Mental Health Training Series

Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Div.
Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Div.

The Mental Health Training Series is part of the Mental Health Specialty Track of Allen Superior Court.  Those working with the Family Court system (e.g., attorneys, CASA, GALs, DCS, probation, law enforcement, court staff) are encouraged to register.  All youth workers in our community are also welcome. One CEU per hour of training will be available to participants upon request.

The training series, a collaboration between Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES and Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division, is offered free of charge and is funded in part by The Lutheran Foundation.  Preregistration is required.

To receive email announcements when registration opens for the Mental Health Trainings contact Great KIDS.

DVDs of some Mental Health Trainings are available in the Great KIDS lending library.

2018 Training Series Upcoming Events:

Self Care & Mindfulness for Holiday Stress” 
Presented by Dr. Dave Johnson

December 12, 2018
12:00pm – 2:00pm
The Summit
1025 W Rudisill Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46807

P.E.A.K. Performers are high energy, creative, positive, motivated individuals. They are strong and resilient against stress and also experience a heightened sense of well being in their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual lives. P.E.A.K. Performers feel success in their work lives and balance in their home and personal lives. This workshop will enhance personal Self-Care and Mindfulness of participants especially during the Holidays.


At completion of this session, today’s leader will be able to:

1. Describe “Perspective” and how to reframe holiday stress in order to enhance positive coping.
2. List ways to “Energize” oneself and the work team to meet challenges.
3. Understand how “Autonomy” assist’s one in recognizing choices and taking control of our thoughts, schedules, and anger responses.
4. Have the “Know How” to be Mindful for enhancing one’s own sense of Peak Performance and professional renewal especially during holiday seasons.


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This documentary film tells the story of Lincoln High School as the principal, Jim Sporleder, and staff transform Lincoln into a “trauma-informed” school.  Great KIDS has purchased the rights to show the film.  Please contact Great KIDS if you would like to schedule a showing in your school, organization, or agency.

Previous Great KIDS Mental Health Trainings

“When the Imprints of the Past Hurt the Present” 
Presented by Carmen Bergman & Crystal Kelly

October 19, 2018
10:00am – 12:00pm
Downtown ACPL- Theater
900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne IN 46802

This training will allow participants to discover the various ways trauma can impact the body based on supporting research from the ACE Study. Participants will receive a brief introduction to several activities that may aid in addressing and overcoming trauma.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Define trauma and identify ways it can impact the body

2. Explore how a person’s experiences can influence physical and emotional health throughout their lifespan

“Implicit Bias”
Presented by: Kendra 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.


“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.

“Building a Resilient Work Team”
Presented by: Dr. Dave Johnson

May 16, 2018, 1:30am-3:30pm
Downtown ACPL- Theater

Building & being part of a highly effective and resilient work team is very important in our intense and fast paced work world. Exploring the framework of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) will help you personally and professionally consider the factors and assets needed to do so. Although this model is helpful to building the team resiliency, participants will quickly see how this model goes beyond the workplace to include building resiliency in family life and all relationships.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Adopt a basic team-building model (appreciative inquiry) for building a resilient work team;
2. Outline factors related to coping with rapid change;
3. Summarize the importance of communication in assuring that everyone is part of the team;
4. Value diversity and talents each member brings to the team;
5. Report on the significance of empowerment in decision-making for all team members;
6. Appreciate the use of asking positive questions and storytelling as a practical means to enhance one’s team effectiveness & personal life.

“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).


The Mental Health Training Series is funded, in part, by a grant from:Gradient_RGB-01