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Mon, Jan 22


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Bilingual Training: Helping Caregivers Support System-Involved Youth Navigate Life After Trauma

Nicole Kelly & Nancy Acosta

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Bilingual Training: Helping Caregivers Support System-Involved Youth Navigate Life After Trauma
Bilingual Training: Helping Caregivers Support System-Involved Youth Navigate Life After Trauma

Time & Location

Jan 22, 2024, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST

Online Event

About the Event

Nicole Kelly & Nancy Acosta

Training Description

Given the prevalence of trauma, especially for system-involved youth, it’s important for parents and caregivers to learn about trauma and how to best support their youth. Youth may turn to maladaptive coping skills such as self-harm or substance abuse. They may struggle in school academically and even behaviorally. They may withdraw or exhibit many other behaviors. It can be hard to make sense of their emotions and behaviors in the wake of trauma. This training will better equip you to talk with parents and caregivers about their child’s trauma and how best to support them. This training will be presented in English and Spanish.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to identify at least 2 different types of trauma system-involved youth experience and be able to explain these to caregivers.

· Participants will be able to explain to parents and caregivers how understanding their child's behavior through a trauma-informed lens.

· Participants will be able to teach parents and caregivers at least 1 strategy for supporting their traumatized youth.


1:00-1:15pm  Welcome and Introductions

1:15-3:00pm  Trauma overview for caregivers

· Defining trauma

· Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

· Parents reactions after trauma

· Trauma triggers

· Trauma and attachment

· Trauma-informed care

· Caregiver affect management

3:00-3:15pm  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

3:15-4:45pm  Supporting youth

· Attunement

· Consistent caregiver response

· Affect identification

· Affect modulation

· Affect expression

· Boundaries

· Tips for parents and caregivers

4:45-5:00pm  Questions & Answers, Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Nicole Kelly is a clinical psychologist who has worked with trauma survivors for 14 years. She currently consults with agencies on trauma-informed care, programming for commercially sexually exploited youth, vicarious trauma, and leadership development. Nicole has been training multidisciplinary audiences on trauma-related topics since 2015 and provides guest lectures at local universities on human trafficking.

Nancy Acosta is a bilingual therapist who has 7 years of experience working with trauma at a sexual assault center. She has provided services to children and adults in various settings including outpatient community mental health centers, college counseling centers, crisis centers, and in an integrated behavioral health setting. She has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy. She has experience providing training and supervision to doctoral level graduate students in trauma related topics including crisis intervention, vicarious trauma, and grounding techniques. In addition to developing a training manual for a student training program at a rape and crisis center, she also has experience supervising practicum students and providing support to staff and advocates. Nancy has experience working as a behavioral health consultant with multidisciplinary staff to improve recognition, treatment and management of behavioral problems and conditions.

This course meets the qualifications for (3.75) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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