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Responding To Domestic Violence: CII’S Integrated Wellness Approach To Group Treatment For Adult Victims

October 26, 2012

This 6-hour training will provide participants with an introduction to CII’s “Integrated Wellness” Domestic Violence Group Treatment Model. This model focuses on increasing the understanding of the impact of traumatic experience that is ‘held’ in the body and the importance of using integrative approaches that target reduction of post-traumatic stress symptoms and improvement of family functioning and parenting. The model will also address issues related to attachment and complex trauma in a comprehensive way. The emphasis of this training is to offer an overview of hands-on interventions and provide participants with experiential exercises and innovative wellness tools to use in working with children and adult victims who have been exposed to interpersonal violence.

Participants will learn to integrate mindfulness, breathing, yoga, and movement-based interventions with trauma treatment in developmentally diverse group settings. Issues related to culture, immigration, community violence, and multigenerational trauma will be discussed. This model is the culmination of 10 years of research and collaboration by CII with 1000 Joys, The Good Shepherd Domestic Violence Shelter and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Who Should Attend:
Mental health providers, social workers, administrators from public and private agencies, community members, service providers, and caregivers.

Featured Presenters:

Leslie Anne Ross, Psy.D.
Dr. Ross is currently the Vice President of the Leadership Center at Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA where she oversees programs in research, evaluation, training, and implementation of evidence-based practices for the treatment of child trauma and family violence. She supervises CII’s participation in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). As a NCTSN site, CII is part of the Child Welfare Breakthrough Series Collaborative and partners with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services in fostering trauma-informed systems collaboration. She is also part of the NCTSN Task Force on the Core Curriculum for Child Trauma (CCCT) and a faculty member of the NCTSN CCCT National Breakthrough Series Learning Collaborative. Dr. Ross is co-chair of the NCTSN Secondary Traumatic Stress collaborative working group which focuses on prevention and intervention of the occupational risk of Secondary Trauma associated with working with children and families exposed to trauma. She is co-author of Responding to Domestic Violence: The Whole Person Approach group treatment model for adult victims and their children. Dr. Ross is also a member of the clinical faculty at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.

Mariana Pascuzzi, M.A., MFTI
Mariana Pascuzzi has been involved in the field of social work and the healing arts for over 20 years. Ms. Pascuzzi graduated as a clinical psychologist from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA -Argentina), received a BA in Dance and Drama education from the Argentine National School of Dance and earned an MA in Dance Ethnology from the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA. She draws together her experience in psychology, dance-theatre, yoga, and body work to create a healing environment for clients. Ms. Pascuzzi works as a Child and Family Therapist, integrating the teaching of yoga and mindfulness in multiple Domestic Violence Shelters in Los Angeles. Her treatment method relies on assisting clients to create mindful choices in their lives by exploring the connection between traumatic experiences and the body. Ms. Pascuzzi has been training and supervising clinicians implementing CII’s Responding to Domestic Violence: The Whole Person Approach curriculum as well as contributing to the development of training modules for this program for the past 5 years.

Adriana Molina, LMFT
Adriana E. Molina has spent 20 years working with at risk children and families. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with professional experience in school counseling with trauma exposed youth, social work with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Ms. Molina joined the team at Children’s Institute, Inc. in 2001 where she has directed several programs including Project ERIN, an emergency response intervention program that works with LAPD to respond to domestic violence call particularly when there are children present. She is currently Director of Social Media and Violence Prevention for Project ABC, focusing on prevention and treatment for children 0-5 and their caregivers. Through her work as the Co-Chair for both the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the DV/Gang Nexus Committee of the Domestic Violence Task Force of the City of Los Angeles, she has sought opportunities to bring diverse populations together in having conversations and finding solutions for supporting children and youth. Ms. Molina is a co-author of CII’s Responding to Domestic Violence: The Whole Person Approach curriculum as well as the Project ERIN Domestic Violence Intervention Manual.

Standard registration: $50 | $25 VPC Members | CEs: $15

For More Information:
Please contact Megan Hayward at or 213.260.7633.

This training is a program of the S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy and presented by The Leadership Center at Children’s Institute.


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CEs are offered to PSY, MFT, LCSW, and BRN. Course meets the qualifications for 6.5 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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