Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

May 8 Program Agenda

"Free Arts for Abused Children"

Judith Larson, Director, Edelman Children's Courthouse Program


Thursday, May 8, 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

Judith Larson Judith Larson has been the Director of the Edelman Children's Courthouse Program for 9 years. She received her BA in Child Development with a minor in Fine and Visual Arts from la Universidad Autónoma de Morelos in Mexico. She is taking courses in Art Therapy. She started with Free Arts as a volunteer at the Courthouse in Monterey Park 18 years ago, and is an active community volunteer. She has been recognized by Plaza De La Raza for her volunteer service. She holds a certificate as a Parenting Instructor, working with at-risk children and families. In her spare time, she teaches art classes once a week to young children at the Mexican Embassy.

Free Arts for Abused Children was been founded in 1977. The program inspires hope in the lives of homeless, abused and at-risk children through innovative creative art programs and positive interaction with caring adult volunteers.
For more than 30 years, Free Arts has been delivering on the philosophy that “ART HEALS”. In 2013, Free Arts programs reached 29,782 children throughout greater Los Angeles, which was made possible with the help of nearly 700 volunteers. The Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Courthouse is a unique facility to meet the needs of the children and families who are present in the courthouse to attend hearings regarding neglect, abuse and abandonment. The volunteers provide creative art opportunities for children and their families in the waiting rooms.
Volunteers support Free Arts and they are expected to exercise the program's mission to teach children new ways to channel their emotions and increase self-esteem. Also, the program promotes a healing power and therapeutic art to children and their families by allowing them to relieve stress/anxiety through artwork.

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