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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. 

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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.  

During this presentation you will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in children and youth, along with strategies for assisting and supporting kids who struggle with anxiety or depression. You will hear from a practicing therapist and gain insight on how to reduce anxiety and depression as well as better understand general aspects of therapy. 

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Starr L. Griffin, MS, LMHC

Title: CEO/Therapist – Griffin and Associates, LLC

Starr Griffin has a master’s degree in mental health counseling and has more than 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She has worked directly with families who were referred by the Indiana Department of Child Services and served as a Regional Director for DCS. Starr is licensed in mental health counseling and has a private practice in the Wabash Valley area. Her passion is working with families and helping individuals reach a higher level of themselves.  

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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 this presentation to learn about the top challenges for kids in Vigo 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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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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“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).  

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

  • realize the work in which you engage can produce vicarious trauma, and why; 
  • recognize signs of vicarious trauma in yourself, 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, MSW, RYT is the Chief Experience Officer of seek&summon. seek&summon brings intention to living, laboring and loving through education, coaching and therapy. With 15 years of experience as a training professional, Mary-Margaret specializes in sexual health education, trauma-informed service and service worker renewal.

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You are invited to attend the Indiana Youth Institute’s 2019 State of the Child presentation. Hear about the key data for Hoosier youth first-hand from IYI’s 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book.

Light refreshments will be served. You will not want to miss this opportunity!

Hosted by the United Way of Delaware County

and Ball State University’s Office of Community Engagement

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You are invited to attend the Indiana Youth Institute’s 2019 State of the Child presentation. Hear about the key data for Hoosier youth first-hand from IYI’s 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book.

You will not want to miss this opportunity!

Sponsored by the Commission on Improving the Status of Children

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The development of neuroimaging in the past two decades has seen a quantum leap in the understanding of the brain. Just like discoveries of the microscope and telescope expanded our understanding, brain imaging technology has and will continue to provide greater insight of consciousness and ultimately behavior. There is great promise for this method in opening up an avenue not yet available to mental health treatment.

During this presentation, Dr. Yip will share how brain imaging methods are more easily accessible by private clinicians and used for brain mapping with patients. Attendees will hear about case studies from individuals with brain conditions such as trauma, reactive attachment disorder, autism, ADHD, depression, addiction, learning disabilities, dyslexia and others. She will also discuss how brain mapping results can support intervention strategies and how these efforts can lead to better understanding of behavior and inform and guide treatment.

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Dr. Jane Yip, PhD, BCBA

Title: Director – Indiana Brain Mapping

Dr. Yip is a neuroscientist specializing in brain circuitry. She is a founder of Indiana Brain Mapping and has scientific publications on brain disorders. Through brain-mapping methods, she has helped hundreds of individuals understand their symptoms in association with the brain. She uses the brain-map to advise on treatment, and to visualize the brain circuit improvement upon interventions

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Achievement gaps among children of different racial and economic groups are a common problem in Indiana and across the nation. The causes of achievement gaps are many and the consequences affect children’s long-term outcomes in work and life satisfaction.

The barriers to closing achievement and opportunity gaps are complex. Yet, every youth worker, school or community program that serves young people can make a difference to advance equity and reduce achievement gaps. To truly address the issues, schools and community organizations must:

  • use data to guide work and critical discussions of the core issues;
  • connect youth to services that enable mobility; and
  • focus on excellence in each activity and program.

Join us for this presentation to learn how this multi-faceted approach can help address the complexities of the achievement gap.

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Skye Berger

Title: Chief Encouragement Officer & Executive Creative Coach – Door Opener Academy, Skye Berger Group LCC

Skye Berger has over ten years of experience as a consultant, coach, speaker and trainer. Her background includes child welfare and mental health, facilitation and program development. Skye has reached youth and families nationwide through keynote presentations and training on leadership, renewal, teen parenting and transition age youth

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According to the Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, children who experience multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as exposure to violence or negative family relationships, have the highest levels of risk for negative outcomes throughout life. Data shows that an adverse childhood experience of any kind increased the risk of attempted suicide by 2- to 5-fold throughout a person’s lifespan; individuals who reported six or more ACEs had almost 25 times increased odds of attempting suicide.

The findings of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study show that leading causes of health, learning, behavior and productivity problems are often rooted in the cumulative impacts of childhood adversity. During this presentation, attendees will learn about the impact of ACEs and how understanding can lead to trauma-informed responses with children, youth and families. Attendees will:

  • better understand the ACE study and its importance;
  • discover how ACEs impact individuals and their health outcomes both at the micro and macro level; and
  • identify how to make a positive impact on childhood trauma with the youth and families they serve.

Feel free to bring your program or resource information to share and to stay after for additional networking.

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Emily Perry, MSW, LSW

Title: Founder, Executive Director, Forensic Interviewer, Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Centers

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According to the 2019 Indiana KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot, 18.4 percent of children ages 0-17 live in poverty, 15.4 percent live in working-poor households and 17.7 percent are food insecure. In addition, 48 percent of all Indiana students receive free and reduced-price lunch.

Join us for this viewing of “The Line” – a short film that chronicles real stories of real people across the country living at or below the poverty line. They have goals. They have children. They work hard. They are people like you and me. Their stories are powerful, inspiring, challenging – the kind that evoke feeling and compel action.

Following the film, we will have a robust, honest discussion about the often devastating effects of poverty and how the smart use of resources and strategic partnerships between nonprofits, business and government can reduce poverty. Participants will consider ways that organizations, communities and families can address the issues of poverty in our local community.

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Emily Baxter

Title: Customer Outreach Representative – Vectren Corporation

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