Friday April 20, 2018. 9:00am - 12pm
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Cuesta College Student Auditorium - #5401
 CA-1, San Luis Obispo, CA, CA 93403

Free Parking in Lot #2



Natalie Stets, Center for Family Strengthening





   Applied Behavioral Sciences





2018 Child Abuse Prevention Academy


The Groundbreaking Documentary “Resilience”

With a reflective discussion facilitated by Katie Cohen, Psy.D., Supervisor
Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment & Treatment Center

reveals, TOXIC STRESS can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. 

 The child may not remember. But the body remembers. 

While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

 You will have the opportunity to: 

  • Increase your knowledge of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study and its impact on early childhood development 
  • Learn about Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco where they focus on building resiliency skills so children have the sturdy brain structure that leads to healthy lifestyles 
  • Improve your understanding on how the presence of a stable, caring adult is one of the keys to building resiliency
  • Learn how the state of Washington changed policies which resulted in a 66% decrease in youth arrests for violent crime
  • Learn about Martha's Place Children's Assessment & Treatment Center in SLO County and how it supports children with ACEs and their families

Cuesta & Cal Poly Students & Faculty are FREE. 
Community Registration Fee: $20. Morning refreshments will be provided. 

Student will receive a Certificate of Participation. 
(Certificates are provided by Cuesta College for Cuesta students.)

Cuesta & Cal Poly students and faculty please use code to register.
Please call 805-260-9333 with questions.

Katie Cohen, Psy.D., Program Supervisor, Martha's Place Children’s Assessment & Treatment Center, a San Luis Obispo County behavioral health clinic specializing in the assessment and treatment of children Birth to Five with prenatal substance exposure and/or exhibiting behavioral issues. Dr. Cohen is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist with a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Dr. Cohen has specialized in working with youth who have experienced trauma, particularly those in the foster care system, over the past 10+ years.  


Child Abuse Prevention Academy Agenda

9am - 9:30am Registration, Coffee & Snacks

9:30am - 9:45am  Welcome from Don Norton, Cuesta College Early Childhood Education Instructor 
Greeting from Dr. Cascamo, Dean, Cuesta College Academic Affairs, Workforce & Economic Development 

9:45am - 10am Introduction to Resilience Film

10am - 11am Resilience Film Screening

11am - 11:30am Katie M. Cohen, LMFT, Psy.D.

11:30am - 12pm Finding Your ACE Score with Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Questionnaire

12pm Conclude