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Serving Victims Of Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19

Serving Victims Of Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19

The Serving Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 symposium aims to bring child and family service leaders together to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the services that our organizations provide to families. Participants will learn how child abuse affects family systems, how COVID-19 has presented new barriers to vulnerable families, how to take care of one’s self in order to better focus on the families being served, and they will gain resources and best practices to support them in responding and engaging families during COVID-19.


Creating Opportunities for Family Healing During COVID-19: In this workshop, Robert Wright will speak about how child abuse affects family systems and how family re-integration work can be supported during COVID-19.  The consequences of not doing this work while the injuries are still fresh will be discussed.  An opportunity for participants to brainstorm strategies in response to scenarios will also be given.

Navigating Collective Trauma:  Connection in the Age of COVID-19: The objective of this interactive workshop is to provide:

  • a working definition of collective trauma and other key terms relevant to engaging families during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • an outline of the unique stressors, vulnerabilities and barriers families are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic within the socio-ecological model
  • research-based engagement strategies specific to children and families most vulnerable to collective trauma
  • the opportunity to participate in a facilitated brainstorming session focused on how to utilize trauma-informed practices and effective engagement strategies with children and families to mitigate the impact of collective trauma

 Trauma Informed Care for the Victim Support Professional: Taking Care of Yourself So You Can Take Care Of Others During COVID-19: In the past six months, we have moved from crisis mode to consciousness.  We have been waiting for things to go back to normal, and we now realize that we are in the midst of a new normal.  This is no longer liminal space; it is the space we are in.  In order to service a high-need client, who in the best of circumstances is traumatized, we need to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves.  How can you take advantage of this new way of working?  How can you take care of yourself and one another.  Come take a breath and focus on yourself, so you can better focus on your clients.

Watch the Serving Victims Of Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 webinar HERE


Welcome Speaker:

Nicole Holm:

Nicole Holm has been with Cal OES since September 2014, and has been Chief of the Children’s Unit for three years. Nicole has oversight of 15 programs that focus on providing services to children victimized by abuse. With more than $35.5 million in state and federal funds, the Children’s Unit provides funding to approximately 160 Subrecipients that provide much needed services to abused children.

Prior to Grants Management, Nicole worked in the Cal OES Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office where she was responsible for ensuring EEO compliance with grant Subrecipients, conducting internal EEO investigations, and developing and providing training.


Keynote Speakers:

Robert Wright: Robert Seymour Wright is a Social Worker and Sociologist whose 31 year career has spanned the fields of education, child welfare, forensic mental health, trauma, sexual violence, and cultural competence.  A “clinician/academic/administrator,” he has always integrated his work delivering direct practice clinical service to clients with teaching and supervising interns, and promoting lasting systemic change through social policy advocacy.  Robert served as the Executive Director of a Child Welfare Agency in northern Nova Scotia for 9 years and later served as the Executive Director of that province’s Child and Youth Strategy.  A Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Robert has provided treatment services to victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse.  He presents on a range of topics in the field and is a regular presenter at the MASOC/MATSA conference in Massachusetts.


Ingrid Cockhren:

Ingrid Cockhren, M.Ed. specializes in cocreating equitable and inclusive environments within organizations, collective impacts and grassroot movements.  Utilizing her knowledge of stress, trauma, human development and personality, Mrs. Cockhren has been able to translate research concerning diversity/equity/inclusion (DEI) and trauma-informed practices into workplace and organizational solutions that suit both traditional and virtual teams.

Mrs. Cockhren graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a M.Ed. in Child Studies.  Her research areas are Adverse Childhood Experiences, historical trauma/intergenerational transmission, brain development, developmental psychology, and epigenetics.  Mrs. Cockhren’s past career experience ranges from juvenile justice, family counseling, early childhood education, professional development & training, and community education.  In addition to consulting, she is currently an adjunct professor specializing in developmental psychology, abnormal psychology & personality theory at Tennessee State University and the TN/Midwest Regional Community Facilitator for ACEs Connection, a social network dedicated to raising awareness of adverse childhood experiences, stress & trauma.

Mrs. Cockhren’s consulting, facilitation and DEI clients and affiliates include ACEs Connection, Thistle Farms, Inc., Metro Nashville’s Public Schools, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Tennessee’s Dept. of Children’s Services, Tennessee’s Office of Child Safety, Vanderbilt Medical Center, Raphah Institute, Mental Health Cooperative, American Institute of Architects, Indiana Youth Institute, Indiana University and Tuskegee University among others.

Ingrid Cockhren is a Clarksville, TN native who currently resides in Nashville, TN with husband Jurnell Cockhren, founder of Civic Hacker, a software development consulting agency.


Kikanza Nuri-Robins: Kikanza Nuri-Robins has been an advocate for justice, equity, and inclusion her entire career, serving mission-driven organizations across the country. She focuses on sustaining healthy organization cultures by improving communication, developing effective leaders, and nurturing corporate values for cultural proficiency.  Kikanza is the author of many articles and six books, including: Cultural Proficiency and Fish out of Water. She lives in Los Angeles where she serves on the Bio-Ethics Committee of the UCLA Medical Center and the boards of several social-service organizations.





Day of Agenda:

9:30 – 9:45 – Introduce CVCA and review agenda/objectives

9:45- 10:00 – Welcome remarks

10:00- 12:00- Creating Opportunities for Family Healing During COVID-19  with Robert Wright

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00- Trauma Informed Care for the Victim Support Professional: Taking Care of Yourself So You Can Take Care Of Others During COVID-19 with Kikanza Nuri-Robins

2:00-2:15- Break

2:15- 3:15- Navigating Collective Trauma:  Connection in the Age of COVID-19 with Ingrid Cockhren

3:15 – 3:25 –Break

3:25- 3:50- Networking/Small group discussions

3:50- 4:00 – Closing Remarks


Register for the Serving Victims Of Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 webinar HERE

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