Mackenzie Dunham | Trainer Profile

Mackenzie Dunham

  • Vancouver, WA
  • Fees vary, contact for more information.
  • 360-521-3055
  • mackenzielg@gmail.com
  • English

Core Components

  • Essentials for providing trauma informed care/learning environment for LGBTQ youth
  • Fostering resilience in children through relationship
  • Racial Equity and Conversations with Kids
  • Positive Parenting, and tweaks for parenting young children who have experienced trauma
  • Positive Parenting, and tweaks for parenting teenagers who have experienced trauma

Biography

Mackenzie has worked in youth suicide prevention, adult co-occurring mental health and chemical dependency treatment, jail transition services, family support, early learning and child and family counseling. She currently works for Child and Adolescent Clinic on pediatric transformation with the goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care, as well as improving child health outcomes across Washington.  She also has a small private practice with Real Life Counseling which focuses on LGBTQ youth and resilience for young children and families who have experienced trauma.

Mackenzie also successfully completed two years of intensive racial equity training with King County and The Reach Center for Diversity to become a Racial Equity Trainer. She also holds specialized training in multiple evidence based parenting curricula including Triple P, Incredible Years, and Circle of Security.  She was published in the Zero to Three Journal in July 2016 for her work on Attachment Vitamins, a curriculum for parents of young children based on Child Parent Psychotherapy that was co-developed through a partnership with UC San Francisco, Harvard University and Frontiers of Innovation.

Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University, and a Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Child Mental Health Specialist, and an approved Reflective Consultant for the Washington Association of Infant Mental Health.

References: Mindy Davis, Children’s Home Society of Washington, mindy.davis@chs-wa.org; Stephen Herndon, Children’s Home Society of Washington, Stephen.herndon@chs-wa.org; Melanie Kuchinka, CVAB, kunchinkam@cvab.org; Heather Mason, Juvenile Recovery Court, heather.mason@clark.wa.gov; Kelly Christel, retired teacher at Battle Ground High, kellychristel@comcast.com; Joseph Matter, YWCA, josephmatter@gmail.com; Michelle Mallory, Clark College, mmallory@clark.edu, Jodi Kerbs, Eastern Washington University, jkerbs@ewu.edu; Kris Henriksen, Clark County Teen Talk, kris.henriksen@clark.wa.gov;

Training Courses

Essentials for providing trauma informed care/learning environment for LGBTQ youth

  • Vocabulary – breaking down the terminology
  • Pronouns – a comprehensive overview and opportunity to practice navigating this
  • Risk factors for mental and physical health issues for LGBTQ youth
  • Recognizing and creating a plan to address personal bias
  • Information specific to the experiences of trans children
  • Bathrooms and locker rooms – what to advocate for, and why it matters
  • Fostering resilience for LGBTQ youth

Fostering resilience in children through relationship

  • Principals of child development and biological needs
  • Developmental fears
  • Attachment theory
  • How to recognize, use and create moments of connection
  • Toxic stress and protective factors

Racial Equity and Conversations with Kids

  • Equality vs equity
  • Multiple perspectives
  • What makes a culture and personal identity
  • Everyday racism / microaggressions
  • Privilege
  • How to talk to kids about race
  • The impact of race on early childhood outcomes, brain development, and early intervention

Positive Parenting, and tweaks for parenting young children who have experienced trauma

  • Understanding developmental fears, and emotional stages
  • Recognizing trauma symptoms
  • Understanding how our experiences being parented impact our parenting style
  • Addressing tantrums
  • Do’s vs Don’ts
  • Pulling out behaviors you want to see in your child
  • How to be your child’s safe haven and secure base
  • Discipline vs punishment

Positive Parenting, and tweaks for parenting teenagers who have experienced trauma

  • Understanding developmental fears, and emotional stages
  • Understanding how our experiences being parented impact our parenting style
  • Do’s vs Don’ts
  • Pulling out behaviors you want to see in your teen
  • How to be your child’s safe haven and secure base
  • Discipline vs punishment
  • Crisis planning with extended responsibilities / privilege
  • Preparing your teenager for adulthood