CALM Honors National Child Abuse Prevention Month with Community Events Throughout April

anta Barbara, CA (March, 2015) – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time when CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) invites the public to join them in building a community of responsibility in child abuse prevention, and pledge support to their 4th Annual “I Will Not Be Silent Campaign” in Santa Barbara County. CALM is proud to host several events that are open to the public to learn about the vital work CALM is doing to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

“While tragedies of child abuse and sexual abuse appear in the news on a national-scale, CALM’s staff and agency partners deal with the tragedy on a regular basis locally, here in Santa Barbara County,” said Cecilia Rodriguez, Executive Director of CALM. “This month we invite the community to join us at these educational events to learn more about the work we do at CALM, and to be part of the solution to end child abuse in our community.”

CALM Santa Barbara April Open Houses

CALM’s April Open Houses welcome the community to help raise awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each Open House will begin with a tour at 11:30 am, followed by lunch with a CALM therapist. All events are FREE and will take place at CALM’s Santa Barbara office, located at 1236 Chapala Street.

· Friday, April 10th 11:30am-1:00pm, “Supporting Your Child’s Brain Development” – CALM therapist Deborah Holmes discusses how parental bonds and actions can influence your child’s brain development.

· Friday, April 17th 11:30am-1:00pm, “Encouraging Acceptable Behavior in Your Child” – CALM therapist Miriam Cislo gives helpful hints on ways to respond to and support your child’s behavior.

· Friday, April 24th 11:30am-1:00pm, “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” – CALM therapist Jonathan Thompson teaches you how to recognize signs of child abuse and the steps you should take to report them.

· Friday, May 1st 11:30am-1:00pm, “Understanding Your Child’s Anxieties Through Art” – CALM therapist Christine Scott shows how art can reflect your child’s feelings and ways to interpret their colorful communication.

To RSVP to any of the April Open Houses, please contact Nicole Ballas at or (805) 965-2376.

Ladies Get Loud for CALM in Santa Maria!

On Thursday, April 23rd, CALM is hosting its second annual “Ladies Get Loud for CALM”, a fundraiser cocktail party at the Santa Maria Country Club from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. At this special ladies’ night out, the women will be waited on hand-and-foot by “celebrity waiters” – local notable gentlemen that will be serving them local wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening. Celebrity waiters participating in the Ladies Get Loud event include Dan Orr, Santa Maria Fire Chief; Steve Lavagnino, Santa Barbara County Supervisor;; and Jeff Cotter, Executive Director of the Allan Hancock College Foundation. There will also be celebrity waiters participating from a variety of local Santa Maria businesses, including Coca Cola Bottling, Toyota of Santa Maria, Dan Blough Construction, Pacific Energy and more. Additionally, two staff members from CALM’s Santa Maria office, Scott Whiteley and Salvador Vargas will be participating. All these men are volunteering the gift of their time for this event, and any tips they raise will all be donated to CALM.

Jay Turner, the Program Director for KXFM – 99.1, will return this year to emcee the event. CALM will also be doing a “Text to Give” opportunity, where guests can send a message to 41444 with the word “CALM,” a dollar amount they wish to donate, their name, and a message. Those who are unable to attend the Ladies Get Loud event on April 23 are also encouraged to “Text to Give” and make a donation to CALM at their leisure.

Tickets for the Ladies Get Loud event are $40 each, and sponsorships are available. Click here for tickets or call (805) 266-0052.

CALM was founded in 1970 to reach stressed parents before they hurt their children. CALM continues to be the only non-profit agency in Santa Barbara County focusing solely on preventing, assessing, and treating child abuse and family violence through comprehensive, cutting-edge programs. CALM offers children, families, and adults a safe, non-judgmental, caring, and strength-based environment to heal and increase family well being. For more information about all of CALM’s services, please call 805-965-2376, or visit”>


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