Upcoming Great KIDS Trainings and Events

Updating the “Your Brain on Drugs” Campaign for Providers: A New Conversation on Drugs and Alcohol

Presenters:  Holly Homan & Melanie Short

November 16, 2018, 10:00am-2:00pm
Downtown ACPL- Meeting Room A
900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne IN 46802

Teenagers are currently faced with increased accessibility to alcohol and/or drugs, culturally shifting acceptance of drug use, and a minimized effort to reduce other substance use in the face of the opioid epidemic. Adults raised on the “Your Brain on Drugs” campaign are ill-equipped to help support teenagers. This workshop will explore the changes and increase the ability to have an effective and current conversations regarding alcohol and/or drug use with adolescents.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Increase awareness of how cultural changes in society have impacted substance use in adolescents
2. Provide concrete ways to identify alcohol and drug use in adolescents and facilitate a conversation regarding the “new
norms” with adolescents
3. Learn ways to encourage adolescents to remain alcohol and/or drug free


Holly Homan (LCSW) is a clinically licensed social worker and a clinically licensed addiction counselor. She has had the honor to serve adolescents in the juvenile justice system, develop and implement gender specific clinical treatment for women, and facilitate family therapy and support for loved ones in early recovery. Currently, she serves the recovering population through her private practice JRNY Counseling in Noblesville, IN. She has had the pleasure of speaking and providing trainings at multiple high schools, probation departments, annual conferences, and practicing clinicians.

Melanie Short (MSW, LCSW) has worked in the field of mental health an addiction since 008.  Throughout this time, she has worked with adolescents, individual adults, and families. She is passionate about empowerment and truly enjoys helping people figure out how to thrive in their lives.  Being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker helps her to look at a whole situation from all angles. Trained in EMDR, Melanie routinely works with individual clients to resolve trauma, grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions or decision making, depression, and anxiety. Being the daughter of an alcoholic parent who got into recovery when she was very young, she has also gravitated toward working with family members who have addicted loved ones. As a result, she became a Love First Certified Clinical Interventionist.

Workshop fee –  $30.00. This workshop is limited to 40 participants.
Three (3) CEUs will be available to those who complete this training.
Lunch will be provided.


Previous Great KIDS Trainings and Events

29th Annual Conference on Youth
October 4, 2018, 8:00am-4:15pm

“Let’s Talk About It: Real Conversations On Race and Culture”
Presented by Aaron Lane & Janell Lane

August 2nd & 3rd, 2018, 9:30am-2:00pm
(This is the same workshop offered on 2 different days)
The Summit – Door H

This workshop is set up to be both informative and interactive. The structure of this workshop consists of an allotted time-frame for professional and personal development by way of facilitated content, and the remaining time for an interactive dialogue through question and answer. The hope is that through this workshop, we can open the door to having real, transparent conversations on race and culture, as well as dialogue about those questions you have always wanted to ask but haven’t felt safe or had the platform to do so (questions can be asked anonymously to create and maintain a safe environment).

Each workshop limited to 20 participants- Fee $30 (includes lunch)

“Implicit Bias”
Presented by Kenda Miklos & Todd Stubbs

July 25, 2018, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Downtown ACPL- Meeting Room AB

This session explores how our implicit bias can play a role in the decisions we make in our work with youth. Awareness of our own biases and conscientious efforts to ensure we provide equitable treatment to all clients can lead to positive outcomes for more people. It takes a look at local juvenile justice and education systems and identifies where implicit bias may be having an impact on our youth. Additionally, this session explores potential solutions to identifying implicit bias within ourselves in an effort to combat the racial and ethnic disparities within our juvenile justice and education systems.

“A Framework for Understanding Social Economic Class”
Presented by Dr. 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.

“Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: Addressing Suicide Risk”
Presented by Alice Jordan-Miles & Colleen Carpenter

June 8, 2018, 9:30am-11:30am
IPFW Classic Ballroom (Walb Student Union)

Anyone can recognize suicide risk and help prevent it. This presentation will offer a look at best practices for identifying those at risk and building a safety net under those thinking about suicide.

“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).

“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!


“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.

“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.


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.