Thursday, June 22, 2017

 The Arizona KIDS Consortium invites professionals from all systems that work with our children and families involved with the Child Welfare System to join us for this first Healing Trauma Together conference. The idea was born out of Oregon’s Shoulder to Shoulder Conference. Our goal is provide trauma informed training to every system that interacts with our vulnerable families. We hope that this is just the first step in a larger conversation about a collaborative effort to bring trauma-informed care from the schools our children attend to the judges that decide the future for our children and families. We look forward to you joining us in this conversation!

Conference Cost

Early Bird Rate: $80 until June 10, 2017
Late Registration: $95 June 11th or later
Registration includes buffet breakfast and lunch.

7.25 NASW CEUs available for no additional charge.



730am-830am       Registration & Breakfast
830am-10am         Keynote
1015am-1215pm    Morning Session
100pm-215pm       Panel discussion
230pm-430pm      Afternoon Session



Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 N 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021



David R. Cross, Ph.D., is the Rees-Jones Director of the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, and a Professor in the TCU Department of Psychology. Dr. Cross leads the Institute in its triple mission of research, education, and outreach to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and/or trauma.  He has authored many peer-reviewed publications about issues regarding at-risk children, including those who have experienced early trauma.

David earned his B.S. from California State University Fresno with a major in Psychology, and then attended The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for graduate study, beginning in 1980.  He earned an M.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Statistics.  He later earned a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology.  In 1985, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in TCU’s Department of Psychology.

David’s wife, Trudy, is a retired Kindergarten teacher and a practicing Grandmother.  His daughter, Jennifer, graduated from TCU in 2003, and is an environmental project manager for CB&I.  His son, Nathan, is a former USMC Captain, and is now studying history at UTA.


Intro to Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) is designed for caregivers and professionals who serve children who “come from hard places” – those who have experienced relational trauma (abuse, neglect, domestic violence) or institutional trauma (multiple placements, orphanage care, refugee status). TBRI consists of three sets of comprehensive and synergistic principles: Connecting, Empowering, Correcting. Connecting Principles include Mindful Awareness and the Engagement Strategies (e.g., healthy touch); Empowering Principles include Ecological Strategies (e.g., transitions) and Physiological Strategies (e.g., hydration); Correcting Principles include Proactive Strategies (e.g., behavioral scripts) and Responsive Strategies (e.g., The IDEAL Response). This one-day workshop provides a short introduction to the TBRI principles and strategies.
Dr. David Cross, TCU Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Developement

Have We Met? Social Connections are Crucial
Isolation is dangerous for families experiencing stress. It’s not just important, it’s crucial that parents develop social connections that help them deal with the challenges of parenting and reduce isolation. Social Connections is one of the five Strengthening Families Protective Factors that mitigate the negative effects of  trauma. This workshop provides an in-depth look at how Social Connections strengthen families which can help heal trauma.
Sandi Cimino, The Well-Made Bed, LLC

Neurosequential Model in Caregiving: The Arizona Trauma Informed Care Training Project
The Neurosequential Model in Caregiving webinar series is a three-year collaboration between the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, Dr. Bruce Perry, and the Child Trauma Academy. Learn more about this exciting project and training opportunities for foster parents, kinship families, and staff. This workshop will include a discussion on collaborative efforts.
Bahney Dedolph, Arizona Council of Human Service Providers

The Impact of Traumatic Events on Children and Parents in Child Welfare
There is a growing awareness that children involved in the Child Welfare System have experienced trauma, what is less recognized, is the high prevalence of histories of childhood or adult trauma in birth parents involved in the Child Welfare system. Workshop attendees will learn about the symptoms and reactions to trauma in children and their parents and gain awareness of how to work with children and parents who have experienced trauma.
Nicole Roskens, MC, LPC, Maricopa County Superior Court – Cradles to Crayons



The panel discussion will focus on what collaborations are currently occurring, the barriers to cross-system collaborations, and what steps we can take to move towards a more collaborative environment.

Panel members include: Greg McKay, Director, Department of Child Safety; Dr. Vinny Chulani, MD, MSEd, FSAHM, CEDS, Medical Director, Homeless Youth Outreach, Section Chief, Adolescent Medicine; Rebecca Leimkuehler, Principal, Holiday Park Elementary; Dawn Berg, Program Services Supervisor, Maricopa County Juvenile Probation; Christopher Keck, LPC, CPM, CMDP Behavior Health Manager, Department of Child Safety; Berisha Black, Foster Care Alumni, Executive Director, Foster Care Initiatives


Resilient Journey: Connecting ACEs Research and Trauma Informed Care Through the Arts
The arts provide a vehicle for expression, critical inquiry and reflective learning. The workshop will engage participants in research on Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact of trauma and toxic stress on healthy social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Participants will articulate their knowledge, values, ideas and beliefs through a progressive creative process.
Lori Robinson, City of Tempe CARE 7 and Jessica Flowers, Free Arts of Arizona

Understanding Grieving in Biological Parents
When working with biological parents it’s important to understand the grieving process and the barriers they may face in this process. This workshop will explore the grief cycle, how it looks behaviorally in birth parents as they go through the dependency system, and how to work with parents through the process.
Anitra Cruz, M.Ed., NCC, HRT, Inc.

Working with Families: How to Implement a Trauma Informed Approach
Healing trauma in children starts by working to develop trusting and open relationships with the families.  This can be difficult, especially when families continue to experience trauma.  This session will cover ways to develop trusting relationships, how to approach difficult situations, and tips on how to encourage each family to create a resilient family structure in the home.
Laurel Cole, M.Ed., Head Start

Sword & Shield: Protecting Youth from Trauma and Risk
The teen and early adult years are a time of great transition and change. Add past or current trauma to the mix and the odds stack even higher against them. Youth Thrive is a set of factors that help mitigate the negative outcomes of ACEs and trauma.
Sandi Cimino, The Well-Made Bed, LLC


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 The Cordeiro Family                    

Thank you for all the support! We had funding to scholarship 85 DCS Staff!

2017 Sponsorship Levels