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The Regional Alliance is passionate about providing great resources to equip and strengthen families, especially those caring for kids who have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma. Join us for our 4th annual Training Up Conference where we bring together experts from around the Greater Sacramento Area to share their knowledge on parenting strategies, the anatomy of trauma, mental health and attachment issues, sensory processing challenges, Trust Based Relational Intervention tools, and ways to build connection and attachment with these kids from "hard places". Foster and adoptive parents, extended family members, advocates, mentors, social workers, teachers and anyone working with children who've experienced past trauma or loss are invited to learn how to "train up" healthy kids and build resilience.


*Pending state approval for in-person gatherings after Covid-19



Destiny Community Center

6850 Five Star Blvd.

Rocklin, CA 95677

Saturday August 29th

8:30am - 4pm

(Subject to Covid-19 Guidelines)

Ticket Pricing

Early Bird (Until June 15) $35*

General Registration (June 16-Aug 21) $45*

Children's Registration $15

*Price Before Member Discount if applicable

Conference schedule

8-8:30am            Registration
8:30-9:45am       Main Session #1

9:45-10:05am     Coffee Break
10:05-11am        Breakout Session #1
11:05-12pm        Breakout Session #2

12-1pm                Lunch
1-1:45pm             Family Resource Fair 
1:50-2:45pm        Breakout Session #3
2:55-4pm             Main Session #2


With 30+ local





Plus cafe lunch is

included with registration



Resource Parents: earn up to 5 Hrs of Training

Providers: earn up to

3 Hrs. of CEUs

Trauma alters the brains and bodies of children often forcing them into survival mode. Over time, perceptions and behaviors drastically change making it difficult for loving, competent caregivers to understand or relate to them. At the 2020 Training Up Conference our main sessions will focus on EXPECTATIONS: what are the normal physical and emotional expectations babies have coming into the world, what happens when typical expectations go unmet and how to re-frame our expectations as parents, providers (social workers, therapists), and educators to effectively meet the needs of kids from hard places. 


Main Session Topics/Speakers

  • Typical Childhood Expectations & the Effects of Trauma (Neurobiological/Physiological vs. Emotional/Psychological) 

    • Leanne Liddicoat, O.D. | ClearVue Eye Care

  • Burn the Ships: Taking a Whole New Look at Caring for Kids after Truama

    • Tiffany Loeffler, DPT | DTCRA Director

Main sessions

Breakout  Sessions

Parent & Caregiver Track

The Foundational Importance of Belonging  

  • All children enter the world in need of a family to belong to, one with safe healthy adults who will meet their needs and protect them from harm. Kids must be claimed and feel like they are part of a tribe in order to connect with others, develop trust, and thrive in life. Being part of a family is not just beneficial but essential to survival. In this breakout we’ll explore the foundational importance of belonging, what happens to a child’s brain and behavior when they are not claimed and the value of maintaining contact with birth relatives even in the instance of foster care and adoption.

  • Speaker: Tiffany Loeffler, DPT | DTCRA


The Power of Forgiveness in Healing a Hurting Child

  • Meeting the heightened physical and emotional needs of foster/adopted children or kids with a trauma history can be a daily challenge and source of conflict in your home. Controlling behaviors, disrespect for authority and interpersonal rejection are common responses to childhood trauma making the need for forgiveness paramount for parents and caregivers. In this breakout, we’ll discuss simple insights and exercises to master the art of forgiveness, reduce power struggles and empower children to reach a more hopeful and resilient state mind. Come learn about the powerful mind-brain connection and create a more peaceful family environment by responding differently to adversity.

  • Speaker: Joanna Jullien | Core Connectivity


Expanding Your Crisis Toolkit

  • This interactive workshop offers strengths-based parenting techniques and tools for managing crisis moments. The training is focused on the impact of crisis moments on the family system, offers an opportunity to create an individualized crisis plan specific to the needs of your family, identifies effective de-escalation techniques to avoid crisis moments, and highlights the importance of the post-crisis recovery period to build resilience and strengthen relationships. 

  • Speaker: Dayna Freier | California Alliance of Caregivers


Advanced Parent & Caregiver Track

Empowering Principles of TBRI

  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention addresses healing the whole child. Part of this strategy is learning how to empower children by addressing their physical needs. In this breakout session we’ll be discussing how to support children from hard places physically, as well as how to structure their environment to best help them succeed.

  • Speaker: Charlotte Fritz, LMFT | Growing Hope


Increasing Felt Safety to Disarm Fear and Build Connection

  • Being safe and feeling safe are two very different things. While a child may BE safe in their new foster or adoptive home, they can remain in survival mode because they’ve been conditioned to fend for themselves, put up thick walls around their hearts and shut out the world. If the adults who were supposed to care for them didn’t, why would other adults (especially strangers) be any different? As parents or caregivers of foster/adopted children, we need to understand the difference between the safety we think we are providing and the safety kids are actually experiencing. In this session we’ll figure out what beliefs are driving our trauma kids and how to increase felt safety in our homes.

  • Speaker: Carla DeRose, LMFT | The Parent Cooperative Community


Secondary Trauma & Compassion Fatigue  

  • 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.

  • Speaker: Mark O’Sullivan, Senior Chaplain | Educational Ministries, Inc. & O’Sullivan Consulting

Specialty Breakout Track


Sensory Processing/Healthy Sensory Diets: Raising your Sensory Smart Child 

  • Is your child constantly on-the-go? Is getting dressed a constant struggle because your child complains that their clothing doesn't feel right?  These behaviors may be caused by an invisible condition called Sensory Processing Disorder. Learn about the many senses our mind and body use to process information and strategies to support your child's needs so that he/she may be successful at home and in the community. You may also learn something new about your own sensory processing abilities!.

  • Speaker: Rose-Stella Pierre-Louis, OT | Ms. Rose's TheraPlace

Enhancing Care & Understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD, is a common diagnosis for children in the foster system due to the prevalence of prenatal alcohol exposure. Join FASD expert and Empowered to Connect trainer, Eric Osborn, for an interactive training on the causes and effects of FASD, typical strengths and characteristics of an individual with FASD, and ideas to support and accommodate the various traits of people with FASD. We’ll also discuss the importance of ongoing self-care and connection/support from other caregivers in similar situations.

  • Speaker: Eric Osborn, MDiv | Transformational Family Ministries


Trauma-Informed Child Care from a Biblical Perspective

  • Trauma-informed care involves a scientific, research-based approach to caring for children that have been impacted physically, emotionally and/or mentally from past trauma.  The human brain is intricately wired and throughout scripture God weaves in principles of connection, empowerment and correction as he binds up broken hearts and cares for the least of these. Join me as we explore the biblical foundation of trauma-informed care as well as gain a deeper understanding of the Father's heart.

  • Speaker: Heidi White | DTCRA

Provider Track

Stuck Spots for Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families

  • When parenting or caring for a child with a trauma history, there can be many road blocks to connection and functioning successfully as a family unit. In this breakout designed specifically for social workers and therapists, we'll explore the common challenges foster, kinship and adoptive families face and ways to move past these hurdles to a place where adults and children alike can thrive.

  • Speaker: Debbie McJimsey LMFT | Debbie McJimsey Counseling

Healing Difficult Beginnings through Neurodevelopmental Movements

  • Developmental trauma thwarts healthy brain development. An immature and disorganized brainstem is at the root of many of the “disorders” parents/caregivers and children struggle with. Neurodevelopmental Movements help mature and organize this part of the brain. In this session, counselors, therapists and social workers will learn how these simple and fun yet transformative activities can help children heal from difficult beginnings.

  • Speaker: Teri Gelgood, LMFT | Creating Joy Now


Creative Interventions to Address Childhood Trauma & Promote Healing

  • In this session providers and clinicians will explore new approaches to go deeper with their clients to work with underlying issues of grief, loss, and identity. 

  • Speaker: Debbie McJimsey LMFT | Debbie McJimsey Counseling

Educator Track


The Need for Trauma-Informed Educators: Changing Adult Mindsets so ALL Kids Can Learn

  • Little things set Bobby off and he can be highly reactive, fighting with students and arguing with teachers. Susie is quiet and withdrawn with few friends. Tommy is fidgety, easily distracted and works erratically. Do you recognize these students? Children with neurodevelopmental trauma are 2.5 times more likely to fail a grade, have poor social emotional skills, are suspended more often, and frequently get placed in special education. Teachers may not know their students’ backstories, but we can peel back the layers so educators understand how neurodevelopmental trauma impacts the brain, how a child’s belief system is influenced, and what kids are communicating through misbehavior. In this session we’ll explain why education must be brain-based for children and educators to be successful, learn specific techniques and trauma-informed principles to help all students, and how to help schools become trauma-informed.

  • Speaker: Judy Knapp | PreventionWORKS

Alternative Teaching Methods for Traumatized Youth

  • While schools are becoming more trauma-informed each year, there still seem to be gaps when it comes to educating foster youth or children with a trauma history.  In this session, educators will take a look at the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) curriculum and adaptations that could make this a valuable alternative teaching method for traumatized youth. We’ll also discuss the benefits of incorporating more kinesthetic and visual learning in the classroom, using positive behavioral interventions, finding connective factors, and the interconnection between teacher’s attitudes and student’s success.

  • Speaker: Dr. Michelle Cook, Ed.D., LMFT, RPT | Institute for Children's Aid


Self-Care & Mindfulness for Educators: How to Reign in Your Emotions & Keep your Class on Track

  • Children with disruptive behavior due to childhood trauma not only attract the attention of their teacher but also can become disruptive to the entire class and take away from effective educational time. This can dysregulate even the most experienced teachers especially if interruptions happen daily or multiple times in a single day. In this breakout learn how to relate to kids with a trauma history while maintaining your own composure during the school day. We'll also discuss in-the-moment mindfulness techniques and self-care strategies so you can leave classroom challenges at work and not bring them into your family life. 

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