28th Annual Conference on Youth BREAKOUTS

Thursday, October 5, 2017–Allen County War Memorial Coliseum

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

We are sorry to report that we have reached maximum capacity.

 Thank you for your interest!

SPECIAL INTEREST SESSIONS

Using ACE Science to Shift Policy and Practice

9:30 am

In this session, Laura Porter will examine the most powerful drivers of health, safety and productivity, which are complex and interrelated, as well as personally transmitted and place-based.  Using the constructs of our community, Porter will help the audience learn to fashion solutions that address the complexity of problems associated with ACE trauma and corresponding challenges.  Participants will learn strategies to fashion solutions that address the complexity of those problems and foster measurable change in varying communities with different contexts, all at modest costs.  The ACE Study provides a common language and innovative thinking that invites a powerful narrative to emerge in the mindset of uncommon leaders who strive for a better life for their future generations.  Porter will share stories from her extensive background as a funder and partner with Self-Healing Communities that will illustrate and guide participants to initiatives that matter most for policy change and overall community success.

Presenter:  Laura Porter, ACE Interface, is the Co-Founder, thought partner, educator, consultant and coach of ACE Interface, LLC.  Along with Dr. Robert Anda, Co-Principal Investigator of the original ACE Study, Porter develops and disseminates educational products and empowerment strategies that help community leaders throughout the nation dramatically improve population health.  She brings more than a decade of experience leading successful state-wide implementation of ACE Study concepts.  She oversees analysis of data to support decision making, designing and facilitating processes  to improve health, safety, and productivity.  Currently the Senior Director of The Learning Institute at Foundation for Healthy Generations, a Seattle based not for profit organization, she formerly directed the Washington State Family Policy Council and Office of ACE Partnerships.  In this roles, she worked with senators and representatives from the Washington legislature, governor’s cabinet, state agencies, organizations and local tribal leaders.  This group, led by Porter, developed a unique model for their community which delivered cost savings estimated by an independent economist at over $55 million biennium in child welfare, juvenile justice, and public medical costs associated with teen births.

Making the Connection Between Youth, Drugs, Alcohol and Violence

9:30 am

Attendees will learn to identify students who are using drugs by several identifiers, logos and terms consistent with underage drinking and drug abuse.  Terms commonly associated with alcohol, marijuana use, prescription drug abuse, over the counter drug abuse, and concealment of those illegal items at home, school, work, and in vehicles will be examined.  Identification of indicators in at risk youth, as well as an overview of the current youth drug culture will be presented.  Tools for prevention, including tips and suggestions for improving policies and procedures will be taught by Officer Galloway.

Presenter:  Officer Jermaine Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, four time national award winner and has received an international award for the hours he has dedicated to community scans, research, and substance abuse identification in large cities and rural communities across the country.  Galloway has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1997, and has more than 15 years experience in drug and alcohol education, training over 120,000 people.  He has created hi sown alcohol and substance abuse prevention and identification program, called “You Can’t Stop What you Don’t Know”, based on his extensive background in the subject area.  He was past Vice President of the drug and alcohol free prevention coalition in Idaho, and sits on a statewide impaired driving prevention and enforcement task force in his home state.  In 2009 he received the national underage drinking law enforcement officer of the year from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  In addition, he created the Northwest Alcohol and Substance Abuse Conference in 2007, drawing attendees from over 35 states and multiple countries.  Officer Galloway has had numerous articles published in print and online, conducted webinars and interviews, and was highlighted nationally in a 2011 video produced by Human Relations Media, speaking about the dangers of spice, synthetic marijuana.

Unto the Third Generation: A Call to End Child Abuse in Three Generations

9:30 am

In this moving, hopeful address, attendees will learn the five obstacles that prevent us from ending child abuse and will learn of sweeping changes now taking place in our child protection system that will enable us to significantly reduce and perhaps eliminate child abuse over the course of the next three generations. The keynote is based on a scholarly work that was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma and in the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, Fall 2006.

Presenter:  Victor Vieth serves as the Executive Director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a state of the art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU).  Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories , and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.”  Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

WORKSHOPS

Building Skills for Civic Leadership in Communities with High ACE Prevalence

10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Becoming a trauma-informed community entails more than having trauma informed clinical services for people who are already significantly and negatively impacted by traumatic experiences in their lives. People who have been affected by trauma and adversity can be effective leaders and powerful agents for ACE prevention. There is a compelling need to design trauma informed environments, skill-building opportunities, and peer support systems, particularly around a set of skills that are essential for setting goals and taking directed action toward achieving those goals: executive function skills.  Stress-related executive dysfunction makes participation in community life more difficult.  In this interactive workshop, participants will identify their own executive function skills, learn how and when skills can best be improved, and discuss ways to reduce stress-related executive dysfunction among customers and coworkers.

Presenter: Laura Porter, ACE Interface, is the Co-Founder, thought partner, educator, consultant and coach of ACE Interface, LLC. Along with Dr. Robert Anda, Co-Principal Investigator of the original ACE Study, Porter develops and disseminates educational products and empowerment strategies that help community leaders throughout the nation dramatically improve population health. She brings more than a decade of experience leading successful state-wide implementation of ACE Study concepts. She oversees analysis of data to support decision making, designing and facilitating processes to improve health, safety, and productivity. Currently the Senior Director of The Learning Institute at Foundation for Healthy Generations, a Seattle based not for profit organization, she formerly directed the Washington State Family Policy Council and Office of ACE Partnerships. In this roles, she worked with senators and representatives from the Washington legislature, governor’s cabinet, state agencies, organizations and local tribal leaders. This group, led by Porter, developed a unique model for their community which delivered cost savings estimated by an independent economist at over $55 million biennium in child welfare, juvenile justice, and public medical costs associated with teen births.

Prevention Through Collaboration

10:45 and 1:15 pm

Participants will learn how to prevent underage drinking and drug usage by working with a variety of community entities, including coalition members, prevention providers, law enforcement, and educators.  Attendees will learn about popular drug and alcohol tendencies in today’s youth, and will receive instruction on how to form community memberships and programs to reduce underage drinking and illegal drug use.

Presenter:  Officer Jermaine Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, four time national award winner and has received an international award for the hours he has dedicated to community scans, research, and substance abuse identification in large cities and rural communities across the country. Galloway has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1997, and has more than 15 years experience in drug and alcohol education, training over 120,000 people. He has created hi sown alcohol and substance abuse prevention and identification program, called “You Can’t Stop What you Don’t Know”, based on his extensive background in the subject area. He was past Vice President of the drug and alcohol free prevention coalition in Idaho, and sits on a statewide impaired driving prevention and enforcement task force in his home state. In 2009 he received the national underage drinking law enforcement officer of the year from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In addition, he created the Northwest Alcohol and Substance Abuse Conference in 2007, drawing attendees from over 35 states and multiple countries. Officer Galloway has had numerous articles published in print and online, conducted webinars and interviews, and was highlighted nationally in a 2011 video produced by Human Relations Media, speaking about the dangers of spice, synthetic marijuana.

Well-Becoming: Supporting Adolescents Transitioning Into Adulthood

10:45 am

Participants will gain awareness and understanding related to the developmental aspects and lifelong benefits of permanence for older youth, the impact of trauma as it relates to adolescent brain development, and how to engage youth who have experienced trauma.  Sue Badeau will illustrate how to engage traumatized youth, how to create a permanency network with them using proven strategies, and how to collaborate with others who work with youth to support permanency and emotional well being during that transition.   This workshop will present a framework for well-being for older youth transitioning from foster care, and highlight recommended strategies for improving the social, emotional and physical well-being of older youth.

Presenter:  Sue Badeau

Sue Badeau is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant.  She worked for years in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice,  and children’s mental health and education.  She serves on several national boards where she advocates for positive youth outcomes.  Sue and her husband, Hector, are parents of 22 children, two by birth, 20 adopted, and three with terminal illnesses, are now deceased.  The couple served as foster parents for over 50 children in three states.  Sue is the author of “Are We There Yet:  The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids”.

Integrated Treatment of PTSD and Substance Abuse in Adolescents

10:45 am and 1:15 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to summarize research on the development and treatment of  co-occurring traumatic stress and substance use in youth. Youth exposed to trauma and adversity are at heightened risk for a wide range of behavioral health concerns across the lifespan, including traumatic stress and substance use problems.  These concerns often first emerge in adolescence, persist into adulthood without effective treatment, and can contribute to impairment in a wide range of life domains. Despite well-established links between traumatic stress and substance use, few empirically-supported treatment options exist that address these co-occurring problems in an integrated fashion , particularly with adolescents.  In this workshop, attendees will learn about existing integrated treatment models for traumatic stress and substance use, the state of the science regarding their evaluation, and practical suggestions for training and implementation.

Presenter:  Dr. Zachary Adams is an Assistant Professor and licensed health service provider in psychology in the IU Department of Psychiatry. His clinical and research interests center on improving care and promoting healthy outcomes for young people with co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, with a particular emphasis on youth and families impacted by trauma and adversity. Much of his research falls into two areas:  refining our understanding of how co-occurring mental health problems develop in childhood and adolescence, particularly among youth exposed to violence, disasters, and other traumatic and adverse events; and developing and testing new intervention models and technology-based tools to make mental health treatments more efficient, accessible, and effective for youth and families.  Additionally, Dr. Adams is strongly committed to teaching students, interns, residents, fellows and involving trainees in all aspects of his work.

Engaging Families: A Relationship-Based Approach

10:45 am

Too much of today’s conversation about families is about what’s wrong with them: failures and problems, vulnerabilities and stresses, or whether certain types of families are better than others. While the challenges and changes facing families are real, a strength-based approach to engaging, supporting, and empowering families helps them to cope and even thrive.

This workshop builds on new Search Institute research that identifies critical strengths that are relevant to families from different cultures, income levels, and structures. This workshop engages participants in exploring how to develop a relationship-based approach to working with families that emphasizes their strengths, capacities, and contributions. It offers strategies for getting started, including practical tools for listening to and building relationships with parents and other family members as the foundation for family engagement efforts.

Presenter:  Kelly Felton is a speaker and trainer for community leaders, organizations and communities interested in positive youth development.  She has committed her career to helping youth make safe and healthy choices with a wide variety of experiences.  She currently is the West Central Minnesota Regional Prevention Coordinator providing training and technical assistance for communities wanting to make environmental change to reduce substance abuse within their community.  Prior to this, Kelly was the Coalition Coordinator for the Working Together Coalition (WTC), Minnesota, where she led a community coalition to engage in numerous evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing youth substance abuse and promoting positive development. As part of her efforts towards curbing substance use among youth, Kelly used Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets as a framework for all of their preventive strategies, in conjunction with evidence-based prevention practices.

Leadership during the Crazy Times:  The Zen of Renewal through Mindfulness

10:45 am and 1:15 pm

Being a Leader in today’s fast paced world is very stressful.  Cultivating Mindfulness based practices builds resiliency and capacity to meet the challenges of change and stress and enhance one’s perspective and personal resiliency.  This program is helpful to all leaders & professionals desiring personal renewal AND insights on how Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is integral to one’s personal self-care and sense of professional & leadership renewal.

Participants will learn to use Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction(MBSR) to enhance leadership & personal resiliency; summarize brain physiology and the connectedness with MBSR and resiliency for self and employees; integrate an understanding of  how (MBSR) assists one in recognizing choices and taking control of thoughts, and emotional responses such as anger, anxiety, fear, depression, or feeling overwhelmed; and know how to seek additional resources for setting goals for enhancing one’s own sense resiliency and leadership renewal.

Presenter: Dr. Dave Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, and clinical nurse specialist. He is currently a regional consultant and Employee Assistance Specialist with Parkview Health and a Professor of Nursing at the University of Saint Francis. He has worked with over 250 local and regional organizations with consultations, presentations, and publications. As a husband, father, and psychotherapist, Dr. Johnson weaves stories and anecdotes that reveal the nature of stress in juggling work and family and strategies for maintaining one’s sense of humor and perspective.

Understanding, Recognizing and Responding to the Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Impact of Child Maltreatment

10:45 am

In this session, participants will receive concrete tips for recognizing signs of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Participants will get an overview of the physical, emotional and spiritual impact of abuse and neglect. Child protection policies, personal safety education and other appropriate responses will also be addressed. Finally,  workers in the faith community will receive guidelines for ministering to survivors of child maltreatment.

Presenter:  Victor Vieth serves as the Executive Director of the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), a state of the art training complex located on the campus of Winona State University (WSU).  Vieth has trained thousands of child-protection professionals from all 50 states, two U.S. Territories , and 17 countries on numerous topics pertaining to child abuse investigations, prosecutions and prevention. He gained national recognition for his work in addressing child abuse in small communities as a prosecutor in rural Minnesota. He has been named to the President’s Honor Roll of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. The Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association named him one of the “21 Young Lawyers Leading us Into the 21st Century.”  Vieth has been instrumental in implementing 22 state and international forensic interview training programs and dozens of undergraduate and graduate programs on child maltreatment.

Preventing Risk Behaviors and Building Resiliency through the Developmental Assets

1:15 pm

More than 25 years ago, the Search Institute developed the framework of the Developmental Assets.  The Developmental Assets framework is a science-based typology of relationships, opportunities, skills, and other strengths that promote young people’s healthy development. They are organized into eight categories: support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies, and positive identity. To learn more about the Assets, CLICK HERE.  Cross-sectional and longitudinal research shows that Developmental Assets play a powerful role in preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use across diverse samples of youth.  In this workshop, participants will learn how building Developmental Assets can tap the power of the community to strengthen substance abuse prevention.

Presenter:  Kelly Felton is a speaker and trainer for community leaders, organizations and communities interested in positive youth development.  She has committed her career to helping youth make safe and healthy choices with a wide variety of experiences.  She currently is the West Central Minnesota Regional Prevention Coordinator providing training and technical assistance for communities wanting to make environmental change to reduce substance abuse within their community.  Prior to this, Kelly was the Coalition Coordinator for the Working Together Coalition (WTC), Minnesota, where she led a community coalition to engage in numerous evidence-based strategies aimed at reducing youth substance abuse and promoting positive development. As part of her efforts towards curbing substance use among youth, Kelly used Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets as a framework for all of their preventive strategies, in conjunction with evidence-based prevention practices.

There’s No Place Like Home: Permanency Values Training (PVT)

 1:15 pm

Every child needs a “no matter what” family for a lifetime, including children with special needs, sibling groups, older adolescents, and children across all backgrounds and cultures.  Participants in this workshop will gain awareness and understanding related to developmental aspects and lifelong benefits of permanence, the impact of trauma on development, how to engage family members, including fathers and kin, in permanency planning.  In addition, Badeau will instruct participants in building frameworks for cultural communities working together to achieve permanence.  This inspirational, entertaining and interactive workshop will help participants understand the value of taking a multi-faceted, often unconventional approach when working with children in achieving a “no matter what” family for every child.

Presenter:  Sue Badeau is a nationally known speaker, writer and consultant.  She worked for years in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice,  and children’s mental health and education.  She serves on several national boards where she advocates for positive youth outcomes.  Sue and her husband, Hector, are parents of 22 children, two by birth, 20 adopted, and three with terminal illnesses, are now deceased.  The couple served as foster parents for over 50 children in three states.  Sue is the author of “Are We There Yet:  The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting and Raising 22 Kids”.