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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance use is especially dangerous for adolescents because the brain is still developing. Substance use can cause lasting brain changes and places youth at an increased risk of dependence and addiction.  

Youth substance abuse is a problem across all socio-economical, educational and geographical areas. Join us for a community screening of the film Generation Found, a transformative community story about the people of Houston who are fighting to save young people from the leading cause of death of their generation: addiction.  

Following the movie screening will be a panel discussion about aspects of youth addiction recovery presented in the film, including recovery high schools, alternative peer groups, and the importance of inclusion and connection with youth dealing with addiction. 

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Justin Wade

Title: Executive Director of Young Actors Theatre (YAT), Indianapolis

Judge Amy Marie Travis

Title: Jackson County Superior Court 1

Officer Keith Williams

Title: SHS School Resource Office, Seymour Police

Jennifer Hopkins

Title: Jackson County recovering addict

Luke Turner

Title: Seymour High School Sophomore, JCUW Youth Board and SADD President

Grant Elliot

Title: Brownstown Central Freshman, Student Council President and Peer-to-Peer Student Leader of Red Ribbon Week

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“Trauma-informed” has become so much of a buzzword that we are even seeing it in memes and popular online publications. But does the ubiquity of the phrase mean that we are losing some of its specific meaning?  

Join us for this presentation to explore the true meaning of “trauma-informed” and how it impacts our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. Participants will gain an actionable approach to creating a trauma-informed workplace and career, using the definition laid forth by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   

Attendees will work to identify personal renewal goals that align with SAMHSA’s trauma-informed definition and be able to: 

  • realize the work in which they engage can produce vicarious trauma, and why; 
  • recognize signs of vicarious trauma in self, clients and colleagues; 
  • respond to signs and enact a care plan; and 
  • understand the importance of an ongoing care plan to reduce and prevent re-traumatization. 

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Mary-Margaret Sweeney, MSW, RYT

Title: Founder, seek&summon

Mary-Margaret Sweeney is the founder of seek&summon, providing trauma informed therapy, training and yoga to individuals and groups. With over a decade of experience, her work has spanned direct service to policy work. She is also a writer and community facilitator of the website FacilitatingXYZ. 

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About This Event

“Trauma-informed” has become so much of a buzzword that we are even seeing it in memes and popular online publications. But does the ubiquity of the phrase mean that we are losing some of its specific meaning?  

Join us for this presentation to explore the true meaning of “trauma-informed” and how it impacts our clients, our colleagues and ourselves. Participants will gain an actionable approach to creating a trauma-informed workplace and career, using the definition laid forth by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  

Attendees will work to identify personal renewal goals that align with SAMHSA’s trauma-informed definition and be able to: 

  • realize the work in which they engage can produce vicarious trauma, and why; 
  • recognize signs of vicarious trauma in self, clients and colleagues; 
  • respond to signs and enact a care plan; and 
  • understand the importance of an ongoing care plan to reduce and prevent re-traumatization. 

Speakers

Mary-Margaret Sweeney, MSW, RYT

Title: Founder, seek&summon

Mary-Margaret Sweeney is the founder of seek&summon, providing trauma informed therapy, training and yoga to individuals and groups. With over a decade of experience, her work has spanned direct service to policy work. She is also a writer and community facilitator of the website FacilitatingXYZ. 

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Harrison County, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth. 

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Indiana Youth Institute

Title: Impact & Data Solutions Team

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According to Child Trends, youth who experience anxiety or depression face a higher risk of poor health outcomes as adults. Depression during adolescence is also associated with disrupted school performance and peer/family relationships. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents, with 30.8 percent of Indiana high school students reporting feeling sad or hopeless to the point that they stopped doing some usual activities almost every day for two or more weeks in a row.  

This presentation will address how the presence of anxiety and depression in a child’s life impacts all aspects of that child’s life. Together we will: 

  • discuss the different types of anxiety and depressive disorders and their causes; 
  • learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in youth; and  
  • explore ways to talk with and support youth experiencing anxiety and depression 

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Susan S. Jefford, LCSW, MSW

Title: Clinical Manager – Western Division of LifeSpring Health Systems

Susan Jefford earned a Master of Social Work from UCLA and has worked more than 30 years extensively with children and adolescents who struggle with trauma, anxiety and depressive disorders. 

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The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future?  How might we, as a nation, do better? 

In this film these questions are investigated through different lenses: 

  1. What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body?  
  2. What it is like to be a parent today? 
  3. What policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?  

Join us for the viewing of the first installment in the documentary series which covers all three of these issues. We will then have a solutions-based panel discussion about how to reframe the way we look at early child health and development and how the community can make a difference. For more information about this film visit www.raisingofamerica.org 

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Dearborn and Ripley counties, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth. 

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Corey Sims

Title: Data and Research Manager – Indiana Youth Institute

Corey Sims serves individuals and organizations by providing access to critical data, research and best practices with a keen focus on quality service, accessibility, collaboration, and empowerment. Corey is a National Guard Veteran, Butler alumni, and father to his daughter, Keira. He believes in the power of scientific advancement across all communities. 

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Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for Indiana youth between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. In order to help, it is important to recognize the warning signs or signals of suicidal intentions.  

Join us for this presentation about youth suicide that will discuss primary and secondary prevention and intervention approaches. Information will focus on improving and impacting the health of individuals, and populations, by: 

  • encouraging multi-disciplinary collaborations; 
  • bringing together many different perspectives and experiences to enrich and strengthen solutions for many diverse communities;  
  • preventing suicide related behaviors before they occur by addressing a broad range of risk and protective factors; and 
  • providing necessary interventions in crisis situations. 

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David J. Berman, MPA, MPH

Title: Director of Development – Mental Health of America; Director – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana; Chair – Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council

In his many roles, David J. Berman, MPA, MPH, provides advocacy, supports, and education related to mood disorders, and leads various suicide/primary prevention and public health efforts. David is the Chair of the Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council and serves on several additional Division of Mental Health and Addiction advisory boards. 

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Food insecurity has long-term effects on the mental, physical, social and economic health of children and families. Households for which the availability of food is uncertain, insufficient or limited due to economic, physical or other constraints are considered “food insecure.” In Jefferson County, 19 percent of children live in households without secure access to adequate nutritious food. 

When children don’t get enough food, or don’t have a well-rounded diet, they have more trouble performing in school and maintaining overall health than their peers. Research shows food insecure children are more likely to suffer from illness, to have developmental delays, and to have health deficiencies that track into adulthood.  

Join us for this panel discussion to: 

  • better understand the definition of food insecurity; 
  • learn about the causes and implications of food insecurity for families and the community; and  
  • discover community resources available in Jefferson County to those who are food insecure. 

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Lt. Vinal Lee

Title: Pastor – Salvation Army Jefferson County

Eddie Cozart, NEP

Title: Community Wellness Coordinator – Purdue Extension Jefferson County

Krysten Snyder

Title: Education Director - Lide White Boys & Girls Club

Maureen Staicer

Title: Jefferson County WIC Clinic Manager

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To positively impact and serve the children and youth of our state, we must understand the issues and needs they face. Being familiar with the most recent data and research on child well-being helps leaders, policymakers, youth workers and advocates create positive change for youth.  

Join us for State of the Child 2019 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Dearborn and Ripley counties, and across Indiana, and what we can do to ensure all kids thrive. You will hear critical data from the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, as well as best practice research on successful approaches to key issues.  

Through a robust and data-driven presentation, you will be empowered with the information needed to inform policies, practices and decision-making that improve the health and well-being of Hoosier youth. 

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Speakers

Corey Sims

Title: Data and Research Manager – Indiana Youth Institute

Corey Sims serves individuals and organizations by providing access to critical data, research and best practices with a keen focus on quality service, accessibility, collaboration, and empowerment. Corey is a National Guard Veteran, Butler alumni, and father to his daughter, Keira. He believes in the power of scientific advancement across all communities.