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Toxic Love: When Offenders Enter the Family System

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When? April 26th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. 

Parking? Please plan to arrive a few minutes prior to registration to park. For parking options, please click here!

Where? Mile High United Way
711 Park Avenue West
Denver, Colorado 80205 

Price? $70 per attendee

About the Training:

Your child just disclosed to being abused…now what do you do? For most mothers the need to respond and protect their children is immediate, but what happens when the mother is under the influence of the offender? This toxic dynamic between the mother and offender can often cause a scattered response of confusion and blame towards the child. There are five “toxic responses” most displayed by mothers in this situation which impacts how they comply with the investigation, support their child through the forensic interview, and participate in therapy. This training will highlight the red flags for each type, how to support these children during the investigation, and how to engage these mothers in treatment. 

Presenters: Cathy Hay, LMFT & Courtney Palm, LMFT

Cathy Hay is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma counseling with children and teens who are victims of crime. She has worked in this field for the past ten years beginning her career providing dating violence education to teens in California and transitioning into counseling after completing her Master’s degree at Pepperdine University. Currently, Cathy is the Prevention Program Manager and Senior Therapist at the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center. In addition to providing individual and family therapy, she also organizes and provides training on topics ranging from preschool prevention to neurological effects of trauma and PTSD. 

Courtney Palm is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in developmental child psychology and forensic interviewing. She divides her time between working with the special needs population and the trauma community. As part of her job with Colorado’s early intervention program, Courtney provides developmental assessments, behavioral intervention, and attachment therapy to children with developmental disabilities. Previously, she contracted with Denver Children’s Advocacy Center and Blue Sky Bridge providing trauma counseling and forensic interviewing, respectively. Her future project is to develop interviewing protocols for children with special needs.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsor, Hispanidad!

Presenter: 
When: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Fee(s): 
$70 per attendee
Location: 
Mile High United Way

711 Park Avenue West Denver, Colorado 80205