RESPITE Conference Spring 2020

March 27, 2020 9:00 am - March 28, 2020 6:00 pm

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COVID-19 Impact Update

In compliance with recommendations and the policies of our hosting location, we will be pivoting the in-person RESPITE conference into a virtual event, as well as planning an in-person event later in the year when it becomes clear it will be a safe and appropriate choice.

While we were looking forward to gathering with you all, we are grateful for the opportunity to still gather virtually and face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) via technology.

What does this mean for you?

  • On Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, we will be presenting sessions at the same time as previously stated but will use a closed-system that registrants will be able to access from their phones, tablets, or computers. The system has an interactive chat, so you will be able to see, hear, and speak with other participants. We will not be recording sessions for distribution at this time.
  • Breakout sessions will be presented by our guest speakers in individual Zoom rooms.
  • Those who have purchased T-shirts and posters will receive them via mail.
  • Certificates of Completion with training hours will be sent to each participant.
  • We are dedicated to convening in-person once it is safe and appropriate.

About the Conference

Join us at the annual RESPITE // Building a Trauma-informed Community Conference.

Learn more about the impacts of trauma through an informative and interactive day of training with education, resources, and tools that will equip you and your environment to serve the most vulnerable among us. The day will include main sessions, tailored breakouts, and community connections that will provide opportunities to discover the most effective and impactful ways to combat and overcome the harm of trauma and adverse childhood experiences. This event will supercharge you and your staff, ministry teams, and caregivers with both the knowledge, resources, and tools as you serve!

Conference Tickets (Saturday, March 28, 2020)

  • Individual Tickets - $40 (early bird price of $30 through January 15, 2020)
  • Small-Group Ticket Packs (5, 10, or 15 in your group) - $5 off each ticket
  • Large-Group Tickets (16 or more in your group) - $5 off each ticket + free Resiliency workshop kit for your group/organization ($50 value)
  • Scholarship/Volunteer Tickets are available.

Ticket prices include admission to Saturday, March 28th conference, materials, meals and snacks, and participation in the screening of RESILIENCE at the conclusion of evening.

Main Session (Saturday, March 28, 2020) Topics Include:

  • Understanding ACEs and the role of Resilience
  • The Prevalence and Impact of Trauma
  • An overview of Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI)
  • How to Build a Trauma-Informed Environment
  • How to Sustain Trauma-Informed Care
  • A screening of the film RESILIENCE

New for 2020

Pre-Conference Event - Friday, March 27, 2020

Join us for an all-day TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) Caregiver Training!

This eight-hour pre-conference event offers in-depth training for caregivers (Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Parents, Ministry workers, Teachers, Social Workers, Childcare providers, and anyone who intersects with Children from Hard Places) of children with trauma-based behavioral issues.

The training will introduce caregivers to the research and methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleague Dr. David Cross, the founders of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. Dr. Purvis has coined the phrase "children from hard places" to describe children who have experienced abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or trauma in early development.

Participants will learn how to use Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI ) through problem-solving scenarios to develop practical skills to build a stronger caregiver-child connection, which leads to better behavior. Taught by TBRI Practitioner Renae M. Dupuis

Friday, March 27, 2020
Rose Drive Friends Church, Yorba Linda

Pre-Conference Tickets

  • Individual Tickets - $15
  • Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Parent Tickets - FREE with discount code (please contact Renae at for code)

Ticket prices include admission to Friday, March 27th pre-conference, materials, meals, and snacks.

Breakout sessions (Select One from Each)

Session #1 - Sustainability Breakout

  • Self-Care (external)
  • Resiliency (internal)

Session #2 - Specialized Breakout

  • Help That Actually Helps - Caring for individuals and families who have suffered from trauma is a huge undertaking. In this session, we will talk about caring for the caregiver and the importance of developing care communities (ideal for agency/social/human services workers, ministry workers + those interested in joining a care community).
  • Theological Implications of Trauma and Trauma-Informed Ministry - How might the church minister more effectively to (and resist re-traumatizing) those quietly suffering in their churches and communities due to the present difficulties resulting from past traumatic experiences? What are the theological implications of trauma? Come explore and discuss these important questions to become T-I Ministers (ideal for ministry workers + pastoral staff).
  • What Does a Trauma-Informed Environment Really Take? - With "on-the-ground" insight from members of OC United's THRIVE program, hear about the hits and misses of applying T-I practices and TBRI principles in the up-close and personal environment of our foster and at-risk youth houses. Our panel will share insight and honest experiences to help equip you in yours (ideal for those wanting to understand the practical application of T-I Principles).
  • Holistic Healing for PTSD and Trauma - A Certified EMDR Therapist will be sharing about the neurobiology of trauma and the latest findings on holistic healing approaches for PSTD and trauma (ideal for those who have suffered trauma or who care for those who have experienced trauma).
  • Why Your "Stuff" Matters - As safe adults who want to serve and care for children and families from hard places, we must consider what we bring to the table: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Our attachment style, whether secure or insecure, will directly impact the way we care for others. We will explore why it is important for each of us to look at our own past to gain healthy relational tools moving forward (ideal for parents + caregivers).
  • Trauma-Informed Care: Classroom Strategies to Assist Children Who Have Been Exposed to Trauma - This presentation focuses on viewing behavioral challenges through a new lens and sharing strategies about how to best assist children in both the short-term moment and in the long term. Participants will receive a variety of specific tools that can be used with children and shared with families (ideal for educators + administrators).

NOTE: The Building Self-Healing Communities  and  Care for You While Caring for Others sessions have been cancelled for the Virtual Event. Our apologies. 

Session #3 - Social Engagement Breakout

  • Healthcare & Helping Professions
  • Education & Childcare Workers
  • Ministry Workers
  • Agency & Social Workers
  • Parents & Caregivers
  • Non-Profit Team Members
  • Law Enforcement & Government
  • Social Justice & Community Advocates

Hosted By

OC United Together
Questions? Contact Renae M. Dupuis

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