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.
Destiny Community Center
6850 Five Star Blvd.
Rocklin, CA 95677
Saturday August 29th
8:30am - 4pm
(Doors open at 8am)
Early Bird (Until May 31) $35*
General Registration (June 1-Aug 21) $45*
Children's Registration $15
*Price Before Member Discount if applicable
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
1-1:45pm Family Resource Fair
1:50-2:45pm Breakout Session #3
2:55-4pm Main Session #2
FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR
With 30+ local
Plus chances to win
great raffle prizes
Receive up to 5 Hours of
Resource Parent Training
Trauma causes many changes to the brains and bodies of kids and adults alike. At the 2019 Training Up Conference our main sessions will focus on the understanding and impacting the mental and emotional responses found in children who have experienced abuse, neglect or traumatic situations.
Main Session Topics/Speakers
Understanding the Unique Responses to Trauma in Childhood (Neurobiological, Physiological, & Psychological)
Jena Salvi, LMFT
Trauma Competent Caregiving: Re-framing Typical Mental and Emotional Trauma Responses
Debbie McJimsey, LMFT
BREakout Session 1
TBRI & Parental Attachment Styles
In Trust-Based Relational Intervention, we learn that trust and attachment are key for children from hard places to heal. How parents build this attachment is profoundly impacted by their own attachment style. In this breakout session, we will discuss attachment styles, how you can determine your own style, and what you can do to foster a secure attachment with the relationships in your life.
Charlotte Fritz, LMFT
Stark Warnings or Preventable Paths? - ACEs and Our Health
Decades of collecting information on Adverse Childhood Experiences has given us crystal clear cautions on the avalanche of medical challenges that can accompany ACEs…yet the same information is also giving us the hopeful message that what is predictable is also preventable.
Speaker: Mike Mason, KidsFirst
Connecting with Kids in a Media-Centered World
Children are living with adult issues amplified in a cyber-powered world involving trauma, anxiety, addictions (including devices), and sexual exploitation. This training offers basic tools for parents and caregivers to teach themselves and their children how to regulate the use of devices and apps in ways that foster family bonds essential to overcome trauma and adversity.
Speaker: Joanna Jullien, Core Connectivity
Praying Through-Trusting God in the In-Between
Join us (me) as we explore living with faith in the space between our hopes and our current reality. Explore biblical examples of navigating the tension that exists between a world full of brokenness and God’s plan for redemption. Gain practical applications to pray with faith through any valley.
Speaker: Heidi White, Defending the Cause Regional Alliance
"I am” Statements: Overcoming Mental Roadblocks After Trauma
Following the experience of trauma, many unhelpful "I am" statements arise, often without conscious awareness, that get in the way of healthy functioning. Join me in this session to learn about strategies for helping kids overcome these "I am" statements, such as "I am broken," "I am stuck," "I am always going to struggle with this," in order to help them move forward in the healing process.
Speaker: Corinne Brodnicki, LMFT
BREakout Session 2
Self Care and Self Regulation in the Moment
Parenting a child with special emotional needs takes a very well-resourced caregiver. If you are parenting or meeting the needs of a kiddo who comes to you with grief, loss or trauma, their needs are very high and their behavior often matches it! What we know is that relationships are the most significant factor in their healing. This is a very big job. It takes tremendous self-regulation and self-care, in order to meet those needs and to engage in a healing relationship. In this workshop, we will explore techniques of self regulation and micro-moments (sometimes that is all we get) of self-care to make sure you are well-resourced to manage your important role.
Speaker: Debbie McJimsey, LMFT
Reaching and Teaching Children with Difficult Beginnings
Children with neurodevelopmental trauma (adverse childhood experiences and more) are: two and a half times more likely to fail a grade, have poor social emotional skills, low test scores, suspended more often, and more frequently placed in special education. Trauma-informed schools and districts adhere to key principles creating an environment of safety, trust, and choice, advancing both staff and students alike. Workshop outcomes include: understanding how neurodevelopmental trauma impacts the brain, understanding behaviors are communication, why education must be brain-based for children to be successful, what trauma-informed principles are and steps to become a trauma-informed district. A trauma-informed toolkit will be given to all participants.
Speaker: Judy Knapp, PreventionWORKS
Foster Care & Adoption 101
Are you considering bringing a child into your home through foster care or adoption but don’t know where to start? In this session we’ll cover the requirements, approval process, timeline and cost of foster care, foster-adoption, private adoption, international adoption and even embryo adoption. It doesn’t take perfect parents to provide a safe, loving home to children in need…just willing ones. Do you have what it takes? Find out more in this breakout session led by a former foster youth who is now a foster and fost-adoptive mom.
Speaker: Renee' Hemsley, Hope's Anchor, Inc.
Balancing the Whole: Meeting Individual Needs within the Family System
We have all experienced the absolute exhaustion of trying to balance the needs of the whole family when we have members with higher needs. Join me on the U Theory journey as we learn to suspend past patterns, see with fresh eyes, and prototype new ways to operate from the whole family perspective. Learn customized techniques that will assist with a renewed sense of family balance.
Speaker: Dayna Freier, California Alliance of Caregivers
Life After Trauma: From Trauma to Recovery
How do you move forward after something happens in your life that challenges your ability to feel safe, secure, and hopeful? More important, how do you reclaim your identity when a life event challenges everything you used to believe about yourself, others, and the world? In this session we will discuss Life After Trauma, in which we will explore the three phases to recovery while offering tips on identifying trauma sources and tools to reconnect with self and others.
Speaker: Dr. Dene' Starks, Diversif-I Education Group
BREakout Session 3
Caring for the Caregiver: Creating Community Around Your Family
In the middle of the chaos that can go hand-in-hand with kids who have a trauma history, caregivers often find that typical ‘self-care’ mantras are not enough. Messages overwhelmed caregivers receive and perceive from those around them can produce isolation instead of deepening community. In the presence of suffering, our natural response is to protect and defend but in order to stay consistent for the kids we care about help is necessary. In this session, learn what ‘practical support’ REALLY looks like and some clear actionable steps to creating a support system for your family or those you serve.
Speaker: Carla DeRose, LMFT
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” you and your child are currently struggling with. Neurodevelopmental Movements help mature and organize this part of the brain. Please come learn how these simple and fun yet transformative activities can help your child heal from their difficult beginnings.
Speaker: Teri Gelgood, LMFT
Grief & Loss: Rewriting the Reproductive Story
Beginning in childhood, most everyone imagines a family narrative about themselves and their future. These hopes and dreams are with us throughout life and may include children, our relationships and possibly how we see ourselves in the world. But life often does not go as planned. We don’t foresee trauma, grief and loss. In this session we discuss how to rewrite our Reproductive Story through the exploration of four tasks of mourning.
Speaker: Tanya Flores, Sierra Pregnancy + Health
Brainspotting & EMDR
Brainspotting and EMDR are two types of “power therapies” that use eye movements and profound therapeutic attunement to allows people to access, process and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and even pain. These modalities are particularly effective for PTSD, attachment issues, dissociation, and self-regulation and are often used in combination with other activities such as sand tray, art therapy, play therapy, etc. Jena Salvi, LMFT, will discuss the neuroscience behind these treatments, her experiences using them in her private practice, and ways you can incorporate them into your daily life.
Speaker: Jena Salvi, LMFT