Building a Trauma-Informed Community


Important Conference Update - 3/1/2020

COVID-19 Impact Update

In compliance with recommendations and the policies of our hosting location, we will be pivoting the in-person RESPITE conference into a virtual event, as well as planning an in-person event later in the year when it becomes clear it will be a safe and appropriate choice.

While we were looking forward to gathering with you all, we are grateful for the opportunity to still gather virtually and face-to-face (or screen-to-screen) via technology.

What does this mean for you?

  • On Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, we will be presenting sessions at the same time as previously stated but will use a closed-system that registrants will be able to access from their phones, tablets, or computers. The system has an interactive chat, so you will be able to see, hear, and speak with other participants. We will not be recording sessions for distribution at this time.
  • Breakout sessions will be presented by our guest speakers in individual Zoom rooms.
  • Those who have purchased T-shirts and posters will receive them via mail.
  • Certificates of Completion with training hours will be sent to each participant.
  • We are dedicated to convening in-person once it is safe and appropriate.

If you have any questions, please contact Renae at

Building a Trauma-Informed Community Conference

Saturday, March 28, 2020
from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

ONLINE via Zoom

About the Conference:

What would happen in our homes, our schools, our workplaces, and our places of worship if we were more equipped to serve those who have experienced trauma?

Learn more about the impacts of trauma through an informative and interactive day of training with education, resources, and tools that will equip you and your environment to serve the most vulnerable among us.

The day will include main sessions, tailored breakouts, and community connections that will provide opportunities to discover the most effective and impactful ways to combat and overcome the harm of trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

This event will supercharge you and your staff, ministry teams, and caregivers with both the knowledge, resources, and tools as you serve!

Topics and sessions include:

  • Understanding ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the role of resilience
  • The Prevalence and Impact of Trauma
  • An overview of TBRI® (Trust-Based Relational Interventions)
  • How to Build a Trauma-Informed Environment
  • How to Sustain Trauma-Informed Care
  • Practical Tools for your specific environment
  • A screening of the film RESILIENCE

Please Note:

  • Lunch, snacks, materials, and a screening of the film RESILIENCE are included with your registration.
  • During registration, all conference participants must select either Self-Care (physical practices) or Resiliency (mental practices) for the Sustaining Trauma-Informed Care Workshop


Contact Renae M. Dupuis, Program Director & Trauma Specialist at



Scholarship, volunteer, and group tickets available


New for 2020!

Pre-Conference Event – Add-on

Friday, March 27, 2020 (Day before main conference)

Join us for an all-day TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) Caregiver Training!

This eight-hour pre-conference event offers in-depth training for caregivers (Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Parents, Ministry workers, Teachers, Social Workers, Childcare providers, and anyone who intersects with Children from Hard Places) of children with trauma-based behavioral issues.

The training will introduce caregivers to the research and methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and her colleague Dr. David Cross, the founders of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University. Participants will learn how to use Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI ) through problem-solving scenarios to develop practical skills to build a stronger caregiver-child connection, which leads to better behavior. Taught by TBRI Practitioner Renae M. Dupuis (

Friday, March 27, 2020
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Rose Drive Friends Church, Yorba Linda

  • Individual Tickets – $15
  • Foster/Adoptive/Kinship Parent Tickets – FREE with discount code (please contact Renae at for code)

Ticket prices include admission to Friday, March 27th pre-conference, materials, meals, and snacks.



Learn more about trauma and how to care for children from hard-places through our RESPITE Program.
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RESPITE stands for Resources, Education, and Support for Parents // Interventions for Trauma-Sensitive Environments