Monthly Member Meeting | Adverse Childhood Experiences, Implications and Strategies for building relationships through a trauma informed lens as a divorce professional

1 CLE Credit for General and Marital and Family Law


This presentation promises to raise awareness of ACEs and promote the well-being of divorce professionals.  Until such knowledge is widespread, many divorce professionals will be plagued by their own trauma histories which could be to the detriment of individuals, families, communities, and the legal system in which they work. This presentation will provide divorce professionals with tools to help prioritize their health, relationships both personal and professional, and their careers.  By gaining insight into ACEs, divorce professionals will be better equipped to serve clients at a new level.  Recognizing primary and secondary trauma also called vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and maladaptive coping behaviors can avoid making divorce professionals biased and overzealous in their representation or retraumatizing their clients or themselves.   Divorce Professionals can build their work through trauma informed practices and use the strategies presented for their own mental health well-being as well as their clients. 


Dana Cahn Gordon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, founder, and CEO of f.a.c.e.s. (Family and Coparenting Enrichment Services, LLC), and the not-for-profit entity, f.a.c.e.s. for children (Facing Adverse Childhood Experiences for Children). 

f.a.c.e.s. provides many services to families going through divorce and or separation in the tri-county area of South Florida and beyond.  These services include Coparenting and Parenting programs, supervised visitations including therapeutic supervised visitations and monitored exchanges, Individual, Family and Play therapy, anger management courses and forensic evaluations.  f.a.c.e.s. also conducts weekly free support groups for fathers, which is quite popular.  

Dana is trained as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, Guardian Ad Litem for the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, and as a Parent Coordinator. She obtained her master’s degree in social work at Barry University in 1992 and has served the South Florida Community for over 30 years as a licensed clinical social worker and business owner.  

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, NADP, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, serves on the executive board for the Supervised Visitation Network.  She is past president of KidSide, a non-profit organization that provides funding for Family Court Services in Miami-Dade County. She was asked to be a participant in the first Collaborative Court Pilot Project by the Judges in Miami Dade, 11th Judicial Courts, and took the lead in bringing the project to Broward County 17th Judicial courts.

Dana oversees f.a.c.e.s. daily administrative and clinical operations in the tri-county area and has extensive experience assisting families going through divorce, separation, paternity, and post-dissolution issues involving children.

To Contact Dana: [email protected]

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