Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

March 10 Program

Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH
Chief Executive Officer and Pediatrician
The Children's Clinic, "Serving Children and Their Families"
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

"Changing the Lens: Transforming Care to Identify and Respond to Children and Families Exposed to Violence and Toxic Stress"


Thursday, March 10, 2016


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

Contact info: 562-264-3551

Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH Dr. Elisa Nicholas has served as Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families” (TCC) for over 27 years. Under her leadership, Dr. Nicholas has taken what was once a small, mostly volunteer-run clinic serving only children in Long Beach, California to an innovative and progressive system of eleven community health centers (soon to be twelve) that provide comprehensive health care services to all ages throughout Long Beach and South Bay. Addressing not only the individual health issues of patients, but also the social determinants of health, Dr. Nicholas’ long-term passionate commitment to helping children and their families to lead healthier and happier lives and experience success has driven pioneering work in the area of management of chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, obesity, and most recently toxic stress and childhood adversity. She embraces and celebrates the ethnically diverse, multi-cultural community that TCC serves.
Dr. Nicholas is currently overseeing the Everychild Bright Beginning Initiative that is being implemented throughout TCC to identify and address the effects of toxic stress and exposure to violence on infants, toddlers, and pregnant mothers in a trauma informed setting. Through the National Council of Behavioral Health, TCC trained over 350 of their staff in Trauma Informed Care and attained certification as a Trauma Informed Organization. She and a core team also participated in the John Hopkins University Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative, through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, working to find practical, sustainable ways to integrate trauma/chronic stress prevention, detection, and early intervention into primary care for young children.
A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, Dr. Nicholas completed a pediatric residency at the Yale University School of Medicine, preventative medicine residency while a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellow at the UCLA School of Medicine and earned her Masters of Science in Public Health.

Early childhood exposure to toxic stress and adversity can have significant effects on not only child development but also lifelong effects on health and mental health. Obstetricians and Pediatricians have the unique opportunity to help children and families because of the trust that is established during prenatal visits and those first early child visits. Building on that trust by preventing, screening, identifying, and addressing toxic stress through the pediatric patient centered medical home opens opportunities for children and their families to lead healthy and successful lives.
The Everychild Bright Beginnings Initiative (EBBI) at The Children’s Clinic, “Serving Children and Their Families” (TCC) focuses on screening, preventing and addressing the current and lifelong effects of childhood trauma, toxic stress and adversity on the health and well-being of children and families. Through EBBI, TCC is training providers, staff, community organizations, public health and private organizations on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of current trauma in children and families, not only addressing the individual child and family issues such as domestic violence and substance abuse, but also working to address issues such as social determinants of health like poverty and food scarcity. TCC is transforming its clinical practice to introduce a Trauma-Informed Approach that realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery, recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in those involved with the system, resists re-traumatization and responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, practices, and settings. We are also sharing lessons learned with others serving children and families and to help us all become more trauma informed and empathetic and to focus on building resiliency and supporting protective factors in individual children and families and the community as a whole.

Through this workshop you will:

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