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Partner Event - Echo Developmental Trauma Conference - Funders Lunch and Discussion

Thursday, March 5, 2015
12:15pm - 2:30pm PST
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Please join us for a special event on Developmental Trauma: Where Trauma Meets Attachment. We are proud to partner with Echo Parenting & Education for this funders-only lunch and discussion to hear from leaders in the field on how our understanding of childhood trauma is revolutionizing the way we understand human behavior and implications for the communities you support.

Childhood trauma is responsible for many of our physical, mental, and societal problems and interferes with a parent or caregiver’s ability to connect in a safe, stable, nurturing way with their children. Trauma or ‘toxic stress’ is a major public health issue of our time, yet is rarely addressed in discussions about parenting education or service provision.

This funder luncheon will feature respected leaders in the field of childhood trauma:

  • Dr. Stephanie Covington, expert on justice-involved women, featured in OWN series Breaking Down the Bars, and author of Beyond Trauma
  • Dr. Vincent Felitti, Principal Investigator for the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
  • Heather Forbes, expert on trauma and adopted/foster children
  • Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Founder and Medical Director, The Trauma Center and Co-Director, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network
  • Jane Ellen Stevens, Founder of ACES Connection Network

The funder lunch is part of Echo’s two-day conference on this topic. In addition, you are invited to request a seat to attend the morning breakfast, keynote, panel discussion, and the program on March 6th. Space is limited.

>> Click here more information on the conference program.

We hope you join us to explore this important conversation.


Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
Expert on justice-involved women and Author, Beyond Trauma

With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Covington is noted for her pioneering work in the design and implementation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed treatment services for women and girls in public, private, and institutional settings. She is the author of numerous books and therapeutic programs, including A Woman’s Way through The Twelve Steps, Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women, and Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction, with a special edition for the criminal justice system. For the past 20 years, Dr. Covington has worked to help institutions and programs in the criminal justice system develop effective gender-responsive services. She has provided training and consulting services to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the National Institute of Corrections, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Correctional Service of Canada, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and many state and local jurisdictions. In addition, she helped to design women’s services at the Betty Ford Center and was the featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) TV show, Breaking Down the Bars.  She is the co-director of the Center for Gender & Justice located in La Jolla, California.

Vincent J.  Felitti, MD
Principal Investigator, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study

Dr. Felitti is a noted physician and researcher on how adverse childhood experiences affect adults.  He is co-principal investigator of the internationally recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth, retrospective, and prospective analysis of over 17,000 adults that revealed a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults, as well as a strong link to the major causes of adult mortality in the United States. Dr.  Felitti is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California and a Fellow of The American College of Physicians.  He is senior editor of The Permanente Journal and on the international editorial board of the Swiss medical journal Trauma and Gewalt.  He founded the Department of Preventive Medicine for Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California, in 1975 and served as chief of preventive medicine until March 2001.

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW
Beyond Consequences Institute

Heather Forbes is an internationally published author on the topics of raising children with difficult and severe behaviors, understanding the parent’s reactivity when challenged in the home, and working with challenging children in the classroom. Forbes lectures, consults, and coaches parents throughout the U.S. and internationally with families in crisis working to create peaceful and loving families. She is passionate about supporting families and professionals by bridging the gap between academic research and “when the rubber hits the road” parenting. Much of her experience and insight on understanding trauma, disruptive behaviors, developmental delays, and adoption-related issues comes from her direct mothering experience of her two internationally adopted children.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.
Medical Director, The Trauma Center in Boston

In addition to serving as Medical Director of The Trauma Center for 30 years, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and serves as the Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He is past President of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Additionally, he has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles on various aspects of trauma, including yoga for treating PTSD, the use of theater for violence prevention in the Boston public schools, the mechanisms of EMDR, sensory integration and the use of neurofeedback in PTSD. He has written extensively about using neuroscience research to identify appropriate treatments for PTSD and completed the first NIMH-funded study of EMDR.

Jane Ellen Stevens
Founder, ACES Connection Network focuses on research on adverse childhood experiences, and practices based on the research. A long-time health, science and technology journalist, Stevens has written for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic.

Who May Participate:
Open to current SCG members

No cost to participate

Please confirm your attendance by February 25th for the funders’ lunch and discussion by contacting Annabelle Rosborough at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866 x222.