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Friday Evening Lecture: Pink Shackles: How to Help Our Girls in Trouble, Leslie Acoca, LMFT

  • Fri, February 19, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • San Rafael Community Center, Club Room #5, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

Please Note Change in Location!



February 19, 2016



Leslie Acoca, LMFT

California incarcerates more preteen and teen girls than any other state in the nation, and hosts one of the largest and most sophisticated child sex trafficking networks in the world.  A majority of girls in trouble with the law—especially the girls who get locked up or placed in foster homes—are young girls of color from poor neighborhoods.  However, even wealthy counties like Marin and others in the San Francisco Bay Area are seeing rising rates of substance abuse (particularly of prescription drugs), sexual victimization, and trauma-related mental health problems among teen girls.  These girls and their parents often don’t know where to turn for help, and even the schools are at a loss about resources.

In many instances, the physical and mental health needs of these vulnerable girls are not being addressed.  Many clinicians are not aware of the real-life experiences of girls in 2015. These experiences include pressures around sexting, subtle and not-so-subtle bullying, routine sexual assault on campus, girl-on-girl animosity/jealousy, and a great deal of peer and societal pressure about looks and appearance.  This situation is exacerbated because the methods and tools commonly used to identify the health and trauma needs of girls were primarily designed for middle-class adults—and even more often, for adult males.

Leslie Acoca, who has been licensed as an MFT for over 20 years, is a graduate of Yale University and holds a dual Master’s degree in counseling and psychology from the University of San Francisco. She has conducted in-person research through interviews with over 5000 teen girls, and with this research created the first validated health and trauma screen in the country for incarcerated girls.  Ms. Acoca is currently president and founder of the National Girls Health and Justice Institute and, by creating access to health and trauma care, is a nationally recognized leader in ending the incarceration and marginalization of girls.  In Marin County, she co-founded Commonweal, Threshold for Change, and Full Circle programs.  She also founded and directed the Institute for Women and Girls at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and is a recipient of the Stoneleigh Fellowship and the Dalai Lama Hero of Compassion award.  In 2016, Ms. Acoca will publish her memoir about how violent crime affected her family and led to her career in criminal justice.

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

NEW LOCATION!: San Rafael Community Center, Club Room #5, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Evening Lecture Series and about joining the Committee, contact Committee Chairs Suzanne Richardson and Scott Nelson.

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents  Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance ProcedureMarin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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