The Power of The 5 Protective Factors

October 10, 2023, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

7933 Wren Avenue
Gilroy, CA 95020

Free of Charge

Target Audience

This training is open to leadership and direct service providers from DFCS, Community partners, Juvenile Probation Department, Behavioral Health Services Department, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Andres Regional Centers, and all local nonprofits in Santa Clara County.

Course Description: 

Protective factors serve as buffers that help families cope, achieve, and thrive, even during times of stress. They are the cornerstones upon which to build healthy environments for children and families. This course will define the 5 Protective Factors through a culturally inclusive lens, and explore how they can be used as strategies for preventing and healing from trauma. 

By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Develop the knowledge and skills to effectively support families to manage stressors and build personal resilience, enabling them to navigate challenges more effectively.
  • Learn how to help families establish and maintain supportive relationships within their communities, fostering a network of resources and social support
  • Acquire a solid foundation in positive parenting techniques, child development knowledge, and strategies for promoting children’s social and emotional competence, contributing to healthier family dynamics and child well-being.

About the Trainer: 

Melissa A. Santos, BSW Sr. Director of Strategy & Community Development. Melissa is passionate about breaking the stigmas that surround mental health, addiction, and domestic violence. She seeks opportunities to bridge the gaps between communities and cultures and build empathy, understanding, and resilience through the common experiences and trauma that bind us.

Ms. Santos oversees internal clinical training, leadership development, corporate training, and strategic initiatives. She also provides consultation services to nonprofits and foundations as an executive coach and in strategic planning and organizational development. She has over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field and is a national trainer and CA Lead of the Celebrating Families! evidence-based curriculum for families impacted by addiction. Melissa facilitates trainings, conference workshops, and webinars on trauma-informed care, mindfulness, recovery, and organizational leadership throughout the country. She also hosts the podcast, Pathways to Resilience, which features guests from various walks of life sharing their resiliency journeys.

CE’s: This course is approved for 3 continuing education hours for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California B.B.S. under CEPA Provider #129412, and for RADT, CADC, and LAADC by CCAPP-EI CADAAC Provider # 7213401223.

Community Solutions is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs. Community Solutions maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Cancelation Policy: Cancellations are requested at least 48 hours prior to the training day. Kindly email  to un-enroll from the training if you unable to attend after registration in order to receive a refund.

Questions? Please contact our Training Division: or 408-846-4791

If you need special accommodations to ensure a comfortable learning experience please contact our Training Division.

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