September 4, 2012
Current research, prevention and self-care practices will be shared at “Vicarious Trauma: Wellness Strategies for Helping Professionals and Their Organizations,” this year a two-day event planned for November 8 and 9, 2012, at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. This national conference is part of an ongoing calendar of professional support activities presented by Children’s Institute’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy. Co-sponsors include the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Joyful Heart Foundation.
Secondary trauma and burnout are pressing issues for family service professionals nationwide, yet few opportunities exist to address the subject and offer valuable resources and solutions. This conference brings together some of the country’s leading experts in the field, including Francoise Mathieu, MEd, CCC, director of Compassion Fatigue Solutions, Inc.; Thema Bryant-Davis, Ph.D, director of the Culture and Trauma Research Lab at Pepperdine University; Jerry Tello, author and expert on multicultural healing; and Jaiya John, Ph.D, founder of Soul Water Rising. Presentations will provide useful tools and skill-building to help professional caregivers recognize traumatic stress and practice greater self-care.
“The number of children in Los Angeles who suffer from trauma is staggering and to compound the problem, child welfare professionals and caregivers often do not have access to the latest knowledge and tools to effectively help them,” says CII President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Emmons. “The Vicarious Trauma Conference provides them with significant support and resources while raising public awareness of this critical need.”
CII has created one of the nation’s strongest models for working with children who have been affected by violence—child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, domestic violence, gang violence, and violence in schools and neighborhoods. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Child Trauma Training Academy draws on the agency’s long history of providing professional trainings and disseminating innovative program models by offering evidence-based practices—treatments that have been shown over time to be effective—to large agencies like the L.A. County Departments of Mental Health (DMH) and Children and Family Services (DCFS), as well as community-based organizations.