Foster Youth Victims Advanced Training Topic

Trauma-Informed Care for Foster Youth:
The Biology of Trauma and Resilience

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Adverse Childhood Experience (ACES), specifically child maltreatment, has been shown to affect the physical and mental health of many adults, especially those who have been through the foster care system. In this advanced session, we discuss how ACES can alter a person's epigenetics and brain morphology. You will learn how trauma manifests in a child's learning/behavior and health outcomes. We will discuss the special medical and mental health care needs of foster children specifically trauma informed care and modifiable resilience factors. There will be practical approaches on how to implement this in your practice and how to establish multidisciplinary teams in your community to better address the needs of abused children and children in foster care.

By the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Summarize three of the major changes that happen to the brain as a result of early adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).
  • Explain the way resilience affects how the brain responds to toxic stress.
  • List five behavioral and health outcomes for children and adolescents that are a result of ACEs.
  • Define what “trauma-informed care” is and explain why it matters.
  • Develop a plan of three things you can do immediately in your practice to begin implementing trauma-informed care with children and adolescents.
Presenters: Kelly Callahan and Lauren Maltby

Kelly Callahan, MD, MPT is currently the medical director of the Harbor-UCLA K.I.D.S (Kids in the dependency system) Hub which provides medical care to children involved with DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) as well as forensic evaluations for children with suspected abuse allegations. Dr. Callahan resided in New Mexico until 2005. During this time she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from New Mexico State University in 1996 and a masters of physical therapy at the University of Texas-El Paso in 2001. While practicing as a physical therapist she obtained her medical doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico in 2005. In 2005 she relocated to Los Angeles, California where she began her residency at Harbor-UCLA in pediatrics.

Dr. Lauren Maltby is a board-certified child and adolescent psychologist and an infant-parent and early-childhood mental health specialist (California Endorsement). She is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and works as the supervising forensic psychologist at the Kids In Dependency Systems (KIDS) Clinic, a medical clinic providing primary care for foster children. She provides training for forensic interviewers throughout the state of California on topics ranging from child maltreatment, forensic interviewing, and trauma-informed care. Dr. Maltby also serves on the Board of Directors for the California chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC). She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Biola University in 2012; she completed her pre-doctoral internship at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, both with emphases in child maltreatment and child welfare.

  • 8:30 - Registration and Check-In
  • 9:00 - Part 1: The Biology of Trauma
  • 10:35 - Part 2: The Behavioral Outcomes of Trauma
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - Part 3: Resilience and Protective Factors
  • 2:25 - Part 4: Trauma-Informed care
  • 3:45 - Q&A and Wrap Up

A limited number of travel scholarships are available for this training. Those interested can complete an application and scholarships will be awarded based on need. Accepted applicants will be reimbursed following the training with submission of signed claim and required receipts.

For a travel scholarship application, please contact Tiffany Anderson at (805) 584-0525 or email:


Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #128510). The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Associations of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event for a fee of $45. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should contact Tiffany Anderson at or (805) 584-0525. Requests must be received by the registration deadline for each event.

For more information, questions, or grievances please contact Tiffany Anderson at (805) 584-0525 or email


Santa Barbara, CA - October 20, 2017

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  • Oct. 20, 2017
  • 9am - 4pm
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  • 10/6/17