point in their development and working to develop strategies and perspectives that enhance the quality of their relationships and services. Furthermore, he recognizes the significance of developmental processes, attachment experiences, and trauma and the critical impact that these issues have across all domains of a young person’s life. Through this, he combines the knowledge obtained from available research, best practices, and practical experiences to provide informed, compassionate, and trauma sensitive support for those working with young people in our communities. His workshop and training style typically blends together presentation of concepts, experiential activities, practical application, and real illustrations and examples to increase knowledge and engagement of participants.

  • Although the stay-at-home order prevents the spread of COVID-19, it is creating more potential safety risks for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, service providers must gain an understanding of domestic violence and the specific safety risks that survivors are facing during the current health crisis. This presentation will provide some of the necessary tools to help service providers safety plan with survivors of domestic violence in consideration of the unique safety concerns during COVID-19.

    Mae Bennett is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW-S) with a social work bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College and a master’s degree in Applied Social Sciences (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University. She has over fifteen years of experience in victim advocacy, including working at a domestic violence shelter and a police department providing justice system advocacy to all victims of crime. Ms. Bennett is Manager of Domestic Violence Services at Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland where she supervises direct service staff in addition to Know Abuse, a teen dating abuse prevention program. She is EMDR trained and provides trauma specific therapy to clients. Ms. Bennett also conducts trainings and presentations to the community.

    Grace Miller currently serves as a Victim Advocate with Jewish Family Service Association’s Domestic Violence Services. She currently attends Case Western Reserve University to obtain her Master’s in Applied Social Sciences. She works closely with JFSA’s Know Abuse Prevention Program through her Master’s Field Placement.

  • Dynamics of Abuse and Trauma: Treatment for Children with Special Needs

    This training will start by examining the abuse dynamics unique to children with special needs.  These dynamics will include adult-child relationship expectations, access to prevention education, tolerance for exploitation, and theory of mind skills. 

    We will then shift to exploring how traumatic experiences vary between neurotypical children and those with developmental differences.  These trauma responses will be examined as part of the physiological, sensory, emotional, and cognitive systems of the child.  The presentation will then evaluate interventions for supporting these children within the therapeutic relationship and how to modify therapy settings to achieve regulation for children with a variety of sensory needs.  Finally, we will examine case studies to bring together how to evaluate symptoms, educate families, and therapeutically support children within this special population.  

    Presented by: Amber McDonald, LCSW and Courtney Palm, LMFT

  • First 48 Hours: Law Enforcement’s Response to Abducted, Endangered and Missing Children

    Topics to be discussed include:

    Missing Child Intake Procedures
    First Responder and Supervisor Responsibilities
    Neighborhood Video Canvassing and Roadblock Procedures
    Supervisory Command Post Considerations
    Stranger Abduction and Murder Case Studies of Children
    AMBER Alert
    Presented by: SA Jeffrey R. Cugno and Officer Bradley Sides

  • People with disabilities experience crimes at least twice as often as people without disabilities and yet often do not access victim services or the criminal justice system.  This session focuses on specific strategies for an effective response to victims with a wide range of disabilities including those people with disabilities who also identify as LGBTQ.  Topics include: prevalence, definitions, attitudes, obstacles, unique dynamics, accommodations, effective written and verbal communication, forensic sexual assault exams, protocols and tools for law enforcement and prosecutors. We will also look at tools and resources that can support sexual assault investigations and advocacy including accessible written materials.

    Presented by:  Leanne Mull

  • How to Survive a Courtroom Attack

    This interactive training will assist forensic interviewers in anticipating courtroom challenges, utilizing research-based responses and practicing testimony to make interviewers more comfortable in the courtroom setting.

    Presented by David Broady and Mary Green

  • Immigration, Mental Health, and Relief for Survivors of Crime and Domestic Violence

    Professionals who come into contact with immigrants and undocumented individuals are well-positioned to help those individuals identify immigration options that may be available to them as survivors of crime and/or abuse.  The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with a foundational knowledge of the immigration process and immigration relief for survivors, to provide participants with an overview of mental health issues commonly facing immigrants, and how best to provide culturally competent resources to those survivors while understanding the possibility of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. This information will be provided through lecture, visual aids, and experiential learning. 

    Presented by Dr. Mariela G. Shibley, Psy.D, FP and Rachel Ray, JD

  • The Importance of Language in Expanding Services to All Victims

    Language is a crucial component of any agency's effort seeking to improve the life, safety, and well-being of all victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This training session aims to create awareness and provide information about the realities faced by victims and their communities who are considered Limited English proficient (LEP) or are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HoH), their legal right to access the justice system and life-saving services, and their participation in their individual and collective healing. We will explore the language access landscape in California, highlight language access legal obligations for all recipients of federal funding, and offer variety of tools and resources to facilitate meaningful access and effective communication with victims from diverse linguistic communities, including setting up language access protocols and policies, working with interpreters and translators, offering trauma-informed language supportive services, and creating multilingual spaces.

    By the end of this training, participants will be able to:
    Articulate the significance of language in their work;
    Recognize the ethical and legal mandates supporting meaningful and equitable access;
    Implement robust language access plans that expand services to all victims;
    Demonstrate best practices for working with interpreters/translators, including for the creation of multilingual spaces.

    Presented by Ana Paula Noguez and Cannon Han
    Ana Paula Noguez Mercado is the Interpretation Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV). She is responsible for coordinating and facilitating trainings, as well as providing technical assistance to federal assistance recipients on building interpretation skills, as well as implementing and strengthening language access/language equity for domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

    Ana Paula has served in diverse positions training, advocating and organizing for gender/immigrant justice, and human rights, including at the National Women’s Institute (Mexico City), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund- MALDEF (Los Angeles), among other organizations. In 2014, Ana Paula co-founded Antena Los Ángeles, a collective dedicated to language justice advocacy, training and consulting where she co-coordinates a network of solidarity interpreters/translators who support language needs in diverse settings in the Los Angeles area. Ana Paula received her law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City), a master’s degree in Gender and the Law from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona/CIESAS with a special research interest on language access and due process guarantees for detainee indigenous women in Oaxaca, Mexico. She received her LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Critical Legal Studies and International Human Rights Law from UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, CA.

    Cannon Han is a Senior Program Associate with API-GBV. He has over ten years of experience providing technical assistance and training to programs on: Title VI compliance and advocacy; language access; interpretation; and translation. Prior to re-joining API, he was the Title VI Administrator for Caltrain and the San Mateo Transit District. He also served as a Senior Court Services Analyst with the California Administrative Office of the Courts, Court Interpreter Program, and an attorney with the
    Mental Health Advocacy Project.

  • This trauma-informed webinar will discuss the significance of haircare for black youth in out-of-home placement, and will take into consideration the abuse and neglect foster children are exposed to both prior to entering systems of care, and upon entering a new home and family system. Because foster youth are susceptible to experiencing higher rates of depression and PTSD, the psychological impact of low self-esteem can be particularly detrimental and contribute to on-going personal trauma.
    The goals of this training are to understand how and why haircare can impact the behaviors, emotions, and self-esteem of black foster youth and to learn trauma-informed methods for addressing this issue with foster youth, biological parents and relatives, caregivers, social workers, probation officers, and congregate care staff.

    Tanisha C. Fulcher has nearly 12 years of experience working with foster children and families involved with the system of care. She values cultural differences and believes that many life issues should be viewed through a cultural lens. Tanisha is passionate about empowering, educating, and advocating for the underserved and disenfranchised. She has strengths in the areas of restoration and connectedness; therefore, she is passionate about problem-solving and developing solutions that can affect comprehensive change and impact many. Tanisha received a BS in Biochemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and an MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD.) with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from the Behavioral Sciences Department of Southern California Seminary in El Cajon, CA.

  • Is It Them or Is It Us? Understanding and Enhancing Children's Disclosures in Sexual Abuse Cases

    Presented by Laurie Fortin, LCSW

    Course Description: MDT agencies are tasked with the investigation and protection of children, yet we are continually challenged to do so when sometimes the only evidence is the child’s disclosure. We are quick to identify things about the child’s disclosure that makes us question their veracity, but is it really them or is it us? This training will explore our own misconceptions and biases related to sexual abuse, as well as ways in which we can negatively impact a child’s credibility through our questioning of them and/or misperception of their behavior and actions. Likewise, the training will broaden our lens in understanding the child’s disclosure in a way that better enables us to protect them and to utilize techniques that help maximize their abilities.

    Presenter: Laurie Fortin, LCSW, began her social work career as a CPS worker with San Diego Child Welfare Services, then moved into an area of specialization around child sexual abuse. She spent 10 years working with juvenile and adult sexual offenders providing assessment, individual, group & family treatment, and case management services. Thereafter, Ms. Fortin spent 15 years (2000-2015) as Forensic Interviewer at San Diego’s Child Advocacy Center, the Chadwick Center. In addition to conducting upward of 3,000 forensic interviews, Ms. Fortin served as Clinical Coordinator of the program and Coordinator of the County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). She has been qualified as an expert witness in the area of child sexual abuse, testifying in over 100 court proceedings in military, juvenile, family, and criminal court settings, as well as for the Attorney General’s Office and civil court proceedings. Ms. Fortin has been a full-time consultant/coach and trainer for the Academy of Professional Excellence since 2015, supporting best practices with children and families in which abuse is alleged or substantiated. She remains active in conducting forensic interviews for Palomar’s Forensic Health Program, San Diego, and providing expert testimony in sexual abuse cases.

  • This webinar as best suited for professionals who are working with youth who are either sexually active, looking to become sexually active and also are either LGBTQ or sharing that they are unsure of their sexual orientation and or experiences they are having with different partners. This webinar will go over the LGBTQIAA terms, meanings and also the fluidity of ones sexual identity and self-identity. Finally, participants will leave the webinar with some statistics, information and tips on how they can have these uncomfortable talks in a way that isn't so bad.

    Presented by: Jenny Aguilar, MSW

  • Macupathy: A New Paradigm in Understanding and Treating the Health and Wellness Needs of Men and Boys

    Conventional approaches to working with men are grounded in the concept that mental illnesses like anxiety and depression lead to poor relational skills, as well as inadequate self-concepts and dangerous tendencies toward externalization.  Our work treating men has suggested that this paradigm misses critical, gender-based components of socialization, which has resulted in unsuccessful therapy for men who seek counseling to address inadequate relational skills and emotional intelligence.  

    This workshop will explore the development of mascupathy as a more effective diagnostic paradigm in which we provide men with the tools necessary to create healthy self esteem, build meaningful relationships and emotional literacy, and adequately address problems like domestic violence, assaultive behaviors, substance abuse, and the overall cycle of perpetration and victimization.

    Presented by: Randy Flood, MA, LLP

  • This course will define trauma, outline the effects of trauma on children with emphasis on male children, explore multicultural considerations of abuse, identify appropriate assessment techniques, and implement self-care strategies.

    Presented by: Gimel Rogers, Psy.D.

  • MDT Child Abduction Simulation

    When a child is reported missing, time is crucial and can mean the difference between life and death. This child abduction simulation will allow Child Abuse and Abduction Programs, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement, Mental Health, Non-Profit Organizations, Prosecutors and Investigators, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Programs, Victim Witness, and School Personnel, to gain field experience as they are put in a scenario of finding a missing child.

    Participants will experience practical application and increase their hands-on ability to provide effective intervention and investigation in child abduction cases. Participants will gain knowledge and experience that can be shared with their local agencies. The simulation will cover first responder protocol, AMBER alert, child welfare investigation, working with schools, the District Attorney’s role, international abduction, and working with non-profit organizations.

  • MDT Response to Child Sexual Abuse

    This is an introductory team-focused training for professionals employed by governmental agencies or nonprofit agencies in the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, medicine, or otherwise who work directly with child victims of crime as part of a current or emerging Child Advocacy Center or Multi-Disciplinary Interview Team (CAC/MDIT) in California. This training offers participants an opportunity to explore the concerns of other disciplines related to team investigations and provides an introductory framework for child forensic interviewing within the Child Advocacy Center Model as practiced in California.

  • Munchausen by Proxy (2018)

    This training will present national practice and management guidelines on Munchausen by Proxy: Abuse by Pediatric Condition Falsification, Caregiver-Fabricated Illness in a Child, or Medical Child Abuse Due to Factitious Disorder Imposed on another. Course is designed for professionals in child protection, healthcare, law enforcement, family court, education, mental health, prosecution and defense.

    Topics to be covered:

    • Definitions and terminology • Warning signs • Epidemiology • Identification in healthcare, schools, and other settings • Reporting suspected abuse • Obtaining evidence • Appropriate documentation • Determining risk and harm • Ruling out abuse • Case management and treatment • Supervised visitation • If and when to reunify • Support for the family • Where to go with vexing cases

    Presented by members of the APSAC (American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children)

    Taskforce on Munchausen by Proxy:

    Brenda Bursch, Ph.D.
    Michael Weber, B.S.
    Beatrice Yorker, J.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
    Claudia Wang, M.D., F.A.A.P.

  • This interactive webinar examines Munchausen by Proxy, known by many names including Medical Child Abuse. This disorder has come under scrutiny in recent years, but it is important that service providers recognize the warning signs. Beatrice Yorker is a nationally known expert on MBP/MCA, and she will review the national practice and management guidelines. She will answer all your questions and provide guidance for handling confusing or difficult cases.

    Presented by Beatrice Yorker, JD, RN, MS, FAAN

  • Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding at-risk children, youth, and families that is exceptionally positive and inspiring. Its focus is on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. It begins with the belief that every young person has or can develop strengths and utilize past successes to mitigate problem behavior and enhance functioning. This 1.5 hour webinar will highlight some of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality. Areas covered include: what is strength-based practice & the power of a positive attitude & culture; the effects of trauma and positive emotions on the brain; mindset bolstering, strength-based communication principles and techniques - including re-framing, positive-predicting and inspirational metaphors; self-esteem building & activities for at-risk children and youth; and a host of creative cognitive behavioral strategies.

    Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. is a nationally prominent youth care specialist and author whose primary focus is on teaching positive, strength-based theories and techniques to professionals who guide at-risk children and youth. President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC, Charlie trains and consults throughout the United States as well as internationally, with treatment facilities, foster care and adoption agencies, parent groups, schools, and juvenile justice programs. He has authored three youth care
    books that are widely used within the field, including No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach. Charlie lives in southern New Hampshire with his wife and daughter. Charlie's strength-based approach delivers a message of hope
    and possibility to our most vulnerable youth and those who shape and influence their lives.

  • The session will include discussion of strategies for effective response to victims with a wide range of disabilities.  There will be 30 minutes of content followed by 30 minutes for participants to ask questions directly to the trainer on topics including: cases that presented unique dynamics, overcoming barriers experienced by people with disabilities, getting your team educated on the nuances specific to this population, communication tips for working with crime victims with disabilities, and any obstacles you encounter in your work with clients with disabilities. 

  • Many parents wonder what to teach their children about their bodies, but don’t know how and when it is appropriate. Often, parents are so uncomfortable speaking to children about their bodies, sexuality, and sexual abuse, they end up not talking to them about it at all. It is important that parents feel comfortable with the topic before having a conversation with their kids. During this webinar you will learn some of the ways to help educate your children about their bodies, boundaries, and how to keep them safe from child sexual abuse.

    Monica Borunda is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, adjunct faculty at California State University Los Angeles, and a Child Forensic Interview Specialist and Trainer, and Parent Educator. She has been an invited speaker at conferences and workshops.
    In addition, Monica sees children, adults, and families in private practice in the city of Pasadena. Monica is currently serving on the Board of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.

  • Presented by the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition and Child Parent Institute.

    During times of inordinate stress, it is challenging, but extremely beneficial, for parents to remain positive and respond to their kids with respect and compassion. Parenting Under Pressure, presented by Charlie Appelstein, highlights the benefits of using a positive, strength-based parenting approach.
    This free webinar outlines proven strategies for helping parents deal with the difficult feelings they are experiencing and teaches parents how to respond instead of reacting when tensions are high.

    Youth care specialist Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W., President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC (ATR) provides expert strength-based training, consultation, publications, CDs, and DVDs for individuals and groups who work with children and youth experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Described as “the best youth care trainer in America” by Robert Lieberman, former president of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, Charlie has devoted his entire adult career to helping children and youth struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges and those who guide them. An engaging, informative, and humorous speaker, Charlie is the author of three critically acclaimed books on youth care and the creator of two innovative CDs that helps kids and parents make better choices and lead happier lives. Charlie’s strength-based approach delivers a message of hope and possibility to our most vulnerable youth and those who shape and influence their lives.

  • Presenterd by Charlie Appelstein

    Youth care specialist Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W., President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC (ATR) provides expert strength-based training, consultation, publications, CDs, and DVDs for individuals and groups who work with children and youth experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. Described as “the best youth care trainer in America” by Robert Lieberman, former president of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers, Charlie has devoted his entire adult career to helping children and youth struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges and those who guide them. An engaging, informative, and humorous speaker, Charlie is the author of three critically acclaimed books on youth care and the creator of two innovative CDs that helps kids and parents make better choices and lead happier lives. Charlie’s strength-based approach delivers a message of hope and possibility to our most vulnerable youth and those who shape and influence their lives.

  • The most recent murders of Black and Brown people across the United States continues to highlight the various ways in which racism creates trauma responses for people living in this country. While racism is not a new construct, what is new is conceptualizing the impact of racism as a form of trauma. It is important that providers committed to working with victims of crime understand not only what racial trauma means but also learn the ways in which its symptomology may show up both within themselves and those they serve. Depending on the skin that one lives in, the ways in which one is impacted by racism is vastly different. As a result, this training will also provide perspective of how different racial groups are impacted. Special focus will be given to how one may be able to guide their own healing and promote resiliency both within themselves and those they serve. The week following this webinar, there will be limited space available for those interested in going deeper in their learning to participate in racial affinity-based exploration.

    Taquelia Washington, LCSW holds a pupil services credential and has extensive experience working in community mental health, specializing in providing services in the school systems. She has close to 20 years of experience working in the field, with over 10 of those years spent working at a continuation school, provoding mental health related services to "at risk" and "hard to engage" youth while also developing systems of care to help best support them. In addition, she has direct experience providing intensive therapeutic services to youth and their families in outpatient clinic settings. She utilizes an integrative approach in her clinical practice and strongly believes in the importance of building relationships and utilizing a culturally inclusive and trauma-informed lens.

    Jo Brownson is a racial justice educator and facilitator based in the Bay Area. She has worked in the field of education and racial justice for over a decade teaching in K-12 classrooms and providing transformational coaching and facilitation in the nonprofit sector. As a white, queer, cisgender woman, her area of practice is in supporting individuals and organizations to understand how whiteness is operating inside their context, how it intersects with other systems of oppression, and what they can do to mitigate and transform its impacts.

    Amelia Ortega, LCSW, currently works as a somatic psychotherapist, organizational consultant and professor of Social Work practice. As a mixed Chicanx identified clinician, Amelia’s work focuses on healing from racial trauma and gender based violence. Amelia specializes in trauma focused therapies and trauma informed classroom pedagogies through their role as Faculty at the Columbia University School of Social Work and as an organizational consultant. Specifically Amelia supports and leads space for other mixed/multi-racial identified individuals and families to address the impacts of racism on selfhood and connection to un-doing systems of oppression. Amelia’s clinical and teaching practice engages healing through use of somatic experiencing, EMDR and their training in the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method. In 2019, Amelia was named by Negocios Now as one of “NYC’s 40 Latinos under 40” for their trauma therapy work with LGBTQ Latinx community.

  • Reflect: Theory and Practice to Implement Change in Communities Affected by Trauma

    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 participants 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.

    Presented by: Sayida Peprah, Psy.D; Gimel Rogers, Psy. D; Varsha, N., JD

  • Sex Offenders: Understanding and Responding to Crimes Against Children

    The first part of this workshop is “Sex Offenders: What Judges, Lawyers, Investigators, and Child Advocates Should Know,” which will focus on the various theories about the etiology of pedophilia and development of pro-offending attitudes, plus the more typical patterns of sexual offending committed by juvenile and adult sex offenders. The second part is “Selection, Engagement, and Seduction of Children and Adults by Child Molesters,” during which participants will examine some of the specific strategies offenders report using to target, seduce, and exploit children and adults. Part three is “What Sex Offenders Can Teach Us About Interviewing,” which examines the relationship between confession rates and sex offender characteristics. Video clips are used to illustrate some of the specific skills used by police to enable offenders to confess, along with recommendations for specific interview comments/questions from 26 veteran child abuse detectives from 10 law enforcement agencies in Oregon.

    Presented by Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S.

  • SEEDS Educational Services, Inc., will present a workshop exploring the facts regarding the prevalence of disabilities regarding social-sexual education, abuse and common myths associated with disabilities including how professionals can combat these practices with simple tools and understanding.  We will also explore the lack of social-sexual education resources to an undeserved population of people with developmental disabilities and easy social-sexual materials that can help combat the ever-growing statistics. Resources will be made available to preview and discuss.

    Presented by: Stacy Everson, RN, CFLE, DDNA

  • Strengthening Victims in Underserved Communities: Mitigating Implicit Biases, Healing and Justice in the Muslim American Community, and Providing Language Justice

    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 training will be organized in three sessions followed by a closing session presented by a regional host agency.

    Presented by Sayida Peprah, PsyD, Sahar Pirzad, Areeba Siddiqui, and Lena Moran

  • Question and Answer Session with Child and Family Services of Contra Costa County

    Cristina Hickey
    Community Education Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator
    Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County
    Cristina has been the Community Education Coordinator for the Council since 2006. She has conducted in-person Mandated Reporter Trainings throughout Contra Costa County reaching school district employees, social workers, mental health professionals, law enforcement, child care facilities among others. She also conducts multi-cultural trainings for parents and caretakers concerning “what is and what is not,“ considered child abuse and strategies for prevention.

    Tiffany Miller, MSW
    Social Work Supervisor II
    Screening Unit and After Hours Emergency Response Program
    Children and Family Services, Contra Costa County
    Tiffany has been with Contra Costa County for 30 years and has had the pleasure of working as a Social Worker and a Social Work Supervisor within Children and Family services for the last 15 years. Prior to working for Children and Family Services, she had worked as a social worker in the Welfare to Work Bureau, Aging and Adult Services Bureau and the General Assistance Program, all of which provided the opportunity to work with these various populations throughout the county. For Children and Family Services, Tiffany has had experience working in Continuing Services, and the After Hours Emergency Response Program. In 2014, she began supervising the Child Abuse Reporting Hotline, also known as the Screening Unit, as well as the After Hours Emergency Response Program. The After Hours Program is a blend of the child abuse reporting hotline and emergency response investigation units and operates during the week from 5pm-8am and 24 hours on weekends and holidays.

    Ariel Richards, MSW PPSC
    Social Worker III
    Screening Unit and After Hours Emergency Response Program
    Children and Family Services, Contra Costa County
    Since the start of her career, 3 years ago, Ariel has been working in the Screening Unit receiving reports of suspected child abuse. She is also an After Hours worker; a 24-hour hotline, and after-hours program, which receives and investigates reports of suspected child abuse after 5pm-8am on weekdays and on the weekends. She has interned and shadowed with multiple units in Children and Family Services such as Emergency Response and Continuing Services. Ariel interned wit Mt. Diablo Unified School District and understands the practice and purpose of SST’s IEP, 504 plan and the McKinney Vento Act.

  • Trauma-Informed Care for Foster Youth

    Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES), specifically child maltreatment, has been shown to affect the physical and mental health of many adults, especially those who have been through the foster care system. In this advanced session, we discuss how ACES can alter a person's epigenetics and brain morphology. You will learn how trauma manifests in a child's learning/behavior and health outcomes. We will discuss the special medical and mental health care needs of foster children specifically trauma informed care and modifiable resilience factors. There will be practical approaches on how to implement this in your practice and how to establish multidisciplinary teams in your community to better address the needs of abused children and children in foster care.

    Presented by Dr. Kelly Callahan and Dr. Lauren Maltby

  • Traumatic Grief and At-Risk Youth

    When the sudden and traumatic death of a significant caregiver or close family member occurs, the youth is often left without the support and tools that they need to help them start their mourning process. Children and youth who have experienced the death of a caregiver or close family member often need to acknowledge and begin to understand all the feelings associated with the death particularly if the death is stigmatized or a crime was involved. In this workshop you will examine the multiple factors that impact a youth’s grief and how their community of caregivers (foster parents, social worker/therapist, teachers and relatives) can assist in the grieving process through the Four Tasks of Mourning as described by JW Worden, PhD.

    Presented by: Michele Bartlett, LCSW

  • Treatment Considerations for Transgender Clients: Working with High-Risk Populations in Justice System

    This course will provide treatment considerations when working with high risk populations both on parole and in correctional facilities. It will amplify the unique challenges correctional settings place on transgender individuals seeking clinical support. Participants will be given examples of group curriculum that is designed to provide transgender inmates with a therapeutic place to explore gender identity concerns and achieve long-term comfort in gender identity expression, while maximizing overall well- being. The training will begin with a review of gender identity in a culture that lacks acceptance. It will then provide an introduction to prison culture. Discussion will focus on treatment considerations when working with transgender inmates who are victimized, specifically trans- women inmates housed in a male institution.

    Presented by: Sonia A. Bahro, Ph.D.

  • Understanding and Assisting Survivors of Personal Trauma

    This workshop examines the dynamics of traumatic life experiences including child abuse, domestic violence, rape, school shootings – and natural disasters such as fires, floods, and earthquakes. The workshop will explain how trauma impacts brain development in children and neurobiological functioning in children and adults. It will include discussion of trauma specific assessment tools, treatment modalities, and strategies that can be used by parents, teachers, and therapists to support trauma survivors and provide tools to lessen its effects. The workshop will also address the secondary trauma often experienced by professionals and family members providing services and support to trauma survivors and provide tools to lessen its effects.

    Presented by David Love, LMFT

  • This session will offer participants a window into the trauma impacts of having an incarcerated parent, as well as explore recommended strategies for those working with foster children to mitigate these impacts. After reviewing the framework of trauma types, specific traumas experienced by foster youth, with an incarcerated parent(s), will be reviewed.  Participants will be given strategies for working with foster children and how to support the adults who are caring for them.  A part of the training will focus on vicarious trauma to help service providers and foster parents identify self-care techniques.

    Presented by: Sayida Peprah, Psy.D

  • “The best predictor of the effects of trauma is not trauma history; the best predictor of the effect of trauma is whether you can seek comfort in the arms of another.”  Bessel van der Kolk

    This presentation will cover various attachment classifications and how they impact both adults and children. Individuals learn very early in life, through their early experience with caretakers, whether the world is a safe or unsafe place. This early “lens” of the world has far reaching implications.  This workshop will discuss the formation of attachment patterns, their resulting “internal working models” and the intersection between attachment and victimization or trauma.

    Presented by: Karen Buckwalter, LCSW 

  • “Autism Movement Therapy” is a method that works with individuals across the spectrum to help them understand directions to music with movement.  The structure and repetition help to wake up the brain and provide meaning.  This method has also been developed into a subsequent group entitled “Autism Works Now!” where individuals who have been successful are now working on pre-employment skills and working with the support needed to be successful in getting and keeping jobs.  Each of these practices will be discussed and reviewed.

    Presented by: KayDee Caywood, Ph.D. 

  • This course will provide an overview of intimate partner violence, adolescent intimate partner violence, toxic masculinity, and healthy relationships. This course is designed to provide psychoeducation on foundational constructs to intimate partner violence and the similarities and differences between adolescents and adults. In addition, it will explore male victims and how toxic masculinity impacts male victims. It will conclude with discussion of healthy relationships.

    Gimel Rogers, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of professional speaking and training experience. She currently is the Training Director of the Professional Clinical and Forensic Services Department at the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT). She earned her doctorate from Pepperdine University and has provided trauma focused care with clients from the Children of the Night Program, the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, FCI Terminal Island, and community programs serving survivors of intimate partner violence. 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. Additionally, she assists clients who are involved in criminal, family, and civil cases involving a broad range of forensic issues. Having published in the areas of culture, coping, spirituality, and trauma, she is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and Point Loma Nazarene University. Her inaugural book is the "21-Day Relationship Healing and Devotional Journal," a poetry-based devotional that promotes restoration through reflection. Dr. Rogers dedicates time and energy to individuals across the world through her organization Fearless Individuals Resistants to Entrapment (F.I.R.E) and its brand One Temple Fitness.

  • This webinar invites and engages professionals in critical reflection and dialogue about American history that centers Japanese American experiences of war, profiling, surveillance, forced removal, incarceration, and state-sponsored trauma, which continues to impact generations of Nikkei (people of Japanese descent) and their families in the United States. Participants will explore topics of intergenerational trauma, cultural values, and various socio-political realities which may influence a Nikkei survivor’s experience as a victim of crime, as well as what professionals should be prepared to know when working with people of Japanese descent.

    The presenter, traci ishigo, will share about their experiences as mixed-generation Japanese American, Buddhist, queer clinical social worker, therapist, community organizer in Little Tokyo, and Co-Director of the grassroots solidarity organ

  • During this webinar, nationally-recognized survivor-activist Amita Swadhin will share their journey of breaking silence, healing, and using survivors’ stories as a tool for collective healing and organizing to end rape culture. They will present their latest project, Mirror Memoirs, an oral history and leadership development pipeline for LGBTQI people of color who survived child sexual abuse, as an example of intersectional praxis, and will discuss how centering the most marginalized survivors can liberate everyone. They will also discuss the work to end rape culture as an intergenerational task, and what we can learn from the latest public dialogues about sexual violence and celebrities.

    Presented by: Amita Swadhin, MPA

  • Webinar: One Size Doesn’t Fit All: What Is the Ideal Placement for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children?

    What types of placements and associated services have a positive impact on stabilizing CSEC youth? Los Angeles County has engaged in research to answer this pressing question and provide guidance for other jurisdictions. The training will discuss the current array of placement options being utilized for CSEC, including foster care facilities, group homes, mental health facilities and specialized out of state placements. Discussion around specialized services that have been developed, including specialized courts in the delinquency and dependency systems, dedicated units of probation officers and social workers, and specialized community based advocates. Findings from the research will be presented, including an assessment of AWOL rates in various placement types, and valuable feedback that has been shared by youth through focus groups. This webinar is intended for those who serve individuals in mental health, foster care, probation, and child welfare settings.

    Presented by: Michelle Guymon, MSW

  • The lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender (LGBTI) and gender nonconforming (GNC) demographic is represented in every age, ethnicity, and ability level. These populations are marginalized due to political, religious, familial, and societal persecution and neglect. Due to this marginalization, LGBTI and GNC people many times lack access to basic needs, jobs, and support which leads to homelessness, survival sex work, and mental health issues. In this online session, you will learn how to address issues and advocate for and with this population through individual, societal, clinical, and policy shifts that can be applied to real life.

    Presented by Orion Block, LSW

  • The term complex trauma describes both children's exposure to multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive, interpersonal nature, and the wide-ranging, long-term impact of this exposure. These events usually begin early in life and can disrupt many aspects of the child's development and the very formation of a self.  Since they often occur in the context of the child's relationship with a caregiver, they interfere with the child's ability to form a secure attachment bond. Many aspects of a child's healthy physical and mental development rely on this primary source of safety and stability (National Child Traumatic Stress Network).

    Presented by: Lisa Conradi, Psy.D.

  • While many of the dynamics of child sexual abuse are shared between boys and girls, there are circumstances and aspects of sexual abuse experienced and endured by boys that tend to be gender specific.  The reason for these differences is rooted largely in cultural and societal models of masculinity.  While these models are continually evolving, they are still present in most cultures around the world.  This webinar will address the unique circumstances encountered when boys are sexually victimized, either by males or females.  The topics that will be covered in this webinar include addressing the specific issue of sexual abuse perpetrated by older females on younger boys and the mixed messages those boys often receive, and understanding how binary views of sexual orientation and a largely "straight-dominated" masculine culture impacts male survivors both in childhood and later in life.

    Presented by: Roger Canaff

  • Working as a Team in Child Abuse Investgations

    Join us for a two days of training on best practices for working with children that have been abused. The training will cover an overview of interviewing in a team setting, team member roles and responsibilities, victim dynamics, best practices for investigations and why the forensic interview is important.

    Presented by Suzie Walsh and Vince Dutto

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