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Upcoming Trainings

New Speaker/Topic Each 2nd Thursday of the Month

In case you missed it you can find many of our presentations on our you tube page or in the "Publications" section of this website

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About Us

Our Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission:

Creating, training, and leading a violence-free community to nurture personal and professional growth.

Our Values:

At End Abuse, Long Beach, we live by these values:

  • Authentic Acceptance  All doors are open.
  • Brave Spaces Trauma-free environments for personal and professional growth.
  • Committed Community A professional network dedicated to the prevention of violence in all its forms.
  • Informational Relevance Innovative and evidence-based trainings that advance the field.
  • Radical Hospitality Warm, welcoming and inclusive.
  • Transformation and Evolution Belief in the power of personal, professional, and community change.
  • Transparent Relationships Open engagement between all who come.
  • Unrestrained Integrity Do the right thing.


We offer FREE Professional Development Training and Networking every month!

Our General Meeting is held 2nd Thursday of each month
8:00 a.m-9:30 a.m.
at The Alpert Jewish Community Center 

3801 East Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

CEUs are offered for most of our programs - Provider number: 130171

~Coffee and Refreshments provided by the board at each program

~Free parking always available at The Grand located just steps away 



The Long Beach Area Child Trauma Council was founded in 1975—the first such Council in California and the second in the United States. We spearheaded the creation of the California Consortium of Child Abuse Councils and earned a strong reputation as a leading voice in child abuse prevention. In July 1996, The Child Trauma Council merged with the local Domestic Violence Council to become The Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention Council. The Council was incorporated in 1993. In June, 2005, the Council renamed itself, End Abuse Long Beach

Previous Presenters


Jan 9th    Alyce Jurgensen, LCSW "Building Positive Relationships by Saying “No"


Feb 13th  Kelly Colopy,“Health, How we define it, How we improve it…It’s not just about our eating, our exercise and our health care.”

Mar 12th Theresa Thomas,  “Bridging the Generation Gap with Effective Communication”


Jan 12th  Eydie Pasicel is the Director of Youth Services and Education at WomenShelter of Long Beach 

"Building Healthy Relationships”


Feb 14th  SPECIAL EVENT: Kristen Zaleski, PhD, LCSW USC School of Social Work

“Military Sexual Trauma”


Mar 14th  Gregory Canillas, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

“Songs in the Key of Life: Using Music Therapy in the Treatment with Adolescents"


Apr 11th  Nkem Ndefo 

"Trauma Healing Foundations with The Resilience Toolkit"

May 9th  Meena Montemayor, LCSW , Foster Care Counselor  LAUSD-South Region     

"How to Raise Healthy Children into Adults Capable of Meeting the Challenges of Life Head On"

Jun 13th Elizabeth Eastlund, LCSW and Marci Fukuroda, Esq. of Rainbow Services 

"From Power Over to Power With: Rainbow Services' Transformation to a Trauma Informed Culture."

Jul 11th   Susan Rice, DSW Professor Emerita, CSULB School of Social Work

"End of Life Issues: When is it Caring, and When is it Neglect and/or Abuse?"  

 Aug 8th Elsa Ramos, Special Projects Coordinator for Long Beach's Homeless Services Division and Sharon Wie, Interval House, Director of Programs

"The Long Beach Continuum of Care; A Safety Net for People Experiencing Homelessness in our Community” 

Sept 12th  Lauren M. Walton, MD,  Addiction Psychiatrist currently in practice with Southern California Permanente Medical Group presents 

"Addiction to Opioids and Suicide Prevention"

Oct 10th Dominique Quevedo, LAFLA 

"Diversity and Supervision" 

Nov 14th Ruth Beaglehole, Consultant and trainer, 

"Parenting with Nonviolence" and 

Annual Awards honoring Tiffany Brown, LBUSD and Alicia Rodriguez, City of Long Beach



Jan 12th Paula Cohen Esq. Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

"Compensation Services to DV Victims"


Feb 8th Adam W. Sternberg, Psy.D. Access and Wellness Services Director at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic

“Early Detection and Treatment of Trauma”


Mar 8th CarolAnne Peterson, USC

"Strangulation -  Did you ask the questions, did you miss the clues?"


Apr 12th Alyce LaViolette, M.S., MFT "Women, Vicarious Trauma and Sexual Harassment"


May 10th Mona Delahooke - In conjunction with For the Child/First 5 Grant Project

"Supporting   Resilience Recovery in Children with Trauma"


Jun 14th Long Beach Father Friendly Initiative Panel

Jul 12th   Mandy K. Mount, Ph.D. Director UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE)

"Sexual Trauma and the Survivor Experience"

Aug 8th   Ellen Hartwick, LCSW, MSW Clinical Director at The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach

"Trauma-Informed Care in LGBTQ Community" 

Sep 13th  Jorge Rivera, Community Organizer with LiBRE (Long Beach Residents Empowered) 

"Stress, Trauma, and Systems Change" 

Oct  11th  Denisse Bernal, Director of   Humane Education at spcaLA 

"Animal   Safety Net (ASN): Understanding Animal Abuse within the Cycle of Violence"


Nov 8th Shari Farmer, Field Deputy LA County District Attorney's Bureau of Victim Services

"Helping Victims Become Survivors"

Dec 13th  ANNUAL AWARDS honoring Juana Melara and Kimberly Wee, Century


Jan 12th  Lisl Schweers, LCSW Clinical Social Worker –Professionals" LIFE Survivorship and Transition Program, USC”

"Introduction of Mindfulness Based Practices for Helping"

Feb 9th  Wayne Munchel, LCSW, TAY Services Director, Stars Behavioral Health Group

"Trauma Informed Care for Foster Youth"

Mar 9th  Patricia Costales, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer The Guidance Center 

"Child trauma, clinical ethics and political advocacy as it relates to mental health"

Apr 13th Michael Kass, Facilitator, Coach and Storyteller “Storytelling to Build Community and Create Change"

May 11th Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, Clinical Therapist, The Guidance Center 

"Paper Tigers - Reforming Schools Through Trauma Informed Practices"

Jun 8th Tory Cox, LCSW/PPS, Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Director of Field Education, Director of VAC Field 

“School Social Work: National Perspectives on Practice in Schools”

July 13th Jill Marie Ippolito, Founder/ED of UpRising Yoga 

“UpRising Yoga”

Aug 10th Greg Carlsson, LMFT Private Practice, Pasadena, CA 

“Why am I thinking about my client’s trauma all the time?”

Sep 14th Camille Gear Rich, Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Initiatives in the Social Sciences and Professor of Law and Sociology, USC 

“Welfare Queen”

Oct 12th  Dr. Susan Mathieu, Senior Adult Coordinator, AJCC 

“Using Happiness as Our Own Therapy”

Nov 9th Patti La Place, CSULB 

“The intersection of DV and mental illness”

Dec 14th ANNUAL AWARDS Honoring Nathan Swaringen (The Guidance Center) and Tim Varvais (DCFS)


Jan 14th  Lt. Dan Pratt, Long Beach Police Department, Vice Investigations  

"Human Trafficking in Long Beach"

Feb 11th  Colleen Friend, Ph. D., LCSW CSULA Department of Communication Disorders Office, Chair, Social Work Hall of Distinction


Mar 10th  Elisa Nicholas MD, MSPH, Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Clinic 

“Trauma Informed Care”

Apr 14th  Dr. Michele Winterstein, Executive Director of For The Child and Vicki Doolittle, M.S.,Executive Director ED of Su Casa  

"When Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Happen in the Same Family"

May 12th  Barbara Hernandez, Psy.D., LMFT, LPCC, Vice President of Community Services Crittenden Services for Children and Families 

"Clinical aspects of trauma and its relationship to Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC)"

Jun 9th  Laura Andrade, Ph.D., MAT Program Manager, HRSD Bureau of Clinical Resources and Services 

“Young Children in Care: Facts about outcomes of young children in open DCFS cases and what we need to do to improve their lives"

Jul 14th  Stephanie Dowds, Esq. Prosecuting Attorney, City of Long Beach 

"Prosecuting DV Cases"

Aug 11th  Rene Castro, MSW, Principal, Facilitation Lab LLC 

"Use of Self: An Interactive Exploration of Personal Identity, Power, Privilege and Oppression"

Sep 8th  Alyce LaViolette M.S., M.F.C.C. 

"Parenting curriculum, For Our Children, focusing on parenting when DV is an issue"

Oct 13th  Dominique C. Quevedo, Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles 

“Immigration Relief for Victims of Violence and Abuse"

Nov 10th  Reggie Melrose, Ph.D. Psychologist & author 

"Brain Change by Stress and Trauma"

Dec 8th  Annual Awards honoring Jessica Alvarez, Advocate and parent, Ellen Hartwick, The Center and  Virginia Zart, Junior League of LB


Jan 8th Shari Farmer 

"Victim-Witness Advocacy"

Feb 12th Deborah Johnson Hayes, PsyD 

"Military Families"

Mar 12th  Dr. Harvey Karp 

"Happiest Toddler on the Block"

Apr 9th  Tiombe Sewell, MFT "Child Sexual Abuse"

May 14th  Wayne Munchel, LCSW, TAY Services Director, Stars Behavioral Health Group

“What if ACES were the basis for your mental health system”

Jun 11th Change Paula Cohen, Esq., Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of LA 

“DV and Family Law Basics”

Jul 9th Jorja Leap, Ph.D., MSW Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare, UCLA 

“Project Fatherhood”

Aug 13th Mandy Mount, Ph.D., Counseling Psychologist and Director of the UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) office 

“Campus Sexual Violence”

Sept 10th Michael Lyde, Ph.D. Interval House Crisis Shelters and Centers for Domestic Violence, Lyde and Associates 

“Ujima Program, Engaging Men in the Anti-violence movement”

Oct 8th Marie Pletka, MFT  

"Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)"

Nov 12th Mieko Failey, Esq., Staff Attorney and Manager, Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project, LA LGBT Center’s Legal Services Department

 "LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care and Domestic Violence"

Dec 10th ANNUAL AWARDS  honoring Stephanie Dowds, Esq. Deputy City Prosecutor, City of Long Beach and Tracy Colunga, M.S.W. Neighborhood Relations Officer, City of Long Beach

previous presenters 2015-2017 (pdf)


Meet Our Board


Kimberly Crawford Wee, M.A.


Rosa Velazquez-Gutierrez


Vicki Doolittle, M.S.


Tory Cox, LCSW, PPS


Mariela Ayala

Paula Cohen, J.D.

Erika Jewell, LCSW

Giovanna Martinez

Meena Montemayor, LCSW

Lorena Ponce

Marion Solovei, Ph.D

Michele Uglesich, LCSW  

Sharon Wie