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Annual Conference is March 4, 2021
A Virtual Event

Opening Featured Presenter - Dr. Meagan Corrado

“Narratives and Trauma Healing“

This presentation speaks to the power of narratives in work with trauma survivors. It focuses on the following key ideas: (1) words have power, (2) narratives have the capacity to break through walls of avoidance and fear, (3) narratives help us transition from a place of fragmentation and chaos to a place of order and organization, (4) narratives give us space to grapple with the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, (5) narratives provide us with the opportunity to engage in creative play, (6) narratives provide a container for our experiences, (7) narratives speak to the universality of human experience, and (8) narratives provide opportunities for growth, change, and empowerment. The final half of the presentation includes several important reminders for helpers as they assist trauma survivors in telling their narratives.


AM Breakout Sessions

A1. Dr. Megan Corrado

“Storiez: Trauma Narratives with Youth”

This training begins with an introduction to trauma (defining trauma, exploring trauma exposure and urban youth, and considering the consequences of trauma exposure). It then explores trauma treatment for youth (best practices, treatment modalities, common factors, and trauma narratives). Finally, the DIY Storiez intervention is presented using didactic material, video content, and participatory activities. Storiez is a 9-step framework to assist urban youth as they create, voice, and honor their life narratives. The DIY Storiez intervention is an adapted version of the full trauma narrative process. It supports trauma survivors in creating abbreviated trauma narratives with the support of teachers, program leaders, coaches, and other community supports.


A2. Jennifer Rice, MCJ

“Preventing Victimization within Family Systems”

Research has shown a high percentage of incarcerated persons have been a victim of childhood abuse. Implementing cognitive restructuring programming with incarcerated adult children of abuse to block the continued victimization set in family systems may decrease the generational transmission of violence. This session will review research on generational transmission of violence, evidenced based application to prevent the transmission of violence and utilizing a client centered approach to impact the family as a whole.


A3:  Kelly McReynolds LCPC, LMHC

“Boys Interrupted: Examining the Correlation Between Childhood Sexual Abuse, Toxic Masculinity and Mental Health in Boys and Men”

This workshop will provide an in depth look at the struggles boys and men face as survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other forms of trauma. It examines the societal pressures put on men and the negative effects that toxic masculinity can have on their mental health.


A4: Stacey Walker

“Beyond Adversity: Leadership in the ACES Era”

Public service and community organizing have been historically white and for a privileged class of people: those who do not typically have adverse childhood experiences.  When people who cannot relate to adverse experiences make policies and organize communities, inequalities will inevitably persist. The fact that adverse childhood experiences are also a barrier to becoming a public servant or organizer makes this a cyclical issue. This workshop seeks to understand our approaches to ACEs and how they translate to representation in public service and community organizing. We will discuss current policy gaps and potential solutions.


PM Breakout Sessions


P1. Julissa Ponce

“Child Trafficking: A look into Child Soldiering in America”

When we think of child soldiering, our mind instantly travels to some third world or developing country thousands of miles away. Yet we forget the children caught in the ranks of an unseen war here in our own backyards. Let us look at how these intersecting traumas can play a role in the vulnerability for children to become groomed and targeted for child trafficking. Human trafficking that goes beyond the sensationalized sex trafficking that the media portrays going past #savethechildren.



“The Basics: LGBT+ Workshop”

Clock, Inc. strives to advance the community and advocate on the well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, (LGBTQ+) individuals in the Quad City area. Clock, Inc. provides educational workshops to help strengthen the knowledge about the individuals identifying in this community. Our workshops are intended to be judgment free and supportive spaces. In this personalized workshop we will discuss personal stories/experiences, obtaining a broad understanding of LGBT+ issues, personal struggles that LGBT+ individuals and youth encounter, provide time to ask questions in a safe space and have a real, honest conversation about LGBT+ issues.


P3. Amanda Gregory, LCPC, NCC

“The Power of Relationships: Attachment Interventions”

Children exposed to violence are susceptible to developing anxious, avoidant, or disorganized styles of attachment. These unmet attachment needs can cause severe emotional, behavioral, and cognitive developmental issues that persist even when the child is surrounded by secure attachment figures. Attachment interventions can access and repair relational wounds where behavioral and cognitive interventions are less effective. This presentation will teach multiple attachment interventions to use with traumatized children in order to establish and sustain secure attachment.


Closing Featured Presentation - Amanda Gregory LCPC, NCC

“True Stories of Traumatized Children Who Thrive in Healthy Relationships”

Adults can help traumatized children by providing them with healthy relational experiences. This presentation will explore case studies of traumatized children who thrived and the adults who helped them do so. The case studies include a child who survived a civil war in Africa, one who survived an abusive Ukraine orphanage, one who was subjected to consistent physical violence, and one who endured years of isolation. These children are now thriving adults because of their foster/adoptive parents, caseworkers, therapists, judges, medical staff, siblings, juvenile officers, teachers, community members, and even a few dogs.


For more information contact:

Alyssa Acton