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Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care

  • 27 Jun 2014
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute, 1686 Barton Rd., Redlands, CA 92373


  • non-IE-CAMFT chapter member
  • clinical, pre-licensed, affiliate, or associate member of IE-CAMFT

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This presentation will address the particular psychological and emotional needs of foster children, both current and aged out.  It will look at the effect of the repeated trauma of separation,  and the positive effects relationship-based therapy generates.  It will discuss how a stable relationship with at least one caring adult is the foundation for healthy emotional, social, and cognitive development

Participants will:
1. learn the importance of consistent mental health care for the foster care population

2. gain knowledge about the foster care process and be able to describe how one relationship in a foster youth's life can make a difference in her or his life

3. learn about A Home Within and its mission

Ruth Lester has been an LMFT for 19 years.  Her concern for foster children began as an intern in Riverside, seeing court-appointed children and parents.  She continued to see foster children when she was the clinical director for Rubidoux High School under a Healthy Start grant.  She has been in private practice in Lake Arrowhead for 10 years. She serves as Clinical Director for the San Bernardino Chapter of A Home Within, a private non-profit that provides pro bono counseling for current and aged out foster children.


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