C-Change at the 45th Annual Association of Black Psychologists International Convention

From July 24-26, 2013 C-Change clinician, Amara Benjamin-Bullock, attended the 45th Annual Association of Black Psychologists International Convention as a panelist in a discussion assembly titled, “Pan African Psychology: A Diasporan and Continental Dialogue,” and participated in two presentations titled “DSM V Conversation Hour,” and “Human Trafficking in the US.” Amara was also honored in a SAGE sponsored reception for her article contribution to the Journal of Black Psychology Special Issue on Pan-African Psychology.

What happens after an FBI raid?

Dear WestCoast Community,

According to national news reports last week, the FBI rescued 105 victims from commercial sexual exploitation in 76 cities throughout the country. But what happens to victims after they are recovered? Some are returned to their families or foster care placements. The Chronicle of Social Change delved deeper to report that others are not treated like victims at all: Some Trafficking Victims ‘Rescued’ by the FBI Have Been ArrestedContinue reading

Its Right Here…

Dear WestCoast Community,

As awareness grows in Oakland and beyond about the commercial sexual exploitation of children, WestCoast is at the forefront, providing crucial expertise about the problem and ways we can address it. In an article published by Oakland Local today, WestCoast’s Director of Research and Evaluation, Dr. Danna Basson, shared our research on the trauma and impact of sexual exploitation on our clients as we reported last year in Research-to-Action: Sexually Exploited Minors Needs and Strengths. Continue reading

WestCoast participates in Senate Health and Human Services Hearing

Dear WestCoast Community,

As part of our continued efforts to advocate for an improved statewide response to the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in California, WestCoast participated in a California Senate Committee on Human Services Hearing this past Tuesday. The hearing brought together leaders from the multiple systems that serve CSEC to educate policymakers on the complexities and challenges of protecting and serving sexually exploited youth.  Continue reading

WCC Staff presents 3 papers to American Education Research Association Conference

Alea Holman presented 3 papers at the American Educational Research Association(AERA) conference in April. They are: Catalysts and Challenges to Gendered Racial Socialization in Black FamiliesBefore the Bell Rings: Black Families’ Efforts to Support their Children’s Educational Excellence; and African American Parents’ Experiences with Schools: How a Community-Based Program can Strengthen Family-School Relationships.

A Phenomenological Investigation of Meta-emotions of First Generation Asian Indian Immigrant Mothers

Jonathan Fishman presented A Phenomenological Investigation of Meta-emotions of First Generation Asian Indian Immigrant Mothers as part of a panel entitled Parental Socialization of Emotion and Values: Variation Across Ethnic Groups in North America on April 20th at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle.

Action Alert: Your Senator can support sexually exploited youth

Dear WestCoast Community,

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For commercially sexually exploited youth, these issues are combined. The WestCoast approach to raising awareness is to combine knowledge with action and advocacy. This week we’ll be in Sacramento to urge legislators to pass a bill that WestCoast and other advocates have crafted: SB 738: Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Minors.  Continue reading

New Report Highlights Solutions to California’s Child Sex Trafficking Problem

Dear WestCoast Community,

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the services, systems and public policies that impact the lives of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC), WestCoast has been participating as a member of the California Child Welfare Council’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Workgroup. The workgroup’s final product, the report described below, will be presented to the full Council next Wednesday, March 6th. Continue reading

Article by WestCoast staff listed as top ten cited in Journal of Personality Assessment

Training Assessors in Therapeutic Assessment by Marianne E. Haydel, Barbara L. Mercer, and Erin Rosenblatt was recently listed as one of the top ten cited articles from the Journal of Personality Assessment. The article focuses on the use of the comprehensive Therapeutic Assessment training model (Finn, 2007) with a child and his mother, and offers ideas about learning and training in the context of the case presented. You can access the article at this link.