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
Sept. 14th - Oct. 12th
8pm - 9pm
Sign up for the Sessions that Interest You
Click on the images below to register for each workshop. Pick and choose or join us for all 5!
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.