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Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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Child Focus, Inc 
4633-B Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, OH 45244

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Shelley Drummond 
Child Focus, Inc 

Hosted by the Resilience Project and Child Focus, Inc



Every Dream Catcher Tells a Story: Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience April 2019


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FEE: Attendance is FREE

Important fee information regarding CEUs:

$25.00 for 4.50 CEUs for Ohio Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychologists

FREE Department of Development Disabilities CEUs- Pending approval

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Course Content

Even when our history is forgotten, our genes tell the story creating intergenerational patterns of disease, addiction, and vulnerability in our descendants.  While the legacy of trauma creates a complex array of social, emotional, and behavioral survival skills that are passed on inter-generationally, what is often missed is the resilience present in those skills.  Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of how history impacts the functioning of those living in the present and how our survival embodies resilience.  We will explore current research demonstrating how trauma changes our genetic code and how resilience can change our gene expression. On a societal level, relational neuroscience demonstrates that all growth occurs in relationships, and all relationships are embedded in culture.  Learn ways to connect with the resilience factors found in family cultures and the culture of the communities in which they live.  Be introduced to community-based interventions that shift survival skills into protective factors supporting growth beyond intergenerational cycles.  Explore your role in helping those whose lives you touch redefine survival as resiliency, continue building their gifts and connect with the resilience in their community.  

Objectives:  Participants will be able to identify and address: 

  1. What they see and experience affecting the families they serve and how those factors impact the quality of relationships, growth and development within the families. 
  2. The difference between uninformed, trauma informed, and trauma responsive interventions on an individual, organizational, and community level to address addiction and support kinship care.   
  3. The epigenetics of trauma and resilience
  4. The interplay of toxic stress and resilience with community culture and the community culture’s impact on families, especially kinship care providers. 
  5. Community resilience (which may be hidden in community challenges) that can support the work you do with the families and the communities you support.

Presenter: Mary Vicario is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor (LPCC-S) and a Certified Trauma Specialist who holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies The Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute.  In 2007, she founded Finding Hope Consulting to address the gap in training available to communities by translating cutting edge relational neuroscience into everyday activities that anyone can use to promote healing, resilience and hope. Through interactive and entertaining presentations, Finding Hope brings the neurobiology of hope to life with a focus on supporting underserved populations and creating trauma-responsive communities.  Ms. Vicario’s 35 years experience includes being an educator, counselor, People to People American Counseling Association delegate to China and Mongolia; guest lecturing and participating in a conference on human trafficking in Germany, co-authoring the Foster Parents' Survival Guide, a journal article on Relational-Cultural Play Therapy, trauma responsive curricula for individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD) and a textbook chapter in S. Smith-Adcock and C. Tucker Eds. (2016), Counseling Children and Adolescents:  Connecting Theory, Development and Diversity for Sage PublishingEach day, Mary’s father asked her, “What did you do today, to make the world a better place?”  She hopes her audiences leave knowing one more way they can do just that.


Continuing Education                                                                                                                                            Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved through the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. This program is offered for 4.5 clock hours of continuing education for counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists. Social Work Provider#: RSX129410 Counselor Provider#: RCX029503 Marriage and Family Therapist Provider#: RTX091001                                                                                                                                               Psychologists: The Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is approved by the Ohio Psychological Association MCE program to offer continuing education for Ohio psychologists. This program is offered for 4.5 clock hours of continuing education for psychologists. Child Focus, Inc., 00PD-3109-52668, maintains responsibility for the program.                                                                                                                                    Department of Development Disabilities- Pending approval.   

Cancellation Policy: The Training Center must be notified 7 days prior to a training via telephone, fax or email in order to cancel a registration and receive a full refund.

We will send information regarding updates and cancellations to the email address used to register for the training. We will also have this information updated on the CFI website under the Training Tab. 

Please note:  Because we are not able to control the room temperature to fit everyone’s needs, we encourage you to dress in layers to better accommodate your personal comfort level.

Child Focus, Inc. Training Center is accessible to wheelchairs. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Melanie Recchia at