Fall Trauma Conference

Santa Cruz Trauma Consortium

in cooperation with

The Lotus Collaborative and Center for Discovery

presents

The 5th Annual Fall Trauma Conference

Trauma, Food and the Body

with featured speaker

Stephanie Covington Armstrong

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

900 High Street (PEACE United Church), Santa Cruz 95060

$85 single ticket
$750 book of 10 tickets

Conference speakers and workshops will provide professionals, students and interested people a day-long learning experience to better understand how trauma affects a person’s relationship with their food and their body. Somatic processes will be explored and effective treatments will be discussed.

Join us for this amazing opportunity to learn more about our own selves and our collective selves.

CEUs (6 hours) provided by the EMDR Institute.

Ask for the conference discount at Dream Inn of Santa Cruz (see below).

Agenda

8am  Registration

9am  Welcome

9:15am
Keynote—Changing the Frame: A New Perspective on Eating Disorders
Speaker: Author Stephanie Covington Armstrong, Not all Black Girls Know How to Eat

Stephanie Covington Armstrong presents her struggle with eating disorders, a topic typically associated with US-born white women. Stephanie discusses key cultural inhibitions among people of color surrounding mental health treatment and peer support for eating disorders. She will provide education about how trauma presents itself in the body, connect guilt and shame to the impact of trauma, and show real life application of current psychological research to help others recognize their own unsafe behavioral eating and body image patterns.

  • To locate trauma’s presence in the body and to develop safe responses to it.
  • To define eating disorders and related diagnoses.
  • To define eating disorders and related diagnoses.
  • To connect the impact of guilt and shame to eating disorders and mental health.
  • To apply eating disorder treatment concepts and skills to real life.

12:00-1:00pm  Lunch
Bring a brown bag lunch or eat at Holopono Hawaiian Grill food truck, which will be available outside.

Table talk topics:

  1. Book signing with Stephanie Covington Armstrong
  2. The Lotus Collaborative treatment program Q&A
  3. Center for Discovery treatment program Q&A
  4. Chef Beth Freewoman of Open Hearth demonstration
  5. CAMFT Santa Cruz – how to find a provider?

1:00-2:15pm
Workshops 1-2-3-4

Workshop 1: The Impact of Trauma on the Health, Eating Habits, and Food Norms of Vulnerable and Food-Insecure Communities
Presented by Monica Bhagwan, Leah’s Pantry, San Francisco

Leah’s Pantry will share its understanding of how poverty as well as interpersonal and community-level trauma impact low-income communities emotionally and biologically. The result is a dysregulated relationship to food, overall poor diet, and a greater risk of poor metabolic health. This session will also identify how low-income communities experience interpersonal, social, and institutional stress and trauma around food. Discussion will include discussion about parent-child feeding practices, immigrant communities, and public housing residents.

  • To teach the impact of interpersonal and community level trauma on biological and emotional levels.
  • Teach how to identify interpersonal, social, institutional stress levels on relationships with food.
  • To apply concepts to parent child feeding practices, immigrant communities, and public housing residents.

Workshop 2 (The Lotus Collaborative): The Body, Trauma, and Food: Using Parts Work To Heal
Presented by Dr. Estrella Ramirez, MA, PhD & Katherine Zwick, MA, LPCC, LCPC, CGP

The Internal Family Systems model of therapy offers user-friendly tools to address ongoing issues with food, weight, body image, and trauma. Through compassionate, curious, and confident “parts work,” clients and clinicians can learn to work on these issues skillfully and give voice to experiences that may otherwise feel scary and unapproachable.

  • Be able to identify the overarching theoretical approach of Internal Family Systems by Schwartz.
  • Be able to locate parts located in all of us.
  • Be able to role-play two interventions using IFS theory and praxis to work with food, weight, body image, and trauma issues.

Workshop 3: “Thick Dumpling Skin”: Asian American’s and Eating Disorders
Presented by Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee discusses the impact of body image and perfection within the Asian American culture and the understanding of eating disorders.

  • Identifying eating disorders within Asian American communities.
  • Discussing the struggle with food and body image within social, cultural, and familial boundaries.
  • Teaching the Asian American cultural perspective of trauma and the impact on food and the body.

Workshop 4: Radical Body Acceptance—A Movement-Oriented Experiential Workshop
Presented by Shawnta Valdes and Yoga For All Movement

Get back to your true nature. Join body positive presenter Shawnta Valdes and Yoga For All Movement for a present-focused movementful and mindful experience filled with self and body acceptance. In the workshop, attendees will practice tools to use during crisis and as a daily radical body acceptance practice.

  • To identify and explore body-mind balance to improve body awareness and release tension.
  • To provide a safe, calm space to practice movement oriented body awareness techniques.
  • To unify the senses through imagery and visualization.

2:30-3:45pm
Workshops A-B-C-D

Workshop A: The Impact of Trauma on the Health, Eating Habits, and Food Norms of Vulnerable and Food-Insecure Communities
Presented by Monica Bhagwan, Leah’s Pantry, San Francisco

Leah’s Pantry will share its understanding of how poverty as well as interpersonal and community-level trauma impact low-income communities emotionally and biologically. The result is a dysregulated relationship to food, overall poor diet, and a greater risk of poor metabolic health. This session will also identify how low-income communities experience interpersonal, social, and institutional stress and trauma around food. Discussion will include discussion about parent-child feeding practices, immigrant communities, and public housing residents.

  • To teach the impact of interpersonal and community level trauma on biological and emotional levels.
  • Teach how to identify interpersonal, social, institutional stress levels on relationships with food.
  • To apply concepts to parent child feeding practices, immigrant communities, and public housing residents.

Workshop B (The Lotus Collaborative): The Body, Trauma, and Food: Using Parts Work To Heal
Presented by Dr. Estrella Ramirez, MA, PhD & Katherine Zwick, MA, LPCC, LCPC, CGP

The Internal Family Systems model of therapy offers user-friendly tools to address ongoing issues with food, weight, body image, and trauma. Through compassionate, curious, and confident “parts work,” clients and clinicians can learn to work on these issues skillfully and give voice to experiences that may otherwise feel scary and unapproachable.

  • Be able to identify the overarching theoretical approach of Internal Family Systems by Schwartz.
  • Be able to locate parts located in all of us.
  • Be able to role-play two interventions using IFS theory and praxis to work with food, weight, body image, and trauma issues.

Workshop C: “Thick Dumpling Skin: Asian American’s and Eating Disorders”
Presented by Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee discusses the impact of body image and perfection within the Asian American culture and the understanding of eating disorders.

  • Identifying eating disorders within Asian American communities.
  • Discussing the struggle with food and body image within social, cultural, and familial boundaries.
  • Teaching the Asian American cultural perspective of trauma and the impact on food and the body.

Workshop D: Radical Body Acceptance—A Movement-Oriented Experiential Workshop
Presented by Shawnta Valdes and Yoga For All Movement

Get back to your true nature. Join body positive presenter Shawnta Valdes and Yoga For All Movement for a present-focused movementful and mindful experience filled with self and body acceptance. In the workshop, attendees will practice tools to use during crisis and as a daily radical body acceptance practice.

  • To identify and explore body-mind balance to improve body awareness and release tension.
  • To provide a safe, calm space to practice movement oriented body awareness techniques.
  • To unify the senses through imagery and visualization.

3:45pm  Certificates and CEUs
Complete the evaluation tool and other additional paperwork, as provided, to receive your certificate.

2017 Annual Trauma Conference Sponsors

Tabling

The annual Fall Trauma Conference has sold out every year. It has become a highly-anticipated innovative professional development resource for trauma, substance abuse and related treatment providers throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.
Email traumainformedcalifornia@gmail.com to learn more about participating in the 2017 conference by:
  • having a display table for your services or agency;
  • nominating a speaker;
  • presenting a workshop.

Hospitality

The Dream Inn has been the Fall Trauma Conference hospitality sponsor every year. We encourage out-of-town attendees to call the reservation department at 831-426-4330 and ask for the Santa Cruz Trauma Consortium Room Block. Discounted room rates are $185 plus tax for October 20, 2017. For more information on the hotel, visit the Dream Inn Santa Cruz website.

Past Conferences

Previously featured speakers at the Annual Fall Trauma Conference include:
  • Dr. Omar Minwalla, speaking about trauma and sexuality (2016);
  • Dr. Janina Fisher, speaking about trauma, dissociation and safety (2015);
  • Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-principal investigator, discussing the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study (2014);
  • Gabriella Grant, director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care, presenting the Seeking Safety model for trauma-informed care (2013).

Interested in becoming a member of the Santa Cruz Trauma Consortium?