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Tue, Apr 16


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Building Healthy Relationships with System Involved Youth

Nola Kesia Brantley & Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

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Building Healthy Relationships with System Involved Youth
Building Healthy Relationships with System Involved Youth

Time & Location

Apr 16, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nola Kesia Brantley & Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Training Description

It is essential for social service providers and others who serve and support system involved youth to build strong relationships. In this training we will explore how the power of restorative relationships can be transformative in youth’s lives. We will discuss several approaches including being culturally informed and resiliency focused. Lastly, we will discuss the impact of trauma on system-involved youth and how to build relationships with youth using a trauma informed perspective.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to distinguish between a trauma informed and trauma focused perspective.

· Participants will be able explain at least 2 ways that trauma can impact a system involved youth’s relationship with themselves, others and the world.

· Participants will be able to identify at least 3 strategies to build relationships with system-involved youth.


10:00-10:15am  Welcome and Introductions

10:15-10:30am  One Caring Adult Video

10:30-10:45am  Restorative Relationship Practices

9:45-10:00am  Trauma Informed Practices

11:00-11:15am  Resiliency Focused Practices

11:15-11:30am  Culturally Informed Practices

11:30-11:45am  The Importance of Confidentiality

11:45am-12:00pm  Applying the Stages of Change

12:00-12:15pm  Applying Harm Reduction

12:15-12:30pm  Understanding the impact of Trauma

12:30-12:45pm  Trauma Bonds

12:45-1:00pm  Establishing Healthy Relationships

1:00-1:30pm  Lunch (CEUs are not offered during this time)

1:30-1:45pm  Becoming Familiar with Community Resources

1:45-2:00pm  Safety Tips and Safety Planning

2:00-2:15pm  Incorporating Incentives

2:15-2:30pm  Trauma and Resiliency

2:30-2:45pm  Developing Resilient Youth

2:45-3:00pm  Questions & Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Nola Kesia Brantley, CEO & Founder of Nola Brantley Speaks has become nationally recognized as a powerful Survivor voice for the issue of child sex trafficking through her moving and information packed public speaking. Her hard work and perpetual vigilance has brought both focus and concrete resources to this chronically underserved and largely unrecognized population of victimized youth. Nola’s approach aims to be holistic!

Withelma TiOra “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is an international Anti-Trafficking Activist and Foster Youth Advocate. Beginning her work in Oakland as an Inaugural WestCoast Children's Clinic Y.A.P. advocate and a co-collaborator and leader during the inception of M.I.S.S.S.E.Y, advocating for Measure Y funding, and keynoting Alameda County's first HEAT conference. T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with specialized expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic child sex trafficking. Her Federal work was vital in the passing of The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and The JVTA (Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act). In 2021, she was Honored by NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) as a “Hero Award” Recipient. In 2020, she was awarded “The Last Girl Award'' from Apne Aap International (India). In 2014, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the world”, a TIME Magazine “30 under 30” in 2013, and a GLAMOUR Magazine “Woman of the Year '' in 2011. Her work has influenced many organizations including The United Nations, Google, The U.S. Congress, The White House, The American Bar Association, The Aspen Institute, and The Johns Hopkins Institution. Notably, she has led a TEDx talk on Exploring Sexuality after Trauma. She has successfully petitioned the Associated Press to utilize practices conscious of survivor trauma and circumstance with her #NoSuchThingAsAChildProstitute Campaign. T is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Morgan State University holding a degree in Strategic Communications.

This course meets the qualifications for (4.5) 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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