Those attending the Mentor & Trauma Training workshop on May 17 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.
James Oliver will be conducting this session. He was born in St.Petersburg, Florida in 1939. He attended local schools and graduated from Gibbs High School.
Mr. Oliver attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated in 1962.He taught middle school here in Pinellas County for 35 years He piloted the county’s first dropout prevention program which served at risk students in a self contained classroom.
Since retiring Mr. Oliver has worked at Eckerd Alternatives Program serving children of incarcerated parents. He has also worked at Operation Par and Mt. Zion Church’s Human services Program.
Presently he trains and supervises twenty men who mentor boys in the county school system. His goal is to open a community center to serve students who have difficulty at their respective schools.