A Framework for Understanding Social Economic Class
Presented by Ruby Payne

June 22, 2018, 9:00am- 11:00am
IPFW International Ballroom
(Walb Student Union)

Ruby Payne is the authority on working across economic classes to create sustainable communities where everyone can live well. An engaging and down-to-earth speaker, Payne translates abstract concepts into concrete strategies with a sense of humor that leaves audiences wanting more. After changing the conversation in education to focus on poverty, Payne’s work has expanded into social services, criminal justice, healthcare, the workplace, and more.

Payne has written or co-authored more than a dozen books, including Bridges Out of Poverty with Philip DeVol and Terie Dreussi-Smith. Her seminal, award-winning work, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, has sold more than 1.5 million copies and continues to help individuals of all economic backgrounds achieve academic, professional, and personal success.

Payne’s efforts to fight poverty have achieved a global reach, and she has presented her work in Australia, China, Europe, India, North America, and Southeast Asia. Payne holds a Ph.D. from Loyola University and is founder of aha! Process, a publishing and training firm that recently celebrated its 20th year of operation. aha! Process has garnered several awards for its publications and continues to grow. Payne has also published books with Solution Tree Press and the Association for Middle Level Education. With consultants and publications around the world, aha! Process helps communities move individuals, families, and entire neighborhoods out of poverty and into sustainability and growth.

2 CEUs available for this training

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Previous Great KIDS Trainings and Events

Leadership During Crazy Times: Mindfulness Revolution and Holistic Practice
Presented by Dr. Dave Johnson

April 20, 2018, 9:00am- 12:00pm
Downtown ACPL- Meeting Room C

Are you curious about building your Mindfulness muscle?  Are you interested in being part of a train the trainer mindfulness community where methods and personal guidance for applications to various community populations are explored?  This program is targeting a small group of licensed providers (RN, LMFT, LCSW, LMHC, PhD, MD, DO, Addiction Counselors, etc.) who will PRACTICE and EXPAND personal and professional applications with mindfulness.  No previous experience with mindfulness is required but a licensure or certification in a healthcare, behavioral, addictions or trauma treatment modality is highly suggested.

Workshop fee- $30.00. A copy of the book “Full Catastrophe Living” by Jon Kabat-Zinn will be provided as part of this training material. Three (3) CEUs will be offered upon completion of this workshop.
This workshop is limited to 30 participants.

This workshop is currently full – please send an email to to be added to a waitlist

Complex Trauma in Context: Meeting the Needs of Complexly Traumatized Youth through Resiliency Building
Presented by Dr. Monique Marrow

April 27, 2018, 9:00am- 11:00am
IPFW International Ballroom

Dr. Monique Marrow is the first presenter for the Great KIDS Leadership Academy Lecture series.  The Academy’s training focus for 2018 is Childhood Trauma.  This lecture will focus on helping participants to reach a greater understanding of complex trauma and its impact on the development of youth.  Dr. Marrow will provide a greater understanding of the core nature of interventions for youth which is a developmental approach to building resilience.

Monique Marrow holds a doctorate degree in Child Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and currently serves as an instructional Leader for the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice at the University of Connecticut.  She is also a training specialist for the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children.

Two (2) CEUs available

“Big Mama’s Chair”
Presented by LaDonna Wattley

May 1, 2018, 10:00am- 12:00pm
IPFW International Ballroom

LaDonna Wattley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years of experience in the child welfare field. Ms. Wattley conducts workshops on diversity, culturally relevant service provision, adoption, parenting and discipline, and grief and loss issues as they relate to foster care and adoption.
Ms. Wattley has worked as a child welfare social worker, coordinator of a parenting education program, Director of Licensing for a private, non-profit agency, and Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Training for the Indianapolis CASA program . In addition, she has nearly fifteen years of experience providing training to prospective foster and adoptive parents.
Ms. Wattley currently works as full-time faculty at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Of all that she does, she most enjoys sharing her experiences and facilitating workshops, in an attempt to improve the lives of families.

Big Mama’s Chair is an interactive presentation that addresses the barriers service providers face when attempting to work with families/individuals in need. Participants are encouraged to examine personal beliefs, as well as behaviors, that may be impeding successful service delivery.
* find yourself receiving only the “polite” response when asking questions
* feel completely outside of your element
*struggle to gain family members’ trust
*desire to interact more effectively with clients
. . . then this workshop is for YOU!

Two (2) CEUs available

“I Am Jane Doe” – Documentary Film

May 7, 2018, 4:00pm- 6:00pm
Huntington University- Merillat Center for the Arts Longacker Recital Hall

“I Am Jane Doe” follows real cases of American girls enslaved in the child sex trade through ads. This documentary follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers as they run into a collision course not only with Backpage but with judges, powerful corporations, special interest groups, and an outdated internet freedom law that has been interpreted by federal judges to protect websites from any responsibility for hosting ads which sell underage girls. “I Am Jane Doe” takes a fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.

Following this documentary, the audience will be provided with brief conversation regarding the film along with Q&A. We will have the opportunity to hear from David Kurtz, a senior social work major at Huntington University. David is currently completing a 500 hour practicum in Thailand working for Freedom Story, a prevention program for child trafficking. We will also hear from Jeremy Greenlee (Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program) and Jeffrey Robertson (FBI).


This powerful documentary film tells the story of how Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education.

Great KIDS has purchased the rights to this film.  If you are interested in hosting a showing for your school, organization, or agency, please contact Great KIDS.