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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Mahoning County Juvenile Court Trauma Seminar Will Feature Audrie and Daisy Documentary

Mahoning County Juvenile Court and the Mahoning County Juvenile Court Community Advisory Board, Inc., to Provide Trauma Seminar That Will Feature Audrie and Daisy Documentary, Premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival


Youngstown, Ohio, May 18, 2017    Mahoning County Juvenile Court  Mahoning County Juvenile Court Community Advisory Board, Inc. will host a two day trauma seminar, Trauma: Understanding and Healing for Survivors and Professionals, May 31st and June 1st, at the Lake Club, Poland, Ohio.  Sponsorship for the event is begin provided by Harrington, Hoppe and Mitchell, LTD, the DeBartolo Corporation, Denise and John York, Dr. Albert and Suzanne Cinelli, the Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Hampton Inn & Suites, Canfield and the Bruce R. Beeghly &  Nancy W. Beeghly Family Foundation.


This training will increase knowledge and understanding of the impact of trauma on both the individuals who directly experience trauma and the professionals who assist them. We will explore treatment and holistic approaches for managing traumatic levels of stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout among survivors and professionals. Participants will collectively view Audrie and Daisy, a documentary premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and interact live with the remarkable individuals from the film. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to learn about and practice various stress reducing techniques.


The documentary screening will be presented in segments by, Charlie and Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon and Jada Smith. At the young age of 14, Daisy Coleman was assaulted by her older brother’s friend in Maryville, MO.  Considerable evidence was brought against the perpetrators, but because of suspected corruption, the charges were dropped. The group Anonymous then rallied on her behalf with #JusticeforDaisy and Daisy sparked a national conversation about sexual assault.


Charlie’s impactful contribution to the acclaimed film Audrie & Daisy shows his incredible voice as both a brother of a survivor, an ally, a coach, and mentor to young athletes. Jada Smith

Jada Smith is the outspoken survivor who sparked the #JusticeforJada campaign. A movement was born to support Jada and call for the prosecution of her perpetrator with #JusticeforJada pictures.    


After moving to a small town in Texas at the age of 14, Ella Fairon was beaten, drugged and raped by a peer. For weeks after, Ella was bullied and harassed by the perpetrator and his friends and was shamed for the assault committed against her. Ella’s family relocated back to California for her safety. By starting her own organization, BUTTERVLY (be understood, traumatized teens, empowering rape victims, love yourself), at her new high school, Ella took back her voice and began to advocate on behalf of herself and other survivors of sexual violence. Under Ella’s leadership, the group created awareness projects and organized a Powder Puff Game called “Tackling Rape Culture”.


Kevin Creeden, M.A., LMHC, Director of Assessment and Research at the Whitney Academy in East Freetown, MA will explore the experiences which shape brain development and the influences of emotional, social, cognitive and physiological activities. His presentation on Neurodevelopment and Trauma will include current clinical and research findings as well as the negative impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on brain development and psychosocial functioning.  


Mr. Creeden has over 30 years of clinical experience.  Over the past 25 years, his primary focus has been on issues of trauma and attachment difficulties, especially with regard to the neurological impact of trauma on behavior, and has authored several articles and book chapters on the neuro-developmental impact of trauma on sexual behavior problems.  Mr. Creeden has served as the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), a Teaching Fellow at Boston College, an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and a guest faculty at the Boston University School of Social Work.  Presently, he is a guest faculty at the Simmons School of Social Work Advanced Training Program in Trauma-Focused Treatment. Mr. Creeden provides trainings trains and consults both nationally and internationally.


Mr. Creeden will also present practical use of Trauma Informed Treatment.  Participants will be able to further understand the vulnerabilities and triggers of trauma that traditional treatment modalities may exacerbate, and explore new techniques and practices for implementation into daily activities to reduce risk of further trauma.  Participants will learn client and family engagement strategies that utilize Trauma Informed approaches.  Identify protective factors that assist with attachment and development.  Implement key elements of supervision and case management of individuals with traumatic histories.


The agenda will also include presentations by court staff, James DeLucia, M.S.Ed., LPCC-S,   Laura L. Blanco, B.A., LSW, and  Karen Guerrieri-Marr, M.S.Ed., LPC, LCDC-III, SWA.   Lisa Skomra-Lotze, M.S.Ed., LPCC-S will discuss vicarious trauma and Kim R. Zavoral, a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga Instructor, will present research and the clinical validity of various healing practices.  


To register, please contact Jennifer Pangio at Mahoning County Juvenile Court, 330-740-2244x 6418 or by email, jpangio@mahoningcountyoh.gov. The cost of the two day training is $100 which includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch. Registration and breakfast:  7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. daily. Seminar hours: May 31st- 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and June 1st -8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please make checks payable to: Mahoning County Juvenile Court Community Advisory Board, Inc.



Chemical Dependency and Prevention RCH’s,  

(Prevention – 4.75 P-6 Professional Growth and Responsibility for Prevention Professionals and 4.25 R-1 Field Related Other; Chemical Dependency – 1.5 C-8 Treatment Planning and 7.5 R-1 Field Related Other)


Attorney CLEs

(This activity has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 8.75 total CLE hour(s) instruction.)


Counselor and Social Worker CPE’s

(This course has been approved for 9.0 CPEs for continuing education for Social Workers and Counselors, including 3 hours of ethics. Note: State of Ohio Board of Nursing accepts these hours.)


Contact Hours for Teachers

(This course has been approved for 9.25 contact hours for Teachers)

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