Five Acres 5th Annual Clinical Conference:

Working with Trauma from a Multi-Cultural Perspective


CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: Up to 6 credits are available for PSY, MFT, and LCSW. APA: Five Acres is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  Five Acres maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) now recognizes APA continuing education credit for license renewal for LCSWs and MFTs.

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018  8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Where: Courtyard Marriott, Monrovia, CA



Ticket  Information:

General Registration $70 / Student Registration $30 (must show student I.D.)

Pricing includes one-day seminar with CEUs


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Conference Description:

Join Five Acres leadership, clinicians and the San Gabriel Valley clinical community for a one-day, continuing education conference.

Five Acres is committed to excellence and provides consistent, high quality, culturally responsive clinical training to the mental health community and other non-profit service providers.

This year’s conference will focus on working with trauma from a multi-cultural perspective.

The conference will include:

  • Themed break-out sessions
  • Group work
  •  Q&A during break-out sessions


For Conference Schedule, Click Here.

For Session Details, Click Here.



Haig Kojian, Ph.D.

Dr. Kojian is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice with specialties in forensic testing and assessment.  He is contracted with Five Acres and conducts psychological assessment of children and adolescents to determine mental, psychological, academic, and neurocognitive functioning, and provides recommendations to the caregivers, Five Acres clinicians, and the school system to better help and treat the client.

For Dr. Kojian’s presentation on How is the Brain Affected by Traumatic Experiences, and How Does this Affect the Person’s Functioning CLICK HERE.

Karla Rodriguez, M.S.,LMFT

When dealing with children and family issues, she believes compassion, experience, and individual attention lead to positive outcomes and growth. Her passion for working with children, adolescents and families has been molded over ten years of experience in an array of community outreach settings serving both children and adults. Karla shares a dedicated interest in multi-cultural issues, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), bereavement therapy, immigration psychology, play therapy, mindfulness and self-compassion (MSC).  As a bilingual Spanish-speaking therapist, she aims to provide all of her clients with the quality mental health services they deserve.  She received B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from U.C. Irvine, a Master of Science in Counseling- Marriage and Family Therapy from CSU Long Beach, and is currently working on a Psy.D. in Couples and Family Therapy at Alliant University.

For Karla’s presentation on The Relationship Between Parental-Out Migration to the United States and Mental Health of Left-behind Children in Mexico CLICK HERE.

For Karla’s presentation on Creative Interventions: Merging Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with Play Therapy CLICK HERE.

Amber Legault, LMFT

Amber received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Chapman University.  She went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Baptist University.  Amber has been working with children, adolescents, TAY (transitional age youth 18-25) and families for the past 5 years. Over the past 5 years, she has worked closely with different cultures; LGBT community, children in foster system, low SES families and DCFS cases. She is trained in different avenues of providing mental health.  Amber enjoys using play and art activities with children, adolescents, and families to encourage a different avenue of communication to families as well as individuals.

Amber’s presentation will be available via handout at during her live session.

Patricia Gonzalez, LMFT

Patricia Gonzalez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in working with LGBTQIA people of color. She graduated from the Latinx Family Specialization in the School of Cultural Psychology at Pacific Oaks College. Her training included positions at the Los Angles Lesbian and Gay Center, The Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center, Amanecer Community Counseling Center and currently as a Senior Staff Therapist and Director of Education & Outreach for Creative Insights Counseling, a two location, private practice in the Inland Empire. Ms. Gonzalez has appeared on national television and provides workshops to many types of professionals with regard to working with the LGBTQIA people of color. She provides clinical consultation to mental health providers across the country and in Canada. Ms. Gonzalez is adjunct faculty at the University of Redlands and has guest lectured at Pacific Oaks College.

For Patricia’s presentation on Immigration and Trauma: Seeking Hope and Surviving Past, Present and Future/ Esperanza y Sobrevivencia Pasado, Presente y Futuro CLICK HERE.

Jeanette Yoffe, M.A., MFT.

Jeanette Yoffe earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology, specializing in children, from Antioch University. She treats children with serious psychological problems secondary to histories of abuse, neglect, and /or multiple placements. She has specialized for the past 16 years in the treatment of children who manifest serious deficits in their emotional, cognitive, and behavioral development. Her desire to become a child therapist with a special focus on adopted and foster care issues derived from her own experience of being adopted and moving through the foster care system.

For Jeanette’s presentation on Groundbreaking Interventions- Working with Children, Teens and Families in Foster Care and Adoption CLICK HERE.

Additional handout on Groundbreaking Interventions, CLICK HERE.

Thank you to our Sponsors:


Become a Sponsor:

The Five Acres Clinical Conference provides a variety of sponsorship levels to fit every budget. Each level offers a unique mix of promotional opportunities ranging from advertising space at the event to being featured as a contributor in promotional emails and our website. Organizations may also reserve a table at the conference to promote their services throughout the duration of the event. Additionally, any individual donations are gratefully accepted and will be used exclusively to fund the Five Acres Clinical Conference. View our sponsorship brochure here.



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For more information please contact Samantha Shank at or (626) 993-3169.


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