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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 discussion led by Chances and Services for Youth 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 visit www.raisingofamerica.org 

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Chances and Services for Youth (CASY)

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CASY’s mission is providing services “cradle to college” to ensure children grow up in safe, nurturing environments in our community. By providing services and investing in the local community, CASY has a unique opportunity to identify and respond to the needs of clients, partnering organizations and the communities we serve.

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Mental health influences all areas of child well-being; children must have good mental health to reach their full potential.  

The CDC reports that factors such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma and poverty have been linked to an increased risk for mental health illnesses. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that Indiana youth have a higher prevalence than their peers nationally in seven out of nine ACEs and that depression is the most prevalent mental disorder experienced among adolescents. 

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.  

Join us for this workshop to hear about various aspects of child mental health from four local professionals, followed by a group discussion about key learnings and action steps for supporting youth and families. 

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Krista Fay

Title: Mental Wellness Coordinator – Avon Community School Corporation

April Bordeau

Title: Director – Care to Change

Aaron Garner

Title: Mental Health Marketing Professional – Tetra Prime Consulting

Brenda Graves-Croom

Title: Board President – Mental Health America Hendricks County

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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.  

Join us for this presentation to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and youth, along with strategies for assisting kids who struggle with anxiety or depression. 

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David J. Berman

Title: MPA, MPH, Director of Development – Mental Health of America Director – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Indiana Director – Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Chair

In his many roles, David J. Berman 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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This presentation will provide a broad overview of issues that youth serving agencies should consider regarding best practices for safeguarding staff and clients in a variety of settings.  

Discussion will include the importance of providing safety measures, learning how to maintain personal boundaries, and ensuring proper risk management for the organization.  

Attendees will gain a general understanding of: 

  • minimum safety standards in youth programming; 
  • appropriate professional and personal boundaries between staff and clients; and 
  • organizational risk management in youth work.  

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Robin Donaldson

Title: Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association

Robin Donaldson has a master’s degree in counseling and social psychology and has been teaching at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since August 2001. She has been a licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a licensed foster parent. Previously, Ms. Donaldson was the Program Development and Research Director for National Safe Place from 2008 – 2013 and held multiple positions at Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County over 12 years.  

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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.” Nearly 18 percent of children in Montgomery County 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 presentation and discussion to: 

  • better understand food insecurity in Montgomery County; 
  • learn about the causes and implications of food insecurity for children; and  
  • discover local resources available and how the community is addressing this issue through the local health coalition. 

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Holly Catron

Title: Community Wellness Coordinator

Debbie Threlkeld

Title: Nutrition Education Program Assistant

Monica Nagele

Title: Heath and Human Science Educator Purdue Extension Montgomery County

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About This Event

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 discussion led by The Child Care Resource Network 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 visit www.raisingofamerica.org 

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The Child Care Resource Network

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is the child care resource and referral (CCR&R) serving parents and child care providers in Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. Their primary objectives are to help families find quality child care, recruit and train child care providers, and to develop unique child care resource and referral programs for employers of working parents. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC-Kaiser ACE Study, children who experience multiple adverse or traumatic childhood experiences, such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have the highest levels of risk for negative outcomes throughout life. An increasing number of children are affected by past or current trauma. Training on trauma-informed care has increased in recent years and provides an understanding of trauma and its impact.  

Join us for this workshop that will go beyond standard trauma-informed training to discuss how to put trauma-informed care into practice on a community level. This session will provide a framework on how to build a trauma-responsive community in order to enhance support and capacity for all individuals. This workshop content will: 

  • briefly review of importance of understanding trauma and its impact and the difference between traumainformed and traumaresponsive; 
  • provide characteristics of a traumaresponsive community;  
  • identify key stakeholders needed to build a traumaresponsive community; and 
  • provide specific strategies for building a trauma-responsive community. 

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Robin Donaldson

Title: Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association

Robin Donaldson has a master’s degree in counseling and social psychology and is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial and organizational Psychology at Alder University. She has been teaching psychology, human resource and youth development credentialing classes at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since August 2001. She has been a licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a licensed foster parent. IYSA provides accreditation, training and support for Youth Service Bureaus in Indiana. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC-Kaiser ACE Study, children who experience multiple adverse or traumatic childhood experiences, such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have the highest levels of risk for negative outcomes throughout life.The findings of the ACE Study show that leading causes of health, learning, behavior and productivity problems are often rooted in the cumulative impacts of childhood adversity.  

Nearly half (47.3%) of children in Indiana have experienced one or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). To support these children in a meaningful way, youth workers must have an understanding of the impact that trauma can have on the children they serve.  

This presentation and panel discussion will address trauma, the forms it takes in children and youth, and practical applications for those who interact with children in a non-therapeutic setting. You will: 

  • learn about trauma and its impact on development; 
  • understand adolescent behaviors in the context of trauma; and 
  • identify how to begin addressing ACEs with the youth and families they serve. 

Panelists will include a pediatrician, a wrap-around services supervisor, a school administrator and other local professionals. 

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC-Kaiser ACE Study, children who experience multiple adverse or traumatic childhood experiences, such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have the highest levels of risk for negative outcomes throughout life. An increasing number of children are affected by past or current trauma. Training on trauma-informed care has increased in recent years and provides an understanding of trauma and its impact.  

Join us for this workshop that will go beyond standard trauma-informed training to discuss how to put trauma-informed care into practice on a community level. This session will provide a framework on how to build a trauma-responsive community in order to enhance support and capacity for all individuals. This workshop content will: 

  • briefly review of importance of understanding trauma and its impact and the difference between traumainformed and traumaresponsive; 
  • provide characteristics of a traumaresponsive community;  
  • identify key stakeholders needed to build a traumaresponsive community; and 
  • provide specific strategies for building a trauma-responsive community. 

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Robin Donaldson

Title: Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association

Robin Donaldson has a master’s degree in counseling and social psychology and is a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial and organizational Psychology at Alder University. She has been teaching psychology, human resource and youth development credentialing classes at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana since August 2001. She has been a licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a licensed foster parent. IYSA provides accreditation, training and support for Youth Service Bureaus in Indiana

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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.  

Join us for this presentation to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and youth, along with strategies for assisting kids who struggle with anxiety or depression. 

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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 Director – Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Chair – DMHA Indiana Recovery Council

In his many roles, David J. Berman 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.