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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Shelley Drummond 
Child Focus, Inc 

Presented by: Finding Hope Consulting

Hosted by: The Resilience Project and Child Focus, Inc.



 Fighting an Invisible Enemy: Building Resiliency in Those We Serve and Ourselves During COVID- 19 Virtual Workshop

Wednesday, December 16, 2020  10:00am to 12:00pm


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FEE: Attendance is Free 

Important fee information regarding CEUs:

$15.00 for 2.0 CEUs for Ohio Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychologists

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board: Pending Approval for 2.0 hours of P6-Professional Growth & Responsibility and C2 Counseling Procedures & Strategies with Addicted Populations continuing education.

FREE Department of Development Disabilities CEUs- Pending Approval. 



“Endurance does not come from hope alone.  It begins with knowing, and having the courage to face and accept, the reality of the ground upon which we stand.  Survival comes from balancing reality with optimism and hope.” ~ Amy Acton, MD, April 2020

 COVID 19 lives among us, for now, like an invisible enemy whose influence is only seen through its impacts on us or those around us.  Knowing it is out there but being unable to clearly see it, creates a stress response in all of us.  The paradox of this pandemic is that when stressed humans have a biological drive to flock toward safe others, which when done in traditional ways (physical connection) is one of the most dangerous things we can do.  So, as we identify what you are already doing to emotionally connect from a physical distance, let’s explore together the top five resilience factors that help us move through toxic levels of stress and beyond it.  We will start by exploring how you already support the growth of resilience in those you serve.  Then we will build new ways to expand the resilience of those we serve, our staff and ourselves during these paradoxical and uncertain times. 


  • Identify COVID’s impact on the Fear Cascade
  • Identify and use resilience-based interventions to assist those we serve and ourselves in regulating during chronic, uncertain stress like COVID. 
  • Identify the five good things found in mutually enhancing relationships and how to accomplish them from a physical distance
  • Lead along the Cliffs of Safety and develop COVID specific resilience-based planning for themselves, a loved one or someone they serve. 

WHO’S INVITED? This session is designed for those who have a basic understanding of trauma and wish to become more knowledgeable and skilled in supporting those who have experienced complex trauma.  The interventions and supports described in this training are designed for use not just by clinicians, but also direct support staff, family members and others who interact with and care for the person who has experienced trauma.


The Resilience Project is administered by Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCBH) with the support of these partner agencies: Child Focus, Inc., Hamilton County DD Services, Clermont County Board of DD, Clermont and Butler County FCF, and HOPE Community Center for Mental Wellness. The Resilience Project is funded by a grant from Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

Mary Vicario LPCC-S is a Certified Trauma Specialist who holds a Certificate in Traumatic Studies from The Child Trauma Center at The Justice Resource Institute.  She has over 30 years of experience working with survivors turning the latest research into interventions for all ages and abilities. She was an American Counseling Association delegate to China & Mongolia, participated in a conference on human trafficking and guest lectured at Universities in Germany, receives training at International Trauma Conferences and Harvard Medical School, is a trainer for Ohio Child Welfare, co-authored the Foster Parents' Survival Guide, an article on Relational-Cultural Play Therapy in The International Journal of Play Therapy, trauma-responsive curricula and a textbook chapter on the neurobiology of attachment, trauma and repair from infant to adolescence in Counseling Children & Adolescents:  Connecting Theory, Development & Diversity, Sondra Smith-Adcock and Catherine Tucker Eds.  Mary is honored to provide Trauma Responsive Care Certification through the Tristate Trauma Network for anyone working with trauma survivors.   Mary can be reached at     

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 2.0 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 2.0 clock hours of continuing education for psychologists. Child Focus, Inc., 00PD-3109-52668, maintains responsibility for the program.                                                                                                                                       Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board: Pending Approval for 2.0 hours of P6-Professional Growth & Responsibility and C2 Counseling Procedures & Strategies with Addicted Populations continuing education.                                                                                                            Department of Developmental 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. 

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 Palmer at