Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

March 9 Program

"Child trauma, clinical ethics and political advocacy
as it relates to mental health"

Patricia Costales, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer
The Guidance Center


Thursday, March 9, 2017


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB provides 1 CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider unit to MFTs/LCSWs in full attendance (free to EALB CEU members, $20 for non-CEU members). Provider number: 130171

Contact: 562.595.1159

Patricia Costales, LCSW Patricia Costales, LCSW, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Guidance Center. Patricia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Occidental College, where she was a member of the Psi Chi Honors Society, and completed her Masters of Social Work degree at the University of Southern California in 1992. She began her career in mental health as a clinician, developing a particular expertise in the areas of child sexual abuse treatment and in crisis assessment and intervention of children and families post-abduction. She served for many years as the lead clinician on the Los Angeles County Child Abduction Task Force, and retains an active interest today in teaching and presenting on issues related to child trauma, clinical ethics and political advocacy as it relates to mental health. In addition to her leadership role with The Guidance Center, Patricia served for four years as an adjunct professor at the School of Social Welfare at UCLA, where she taught a graduate course on public policy and mental health. For more bio, go to the website.

Mental health providers have for many decades recognized the impact of trauma on the emotional, behavioral and developmental functioning, brain development and overall well-being of our client populations. To the general public, trauma is typically recognized as a reaction to extreme experiences, such as child sexual abuse, sexual assault or war. There is less of an understanding of how chronic conditions such as poverty, community violence, food insecurity and other family stressors are also experienced as trauma and can have serious consequences on a child’s functioning in the world.
Child Trauma, Clinical Ethics, and Political Advocacy as it Relates to Mental Health will explore:

  1. the broader definitions of trauma within the community population;
  2. how trauma impacts the brain;
  3. what this means for the social, emotional, behavioral and academic development of a child;
  4. and, what is being done to ameliorate the impact of trauma within the vulnerable populations.
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