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Annual “Pathways to Prevention” Conference

March 23, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

“We hope you’ll join us for this years conference to hear from the leading experts in the field and leave with valuable information that will ultimately assist you in your work of strengthening families.”

Eldon Baber, Executive Director
The Raise Foundation
OC’s Child Abuse Prevention Council  


Main Conference Schedule


Click here to view Conference Packet (PDF)
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Registration and Networking

8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Welcome and Keynote Presentation:

Resilience and Hope for Traumatized Children
The story of Mia (“the Wild Child”) and her life of severe abuse and emotional trauma. Sharon will share Mia’s difficult early years in the foster care system and of the “healing team” that helped transform Mia into the stable, caring young woman she is today.
Presented by: Sharon & Mia Behrens

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Morning Breakout Sessions:
Attendees will choose 1 of the following:
(A1) Health/Medical Track:
How to Raise an Emotionally Whole Child in an Age of Narcissism
Presented by: Dr. Robin Berman, Psychiatrist and Author of “Permission to Parent”
The neurobiology of secure attachment will be addressed. Participants will also learn how children today have too much power and are ruling the roost, which leads to anxiety for the children and chaos at home. You’ll explore how parents should raise themselves so you can raise their child through the power of mindful tone and mindful language in creating emotionally whole children with the importance placed on building character over résumés.

(B1) Clinical/Social Work Track:
Learnings from the First Cohort of Extended Foster Care in Orange County
Presented by: Jaime Muñoz, Social Worker/Manager, Orange County Social Services Agency and Cathy Wong, Research Analyst, Orange County Social Services Agency
Identifying practice implications for diverse practitioners will be shared and how to improve readiness of foster youth for emergent adulthood and optimize the three-year Extended Foster Care opportunity.

(C1) Law Enforcement/ Child Protection Track:
Multi-Disciplinary Teams for Children and Elders
Presented by: Nasario Solis, Retired Investigator, Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Using Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) in helping our most vulnerable and often time most challenging clients. Participants will learn the history and make up of an MDT and how they work in assisting professionals dealing with our Elders and Children through the many services and benefits they have available. Past case studies will be provided as examples and attendees are welcomed to bring their own cases to discuss and problem solve during the workshop.

(D1) Primary Prevention Track:
Multi-Cultural Issues and Skills for Working with Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment
Presented by: Dr. Mikel Hogan, Applied Anthropologist, Human Services Department, Chair California State University, Fullerton
The workshop is designed to engage participants in problem solving cultural diversity issues by applying four cultural skills to real life case examples. No previous cultural diversity training is necessary for this training. Participants will explore the six barriers to effective Interactions in multi-cultural settings and the use of culturally-centered communication skills for issue identification and problem solving.

(E1) School-Based Prevention/Intervention Track:
Substance Abuse in Schools – E-Cigs and Other Current Trends
Presented by: Stacy Deeble-Reynolds, Prevention Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education
Participants will learn about the dangers of e-cigarettes, marijuana, and other drugs as they relate to young people. The workshop format will include interactive activities and Frequently Asked Questions content that can be shared with clients.

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Afternoon Breakout Sessions:
Attendees will choose 1 of the following:

(A2) Health/Medical Track:
Dr. Panel Presentation on identifying and responding to child abuse and neglect
Panel: Child Abuse Pediatricians: Dr. Sandra Murray, Dr. Daphne Wong, and Dr. Van Nguyen Greco
This workshop will cover various aspects of the responsibilities of mandated reporters including recognizing signs and symptoms of possible maltreatment and how to report. Hypothetical scenarios will be presented by the panel. Attendees are encouraged to bring in cases for discussion.

(B2) Clinical/Social Work Track:
Pediatric Considerations Regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences –
ACEs and Student Success
Presented by: Dr. Marc Lerner, Medical Officer for the Orange County Department of Education
This workshop will address the shared roles of medical and educational institutions in assisting in the identification and support of children who experience adverse childhood events. The presentation will focus on the impact of ACEs on the trajectory of health and educational progress.

(C2) Law Enforcement/ Child Protection Track:
The Current Realities of Human Trafficking
Presented by: Bradley Schoenleben, Deputy District Attorney, Orange County District Attorney’s Office
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the realities of domestic human trafficking. Participants will also learn where victims come from and how they are typically recruited and victimized. How to spot and report trafficking along with prevention strategies trafficking will be shared.

(D2) Primary Prevention Track:
Talking with Children about Negative Experiences: Considerations and Strategies to Improve Communication
Presented by: Dr. Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior and Nursing Science
This workshop will review strategies that can be used to, increase children’s willingness to disclose prior negative experiences, increase the amount of detail children provide about those experiences, and decrease children’s tendency to err in their reports. In addition, participants will explore ongoing controversies regarding interviewing practices and children’s reporting tendencies.

(E2) School-Based Prevention/Intervention Track:
Reducing Pregnancy among Youth in Foster Care: A Two Generation Strategy to Improve Outcomes for Youth and Prevent Child Maltreatment
Presented by: Jaime Muñoz, Social Worker/Manager, Orange County Social Services Agency and Nahid Razaghi, Supervising Public Health Nurse, Orange County Health Care Agency
Participants will learn about the disproportionately high rate of pregnancy among youth in foster care in California and the implications of the high rate as it relates to the maltreatment of children of dependents. Policies, practices, tools & references to strengthen efforts to improve sexual & reproductive health outcomes for youth in foster care will be shared.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing Remarks and Guided Relaxation:
Optional Guided Relaxation
Presented by: Dr. Parie Baharian, Orange County Family Wellness Group
Dr. Baharian will lead attendees through a mind-body progressive relaxation exercise to reduce stress and reflect on the day’s experiences.

Parent Focused “Mini-Conference”
Note: This is a separate mini-conference and attendees will attend both the workshop and luncheon keynote with Q & A.
New for 2016, the Annual Prevention & Treatment Conference will feature a separate
mini-conference that will take place during the Pathways to Prevention Conference.
This mini-conference is planned specifically for those attending in their role as parents.

9:30 AM
Parent Conference Registration
10:15 AM
Welcome and Cyber Safety Workshop
Presented by: Deputy Sheriff Clayton Cranford
This session will prepare parents to effectively supervise their child on social media sites and protect them from cyberbullying and other online abuse. Participants will learn current technology and applications teens are using to access the Internet and social media networks. Secondly, cyberbullying and other online threats are defined with real world examples that Clay has investigated in schools. Lastly, participants will be given tools and an action plan that they can immediately begin using to help keep their children safe online.

12:30 PM
“I am Teachable” Luncheon Keynote and Q & A
Lead by: Sharon & Mia Behrens
During this Luncheon Keynote, Sharon and Mia Behrens will share the story of Mia (“the Wild Child”) and her life of severe abuse and emotional trauma, insight into Mia’s difficult early years in foster care; discussion of the “healing team” that helped transform Mia into a stable, caring young woman; and lessons learned through their experiences. A thoughtful Question and Answer session will be included in the luncheon.


1:30 PM
Parent “Mini-Conference” Concludes

This Parent-Focused “Mini Conference” is made possible in part through the generous support of Hoag Hospital.


March 23, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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