Each year Defending the Cause brings together top experts from around the Greater Sacramento Region and beyond to provide valuable training on the effects of childhood abuse, neglect and trauma. We believe every child deserves to grow up in a safe, loving family environment and when parents, caregivers and providers understand of the implications of childhood trauma, they can meet needs more effectively, promote healing and build resilience in the next generation.
This year we're excited to bring the Training Up Conference directly to you in a new online format and our 2020 theme is "What Kids Need Most in the Midst of Chaos & Disruption." The main conference, held on Saturday, August 29th, will include valuable tools and resources for ALL parents, foster/adoptive families, teachers, social workers, counselors and anyone working or volunteering with children. Can't join us on the 29th? No problem! We've pre-recorded all 7 keynote sessions and anyone that registers will be able to watch these sessions on-demand from our website until Nov. 30th. We're also hosting 5 FREE workshops just for caregivers throughout the fall.
We'll miss seeing you in-person this year but look forward to gathering online. We're all in this together!
Saturday August 29th
8:30am - 12:00pm
Exclusive All-Conference Access
Available NOW for a Limited Time
Watch ALL Keynote Session On-Demand
WHAT KIDS NEED MOST IN TIMES OF
CHAOS & DISRUPTION
More Than Adequate Academic Support
Dr. Cindy Petersen | Superintendent - Gateway Community Charters
Despite all the changes to the education system this year, each of our kids still deserves the best education possible. With kids going back to school in a distance learning format, it’s vital for parents and educators to approach this new challenge optimistically and use creative methods to relate to each student and enhance learning by providing appropriate support. In this session Gateway Community Charter School Superintendent, Dr. Cindy Petersen will share valuable distance learning tips along with ideas to increase collaboration between parents and educators.
Healthy Doses of Activity & Touch
Amy Oettle, OT | Highest Potential Therapy
All children are sensory beings and need daily doses of touch and activity. With kids learning from home this fall not participating in normal P.E. classes or many extracurricular sports, creative solutions are necessary to keep their “engines running right.” In this session, pediatric OT, Amy Oettle, shares trade secrets to ensure your child gets their daily sensory needs met, can focus well while doing distance learning and keep their bodies active and healthy.
Early Understanding of Equality & Acceptance
Nicole Fladger | Sacramento County Child Welfare Services
Teaching children the meaning of equality and acceptance for all people is essential at a young age. Children are most impressionable and begin forming opinions and preferences during the first five years of life. During this time, kids also learn primarily through demonstration, rather than verbal instruction. In this keynote, we’ll share practical ways to teach children what true equality and acceptance is and how to demonstrate these imperative concepts through your own actions and non-verbal cues.
Protectors - Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect
Mike Mason | KidsFirst
With schools doing distance learning and most community-based activities on hold, children across the state are no longer in direct contact with their support network. Because of this, reports of child abuse are down significantly even though the frequency and intensity of these situations is likely rising. In this keynote, we’ll discuss the 1-2-3's of recognizing and reporting potential cases of child abuse or neglect empowering all community members to do their part in protecting kids and teens.
A Balance of Structure & Nurture
Tiffany Saathoff | Destiny Community Center
Parenting is a constant balance between providing healthy boundaries to keep kids safe and creating an open and loving environment that builds trust. Children truly need both structure and nurture on a daily basis in order to learn, grow and mature. Right now, life is full of disruptions and unknowns but as adults, we can help our kids through the challenges they face by being consistent, clear and caring. This keynote outlines the 4 categories of parenting and practical tips to help you succeed in day-to-day interactions with your children.
Space & Time to Process Emotions
Debbie McJimsey, LMFT | Adoption Therapist, TBRI Practitioner
Homes that have open lines of communication where thoughts and feelings can be shared safely, provide a lifeline for children. With so many big emotions to process in our current reality, adults need to be able to address their own feelings and invite kids to do the same. This session will help you develop practical skills to create safe connections and ensure a culture of communication with your kiddos.
Conversation about Hope & Resilience
Special Guest Dr. Ashley Cross
Sept. 14th - Oct. 12th
8pm - 9pm
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Resource families can earn 1 hour of Parent Training for each class.
Secondary Trauma & Compassion Fatigue
A Night of Community & Hope - Sept. 14th
DTCRA Staff with Special Guest Joanna Jullien (Core Connectivity)
The past 6 months have been a challenge to say the least! Our world has been turned up-side-down by the pandemic, racial tensions and political agendas. All the changes have an amplified impact on kids from hard places making our job as parents and caregivers a little more challenging on a day-to-day basis. In times like these, we need community and encouragement more than ever. Join foster/resource, adoptive and kinship families for an evening filled with messages of hope from our DTC team, caregiver tips from special guest Joanna Jullien (Core Connectivity) and time to connect with like-minded people.
Responding to Chaos & Disruption Using TBRI - Sept. 21st
Charlotte Fritz, LMFT | Growing Hope
When kids from hard places experience chaos and disruption, they often have the additional struggle of being reminded of a chaotic past. Using the skills of Trust Based Relational Intervention, caregivers can work to help kids by a creating a supportive environment and addressing sensory needs. This workshop will discuss tangible skills caregivers can use right away to support children in their care.
Secondary Trauma & Compassion Fatigue - Sept. 28th
Mark O’Sullivan, Senior Chaplain | Educational Ministries, Inc. & O’Sullivan Consulting
Compassion fatigue can be a serious occupational hazard for anyone serving in a caring profession or capacity. It’s typically those who exercise the most empathy who are at highest risk. In this breakout session, seasoned chaplain and trauma expert Mark O’Sullivan will outline the relationship between secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, the typical characteristics of physical and emotional exhaustion along with a profound decrease in the ability to empathize, plus valuable tools to combat these things when caring for kids from hard places.
Bringing Reconciliation Home - Oct. 5th
Heidi White | DTCRA & Nicole Fladger | Sacramento Child Welfare
In the world of foster care and adoption, many families welcome children of different races and ethnicities. Multiracial families face unique challenges in the community and at home that need to be addressed in order to promote healing for kids from trauma. In this workshop, we’ll look at race from a systemic and historical vantage point and address the role healthy race relations has in raising children of a different race. We’ll also lay out practical steps to take in bringing reconciliation home.
Understanding Developmental Reflexes - Oct. 12th
Leanne Liddicoat, O.D. | ClearVue Eye Care & Teri Gelgood, LMFT | Creating Joy Now
Primitive or developmental reflexes are involuntary motor responses originating in the brainstem that are present at birth and in early childhood. For healthy children, these reflexes integrate or disappear automatically during normal development but trauma or neglect may cause some of these reflexes to be retained. In this workshop, co-presenters Leanne Liddicoat, O.D and Teri Gelgood, LMFT will explain what retained reflexes are, how they affect learning, why they resurface with trauma and how they can be addressed.