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Psychotropic Medications – An Overview for Resource Families

Saturday, August 4, 2018
9:00 am12:00 pm
Valley of the Moon Children’s Center

When: Saturday, August 4, 2018 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Valley of the Moon Children’s Center, 7400 Los Guilicos Road, Santa Rosa

Cost: Free training for Resource Families only; child care available upon request.

Psychotropic Medications – An Overview for Resource Families

Presented by: Judith Lefler, Public Health Nurse, RN, PHN, CLNC

This three hour training will review current California legislation that regulates the administration of psychotropic medication. Trainees, through lecture and small group activities, will understand the court process and the importance of this process to insure the regulations are adhered to. Through discussion and small group activities, the trainees will understand the relationship between trauma and potential mental health issues and will learn tools to support children who have been exposed to trauma, loss and grief. The training includes information on Mental Health services and access to these service as well as an overview of psychotropic meds and their potential side effects. The California Guidelines for the Administration of Psychotropic Medication will be introduced.

Ms. Lefler, who retired in June of 2015, was the Assistant Director of the Bay Area Academy from 2002 to 2015. Prior to that, she was a supervising Public Health Nurse in San Francisco child welfare. Ms. Lefler has been consulting and training for over 40 years. She specializes in Child Maltreatment, drug and alcohol exposed infants, infant mental health, trauma, teaming and interdisciplinary practice. She is also certified as a Legal Nurse Consultant and has served as a medical guardian ad litem for Solano County Superior Court. Ms. Lefler has been an active participant in many statewide committees including but not limited to: CSEC, California Practice Model, CORE 3.0, Fostering Connections, Bay Area Regional Children’s Committee and the Child Welfare Directors Association. After her retirement, she has continued to train for the Bay Area Academy.

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