Virtual Regional Trainings – Building Hope-Centered Processes within Organizations Serving Youth in Foster Care
Sacramento Region


CPOC is excited to announce that we will be hosting five regional training events focusing on Building Hope-Centered Processes within Organizations for Serving Youth in Foster Care for probation personnel who work with foster youth as part of our ongoing CCR Training effort with Dr. Chan Hellman and Casey Gwinn, J.D. These regional events are building on the science and power of hope concepts that were provided in statewide webinars offered in May – offering a more hands-on application of the concepts. CPOC will provide five opportunities to participate in this virtual training on building hope centered processes developed for probation personnel who work with foster youth.


Hope has emerged as one of the top factors leading to well-being across the life span. Dr. Chan Hellman, PH.D. and Casey Gwinn, J.D. will present the science of Hope as a psychological strength in our ability to cope with traumatic experiences. Specifically these regional events will focus on the following:

  1. How to build hope centered processes within your organization;
  2. How to nurturing one’s own hope in working with trauma-exposed adolescent youth: and
  3. Provide an overview of measuring ACEs and Hope – Validated Scales.

Trainings will provide an overview of the science and power of hope with a particular focus on its application and impacts for foster youth and other trauma-impacted children and teens with high Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Scores. Materials including handouts, power point presentations and recommended forms to utilize when working with foster youth will be provided.


When:          Friday, August 27, 2021
How:            Zoom Platform
Time:            9:00am to 12:00pm

STC #09663598 (3 Hours)


Casey Gwinn, Esq.

Casey Gwinn is the President and Co-Founder of the Alliance. He is the visionary behind the Family Justice Center Movement, first proposing the concept of the Family Justice Center model in 1989. Casey founded Camp HOPE America in 2003. He is a national expert on domestic violence dynamics, including investigation and prosecution, the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases, and is one of the leading thinkers in the country on the science of hope. Prior to this position, Casey was the elected San Diego City Attorney.

Chan M. Hellman, PhD

Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center.  He has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide.  Chan has also presented his work on hope with TEDx in the Spring of 2020.  Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity.  This research informed the development of the “Hope Centered and Trauma InformedÔ” training program. Chan is the co-author of the award-winning book “Hope Rising:  How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life” with his co-author Casey Gwinn published by Morgan James.