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CSU, Chico to Host 8th Annual Children in Trauma Conference: What’s Behind a Child’s Rejection of a Parent? Is it Abuse, Alienation, and/or Estrangement?

Date: 01-20-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Melissa McGowan
Continuing Education

California State University, Chico Continuing Education, in partnership with Butte County Family Court Services, Superior Court of California, presents Children in Trauma 2010: What’s Behind a Child’s Rejection of a Parent? Is it Abuse, Alienation, and/or Estrangement? The one-day professional development conference will be held Friday, March 12, on the CSU, Chico campus.

Established in 1999, In Service to Families, Children and the Courts is a professional development series developed in collaboration with local professionals and Butte County Family Court Services. The 8th Annual Children in Trauma Conference will provide an intensive practicum focusing on children in high-conflict relationships. The presenter will explore the reasons behind a child’s rejection of a parent, including abuse, alienation and estrangement, and how one or a combination of these may lead to rejection.

The conference will feature Leslie M. Drozd, PhD, a well-known expert on family violence, abuse and alienation, specializing in high-conflict divorce cases. She actively serves the community as a professor, author and active researcher. Dr. Drozd is editor of The Journal of Child Custody and contributor to the new “Model Standards for Conducting Child Custody Evaluations” for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Her latest book, “The Missing Piece: Solving the Puzzle of Self,” was co-authored with Claudia Black. Dr. Drozd has an independent practice in Newport Beach, California, and has conducted child custody evaluations for over 20 years.

Marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, educators, school and family counselors, attorneys, law enforcement professionals, mediators, child custody evaluators, behavioral health professionals, nurses, physicians, psychoanalysts, emergency responders, children’s advocates and concerned individuals are encouraged to take advantage of this continuing education opportunity.

Attendees at the Children in Trauma 2010 conference will gain a greater understanding of the reasons children may reject a parent, how to assess such situations in order to intervene with high conflict, and how to apply emerging treatment strategies to these children and families in need. In addition to learning from a recognized practitioner, participants will walk away from this conference with an array of professional contacts and practical treatment tools.

Participants may earn 7 hours of BBSE (Provider PCE 799), BRN (Provider 00656) and MCEP (Provider CAL123, pending approval).

In addition to the featured speaker, exhibitors from public service agencies and other resource providers will be on hand to share a wide array of information and discuss their services. Exhibitor space is available.

The early registration fee for Children in Trauma 2010 conference is $145 per person and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. Group rate discounts are available. To enroll or for more information, please call CSU, Chico Continuing Education at 530-898-6105, e-mail rce@csuchico.edu, and visit the Web site http://rce.csuchico.edu/inservice.