Our Annual Child Abuse Awareness Conference is appropriate for professionals such as therapists, counselors, teachers, school administrators, criminal justice, social services workers, clergy, business owners, as well as survivors, parents, and anyone interested in learning more about trauma-informed/resilience-building practices.

This conference is co-sponsored by The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), at Alliant International University. IVAT is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA is recognized as an approved organization to offer continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFTs. IVAT maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content. IVAT is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for National CertifiedIVAT Logo
Counselors (Provider #5659). IVAT adheres to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. IVAT is approved by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE #33) to offer continuing education for LCSWs and MFTs. This training meets the qualifications for up to 6.5 hours of continuing education for MFTs and LCSWs as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences. IVAT is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses to offer continuing education for nurses (CEP #13737). IVAT is approved by the State Bar of California to offer Minimum Continuing Legal Education for attorneys (#11600). CE credits approved by CA agencies are accepted in most states. For information on continuing education, contact


Below are the maximum CEU credits to be earned by participating in this conference:

  • 6.5 hrs CE credits for - Psychologists, MFTs, Social Workers, CSounselors
  • 6.5 hrs CE crdits for - Attorneys, Criminal Justice
  • 2.75 hrs CE credits for - Nurses


  • $45 advance discount rate
  • $55 at the door


  • Pre-register now at the discount rate through PayPal; or
  • Pre-register now at the discount rate using our mail-in form (pg 2), postmark by 4/6/15; or
  • Register at the door on 4/12/15 between 8:45am and the start of the conference.


21st Annual Northern California Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Conference
In Davis, California (Click here for directions)

The Quincy Solution
April 12, 2015 Program Schedule

PROGRAM SCHEDULE: Time, Learning Objectives, CEU credits, Breakdown per Session:
  • 8:50am - 9:25am: CEU Registration

  • 9:30am - 12pm: AM Session = 2.5 Hours

    • 9:30am - Opening:
      • Introduction by Moderator, LAURIE JONES, JD
      • CA State Senator LOIS WOLK and WILLIAM ARNOLD, Staff
      • Yolo County Supervisor JIM PROVENZA

    • 10:00am - Special guest JEAN JORDAN:
      • As a past district attorney in several counties, Director of Operations and Member Services now with the CA State Association of Counties, Ms. Jordan will define domestic violence, which includes child sexual abuse, and provide an introduction to Barry Goldstein’s methods to protect victims and to hold perpetrators accountable.

    • 10:30am - Keynote Speech BARRY GOLDSTEIN:
      • Author Barry Goldstein will discuss his findings developed through new practices to address domestic violence and its impacts.

  • LEARNING OBJECTIVES - As a result of this AM Session, participants will be able to:
    • 1. Identify 2 new effective DV prevention practices from “The Quincy Solution” developed in Quincy, MA.
    • 2. Explain 2 DV impacts and costs in their communities.
    • 3. Explain how to incorporate 2 'best practices' into their current DV prevention practices.
    • 4. Explain the economical advantages of 2 best practices.

  • CE CREDITS: This AM Session is approved for up to 2.5 units for:
    • Psychologists
    • Counselors
    • social workers
    • MFTs
    • Attorneys

  • 12:00pm - 12:45pm: Lunch

  • 12:45pm - 3:30pm: Mid-Day Session = 2.75 Hours

    • 12:45pm - JANE STEVENS, TRACY FAUVER, Building Resilience in Yolo County:
      • Jane Stevens, ACE’s Coordinator and Tracy Fauver, Executive Director, Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

    • LEARNING OBJECTIVES - As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
      • 1. Identify 2 ACEs and their short-and-long-term consequences on physical, mental and social health, and how they can be passed through generations.
      • 2. Explain how the brain and body are 'plastic' and how research is providing pathways to prevent and reduce effects of ACEs.
      • 3. Explain how pediatricians, public health depts, homeless shelters, courts, prisons, hospitals, neighborhood clinics, faith-based communities, cities and towns are implementing trauma-informed practices to prevent ACEs and stop traumatizing already traumatized people.
      • 4. Explain how Yolo Co. CASA is incorporating the findings of ACEs into their practices.

    • 1:45pm - Interagency Coordination Panels:
      • Solano Co. Family Justice Center / Domestic Violence
      • Yolo Co. Family Justice Center and MASHAN WOLFE, Yolo County Sheriffs Office
      • Empower Yolo – Celina Alvarez, Empower Yolo Supervisor, Disciplinary Interview Center:

      Panel members and county service representatives will discuss the advantages of interagency coordination for investigating D.V.

    • LEARNING OBJECTIVES - As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
      • 1. List 2 different responsibilities and requirements placed on local government agencies when investigating allegations of domestic violence.
      • 2. Identify 2 benefits and current efforts being made to coordinate the responsibilities of each of these public agencies.
      • 3. Explain 2 functions of interagency coordination and multidisciplinary panels.

    • 3:00pm - CA State Senator Ricardo Lara:
      • Senator Lara will provide updates on current and proposed California legislation on child abuse prevention.

    • LEARNING OBJECTIVES: As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
      • 1. Explain the legislative process and how to support proposed legislation
      • 2. Identify how to initiate new legislative proposals.

  • CE CREDITS: This Mid-Day Session is approved for up to 2.75 units for:
    • Psychologists
    • Counselors
    • Social Workers
    • MFTs
    • Nurses
    • Attorneys

  • 3:30pm - 3:45pm - Break

  • 3:45pm - 5:00pm: Closing Session = 1.25 Hours

    • 3:45pm - Interagency Coordination, Q and A Panel Members
    • 4:45pm - Closing song James and Matthieu Jean-Pierre

  • CE CREDITS: This Closing Session is approved for up to 1.25 units for:
    • Psychologists
    • Counselors
    • Social Workers
    • MFTs
    • Attorneys


In 2008, Lois Wolk was elected to represent the Fifth Senate District, which included most of Solano and Yolo Counties, as well as parts of San Joaquin and Sacramento County. In 2012, Wolk was re-elected to the Senate to represent the newly redrawn Third Senate District, which includes all of Napa and Solano Counties, most of Yolo County, several cities in Sonoma and Contra Costa Counties, and a portion of Sacramento County. Senator Wolk chairs the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, the Agriculture Subcommittee on Olive Oil Production and Emerging Products, and the Select Committee on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. She also serves on numerous committees, including the Senate Standing Committees on Agriculture; Energy, Utilities and Communications; Health; and Natural Resources and Water. Senator Wolk is also a liaison advisor to the Delta Conservancy Board, tasked with supporting efforts that advance both environmental protection and the economic well-being of Delta residents. Additionally, she serves on the California Wildlife Conservation Board’s Legislative Advisory Committee, helping to allocate funding for important environmental projects throughout the state.

Supervisor Jim Provenza presides over Yolo County’s District 4. With over 30 years of county and state government experience, he's had a long career in public interest law. He worked as a special assistant DA for 18 years. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1955, he spent his childhood in San Diego, CA and Camarillo, CA, Ventura County, until attending UC Santa Barbara in 1968 where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1977. He earned his law degree in 1980 from UC Davis and remained a member of the CA State Bar since. He returned to Santa Barbara, working as Exec. Director of Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara Co., managing countywide programs providing legal representation to victims of D.V. and the elderly. In 1988, he and his family moved to Sacramento, where he worked as managing attorney for Legal Services of Northern CA, representing victims of housing discrimination in federal civil rights actions. From 1989-1992, he served as counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Bill Lockyer. He wrote CA’s hate crime law and legislation related to the reform of the criminal justice system. He later served as chief counsel to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, where he conducted an investigation of medical conditions for AIDS patients at Vacaville Prison. He was hired to represent the state capitol DAs. He and his family returned to Davis in 1994. He entered public office in 2003 as a Member of the Davis Joint Unified Board of Education and served as Pres. of the Board of Ed from 2006-2007. He supported excellence in education for all students, advocated for special needs children, and helped Davis School District revamp budgeting systems to ensure continued quality education. He currently resides in Mace Ranch, Davis, with his wife, Donna, a sociology professor at CA State University Sacramento, and her mother, Rose Calabria. Their 2 children graduated from Davis High School: Jennifer, also graduated from NY University in 2005, and James, who currently attends CA College of Arts in SF.

Ms. Jordan is a strong advocate and defender of children’s rights, demonstrated through through her long career in prevention and enforcement with the Yolo County Public Defenders Office, the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Woodland, the City Attorney and Deputy District Attorney’s Offices of San Diego, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, as Adjunct Faculty of the Chapman School of Law, Executive Director of Administrative Services, Violence Against Women and Victims of Crime. Ms. Jordan currently serves as Director of Operations and Member Services, CA State Association of Counties.

Barry Goldstein is a nationally recognized DV author, speaker and advocate. He authored a number of leading books for professionals regarding DV and child custody including: Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody, co-edited with Dr. Mo Therese Hannah; Representing the Domestic Violence Survivor, co-authored with Elizabeth Liu; Scared to Leave Afraid to Stay, and The Quincy Solution: Stop Domestic Violence and Save $500 Billion. A second volume of Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody has been submitted to the publisher for printing. Barry practiced law for t30 years and worked with over 1000 DV survivors. He's been an instructor, and later also a supervisor for a NY Model Batterer Program, and has worked with more than 1000 abusers. He served on the board of a battered women's shelter in Westchester Co., NY for 14 years including 4 years as chairperson. Leading institutions including the National Coalition Against DV Violence, National DV Hotline, Office on Violence Against Women, Canadian Institute of Health, American Psychological Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Oklahoma Attorney General have benefited from his expertise. He is qualified as an expert witness in 6 states including CA.

Ms. Stevens is the founder and manager of ACEsConnection, a virtual community of practice. She is also the founder and editor of the news site, and is writing a book about how people are implementing practices based on the ACE Study, trauma-informed and resilience concepts. She helps people who are unfamiliar with interacting on virtual communities of practice, and gives them guidance and tips for successful interaction and building their own sub-communities (e.g., domestic violence, foster care) in the larger community. Prior to launching the ACEs sites, she was Director of Media Strategies at The World Company in Lawrence, KS, where they broke new ground in the field of journalism by developing a local social journalism health news site called, a model for a network of local health sites she plans to create in CA. She serves on an advisory group for, an online community of USC Annenberg’s CA Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and is co-director, with Dr. Lori Dorfman, of the Reporting on Violence project.

Tracy is the executive director of Yolo Co. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). She previously served as the outreach worker and advocate for the Family Transitional Housing Program at Davis Community Meals, providing support to homeless families as they work to regain their independence. She received her master's degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Fauver volunteered for 3 years as a CASA for Yolo Co. foster youth. Fauver is married to Alborz Alali, an oncologist at the Woodland Clinic. She is mother to 2 daughters ages 13 and 10 and volunteers as a soccer coach. The mission of Yolo CASA is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected foster youth within the court system. Based on the belief that every child is entitled to a safe and supportive home, CASA works through trained volunteers in collaboration with key agencies, legal counsel, and community resources to serve as the child’s advocate in the Yolo Co. Juvenile Court System.

Empower Yolo, Supervisor, Disciplinary Interview Center and member of the Sexual Assault Response Team. Celina is a certified facilitator of the Stewards of Children training, which is a sexual abuse prevention training program that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

In Nov 2012, Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) got elected with overwhelming support to represent the S.E. LA Co. cities of the 33rd blue collar immigrant household. Ricardo knows firsthand the challenges facing working families and is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians. He is one of the most influential members of the State Senate, chairing the powerful Appropriations Committee, serving as a member of the Energy, Utilities and Communications, Governance and Finance, Governmental Organization, and Banking and Financial Institutions committees. An advocate for the environment, Ricardo created the CA Clean Bus, Truck and Freight Program to encourage clean energy while investing in good jobs. He authored legislation to create a state plan to address short-lived climate pollutants such as diesel soot, which is known to cause climate warming and negatively impact public health. A champion for educational equity, civil and immigrant rights, Ricardo champions legislation which improves the quality of life for vulnerable communities. He authored several first-in-the-nation laws recognizing and investing in immigrant communities such as the CA DREAM Loan Program, which helps undocumented students apply for loans to complete higher education goals. Supporting CA’s entrepreneurial spirit, Ricardo’s bill to update and expand access to professional licensing rules, regardless of immigration status, will stimulate local economies and create jobs. Working his way through college as a teacher’s assistance in an English immersion classroom, Ricardo believes that multilingual education in schools is important to giving CA students the competitive economic and educational edge. That’s why he authored the CA Ed.G.E., or Education for a Global Economy Initiative, which will ask voters to revisit the state’s English-only instruction mandate in public schools on the 2016 ballot. Under his leadership as Chair of the Latino Caucus, the legislature passed AB60 to allow undocumented Californians to obtain driver’s licenses. In the summer of 2014, he organized a fact-finding delegation to visit the Central American unaccompanied minors being held in Ventura Co. and was instrumental in securing $3 million to be directed toward non-profit organizations providing legal representation to these children. Ricardo's part in public service has been recognized at the local, state and national levels. President Barack Obama awarded him a “Champion of Change” at the White House and The LA Times named him the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights” in CA. Upon winning his election in 2012, he made history as the first openly gay person of color elected to the CA Senate. Ricardo earned his B.A. in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University.

Matthieu Jean-Pierre and FP are a hot new musical phenom out of Maryland with a fresh new sound. They will conclude the conference with their hot new single 'Soul Ties' which relates to the dynamics of a DV relationship, "I keep trying to let you go." Matthieu Jean-Pierre is an actor, singer, and song writer. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Maryland, he discovered his passion for acting and knew he wanted to be an entertainer after playing "Mushu" in his 6th grade production of "Mulan." This experience changed his life and sparked his interest in acting and singing, nurtured through extensive training via summer camps and various acting and musical performance opportunities since. Matthieu is described as a people person dedicated and committed to accomplishing his goals. 'FP" aka "Da Fresh Prince" aka "Xile" James Jean-Pierre was born to Haitian immigrants on Oct 16th, 1986. Throughout childhood he experienced life's gems and hardships. While very young, he decided he wanted it all. He gravitated toward poetry after winning his 3rd grade poetry contest and performing it at a school assembly. James always rapped, but decided only recently to pursue it seriously. "I want my life's work to be my life's work." is his motto. He feels his musical influences: Beethoven, Mozart, Biggie, Common, Bob Marley, Illus and more make up the soundtrack of his life, available to him whenever he needed them. A calculated thrill seeker (the epidemie of an oxymoron), he hopes his music encompasses his life in a way where he too might inspire his fans as those before him.


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