Saturday May 14, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 2:15 PM PDT
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Long Beach City College - Building E
4901 E. Carson Street
Long Beach, CA 90808

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Viriya Nghiem



Keynote Speaker: 

 Casey Gwinn, JD; President, Alliance for HOPE International

Casey Gwinn is the former elected City Attorney of San Diego.  He currently serves as the President of Alliance for HOPE International. He is the visionary behind the rapidly developing Family Justice Center movement — bringing together, under one roof, services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking and their children. He is the founder of the nationally recognized Camp HOPE America, the first camping and mentoring program focused on children exposed to domestic violence. And Casey is an expert in the complex challenges of addressing near-fatal strangulation assaults.  Casey has authored or co-authored nine books and hundreds of articles and media commentaries.  His newest book, Cheering for the Children: Creating Pathways to HOPE for Children Exposed to Trauma, focuses on the impact of childhood trauma on adult illness, disease, and criminality.  He has been profiled on ABC Nightly News, The Early Show on CBS, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Casey is a widely sought after speaker and trainer on issues related to family violence and travels extensively across the United States and around the world.

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*Conference is Free 

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*Continental Breakfast and Lunch Provided              

*CEUs: $30 - Psychologists, MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs, Substance Abuse Counselors, Attorneys, & Nurses  Please contact Patricia Smith at psmth@alliant.edu to pay for and arrange to receive CEUs

Who Should Attend: Helping professionals, parents, caregivers, relative caregivers, foster parents, medical professionals, teachers, childcare providers, law enforcement, clergy.       

Workshop Descriptions:

Title: The WHY & HOW of Creating a Trauma-Informed Organization

Presenter: Dr. Susan Ko, Ph.D.

The presenter will review the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s definition and components of trauma-informed child- and family- serving organizations, as well as initiatives to assess, implement, evaluate and sustain trauma-informed practices in diverse settings. Recommendations and strategies for assessing organizational readiness and implementing trauma-informed practices that reflect important components such as screening children and families for trauma symptoms and exposure, implementing culturally appropriate assessments and interventions, making resources available to children and families who have been impacted by trauma, strengthening resiliency and protective factors, addressing parent and caregiver trauma, emphasizing collaboration across systems, and maintaining an environment of care for staff that addresses, minimizes and treats secondary traumatic stress will be described. Additionally, examples of tools and resources for increasing awareness about the impact of trauma and developing a common language of understanding within systems, will be shared. Discussion will address how to adapt assessment and implementation strategies utilizing a community-centered approach.

Title: Domestic Violence Prevention Education

Presenter: Peggie Reyna

Part I Workshop Objectives:   Participants will gain an in-depth knowledge of the dynamics of domestic violence including the legal issues, characteristics of the abuser and victim, the power and control cycle of violence, and early warning signs.

Part 2 Domestic Violence Workshop Objectives (Participants must attend workshop I in order to attend workshop II.):  Participants will explore the effects of domestic violence on children from conception to adulthood including the intergenerational cycle of violence. The presenter will discuss the barriers to the victim leaving the abuse, including issues of stalking. Participants will receive resource information for both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Title: Toxicity of loneliness and isolation—Networks as the incubator of protective factors to promote healing and insulation from trauma

Presenter: Robert Friend, LCSW

Physical, mental/emotional and spiritual health are largely dependent upon the extent that one experiences love, validation and affirmation.  Many first responders come into contact with those who have become isolated, and the extent and quality of their relationships are distressed and their networks are incomplete.  People who are isolated are more subject and vulnerable to trauma events and the experience of traumatization.

This presentation will focus on the importance of assessing and building networks that can cultivate protective factors, (Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development and Concrete Support in Times of Need) and to enhance quality relationships which reinforce the strengths and capacities of networks.  The presentation will include experiential activities that attendees can utilize in their environment to help the development of enduring and affirming networks.

Title:  Inside the Teenage Mind: Understanding the Biological Basis for Adolescent Behavior

Presenter: Aaron Mason, MFT Intern

This workshop will serve as an introduction to the biological underpinnings of teenage development, discussing structural and hormonal changes in the brain which contribute to the behaviors we observe.  In addition, education will be provided about the psychosocial function of the teenage years and how parents and caregivers can cope with and capitalize on the changes occurring during adolescence. 

Title: I Want to Be Resilient When I Grow UP! Raising & Cultivating the Socially-Emotionally Resilient Child

Presenter: Dr. Allen E. Lipscomb, Psy.D., LCSW

This workshop will provide an overview to families, educators, community providers, law enforcement and other helping professionals of effective ways to enhance the social and emotional intelligence of a child. The presentation will also focus on practice elements and techniques of building the emotional intelligence of children across various settings. Special attention will be given to the impact of stress, trauma, attachment and the brain. 

Title:  Child Abuse and Neglect

Presenters: Tim Varvais, Assistant Regional Administrator and LA County DCFS   and                                        Sgt. Michael Solomita, Long Beach Police Department, Child Abuse Detail

The workshop will discuss the different types of child abuse, when to call the police, when to call the child abuse hotline, what happens after a report is made, and what you need to know as a concerned parent or neighbor to get help for a child or family. Speakers are experienced in child abuse investigation from child welfare (DCFS) and law enforcement. A representative from the Long Beach Child Abuse and Neglect Network will provide community resource information on child abuse and neglect prevention resources.

Title: Connected Families, Strong Children – A Resident Led Prevention Initiative

Presenter: Liza Rivera, Alda Caan, Rosalina Granillo

Connected Families, Strong Kids (CFSK), is a resident-led child abuse prevention movement. CFSK promotes the power of positive and loving parenting in order to increase self-esteem in our children and prevent child abuse.  The network of 100 Neighborhood Action Councils (NACs) from Lancaster to Long Beach designed and is implementing this movement. Currently a representative from each NAC and community residents from local neighborhoods, attend the monthly countywide collaborative meeting in Glendale, CA where event planning, activity updates and relationship building take place.

Connected Families, Strong Kids partnered with the University of California (USC) and the Children’s Data Network, Connecting the Dots: Snapshots of Child Well-Being in LA County Project to produce the short film that we will be showing you all today. In addition to the film, Rosalina Granillo who is a resident of the Connected Families, Strong Kids movement will share her experience since participating in this project.  Get ready to participate in CFSK activities during this break out session!