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Live Keynote Speaker Session

Dr. Caelan Soma

Empowering diverse voices and fostering resilience
amid the Stress of a Global Pandemic

Friday, November 6, 2020

This keynote session will discuss the unique experience of COVID-19 and various ways individuals may have been impacted. The stress response including common symptoms and reactions will be identified and normalized. Participants will then learn about a resilience model, the Circle of Courage which may be used as an assessment tool and guide for helpful intervention strategies for self and others to promote well-being.

Caelan Soma is the Chief Clinical Officer, provides oversight for all clinical operations and research at Starr Commonwealth. Dr. Soma provides trauma assessment and trauma-informed, resilience-focused intervention for youth utilizing evidence-based practices, including Starr’s SITCAP® model programs. She has been involved in helping with the aftermath of disasters such as Sandy Hook, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and others. She has authored several books, the most recent, 10 Steps to Create a Trauma-Informed Resilient School and Healing the Experience of Trauma: A Path to Resilience. She is an internationally acclaimed speaker and trainer, and is the instructor for many Starr courses, including Children of Trauma and Resilience and Structured Sensory Interventions II. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology at California Southern University, where she received the 2013 CalSouthern President’s Award.