ICAN Nexus XXVI - Virtual Training Conference

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ICAN Nexus XXVI - Virtual Training Conference

Each year the Nexus conference offers unique and innovative training for interested professionals, child advocates and students.

By ICAN/ICAN Associates

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Starts on Thursday, March 30 · 7am PDT



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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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The Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) will hold a virtual conference option for NEXUS XXVI: Violence within the Home and Its Effects on Children on Thursday, March 30, 2023, via Zoom at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Each year the Nexus conference offers unique and innovative training for interested professionals, child advocates and students. Once again, we are honored to provide attendees an opportunity to hear from local, state, and national experts about the impact of violence within the home on children and explore potential solutions. It is hoped that the information presented will continue to inspire violence prevention efforts in the home, in our communities and throughout society. We invite you to join us this year as we explore a wide range of issues related to family violence and the relationship between child abuse and domestic violence.

*Please note agenda times subject to change*


INTRODUCTIONS & WELCOME ---- 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • Deanne Tilton Durfee, Doc.hc, Executive Director, ICAN
  • Sheriff Robert G. Luna
  • Brandon Nichols, Director, Department of Children and Family Services
  • Jackie Contreras, Director, Department of Public Social Services

MORNING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION ---- 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • "Raising Sacred Children: Guiding, Healing and Embracing Our Children" presented by Jerry Tello, Author - Champion for Children Award Recipient

MORNING WORKSHOP SESSION ---- 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

LUNCH ---- 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE PRESENTATION ---- 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • "California Child Victims Act: Opening a Window on Sexual Abuse in California’s Trusted Institutions" presented by Paul Mones, Leading Advocate for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

AWARD CEREMONY ---- 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Lindsay Wagner, President, ICAN Associates
  • Justin Chambers, Actor
  • Carol Berkowitz, M.D. - Angelo Award Recipient

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP SESSION ---- 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The virtual format will include both morning and afternoon plenaries and two workshops.




Sophia Grant, MD, Chief of Medical Services, Riverside University Health System

Judy Grant, LMFT

Workshop Description:

Sisters Sophia and Judy Grant will discuss the effect adverse childhood experience on the mind and body. They will discuss the lasting effects of trauma into adulthood and the ways to ameliorate the negative outcomes. They will address ways to prevent and end generational trauma.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify the triggers that lead to adverse childhood experiences (ACE).

2. Translate how ACEs affect the mind and body.

3. Develop a plan to break the cycle of generational trauma.




Gregory Canillas, PhD, Associate Professor, Clinical-Forensic Psychology/CEO, Soul 2 Soul Global, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Workshop Description:

The workshop will examine the impact of childhood trauma on adult romantic relationship outcomes. Research studies suggest that adults experiencing trauma as children (e.g., physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect) may be at greater risk for negative outcomes in their romantic relationships (e.g., intimacy issues, intimate partner violence, infidelity). Recent research studies also indicate that some of the defining factors that create resilience are spirituality, religious orientation/practice, and a strong/healthy social support system. Conversely, children and adolescents who lack a religious orientation, solid spiritual beliefs and a substantial support system may be more susceptible to experiencing negative outcomes as adults in their romantic relationships. Additionally, the impact of factors such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and other diversity issues will be explored and presented through a case vignette/treatment plan. Finally, resources that may be used with this population will be suggested.

Learning Objectives:1. An understanding of the potential impact of childhood trauma on adult romantic relationship outcomes

2. An overview of risk and protective factors that may affect adult romantic relationship outcomes.

3. Effective treatment methods utilized to increase adult successful outcomes for individuals who experienced abuse as children/adolescents

Registration for one person is $35.00. Registration includes breakfast and lunch and 5 continuing education (CE) credits (for LMFTs and LCSWs), if requested. All listed fees are to be paid by credit card. There is a group rate available for groups of ten or more. If interested in a group rate, please reach out to ICAN Associates at urquina@dcfs.lacounty.gov or admin@ican4kids.org.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing and received by ICAN on or before Monday, March 25th, 2023. If you need to cancel, please contact John Solano at SolanJ@dcfs.lacounty.gov and include the following information: full name, e-mail address used to register, and confirmation number.

ICAN Associates is a recognized CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider Number: 131324). This conference meets the qualifications for 5 hours of Continuing Education (CEs) for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. ICAN is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for social workers, therapists, community organizations, students, and advocates that work with children and families that have been affected by domestic violence. ICAN maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

LCSWs and LMFTs will be required to sign in for the event no later than 9:30 a.m. and sign out at the end of the conference day. The event will be monitored to ensure that the participant attended the whole of the event. Partial credit for this conference cannot be given. To receive a certificate of completion, a signed and complete evaluation form is required at the end of the conference. The CE certificate will be sent two to three weeks after the conference via email. The initial CE certificate and one replacement (if needed) are free of charge. However, there is a fee of $5.00 for any additional replacement certificates.

If any questions about CEs or the issuing of certificates, please contact ICAN Associates at admin@ican4kids.org.


ICAN never personally handles or collects financial information, and relies on Trusted PCI-Compliant 3rd Party vendors for all financial transactions. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. If you need to pay via check or purchase order, please contact John Solano at SolanJ@dcfs.lacounty.gov to make arrangements.


Requests for refunds must be made in writing and received by ICAN on or before March 25th, 2023. If you need to cancel, please contact John Solano at SolanJ@dcfs.lacounty.gov and include the following information: full name, e-mail address used to register, and confirmation number.


The Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) is fully committed to ensuring that all conference activities are in conformance with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Continuing Education Standards. ICAN assures that its training conference is appropriate for LMFT and LCSW professional development and that ICAN is suitable for BBS license renewal.

Furthermore, ICAN Associates will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activates, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the ICAN Conference Chair in consultation with the Nexus Planning Committee and ICAN Executive Director.

While ICAN Associates goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and ensure conference content is in compliance with CE standards, there may be occasional issues that come to the attention of the conference staff. In most circumstances, a solution can be easily identified. However, if, in the rare circumstance, the situation rises to a more serious level, the grieved individual must immediately request to speak with the Conference Chair or the ICAN Executive Director who will in turn, attempt to arbitrate the situation. In addition, within 48 hours, the grieved individual must submit their grievance in writing for a record of the incident to be kept on file.

Special needs

If you have a special need and plan to attend the conference, please contact John Solano at SolanJ@dcfs.lacounty.gov.

Event recording notice

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About the organizer

ICAN, in conjunction with ICAN Associates, a non-profit 501(c)3, accomplishes this work through Committees, Sponsored Events and Annual Reports. ICAN brings together representatives from various government agencies and non-government organizations (NGOs) to share information, build relationships and identify issues. By doing so, ICAN facilitates problem solving and the development of solutions to improve services to families and children in Los Angeles County. ICAN has also influenced state, national and international program and policy changes that impact the safety and well-being of children and families.