APRIL 24, 2020


Featuring Keynote Ana do Valle, founder of Soma Healing Center in Boulder, CO.

Join us for this 1-day event designed with unique aspects for engagement and solid learning objectives!

This annual event brings together multidisciplinary presenters and diverse attendees to explore the impact of domestic violence on victims, survivors, families and our community, offering for consideration the impact, most recent research, and community and culturally sensitive treatment responses.

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley presents

The 2020 Symposium on Domestic Violence:

Children Witnesses: Forever Changed, Not Forever Damaged

This year’s event will explore the impact of long-term trauma on the development of children and youth and introduce a diversity of developmentally appropriate promising practices. Sequential by age, breakout sessions will provide skill-building tools for professionals in mental and physical health, social work, clinical and nontraditional practitioners, child welfare advocacy, foster care, law and court systems, K-12 education and research. Anyone interested in identifying and reducing the impact of trauma caused by domestic abuse on children and youth is encouraged to attend.

Keynote: Ana do Valley, founder of Somatic Healing Center, Boulder, CO

Using the new science of polyvagal theory, Ms. do Valle will present a valuable picture of the nervous system along with a practice approach that helps children and youth shift away from defensive coping mechanisms developed from long-term trauma into a resilient state. 

Snapshot of the 2020 Symposium on Domestic Violence

Safe Shelter’s 2020 Symposium will include a full day of Keynote, Plenary and Breakout Sessions. Presenters will explore how trauma neurologically, physically and emotionally impacts children and youth, recognizing the challenges of young survivors, and the latest research and promising practices in effective intervention.

With a Keynote that sets the stage for the day, (Ana do Valle, founder of the Soma Healing Center) the morning sessions will focus on early childhood treatments using wrap around and culturally effective approaches. The afternoon will explore elementary-aged and teen years. The day will end with a panel and Q&A.

Check back frequently for more details about workshops and presenters!


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APRIL 24, 2020

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