Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Identify at least three strategies for managing avoidance and bias when working with families who have survived trauma.
- Define generational trauma and describe how trauma may impact caregiving and family systems dynamics.
- Name five elements of family systems dynamics to consider when working with caregivers and families.
- Describe at least three cultural considerations when working with youth and families who have experienced trauma.
- Describe the value of relational connection, peer support/lived experience, and relational repair when working with caregivers and families.
Dr. Kelsie Tatum-Martinez
Dr. Kelsie Tatum Martinez is a licensed psychologist with over 15 years of experience serving youth and families with experiences of complex, intergenerational trauma and significant unmet needs. She has delivered direct care and clinical services as well as provided clinical, training, and special projects leadership to programs serving young people in California’s public systems of care.
Kelsie earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from Occidental College and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University. She completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families where she worked as an adolescent residential treatment therapist on their 25-acre campus in Ventura County.
After several years of direct service, Kelsie moved into program leadership, including serving as Director of Clinical Services for Casa Pacifica’s STRTP and later as the agency’s Director of Training. Kelsie has experience providing clinical supervision and training to unlicensed and newly licensed clinical staff and training adult learners, including parents/caregivers, paraprofessionals, and educators in trauma-informed care and intervention strategies.
After working in residential treatment programs for over 10 years, Kelsie is excited to be joining the Catalyst Center team to support and advocate for systems change and more equitable, integrated care for youth and families.