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An Introduction to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE)

Friday, September 15, 2017
The Heights
8001 Dale Avenue
Richmond Heights, MO 63117
The fee is $10 for non-members, cash or check only.

This year’s training series focuses on different therapeutic interventions and determining which approach may be best for your clients. The series begins with an introduction to play therapy and animal assisted therapy. Participants will be provided with an overview of each therapy, what it involves, what a session entails, and the benefits of each. The presentation will draw on the expertise of multiple providers in a variety of settings.


The presenters of this workshop are:

  • Emily Dreher, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
    Emily Dreher is the Supervisor of Clinical Services at the St. Louis Center for Family Development. Mrs. Dreher graduated with her Masters of Education in Community Counseling at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Mrs. Dreher received supervision and TF-CBT training at the Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. While there she provided both individual and group therapy to children who experienced trauma. Mrs. Dreher also has extensive training in other evidenced based treatments including Prolonged Exposure and Motivational Interviewing. She participated in a 12- month training in DBT with Ryan Lindsay for adolescents and adults. Currently Mrs. Dreher is a part of the DBT Team at STLCFD and is providing DBT therapy to adults and adolescents. She also provides treatment to clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. She supervises and is part of program development of the different programming at STLCFD.
  • Brianne Serdar, LCSW
    Brianne Serdar is the Leader of Clinical Services at the St. Louis Center for Family Development. Ms. Serdar graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Serdar provides supervision of the STLCFD’s DBT program and in-home crisis stabilization services to children, adolescents and families. Ms. Serdar has extensive experience in providing assessment, evaluation and treatment planning in a variety of settings with children, adolescents and adults. Her training includes Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Filial Play Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Prolonged Exposure. She has attended numerous trainings with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Her experience includes treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, family conflict, emotion dysregulation, borderline personality disorder, and life transition issues.



December 8 - Working with Children with
Sexual Behavior Problems

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


A Preview of 2018 Ballot Initiatives: Campaign Finance, Ethics, Redistricting; Raising the Minimum Wage

People working to improve the lives of vulnerable children do not always connect the dots between good government, living wages, and their work. This educational presentation will give an overview two potential ballot initiatives: The CLEAN Initiative that addresses limiting the power of big money in campaigns, greater openness and less partisan redistricting; and a proposal to raise the state minimum wage. Chronic poverty is one factor that contributes to toxic stress. Raising wages will decrease the financial stress on families who struggle to meet their most basic needs.

9 AM to 10:30 AM at Vision for Children at Risk, 2433 North Grand (at North Market), St. Louis, MO 63106
Presenter: Richard Van Glahn, Policy Director, Missouri Jobs with Justice

FREE. Please RSVP to vcr@visionforchildren.org

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Missouri State Budget and Tax Investment Summit

The Summit is intended to bring together a broad range of organizations representing diverse sectors (health care, education, child & senior advocacy, etc.) to learn more from each other about Missouri’s budget needs, to discuss different tax & revenue options, messaging around those issues, and how they connect with investing in public services. This summit will serve to help inform the development of a comprehensive tax policy work plan and will hopefully evolve into a coalition (formal or informal) working together to advance tax reforms that will allow us to invest in and strengthen public services.

9 AM to 11 AM at Vision for Children at Risk, 2433 North Grand (at North Market), St. Louis, MO 63106
Presenter: Amy Blouin, Missouri Budget Project

FREE. Please RSVP toablouin@mobudget.org

Friday, December 28, 2017


Working with Children with Problem Sexual Behavior

Presenter: Children’s Advocacy Center

At The Heights, 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

Fee is $10 for non-members. Cash or check only. CEUs available. Registration will be open in November.

Stepping Up for Kids Luncheon

Join us at the 4th annual Stepping Up for Kids luncheon on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Norwood Hills Country Club. Details available HERE.

Is is time to renew your membership?

Head on over to the Join CoCAN page to sign up, and take advantage of all the benefits of membership, especially practical and timely training throughout the year. All COCAN memberships will roll over to STLCANN.








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