Changing the Paradigm Conference 2018

March 21 & 22, 2018   |   9:00AM to 4:30PM
at The California Endowment 1000 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles CA 90012

Join us to find out what we are learning about the power of the human body and spirit to recover from trauma and generate resilience in our children. Service professionals will learn how trauma and resilience is transmitted across generations and how people can learn not only to be resilient but to also thrive despite trauma histories.

The much anticipated Dr Ken Hardy will be speaking on the “Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma.” (He was scheduled to speak at our conference in March but a snowstorm prevented him from traveling.)

The preeminent scientist on the subject of intergenerational trauma and resilience, Dr. Rachel Yehuda is also a keynote. Her research on children of Holocaust survivors and children born to women pregnant during 9/11 has advanced the field of epigenetics. Our likes, dislikes and fears are programmed at a cellular level, thanks to the experiences of our parents and maybe even generations before them. We adapt to survive danger and pass those adaptations down to our children. It’s fascinating stuff! (For more, listen to this podcast.)

Dr. Monique Marrow will speak on “Trauma, adolescence and behavior through a cultural lens” focusing on her work in the juvenile justice system among young people of color. (Here is a video preview.)

Tonier Cain was the subject of “Healing Neen” and will be bringing a powerful resilience message that is also a stirring challenge to service providers. (Cissy White wrote an article for about the profound impact of Tonier’s message.)

Jim Rendon literally wrote the book about post-traumatic growth. He will talk about what he learned from conducting extensive interviews with top scientists in the field as well as from hearing the inspirational stories of people who have overcome life-changing trauma.

In order to be truly trauma and resiliency informed and get you out of your seats and into your bodies, in addition to the opportunity to hear these stand-out speakers, each day we will also be offering workshops on “embodied resilience.” Physical work can help us not only regulate our emotions, but also rewrite old patterns of responding. Kirstie Seaborne from Embodied Parents in the UK will help us recognize patterns and learn to overwrite our conditioned responses to conflict and stress; Elaine Miller Karas will be teaching the body-based Community Resiliency Model (CRM); Nkem Ndefo will be introducing The Resilience Toolkit; Echo trainer Jorge Rivera will teach techniques from Capacitar; and Hanna Gilan, who is both an Echo trainer and yoga teacher trainer, will be providing a mini version of our trauma-informed yoga training.

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Early Bird Registration

$325per person

Until Jan 31, 2018
Group Registration

$300per person

Minimum of 3 people
Standard Registration

$360per person

Starts February 1, 2018

Echo Parenting & Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for:
Echo maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Add CEUs to your registration here

Student Registration available with valid student ID ⇒

Payment by check or other is available ⇒
Payment or proof of purchase order must be received by March 14, 2018


Cancellation fees may apply; be sure to review our policies.


Limited partial scholarships are available. Click to fill out the application.
Application deadline is February 16, 2018

Spanish & ASL interpretation available upon request.
Accommodations cannot be made for requests received after January 31, 2017


The California Endowment Center for Healthy Communities is located at 1000 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Click here for a list of directions for driving and public transportation.




It is recommended that conference attendees book hotel accommodations early as hotels in the area often sell out.

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel has limited rooms available at a promotional rate. Book by calling (213) 624-1011, select option 3 and request The California Endowment rate.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Coming Soon!

When we look at childhood trauma we cannot ignore the social and historical context in which children and families exist. Last year’s Changing the Paradigm conference took on the issue of social and historical trauma, especially racial trauma, and with a team of experts from around the country endeavored to create a safe space to talk about the impact of social and historical trauma on the communities we live in, as well as showcase strategies that offered hope of community-level healing and resiliency-building.

2017 Conference Highlights

2017 Conference Videos (Youtube)

2017 Speakers

Dr. Joy DeGruy

Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present. Dr. Joy is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide, with a second book in the works, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Part 2: Be The Healing.

Dr. DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications; two master degrees in Social Work and Clinical Psychology; and a PhD in Social Work Research. With over twenty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work, she gives a practical insight into various cultural and ethnic groups that form the basis of contemporary American society.

Dr. Howard Pinderhughes

Social and behavioral scientist and author Howard Pinderhughes, PhD, has conducted research and program development in the areas of race relations among youth and adolescent violence prevention and intervention. His research combines aspects of grounded theory, qualitative methods, survey research and participatory action research to examine problems related to the impacts of structural inequality, racial, class and gender dynamics on adolescent health and relations. Dr. Pinderhughes is currently developing a conceptual framework to address the production of racial, class and gender health inequality. His book, Race in the Hood: Conflict and Violence Among Urban Youth, presents a study of racial attitudes among youth and racial violence in New York City.

View Dr. Pinderhughes’ PowerPoint here.

Asadah Kirkland

Mother of one biological child and a teacher/mother to many, Asadah is no stranger to raising children. Asadah has been teaching in classroom settings for over fifteen years, and provided youth development and parenting workshops for ten years. She was an Administrator of an afterschool program and an Outreach Coordinator for a parenting program; both in Harlem, NY. Being an educator, Asadah learned to handle problems with wisdom and not violence. Her sincere care for the welfare and outcome of the lives of her students can be seen through her actions and heard from the comments of the people she serves. Beating Black Kids is Asadah’’s first published book and her way of getting her viewpoint and solutions out to the entire world. While she has welcomed many thanks for creating this work, Asadah is also courageous and certain enough to handle the many challenges that come from those who feel beating Black kids as a normal practice.

View Asadah’s PowerPoint here.

Federico Bustamante & Casa Libre

The Casa Libre/Freedom House currently offers an emergency and transitional living shelter program for homeless children under the age of 18 years. The program’s expertise lies in the provision of shelter, social, educational, medical and legal services for homeless children, with a focus on unaccompanied immigrant children who have often been abused, abandoned, or neglected in this home countries and traveled to the United States alone.

The program strives to identify and provide services for youth of diverse backgrounds, including ethnic diversity, sexual orientation, and children with physical disabilities. Services are provided to youth without homes regardless of immigration status.

Federico Bustamante is the Program Administrator at Casa Libre. Mr. Bustamante oversees the day-to-day operations of the Casa Libre homeless youth shelter program, including scheduling of youth activities, staff training, and compliance with licensing requirements.

Kanwarpal Dhaliwal

Kanwarpal Dhaliwal is one of the Co-Founders of RYSE and currently serves and the Community Health Director. Prior to RYSE, Kanwarpal worked as an independent consultant and has over 15 years of experience in facilitating and developing cross-sector collaborations, organizational development and strategic planning, and community-based and community-driven planning, organizing, and advocacy. Her work spans the fields of supportive housing, intergroup relations, violence prevention, youth leadership, LGBTQQ advocacy, and immigrant rights. Kanwarpal holds a Masters in Public Health and is an Instructor at San Francisco State University.

View Kanwarpal’s PowerPoint here.



Dr. Randal Henry

Dr. Randal Henry is the founder/ chief intelligence officer of Community Intelligence – a community oriented research and evaluation consulting firm. Dr. Henry is an expert in utilizing policy, programmatic, institutional and community improvements to improve public health, increase health equity and reduce health disparities in vulnerable populations. His organization, Community Intelligence , is focused on strategic planning, multisite evaluation, policy analysis , data collection and analysis, community engagement, health promotion, health impact assessment strategic planning , multicultural research and executive coaching . Community Intelligence ’s quantitative and qualitative expertise in community needs assessment and asset mapping, health service delivery, fund development, coalition facilitation and program evaluation has been applied in diverse settings including community/faith based organizations and local/federal government and to a breadth of issues including injury/violence prevention; nutrition and physical activity, chronic diseases; improving healthcare and creating healthy in diverse communities. Dr. Henry earned his doctorate of public health and master of public health degree in community health sciences from the UCLA School of Public Health.

View Dr. Henry’s PowerPoint here.

Dr. Gabriela Fried Amilivia

View Dr. Gabriela Fried Amilivia’s PowerPoint here.

Dr. Peters & Leora Wolf-Prusan

View Dr. Peters & Leora Wolf-Prusan’s PowerPoint here.

Dr. Alex Norman & MAYE Center

View the MAYE Center’s PowerPoint here.