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Real Life Heroes Presented by Richard Kagan, Ph.D.: A Resiliency-Centered Intervention for Children with Complex Trauma

May 9, 2012

Presented by The S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy in CII’s Leadership Center

This workshop, presented on National Mental Health Awareness Day, will promote use of narrative, creative arts, and cognitive behavioral interventions by therapists to rebuild safety, trust, and hope for traumatized children.

Who should attend:
Mental health providers, social workers, administrators from public and private agencies, community members, service providers, and caregivers

Research on the impact of trauma and the power of attachments will be summarized and presented as the foundation for work on rebuilding attachment with traumatized children. The Real Life Heroes model will be introduced as a structured intervention that has shown promise in therapy with children who have experienced abuse, neglect, family violence, and placements into foster family and group care.

Featured Presenter:

Richard Kagan, Ph.D.
Director of Psychological Services, Parsons Child and Family Center

Dr. Richard Kagan is currently Principal Investigator and Co-Director for the HEROES Project at Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York, a community services site for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is the author and co-author of seven books about child and family services, Families in Perpetual Crisis with Shirley Schlosberg (Norton), Turmoil to Turning Points; Building Hope for Children in Crisis Placements (Norton), Wounded Angels; Lessons from Children in Crisis (Child Welfare League of America); Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children; Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect (Routledge), Real Life Heroes; a Life Storybook for Children 1st and 2nd editions (Routledge) and the Real Life Heroes Practitioner’s Manual (Routledge). Dr. Kagan has also published over twenty-five articles, chapters, and papers on practice and research issues in trauma therapy, child welfare, foster care, adoption, professional development, program evaluation, and quality improvement in family service agencies. His presentations, articles, and books highlight practical and innovative approaches that practitioners can utilize to help children and families strengthen resilience and reduce traumatic stress.

Space is limited. Register today!
Standard registration: $50 | CEs: $25


For more information:
Please contact Megan Hayward or call 213.260.7633.


Times: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm


Children's Institute - Otis Booth Campus

2121 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90026

Parking will be at Derby Dolls – 1910 West Temple Street.

Please enter the Derby Dolls lot from the entrance gate on Westlake Avenue.


CEs are offered to PSY, MFT, LCSW, and BRN. Course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Children’s Institute, Inc. provider #PCE 498. Children’s Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Children’s Institute, Inc. provider #CEP8409 is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Children’s Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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