Kinship Center Distinguished Speakers to Present at Regional Conference

Kinship Center leaders Laura Ornelas, LCSW and Ron Huxley, LMFT will be the featured speakers at the San Diego County Children's Systems of Care Learning Academy on May 11, 2012.

Their topic - The Art and Science of Trauma Informed Care - will help attendees gain clarity on the critical elements of trauma informed practice, focusing on a paradigm for treating trauma that uses relationships as the healing agent for each unique child. Through the use of experimental exercises, participants will build a repertoire of skills to improve daily practice and support the healing process, building a greater awareness about what is at the heart of trauma treatment for children and youth.

LAURA ORNELAS is Director of the Kinship Center D'Arrigo Children's Clinic in Monterey County and the Regional Director of the agency's mental health services on the Central Coast. A 20-year veteran in the field of foster care and adoption, Ornelas has specialized in the birth-to-five population and has recently focused on relative caregivers and Latino family systems. She has been an active trainer in California and nationwide for both parents and professionals, and has advocated for the rights of foster and adoptive children and families for the development of post placement support services and education.

RON HUXLEY is Director of Kinship Center Services in San Luis Obispo County and has more than 20 years of experience in mental health as an educator, consultant, community advocate, family therapist and program director. Huxley is the author of the book Love and Limits: Achieving a Balance in Parenting, and has contributed to various journals, magazines and online publications. He is a lead trainer for Kinship Center's signature ACT adoption and permanency curriculum for child welfare and mental health professionals. 

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