Temecula, CA Trauma Responsive Schools Conference


Join (L-R) Emily Read Daniels, James Moffett, Lara Kain, Mona Delahooke, and Jim Sporleder for an unforgettable 3-day conference in Temecula, CA. This cohort model experience delivered in a restorative environment is designed to leave participants prepared, supported, connected and inspired to champion trauma-responsive change in their schools.

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HERE this NOW is thrilled to present its Trauma-Responsive Schools Conference in California, November 4-6, 2020.  This event will occur at the stunning Temecula Creek Inn, located 3-hours south of Los Angeles and 2-hours north of San Diego.

This conference experience is unlike other conference formats.  We employ a cohort model by limiting the number of participants in order to maximize psychological safety, depth of learning, and individualized attention.   This immersive 2-night, 3-day experience will equip trauma-informed champions with the knowledge and skills to shepherd trauma-informed change in their respective settings.

Participants will be guided by experienced trauma-informed consultants Lara Kain, Emily Read Daniels, and James Moffett and special guest presenters, Jim Sporleder and Mona Delahooke.

Participants will gain an understanding of the relevance and application of The PolyVagal Theory in schools.  They will learn about process and structures that guide cultural change, as well the principles, strategies, and practices of trauma-responsive schools.

Past participants universally rate the experience as “excellent”  and offer these kind of reflections:

“This was an incredible journey of professional and personal growth.  Lots of application to so many areas of professional and personal life.”  – Laura Thomas, trauma-informed coach, TREE, Maine

“I have attended many professional conferences and this far surpasses any of them.  The level of engagement, knowledge, and experience shared by the presenters is unsurpassed.”  –Tracie Travers, JMG coach, Maine

“This was, by far, the most engaging, intentional and powerful training I have ever attended.  I have been working on TIC practices/understanding for a few years, but the depth and richness of this information was new.”  – Julie Voelker, Principal, WISD, Michigan

“The presenters provided content and space to grapple with the content.  The whole experience was so informative and powerful for the continued work!” – Heather Freeman, Director of Special Education, Hardwick, VT

“Best conference I have ever attended!  Above and beyond expectations and truly life changing.  Thank you!” – Kelsey Stephenson, School Counselor, Biddeford, ME

Join Emily, James, Lara, Mona and Jim to connect with like-minded educators and increase your skill and confidence in spreading this movement to and through your school.


A limited block of rooms has been reserved at a conference rate of $145/night. 

Click here to book your room at The Temecula Creek Inn

Presenter Bios

Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP™ in training

Emily Read Daniels has 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth.  She holds a Master’s of Education in School Counseling and a Master’s of Business Administration in Organizational Sustainability.  She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner (SEP) in training. She is a trained Reiki practitioner and trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Much of Daniels’ career was spent as a public educator and school counselor – developing programs and interventions to serve at-risk youth (pre-K – grade 12) and hardworking staff. In June of 2017, she resigned her position as a student-assistance counselor to launch her own consulting firm.  Her firm, HERE this NOW, provides training, coaching, and consultation to those seeking to become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.  

Daniels has also developed an approach to trauma-informed teaching called, “The Regulated Classroom: ‘Bottom-Up’ Trauma-Informed Teaching” which is currently in product development and expected to be available for retail sale in 2019. Daniels’ consults locally and nationally and has presented at numerous conferences around the country.  She has provided training to more than 20 school districts in New Hampshire and numerous non-profit such as NH NAEYC, Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, NEA, MADAC, YMCA Keene, Families First, NAMI NH, etc.

James Moffett

James Moffett was the principal of Derby Hills Elementary School in Derby, Kansas. Throughout his career, Moffett has taught various demographic groups, observing the differences and similarities in effective instructional and behavioral strategies. Ultimately, James realized what we all know, meaningful relationships enhance behavior and academic success. Moffett often threw around the words “grit” and “perseverance”, but after viewing Paper Tigers, it came full circle.

Since then, James worked to create a trauma-informed environment at Derby Hills Elementary, encompassing safe spots, mindfulness, self-regulation and an explicit SEL curriculum. James recently resigned his position as principal to take on full time consulting work. He launched JM Educational Consulting in April of 2019 and is looking forward to sharing the trauma-informed message around the globe.

Lara Kain

Lara Kain is a community facilitator for the ACES Connection and an experienced trauma-informed consultant.  She is a national speaker on trauma-informed schools and has been leading trauma-informed school change efforts since 2010, first in Wisconsin and now the greater LA area and beyond.  She designed the trauma-informed schools pilot for Kaiser-Permeante, currently being implemented in 20 schools across the country.

Mona Delahooke

Mona Delahooke, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience caring for children and their families. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting educators, providers, and families of neurodiverse and vulnerable children, adolescents and adults.

She is a trainer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Dr. Delahooke holds the highest level of endorsement in the field of infant and toddler mental health in California, as a Reflective Practice Mentor (RPM). She is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant to parents, organizations, schools, and public agencies. Dr. Delahooke has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based neurodevelopmental interventions for children exposed to trauma and those with developmental, behavioral, emotional, and learning differences.

She is the author of Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges (PESI, 2019), and Social and Emotional Development in Early Intervention: A Skills Guide for Working with Children (PESI, 2017). Her popular blog, at covers a range of topics useful for caregivers and childhood providers.

Jim Sporleder

Jim Sporleder is credited with successfully leading one of the first “trauma-informed” school change initiatives in the U.S.  He is internationally recognized as a trauma-informed schools pioneer and his work is featured in the documentary Paper Tigers.  He is also co-author of the book, The Trauma-Informed School:  A Step by Step Implementation Guide.

Additional information

Ticket Type

Group Rate, General, Early Bird