Those attending the Mentor & Trauma Training workshop on July 06 can expect to be supported, resourced, and educated on how to better understand and interact with children, teens, and young adults with backgrounds of childhood trauma.
The training will be especially helpful for mentors and caregivers engaging with those who have endured adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), toxic stress, and maltreatment, all of which are prevalent in our child welfare system (a.k.a. “foster care.”)
Drawing on current brain research, family connection models, and the personal stories of impacted children, this training can truly revolutionize the way you view and interact with those impacted by childhood trauma.
The sessions will be conducted by Loryn Smith.
Loryn Smith, M.S.W., is the Owner/CEO of Finally Home Christian Adoption Services, a private adoption agency in Hillsborough County. This role complements the forty plus years’ experience Loryn has had in the child welfare system, working both professionally and personally to impact the lives of children in our area. Loryn has worked as a marriage and family counselor, has been a Director for both public and private foster care/adoption agencies, and directed the Training Program for an adoption support center. Loryn has been certified through Rutger’s University and NACAC as an Adoption Competent Trainer, and has been trained in the Trust Based Relational Intervention Method. Loryn brings to her position a personal passion as she and her husband fostered for thirty years, twenty-one of those in the Suncoast Region. Loryn is the mother of twenty children, twelve of whom were adopted through the foster care system, one who was adopted privately, and two of whom were not formally adopted, but are considered permanent members of the family. Loryn is a frequent trainer in her community, bringing practical application of parenting skills for children impacted by abuse and neglect. She also provides Family Coaching Services, working directly with families to assist them in developing effective parenting strategies for challenging children.