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Wed, Aug 07


Online Event

Recognizing the Importance of Healthy Attachment & Development for System-Involved Youth

Nola Kesia Brantley & T Ortiz

Recognizing the Importance of Healthy Attachment & Development for System-Involved Youth
Recognizing the Importance of Healthy Attachment & Development for System-Involved Youth

Time & Location

Aug 07, 2024, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nola Kesia Brantley & T Ortiz

Training Description

This training session will provide a comprehensive overview of child development theories and stages, emphasizing the crucial role of healthy attachment in enhancing resilience and well-being for system-involved youth who often have experienced multiple episodes of complex trauma. Participants will explore the effects of trauma on attachment and development, gaining valuable insights which may enhance services and support for system-involved youth. Practical strategies for fostering healthy attachments and facilitating positive development in this population will be discussed, equipping attendees with the tools to make a meaningful impact in the lives of youth in the system.

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to identify at least 2 reasons healthy attachment is important for system-involved youth.

· Participants will be able to identify and explain at least 2 impacts of trauma on attachment and development.

· Participants will acquire at least 2 strategies to promote healthy attachments and support positive development in system-involved youth.


10:30-10:45am  Trainer and Topic Introductions

10:45-11:00am  Introduction to Child Development Theories

11:00-11:15am  Exploring Developmental Stages

11:15-11:30am  Unpacking Attachment Theory

11:30-11:45am  Building Healthy Attachments

11:45am-12pm  Nurturing Attachment in Practice

12:00-12:15pm  Impact of Trauma on Attachment

12:15-12:30pm  Trauma-Informed Practices

12:30-1:00pm  Lunch break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

1:00-1:15pm  Strategies for Supporting Positive Development

1:15-1:30pm  Tailoring Services and Support for System-Involved Youth

1:30-1:45pm  Advocating for Well-Being Policies

1:45-2:00pm  Collaboration for Positive Attachments

2:00-2:15pm  Strategies for Professionals Working with System-Involved Youth

2:15-2:30pm  Role Playing Scenarios

2:30-2:45pm  Role Playing Scenarios Feedback

2:45-3:00pm  Attachment Styles Quiz

3:00-3:15pm  Case Scenarios

3:15-3:30 pm  Question & Answers + Feedback

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!

T Ortiz, 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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