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Annual child abuse prevention academy to be held at Cuesta 


–Center for Family Strengthening, (CFS) partners with Cuesta College Early Childhood Education Department, holds its Annual Child Abuse Prevention Academy at Cuesta College on Friday, April 20, 2018, 9 a.m. – noon. Childhood Development and Nursing Students at both the North and South Cuesta Campuses and Cal Poly are invited and urged to attend. All Community and Health Care Providers are invited.

The Child Abuse Prevention Academy will be held in the Cuesta College Associated Student Auditorium, SLO Campus Room 5401. There is no charge to Cuesta and Cal Poly Students and Faculty. Click here to register, go to or call (805) 260-9333 with questions. Community registration is $20.00. Cuesta Students will receive a Certificate of Participation.

This year’s academy will feature the groundbreaking documentary “Resilience.” Resilience reveals how toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death.
The child may not remember. But the body remembers.

While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress-and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Katie Cohen, Psy.D., Supervisor Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment & Treatment Center will facilitate a reflective discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to:
• Increase their knowledge of the Adverse Childhood Study and its impact on early childhood development.
• Learn about Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco where they focus on building resiliency skills so children have the sturdy brain structure that leads to healthy lifestyles
• Improve their understanding of how the presence of a stable, caring adult is one of the keys to building resiliency.
• Learn how the state of Washington changed policies which resulted in a 66% decrease in youth arrests for violent crime.
• Learn about Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment & Treatment Center in SLO County and how it supports children with ACEs and their families.

About Katie Cohen, Psy.D.
Katie Cohen, Psy.D. is the Program Supervisor, Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment & Treatment Center, a San Luis Obispo County behavioral health clinic specializing in the assessment and treatment of children Birth to Five with prenatal substance exposure and exhibiting behavioral issues. Katie Cohen is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist with a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Katie Cohen, Psy.D. has specialized in working with youth who have experienced trauma, particularly those in the foster care system, over the past 10+ years.

About Center for Family Strengthening (CFS)
In 1988, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors designated Center for Family Strengthening as the self-governing entity responsible for local efforts to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect. Center for Family Strengthening is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. Center for Family Strengthening partners with family support organizations in SLO County to provide resources to families in need, to protect children from abuse and neglect, and to ensure that strong families are a community priority. To donate or learn more about Center for Family Strengthening go to or call (805) 543-6216



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