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  • May 13, 2017
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm


First Congregational Church
710 Auburn Ravine Road
United States
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Join us May 13, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon for

Jessica Rodriguez, Ph.D.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs):  A Child's Developing Brain and Impact across a Lifetime

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente is leading to a paradigm shift in the medical community's approach to disease.  This study of more than 17,000 middle-class Americans documented quite clearly that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can contribute significantly to negative adult physical and mental health outcomes and affect more than 60% of adults.  Research confirms that babies and children who are exposed to domestic violence experience changes in the developing brain.  There are known predictive factors that make sense to include in the list of adverse experiences.  These can be single, acute events or sustained over time.  Examples include the death of a parent and the detrimental effect of community violence and poverty, among others.  Adverse childhood experiences occur regularly with children 0 to 18 years, across all races, economic classes, and geographic regions; however, there is a much higher prevalence of ACEs for those living in poverty.  While some stress in life is normal, we will examine how ACE changes the developing brain.  The impact on a child's development as a result of ACE can include neurological effects, psychological effects, and health risks.  Long-term effects include disease, disability, and social problems, trauma, insecure attachment, emotional dysregulation, addiction, and other mental health disorders.  

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize an overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study.
  2. Discuss how the brain in children is impacted by domestic violence.  
  3. Describe the role that adverse childhood experiences have on later health and well-being.
  4. Apply information on what clinicians can do to help build a strong foundation during early childhood through adulthood for ACE.
  5. Explain the 3 effective factors when working with ACE trauma victims for resilience and optimism.  

Dr.  Jessica Rodriguez, "Dr. J", is currently the CEO and Clinical Director of Gateway Corp, Clinical Consultant and Educator for Onsite Strategies and Lead Trainer for Gateway Interventions.  Her primary focus is promoting evidence-based programs and practices that foster and build assets at the individual and community levels.  Her work in the field of co-occurring treatment, Substance Abuse-Older Adults, Reality Therapy and Choice Theory, Cultural Competency, Integrated Treatment Approaches for Complex Addiction and Family Systems has been presented at national conferences.  Her body of work includes workshops, published writings and digital media that includes; Mental Health, Tele-Health/Tele-Therapy, Law and Ethics, Cultural Diversity and Relational trainings.  Dr. Rodriguez's Ph.D. focus is Integrated Psychology.  She specializes in addiction, trauma, spiritual integration and family resiliency. She received her second doctorate in 2008.

Dr. Rodriguez is the Vice President, Executive Board for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Sacramento Region Affiliate.  She is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals, NAADAC Organization and Professional, and CAADE.  

This course will meet the requirements for two hours of CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs or two hours of attendance for registered interns, trainees, and ASWs. Sierra Foothill CAMFT is an approved CAMFT CEU provider (#97723) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Training fees are as follows:
Licensed members of any CAMFT Chapter - $25
Pre-licensed members of any CAMFT Chapter - $15
Licensed, not a member of any CAMFT Chapter - $35
Pre-licensed, not a member of any CAMFT Chapter - $25

Registration for this event closes Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6 p.m.  There is a $10 late registration fee for attendees registering at the door so be sure to register early!

Refunds will be provided to registrants up to and until the close of registration, minus a $5 registration fee. There are no refunds after the close of registration.   There is no partial credit for arriving late or leaving early.

Important Notice: Hand-outs will be emailed two days before the training.  Please print and bring to the training because Wifi is spotty at the site.  Continuing Education or Course Completion Certificates may be emailed to participants.

First Congregational Church
710 Auburn-Ravine Road
Auburn, CA 95603

From I 80, take Highway 49 N and turn right onto Palm Avenue. If coming south on Highway 49, turn left onto Palm Avenue. Continue on Palm Avenue to the stop sign. Turn left onto Auburn-Ravine Road and continue to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign, even though it says Church Street. Go straight up the never-ending hill into the church parking lot. The meeting is in Overmiller Hall in the Fireside Room and there will be a sign with the CAMFT logo and
Sierra Foothills Chapter on an outside door.,

For special needs, questions, or any grievance, please contact
Dianne Murden, Past President,
diannemurde@yahoo.com or call 530 305 2066.
Also, please let her know if there is a problem for you during the training.

All members are welcome to join the Board of Directors Meetings. This meeting will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the training site on the same day as our workshop. We appreciate your involvement!