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Professional Symposia

Side by Side is a six-part training series focused on infants, toddlers and young children 0 to 5 addressing early mental health and social-emotional development, September 2018 - February 2020.

Third Professional Symposium:

"The Power of Early Childhood Experiences to Shape Risk and Resilience"

Bruce Perry, MD, PhD

Featured Speaker: Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD

Dr. Perry is currently the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy,
a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX and adjunct Professor
in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg
School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician
and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding
a variety of academic positions. Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience
and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of
prenatal drug exposure on brain development, neuropsychiatric disorders,
traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of
neurotransmitter receptors in the brain, while his clinical research over the last ten
years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental
neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has proven to be instrumental in
describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress,
change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.

Dr. Perry has consulted with many community and governmental agencies following
high-profile incidents such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco (1993),
the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), the Columbine school shootings (1999),
the September 11th terrorist attacks (2001), and the Sandy Hook Elementary
schoolshootings (2012), to name a few. He is the author of over 500 journal articles,
book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous
professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental
Health Advocacy Award.

Dr. Perry has been featured in a wide range of media including National Public
Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC,
NBC, ABC and CBS News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has been
featured in documentaries produced by Dateline NBC, 20/20, the BBC,
Nightline, CBC, PBS, as well as dozen international documentaries.
Many print media have highlighted the clinical and research activities
of Dr. Perry including a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the Chicago Tribune,
US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP, Washington Post,
the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

Keynote Speaker: ADRIANA E. MOLINA, MS, LMFT

Early Childhood System of Care: Why Transdisciplinary Care is Vital to Child Well-Being”

Adriana has spent over 20 years working with at risk children and families coping
with everything from living with AIDS, extreme poverty, domestic violence,
gang culture and child abuse and neglect. Her professional experience includes
school counseling with trauma exposed youth, social work with the L.A. County
Department of Children and Family Services, crisis response with law enforcement,
and field work and program management. Ms. Molina is an endorsed Infant-Family
and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator II,
and is currently the Director of Project ABC at Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles.

An adoptive parent, her focus in recent years has been to educate the community
and stakeholders about early childhood mental health and strengthening
system of care communities serving children 0-5 and their families. Ms. Molina is
also co-chair for the Community Violence Workgroup of the National Child
Traumatic Stress Network.

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she has been described as a
clinician by training, a social worker by trade and a community advocate in practice.
She uses music and body work training in all aspects of her work. Ms. Molina is a
dynamic speaker, vocal performer and drum facilitator who provides training and
consultation on topics related to Infant and early childhood mental health,
leadership, trauma and developmentally informed services, and community
collaboration as well as prevention and early intervention strategies for
compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, and burnout.

To learn more, or register for this Training series, click here


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 (8am – 5pm)
Location: Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA 90503

For more information contact us here