Over 25 internationally renowned experts will speak at the conference - giving delegates the chance to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and new research on street-connected children.

Meet international experts in: ending family violence, recovery from trauma and sexual abuse, missing children, reintegrating street-connected children, child development, clinical psychology, family therapy, arts therapy, and child protection.

Maria de los Ángeles (Mary) Garriga-González is a naturalised Mexican citizen. Her education up to university level took place in her native Cuba where she studied English Language and Literature. Mary also worked as an English teacher, and it was in this capacity that she discovered her love for education. In Cuba, her work was rooted in the development processes of children and adolescents in the non-formal education sector. Mary has undertaken a range of programmes and diplomas linked to Popular Education in both Cuba and Mexico, which led her to specialise in the area of Education Management for her Master’s degree at the Universidad La Salle México. She also gained an undergraduate degree in the Theological Sciences in la Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and received training in logical framework approach for project planning. More recently, as part of the training and development team at JUCONI, Mary has completed a range of training programmes, including a diploma in Educational Therapy Methods for people affected by violence, a speciality in creating secure environments, the development of contact skills and a postgraduate certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Young Children. Since 2014, Mary has worked as an educational facilitator and trainer for JUCONI. She focuses on methodological and technical training of both individuals and institutions who wish to improve their ability to work with vulnerable individuals and families affected by family violence. She is a member of the Instituto JUCONI team, researching and developing the area of early childhood development in order to deliver programmes and workshops to NGOs who work with children aged 0 to 6.

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WORKSHOP: Identifying strengths in 3 steps: a technique to help families affected by violence understand what their strengths are (with Rommy Acosta)

Participants will learn about the Strengths Based Approach (SBA) in therapeutic work with families affected by violence. SBA is a key element for Fundacion JUCONI to help empower children and families with trauma histories throughout their healing process. Tools associated with this approach stimulate children and families to improve their relationships using the resources they already have. Participants will learn and practise a simple but powerful three step technique that lets professionals identify, name, and prove the strengths already present in any individual or any family situation. These strengths become a starting point to build skills development strategies to support the process of recovery from trauma and violence. This tool, adapted from the positive discipline approach, is relevant to JUCONI’s friendship operation stage of its intervention model, when it contacts families. JUCONI also uses it during the intensive and follow up stages with very good results.