Helping child abuse victims pick up the pieces

The Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is sponsoring the 8th Annual Cynthia Lockhart Mummery Conference on Thursday, Nov. 7th, at the Visalia Holiday Inn.

The conference, “Shattered – From Tragedy to Triumph, Creating Trauma-Informed Communities” will feature Dr. Lisa Conradi from Rady Childrens’ Hospital, San Diego and Sharon and Mia Behrens, formally from Hanford. Dr. Conradi is the Project Manager for a nationwide effort to train on trauma screening, assessment and treatment. Mia Behrens was the subject of a CBS Evening News feature in 2007 and several books by Dr. Lenore Terr on trauma and children. Sharon Behrens, Mia’s adoptive mother, presents with Mia, now a college student, on “healing circles”. The two of them presented to the National Pediatric Society’s annual conference.

Registration for this event is available until Oct. 30th. The cost is $50 for the all day event, including materials and lunch. Six continuing education units are available for an additional cost of $25.

“This is an opportunity for anyone working with children, parents, foster parents, students, and program staff to receive training that will promote better strategies for dealing with children who have experienced trauma,” according to Marilyn Barr, Executive Director of CASA Tulare County, and a major supporter of the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

For further information or to receive a registration form, contact the Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council at 735-0456.

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