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9/11/2019  |   1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   |  Cascade C

Breaking the Cycle of Generational Domestic Abuse

The number one predictor of who will be involved in a violent intimate relationship as an adult is being raised in a household where it takes place. Children subconsciously incorporate an acceptance of violence into their world view, both as abusers and as victims, and then live out those beliefs in adult relationships. Many therapists and advocates are familiar with the emotional toll levied on children, but at a loss as to how to begin repairing the damage, and reframing a child’s view of the world to a healthier standard. This workshop will provide a guide to assessing child victims, treatment planning, and treatment provision.

Ashley Davis (Primary Presenter), Connect2Kids / Connect2Success, ashley@connect2kids-utah.com;
Ashley Davis is a Consultant for Connect 2 Kids/Connect 2 Success. As a Consultant she help develop more efficient and effective ways to serve the community. Connect 2 Kids/Connect 2 Success specializes in numerous different fields ranging from foster care to treating adults and children that are survivors of domestic violence, as well as providing intervention for domestic violence offenders. Ashley graduated with a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Utah State University. It was during her internship that she began work as a domestic violence therapist for Connect 2 Kids/Connect 2 Success and learned her specialization of working with children. Prior to this, she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Neuroscience from Westminster College, and immediately following that worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the Cell and Developmental Biology lab as a laboratory manager. In addition to her work as a children’s therapist, she has extensive and varied experience working with children as a supervisor at a daycare, and a camp leader for children with special needs. Her nontraditional route to the work of a therapist has honed her unique skill set in being able to assess children’s emotional needs and provide person-centered treatment.

Brian Parnell (Co-Presenter), DCFS, bparnell@utah.gov;
Brian is the Domestic Violence Program Administrator for the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, where he oversees funding that helps support the state’s 15 domestic violence shelters, as well as contracts with licensed therapists that provide interventions to survivors of domestic violence and people convicted of domestic violence offenses. Since 1986 he has worked as first line social worker, supervisor, and programs administrator in various child welfare programs, foster care agencies, and a Head Start program. Brian is passionate about efforts in Utah to protect children and adults from violence in their homes and relationships, and is a frequent conference speaker and trainer on related topics. He received a Master of Social Work degree at California State University in Fresno, is licensed as a Certified Social Worker, and certified as a crisis counselor for the state of Utah. Born and raised in the southern Central Valley of California, Brian and his wife Kathrine have seven children and make their home in South Jordan, Utah.


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