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Children’s Institute in partnership with the UCLA Pritzker Center brings you the 2023 Trauma-Informed Care Conference. This year’s Trauma-Informed Care Conference will focus on creating a culture of wellness & prevention for children, families & community. We are particularly excited about a discussion with California’s Surgeon General, Diana Ramos, MD, and UCLA Professor of Psychiatry, Eraka Bath, MD, moderated by LAist Senior Reporter, Mariana Dale. The conversation will touch on critical topics including investment in youth mental health, the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and imagining a path forward for Californians most impacted by toxic stress.

Children’s Institute leads the way in trauma-informed care and evidence-based clinical treatment by training thousands of professionals and caregivers throughout the year. CII’s annual Trauma-Informed Care Conference is a pivotal part of this work, bringing together professionals from the front lines including those working with at-risk children and families: child welfare and mental health professionals; school and juvenile justice workers. Also part of the critical conversation are policymakers, program administrators and organizational leaders from public and private agencies.

Who should attend:

  • Professionals from the front lines including those working with at-risk children and families: child welfare and mental health professionals; school and juvenile justice workers.
  • Policymakers, program administrators and organizational leaders from public and private agencies.
  • Students interested in going into professions that support and/or advocate on behalf of system-involved families. (Student rate available!)

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Psychiatrist, Author

BESSEL VAN DER KOLK, MD is a psychiatrist, author, researcher and educator. He is the author of The New York Times best-seller, The Body Keeps the Score. Dr. van der Kolk formerly served as president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and is a former co-director of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a Congressionally mandated initiative that now funds approximately 150 centers specializing in developing effective treatment interventions and implementing them in a wide array of settings, from juvenile detention centers to tribal agencies, nationwide.

Much of his research has focused on how trauma has a different impact at different stages of development, and that disruptions in care-giving systems have additional deleterious effects that need to be addressed for effective intervention. His efforts resulted in the establishment of Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) which consisted of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applied treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide.


  • Diana Ramos, MD | California Surgeon General
  • Eraka Bath, MD | Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry


  • Mariana Dale | K-12 Senior Reporter LAist

Panelist: Diana Ramos, MD, California Surgeon General

DIANA RAMOS, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG is a public health leader dedicated to improving health care quality and equity. She recently served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Chronic Disease Prevention for the California Department of Public Health. Past roles include the Director for Reproductive Health in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and adjunct Associate Professor at the Keck University of Southern California School of Medicine. The Orange County Medical Association recently named Dr. Ramos the 2023 Physician of the Year.

She serves on many national and international women’s health improvement and equity committees. Her areas of expertise include health disparities, social determinants of health, preconception/interconception health, preterm birth, contraception and quality improvement in health. As Surgeon General of California, she has committed to prioritizing some of the most pressing health challenges of our time, including: reproductive health, the mental health crisis and how ACEs & toxic stress affect every aspect of our health.

Panelist: Eraka Bath, MD, Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Bath is a Professor and Vice Chair for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry, and senior advisor for the UCLA DGSOM Antiracism Roadmap (ARR). Board certified in child and adolescent, adult, and forensic psychiatry, she has a long-standing interest in community mental health and has committed her career to advancing health equity for ethnoracially minoritized, and structurally marginalized youth and families, with specialized focus on youth impacted by the foster care and juvenile legal systems. She has dedicated her time to working with structurally vulnerable populations and consults regularly with the court system. Her portfolio of research has included funding from the National Institutes of Health, PCORI, and Los Angeles County Department of Probation. She teaches on structural racism and antiracism, and its impacts on mental health and biomedical research and workforce. As a senior strategist to the ARR in the UCLA DGSOM, she leads or co-leads a variety of initiatives, including but not limited to, Restorative Justice in Academic Medicine, the Racial Justice Report Card, the Antiracist Transformation in Medical Education, JEDI Academic Mentoring Council and the Black Latinx Native American Faculty Collective. Her current research involves using community participatory models to increase engagement in behavioral and reproductive health with for girls with histories of commercial sexual exploitation and those involved in the child welfare and juvenile legal system.


MARIANA DALE is a senior K-12 education reporter at LAist, a public media organization. She explores and explains the forces that shape how and what Southern California kids learn from kindergarten to high school. She started at LAist in 2019, where her time on the early childhood beat helped her understand just how many factors shape kids’ lives, from health to childcare access. Dale previously reported for newspapers and public media newsrooms in Arizona, her home state. She’s won local and national awards for her work, including a National Edward R. Murrow award for continuing coverage of Arizona’s 2018 teacher strike.

Afternoon Workshops to include the following: (to begin ~ 1:15pm)

  • Be THE Change…Join Us for The Power of Conscious Discipline! – (Theresa Offord, Jessica Cardenas, Jaicy Bautista Gonzalez, CII)
  • Cells to Solutions: exploring multidisciplinary, physiology-based healing strategies for toxic stress as part of routine clinical care – (UCAAN)
  • How Trauma-Informed is your practice? – (UCAAN)
  • Implementing Trauma-Informed Tools to Change School Culture and Climate – (Riley Solorzano, Stefani Marte, & Kelly Hwang, CII)
  • Redefining Care with CalAIM: Exploring the intersection of trauma-informed care and healthcare systems – (Jesus Parra and Jonathon Goldfinger, CII)
  • Voices of Resilience: Empowering System Involved Youth through a Trauma-Informed Lens [in-person] – (Youth Panel, UCLA/CII, Kahlila Williams, UCLA , Evelyn Barycki & Chantel Palmar, CII)
  • What 40 Years of Study has Taught Us About Treating Traumatized Kids – (Dr. Bessel van der Kolk)


Early Bird Registration – $129/pp – ends Sept. 1, 2023 @ 11:59pm PST.

Regular Registration – $149/pp beginning Sept. 2, 2023.

CEU’s are available for purchase for an additional $25 fee.

Group rates available; contact Amber Hapuarachy – AHapuarachy@childrensinstitute.org

If paying by check, make checks payable to: CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE, INC. Tax I.D. #95-1641424. Mail to attention: Training Center, Children’s Institute, Inc. – 2121 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026 and include the name(s) of the registrants.

Continuing Education Credits: up to 4.5 credits available for PSY, MFT, and LCSW’s

APA: Children’s Institute, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Children’s Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) recognizes APA continuing education credit for license renewal.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: By registering for this training the agency is liable for the registration fee, which is fully refundable up to September 19, 2023. Registration is transferrable prior to the start of the training. Once the training begins, fees are non-refundable/transferrable and no partial refunds will be given.

For more information on Children’s Institute, please visit www.childrensinstitute.org

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Children’s Institute is a grantee within the NCTSN.  The views, opinions, and content of this conference are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS.