Event Details:

  • 9am-12pm
  • Student Building
  • Registration Required (form below)
  • Light snacks & water provided
  • No childcare provided for this event

Join Sonia Martin (LICSW,PIP) for a free workshop designed to benefit both the novice who is just learning about trauma-informed care and the seasoned foster parent, volunteer, caregiver, or professional who is seeking to improve their skills.

In Behavior 101, Sonia will discuss what trauma is and how it affects the brain and behavior. She will help us understand physiologically what is happening when a child “flips their lid” and seems to have uncontrollable “melt downs” or “shuts down” or “runs away” and how caregivers can intervene to help that child respond appropriately.

She will also discuss 6 Typical Trauma Behaviors -Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Manipulation/Need for Control, Violence/Aggression, and Hoarding. She will provide practical strategies to caregivers for reducing negative behavior and demonstrate accompanying sensory components to assist children in developing new behaviors.

Behavior 102 will provide more specific application principles for classroom settings and foster parenting followed by a Q&A.

CEU Credits will be provided to foster parents who attend. Lifeline can also provide CEU credits to education and social work professionals.

Who is Sonia Martin?

Sonia is from Montgomery, Alabama and serves as Lifeline Children Services’ Director for Central Alabama. She engages the church community in implementing Families Count, birth mother support and services, and speaks to parents, foster parents, professionals, Judges, DHR attorneys, & GAL’s at various conferences in the Southeast on topics such as parenting kids from hard places, best trauma- informed practices, and how to measure bonding and attachment in deciding best placement for children in foster care.

Sonia earned her BSW from the University of South Florida, MSW from the University of Alabama, and is a certified TBRI Practitioner from TCU, a TIPS Leader, and the President of the Montgomery County Foster Parent Association. Sonia is the mother of 7 teenage boys, 3 of which were adopted internationally. She is also a foster parent for Montgomery County DHR.

*If you are trying to register for this event but the event is already full (form below no longer available), please contact Hanna at hspence@brookhills.org. 



  • Start Date

  • Contact Person

    Hanna Taylor · 205-313-7701

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