Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

January 9 Program Agenda

"Safe Families for Children: An Emerging Best Practice in Child Abuse Prevention and Family Support"

Bill Bedrossian, MSW and Dr. Monte Pries (562) 866-8956


Thursday, January 9, 2014


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB will provide 1 CEU to MFTs/LCSWs in attendance (free to EALB members, $10 for non-members).
Approval No. PCE 4131

Bill BedrossianBill Bedrossian received his MSW from Loyola University, Chicago, where he began his social work career doing in-home behavioral modification therapy with at-risk youth in Chicago's notorious Southside housing projects. He joined LA County DCFS in 1997, and was named the Regional Administrator for the South County Region of LA County in 2008. Focusing on family and community support, the region's Foster Care caseload dropped from 3,500 to 2,000 children in less than two years. Bill came to Olive Crest in 2010, as their ED in LA County, and is currently their ED of Southern California. Bill is an adjunct professor in the University of Southern California's Graduate School of Social Work, and serves on several local, national and international Boards. Bill is the oldest of 11 children, 7 of whom were adopted from the child welfare system.

Dr. Monte Pries Monte Pries is a college graduate of University of Southern California, with a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Cal State Fullerton, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from California Graduate Institute. Dr. Pries is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California, and has been in private practice for over 25 years. Ordained at Mariners Church in 2002, he served as the Church Chaplain and teaching Pastor for the singles group until 2007. He is currently the Pastoral Care Pastor at Pathways Church in Irvine. He is also the Clinical Director of Counseling for Resplendent Hope. As Safe Families for Children's Clinical Supervisor, he oversees Family Certifications, Case Coach Training and Supervision.

Safe Families for Children is a national movement designed to keep children safe and build community support for families in need. When crisis arises, most of us rely on our families for support. But for many parents, there is no safety net. Problems such as drug addiction, domestic abuse, incarceration, or illness can be debilitating, making it impossible for parents to care for their children. Many more families are experiencing financial crisis, unemployment, and homelessness. During such crisis, children are particularly at-risk for neglect or abuse, as their parents struggle to cope with dire circumstances and overwhelming emotions.

Nationally, child welfare emergency hotlines receive 5 million calls of suspected child abuse or neglect, each year. Overburdened by need and restrained by resources, most welfare agencies can only rescue children who have suffered blatant abuse or neglect. But without assistance, many of these families find the issues in their homes escalating to episodes of abuse or neglect, with long-lasting consequences for children and their community. Safe Families offers a sanctuary to thousands of children; minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect, and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive. The ultimate goal is to strengthen and support parents so they can provide safe homes for their own children.

Safe Families for Children strives to meet three objectives: 1) Child Welfare Deflection; 2) Child Abuse Prevention; and 3) Family Support and Stabilization.
Learn how this emerging movement can help at-risk families right here in Long Beach!

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