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About this Series
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), along with recent community-wide adversities and COVID-19, have left children vulnerable to long-term mental and physical health challenges. This video series is designed to help you understand the impact of trauma; how it affects children and youth; and what you can do to support them. It shares practical personal self-care and child well-being tools so you are better equipped to make a life-changing difference for a child.
Grandmaster Farshad Azad is a 9th Degree Black Belt, the Chair
of the Board of Directors of the North Valley Community
Foundation, as well as the owner of Azad’s Martial Arts Center in
Chico and Azad’s International Inc., an international investment
company. He is also currently on the Board of Directors of the
American Red Cross and Foundation Board at Butte College.
Grandmaster Azad teaches martial arts for children and adults of
all ages and abilities. He conducts talks and presentations
around the world on personal empowerment and growth,
business development and efficiency, the power of philanthropy
and public and private sector partnerships.
After earning his Master of Public Administration from Chico
State in 1990, he has been lecturing part time in the Department
of Kinesiology —teaching in the department longer than any
other faculty. He served on the University Advisory Board from
2006 to 2018 and received Chico State’s Distinguished Alumni
Service Award in 2015.
Scott Dinits works as the Human Resources Director for the Boys
& Girls Clubs of the North Valley and is also a Co-Director of the
Ability First Sports Camp. Scott provides training and support to
community based organizations, parent workshops, and
expanded learning programs for youth development practices,
Trauma Informed and Responsive Systems, and Community
Dr. Bethell is a Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public
Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she serves as the
founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health
Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) within the Department of
Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.
She is passionate about enabling data-driven partnerships and
leveraging the new brain sciences, mindfulness and other mindbody methods to transform health and related services, with a focus on addressing childhood trauma, promoting positive
health and advancing High Reliability Organizations.
She earned an MBA and an MPH from the University of
California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University
Dr. Devjani (Juni) Banerjee-Stevens is a licensed psychologist and
owner of Deer Park Counseling & Consulting. She is committed
to helping individuals, organizations, and communities heal from
trauma, one relationship at a time.
Dena Kapsalis is the Director of Student Services at Paradise
Unified School District. Prior to the Camp Fire Dena was a
passionate advocate and local leader for systemic
implementation of Trauma Informed Practices. Since, the Camp
Fire, Dena has lived experience as a leader “leading in crisis” and
has a deep understanding of how trama impacts both students
Ada Terry is the Children’s Bereavement Coordinator for Sutter
Health Sutter Care in Yuba City. Ada has worked for Sutter for the
past eight years, initially as a medical social worker with hospice.
Ada transitioned into the position of the Children’s Bereavement
Coordinator. In her position as Children’s Bereavement
Coordinator, Ada developed a framework for working with
children, youth, and their families experiencing anticipatory grief
and post-loss grief centering on grief education, and the
identification of coping skills through the integration of art.
With Master’s degrees in Social Work from California State
University, Marriage and Family Therapy and Theology from Oral
Roberts University, Ada is currently pursuing her PhD from
Walden University in Disaster and Crisis Intervention work.
Kory L. Honea became the 31st Sheriff of Butte County in May 2014. During his law enforcement career Sheriff Honea has held assignments in corrections, patrol and investigations. In 2000, Sheriff Honea transferred to the District Attorney's Office as an investigator. In 2008 he became the Chief Investigator and held that position until his return to the Sheriff's Office as Undersheriff in 2010. Sheriff Honea holds a Juris Doctorate from the Taft School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California. He also holds an Associate of Arts degree from Butte College.
Matt Reddam is the current School & Community Wellness
Advisor for County Office of Education and former
Policy & Practice Coordinator for Trauma Transformed. A
regional expert on child traumatic stress and trauma informed
systems, Matt is a clinician, advocate, trainer, and consultant
whose passion as a survivor drives the need to bring our systems
into a state of equity and compassion.
A brief introduction to what you can expect in this video training series.
This guidebook highlights the key lessons presented in the training videos, and provides discussion points for group settings.Download PDF
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