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.   

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.

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Online using ZOOM

Saturday August 29th

8:30am - 12:00pm


General Registration $30

*Price before Member Discount if applicable

Conference schedule

8:15-8:30am       Login Open
8:30-8:45am       Welcome | Introduce Conference Theme

8:45-10:00am     Session 1 Keynotes

10:00-10:15am       Intermission
10:15-11:30am       Session 2 Keynotes

11:30-12pm            Building Resilience in Kids | Closing

Keynote Talks

What Kids Need- Session 1


Protectors - The 1-2-3's of Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect

  • Speaker: Mike Mason | KidsFirst


Space & Time to Process Emotions

  • Speaker: Debbie McJimsey, LMFT | Adoption Therapist, TBRI Practitioner

Early Training on Equality & Acceptance

  • Speaker: Nicole Flager | Sacramento County Child Welfare Services


What Kids Need - Session 2

A Balance of Structure & Nurture

  • Speaker: Tiffany Saathoff | Destiny Community Center

Adequate Academic Support

  • Speaker: Judy Knapp | PreventionWORKS

Healthy Doses of Activity & Touch 

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



Online using ZOOM

Monday Evenings

Sept. 14th - Oct. 19th

8pm - 9pm


Sign up for each individual session

Cost: FREE





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Workshop Desciptions

Online Class

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21 - 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


MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28 - 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


MONDAY OCTOBER 5 - Bringing Reconciliation Home

  • In this workshop we will explore interracial family structures. Looking at race form a systemic and historical vantage point in order to lay the foundation of healthy interracial families. Highlighting the connection healthy race relations has to healing from trauma, as well laying out steps to take in bringing reconciliation home.

  • Speakers: Heidi White | DTCRA  &   Nicole Fladger | Sacramento Child Welfare


MONDAY OCTOBER 12 -  Recognizing and Responding to Developmental Deficits

  • 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!.

  • Speakers: Leanne Liddicoat, O.D. | ClearVue Eye Care  &  Teri Gelgood, LMFT | Creating Joy Now

Speaker Bios

Dr. Ashley R. Cross

Dr. Ashley Cross established the first girls’ home in Tulsa, OK and raised awareness in the city about the issues concerning girls in foster care. Dr. Cross lives to help vulnerable children build hope that the future will be better and help them see that they have a part to play in it. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Generation Two in Rochester, NY, runs the Monroe County CarePortal through the Hub585, Inc., and Pastor’s alongside her husband at Glory House International. Dr. Cross has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Not-for-Profit Management, and Doctor of Educational Leadership, all from Oral Roberts University.

Charlotte Fritz, LMFT

Charlotte has been married to her husband Scott for 13 years. They adopted two beautiful children locally through foster-adoption over the course of the last 7 years, and fostered two other children who later reunited with their birth family. Charlotte has been a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2007, and currently specializes in working with families who are raising children who have experienced trauma. Charlotte is a certified TBRI provider and her passion is connecting foster and post-adoptive families with the resources they need.

Debbie McJimsey, LMFT

Debbie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Founder/Director of West Roseville Counseling Center. She is a Certified Adoption Competent Therapist, Certified Trainer for the Adoption Competency program and has post-graduate training in EMDR, TBRI, and EFT. She is the trainer for Resource Parents at Lilliput Families and for therapists/social workers who are seeking post-graduate certification in Adoption Competence (an 18-month long certification program). Debbie has been married for 25 years and is the parent of three children: two biological and one through international adoption.

Heidi White

Heidi majored in Sociology in college and began her career with Koinonia Family Services where she worked for 4 years as Child Care Counselor in group homes and as a clerk in adoptions. Heidi joined staff at Bayside Church in 2013 as the Women’s Student Life Director of Thrive School. Her passion for foster care and adoptions began when she was 15 years old and currently Heidi is transitioning into a full-time role with Defending the Cause Regional Alliance as the Church Relations Director connecting the heart of the Father with the hearts and homes of the Church.

Joanna Jullien

Joanna is the founder and CEO of Core Connectivity, a foundation to empower families. She has served the community as a prevention and recovery strategist and as a parenting and family life educator and coach on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber-powered world. She is a former technology executive trained in behavioral science at U.C. Berkeley, a mother of two grown sons, and an author of books for practical guidance on parenting, growing up and family life in the network culture. As a family and technology culture adviser, Joanna has appeared on 103.9FM The Fish, 710AM Keeping Faith in America, 1380AM The Answer, and

Judy Knapp

Judy has worked in the child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention arena for over 20 years. She is the founder of PreventionWORKS, an organization dedicated to violence prevention education, is the co-founder of the El Dorado ACEs Collaborative in El Dorado County, was the Director of Education and Training for a local DV/SA agency, and the Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of El Dorado County. Judy is the creator of many personal safety, bully prevention, healthy relationships and parenting programs and consults with and trains other counties to build capacity.

Leanne Liddicoat, O.D.

Dr. Leanne Liddicoat completed her undergraduate studies at UC Davis in Economics. Motivated by her own vision issues, she chose a career in optometry out of a desire to help others see and function better.  She graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1998, receiving awards for both her theses work on vision related learning disorders and emergency eye care.  Dr. Liddicoat's passion for pediatric eye care leads her to coordinate school vision screenings, publish articles, and give presentations on vision therapy to other colleagues, pediatricians, school teachers, administrators, and parents.  She and her family reside in the Loomis/Newcastle area, and she's been practicing optometry in the Roseville, Rocklin & Granite Bay area for almost 20 years.

Mark O'Sullivan

Mark has been a career Law Enforcement and Public Safety Chaplain for over 38 years. He holds a Masters of Ministry Degree in Public Safety from Trinity Biblical University and attained Master Chaplain Certification with the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Chaplain O’Sullivan has served as the Senior Law Enforcement Chaplain in Placer and Sacramento Counties, as a Senior Chaplain with the F.B.I. and Past President of the International Conference of Police Chaplains. He is a “Certified Expert” in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and an educational provider in the field of Critical Incident Stress Management, Crisis Response and Traumatics. He is currently the President and Executive Director of Educational Ministries, Inc. and President of O’Sullivan Consulting. Chaplain O’Sullivan and his wife Patti have three grown children, Daniel, Michael and Erin. 

Mike Mason

Mike has been with KidsFirst Counseling and Family Resource Centers for over 6 years. He is a graduate of the Defense School of Public Affairs & has a B.A. in Communication Studies as well as two Professional Life Coaching certifications. A father of 2 adult children, Mike’s background is Marketing & Public Relations, but he found a new passion in social causes - particularly in advocating for child abuse prevention as well as positive father involvement. In addition to his community relations & development duties at KidsFirst, he teaches Mandated Reporting, Child Abuse Signs & Symptoms and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Awareness in California as well as manages his agency’s Forever Fathers dads support groups.

Rose-Stella Pierre-Louis, OT

Rose-Stella is an intuitive pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT) and the owner of Ms. Rose's TheraPlace, an outpatient clinic in Rancho Cordova.  Since 2008, she has been providing early intervention treatment for infants through ALTA Regional Center, teaching special education classes and treating children at her clinic.  Ms. Rose holds a Master’s degree in OT from Samuel Merritt University, is certified in the Dr. Porges Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) which helps children achieve a grounded state of emotional and physiological well-being and is also certified by the Sensory Processing Therapy and Research (STAR) Institute. Ms. Rose enjoys staying current with evidence-based treatment practices and research contributing work to the Sensory Processing Measure Quick Tips. She serves as a consultant to the Sacramento Children’s Museum and is a co-founder of its free Autism pre-school program called ExplorAbility.

Teri Gelgood, LMFT

Teri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with foster and adopted children and their families for over 25 years in various capacities and settings.   Teri specializes in the area of neurodevelopmental trauma and is a clinician, trainer, consultant and expert witness.  Teri is the creator of Healing Difficult Beginnings:  Neurodevelopmental Parenting and is in private practice in El Dorado County. 

Tiffany Loeffler, DPT

Tiffany is the founder and director of Defending the Cause Regional Alliance (DTCRA) in addition to working in the healthcare field as orthopedic physical therapist.  She firmly believes that every child deserves a family who loves them and that collaboration is the only way to see wide-spread impact. Tiffany and her husband Matt led short term mission teams to Haiti for 7 years plus founded a local church-based foster care and adoption ministry where she made connections with agencies and nonprofits all around the Greater Sacramento Area prior to launching DTCRA in 2016. They have 2 amazing kids, James (13) & Laurie (18), who were adopted from Haiti after a miraculous 6 1/2 year international adoption process.

Tiffany Saathoff

Tiffany and her husband Eric have been married 13 years, have two children, Blake and Paige, who were adopted from Placer County Foster Care and a baby on the way. Together, Eric and Tiffany have a heart for strengthening the family unit. They were children's pastors at Destiny Christian Church for 10 years and now are Directors of Destiny Community Center where they offer resources to strengthen and support families. Trained in Love & Logic and Kimochi Social Therapy, Tiffany teaches West Coast leaders in churches, community centers and public schools and she developed a 3-week Co-Parenting curriculum for separated/divorced/foster/adopt/blended families. With a degree from UC Davis in Psychology emphasizing on Child and Family Development, Tiffany is trained in assessing and implementing family health strategies. Eric and Tiffany's goal is simple, to provide the resources and education necessary to see stability and health in local homes. 

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