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It Takes a Village: Building Protective Environments for Youth

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
10:00 am11:30 am

This webinar will explore trauma, prevention, resilience, and how everyone, regardless of their roles, can play their part as a safe and supportive person for youth in their communities.

By the participating in this webinar, participants will:
-Increase their knowledge of basic human brain development and the impact of traumatic experiences on developing minds.
-Better understand the importance of resiliency in buffering against the effects of traumatic experiences.
-Identify ways they can foster resiliency among the young people in their lives.

Melinda Dubinski is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence since 2013. Ms. Dubinski currently serves as a Domestic Violence Therapist at Turning Point at People’s Place working with adult and teen survivors of intimate partner violence. She also works as a Therapist at Survivors of Abuse in Recovery serving survivors of sexual violence. Ms. Dubinski previously worked as the DELTA Project Coordinator engaging in teen dating violence prevention strategies with students, teachers, school administrators, and school Wellness Centers. She earned her Bachelors in Sociology from University of Delaware and her Master’s in Social Work from Delaware State University. Melinda is a certified Domestic Violence Specialist in both Prevention and Direct Service/Systems Advocacy.

Makenzie Swanson began working at People’s Place in 2018 as a prevention specialist and is currently the DELTA Project Coordinator within Turning Point. As the coordinator, she implements evidence-based strategies focusing on the primary prevention of intimate partner violence among youth, promoting economic equity, and maintaining partnerships with school-based Wellness Centers and school administration. Makenzie engages youth and the community through in-person programming as well as by maintaining a social media presence and the program website, REAL Relationships. She is the chair of the joint Social Justice Subcommittee of the Domestic Violence Task Force and Victims' Right's Task Force of Delaware and participates in various other state efforts and committees. She began her undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 2015 and completed her studies at Wilmington University in Delaware in 2018 with Magna Cum Laude honors and a certificate in Conflict Resolution. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Honors Society for social work majors and will complete her MSW in May 2022.

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