Event Details:

About This Event

According to the 2018 Annual Youth Survey, nearly 30 percent of 12th-graders in Indiana report using electronic vapor products in the last month, an increase of 45 percent over 2017 numbers. 

Hoosier youth health is threatened by the harmful effects of tobacco use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, youth are sensitive to nicotine addiction and feel dependence earlier than adults. And, as the brain continues developing until age 25, adolescent use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine can harm the part of the brain responsible for mood, learning and impulse control. 

This presentation will help you gain understanding about: 

  • the different types of e-cigarettes, including Juul; 
  • what makes e-cigarettes appealing to kids; and   
  • the various health risks of youth usage of e-cigarettes. 

You will learn about specific actions you can take and gain access to resources that you can use in your work with youth to educate, prevent use, and help those who are addicted to quit. 

Speakers

Sally Petty

Title: Regional Program Director – Indiana State Department of Health, Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission

Sally has worked in the field of tobacco control for 11 years, first as a local program coordinator and currently as a Regional Program Director for ISDH-TPC. In this role, she provides training and technical assistance to local program coordinators and coalitions in southern Indiana. 

Event Details:

About This Event

According to the latest Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, youth who are part of the LGBTQ community are significantly more at risk for struggles with mental health, addiction, homelessness and suicide. 

Youth-serving professionals and other adults have a unique opportunity to help alleviate these disparities by creating safe, affirming environments for all youth. According to The Trevor Project’s 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, LGBTQ youth who report having at least one accepting adult were 40% less likely to report a suicide attempt.  

This presentation aims to increase understanding of, and ability to provide support to, the diverse LGBTQ+ youth in our community. You will: 

  • gain knowledge of terminology and issues specific to LGBTQ+ youth; 
  • learn to strengthen the use of empathy and understanding when working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families; and 
  • Increase your ability to support LGBTQ+ youth and their well-being in our community. 

Speakers

Katie Garner, MSW, LSW

Title: Outpatient Therapist – Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare

Katie has been working with children and families in the Evansville area for the past 7 years in a number of different capacities. After receiving her Master of Social Work degree in 2018, she began providing therapy to children and families through Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare. Katie soon discovered her passion in therapy was working with LGBTQ+ youth and increasing the amount of support they receive from their families, schools, and communities. 

Event Details:

About This Event

The Indiana Youth Survey gathers data on youth electronic vapor product and tobacco use, perception of peer drug use, prescription drug use, heroin use, marijuana and synthetic marijuana use, gambling, and risky behaviors including riding in an automobile with someone under the influence. 

The Protecting Our Youth, Hidden in Plain Sight program utilizes this data to deliver evidence-based information to parents, families, caregivers and concerned community members regarding risky behavior that youth are engaging in. In addition, this program will include discussion about local risks and protective factors and learning about ways to talk with teens about decisions that could lead to risky behavior. 

This presentation will help you: 

  • increase awareness of current local trends related to drug use, drinking, vaping and other destructive behaviors; 
  • be able to identify the current drug and alcohol paraphernalia that teens are using; and 
  • learn how to effectively communicate with teens in difficult situations. 

Speakers

Alison Goshorn, PhD

Title: Extension Educator

Jackie Franks, MPH

Title: Extension Educator

Alice Smith, MS ED

Title: Extension Educator

Olivia Western, MPH

Title: Extension Educator

Event Details:

About This Event

I Am Moving, I Am Learning (IMIL) is a proactive approach for addressing childhood obesity in Head Start children. IMIL seeks to increase daily physical activity, improve the quality of movement activities intentionally planned and facilitated by adults, and promote healthy food choices every day. 

IMIL is an approach that reinforces the importance of the mind-body connection and the relationship between physical fitness and early learning. This session on “Moving with the Brain in Mind” will help you: 

  • recognize important information about early brain structure, brain functioning, and the meaning of the phrase “the body trains the brain; 
  • describe the important role of early learning programs to stimulate brain development in preschool-aged children; and 
  • experience early learning activities that “cross the midline” and support skill development in all areas of early learning. 

Speakers

Kristen Lowry

Title: Health and Human Services Extension Education – Purdue Extension Posey County

Event Details:

About This Event

What happens when you put stories and data together? Big things.

Join this webinar to learn how data can help your organization capture, cultivate and communicate stories that will build your brand, promote your mission and support long- and short-term sustainability.

Clarence Hogan, center director of the Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center, will guide you in:

  • capturing and cultivating your clients’ stories
  • using social media and promotional materials to share stories
  • learning how to obtain data to aid in building stories

Don’t miss this opportunity to use the power of stories and data to support your organization and community!

Speakers

Clarence Hogan

Title: Center Director, Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center

Clarence Hogan uses storytelling skills to build community by developing and facilitating storytelling events and public dialogues on the west and south side of Chicago. 

Through Living 2 Learn after-school programs, Clarence collaborates with local organizations to offer programs to youth, teens and young adults. Prior to his recent promotion to center director for Chicago Youth Centers – Sidney Epstein Youth Center, he served as the Makers Lab Specialist, developing STEAM programs and activities. 

Event Details:

About This Event

The IYI KIDS COUNT Conference is the Midwest’s largest gathering of youth-serving professionals. Gain practical resources from national experts, learn about best practice models from programs like yours, and make connections that last all year long. Explore timely and relevant issues for youth in the areas of health, social emotional learning, family engagement, equity and inclusion and more!

 

Youth Worker of the Year Award

As part of the conference, we’ll be celebrating a youth-serving superstar with the annual Youth Worker of the Year Award.

Nominations are being accepted now through Sept. 2, 2019, for the award, which honors an outstanding youth worker who demonstrates excellence in performance and leadership in their commitment to improving the lives of Indiana’s children.

You know the outstanding youth workers  in your community who deserve recognition — nominate someone today!

Speakers

Dr. Adolph Brown

Title: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Adolph Brown is the founder, president and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. As a former public-school educator and credentialed administrator, full-tenured university professor, university dean and businessman, Dr. Brown has studied and worked alongside highly successful leaders and educators. His 25 years of experience led him to develop core competencies that are expressed by successful business leaders and educators. His hard work, faith and attitude, as well as a caring village helped Adolph overcome an upbringing of extreme poverty, violence and fatherlessness. Audiences and individuals love his powerful message delivered in an unorthodox, yet down-to-earth style. As a noted business and education humorist, Dr. Adolph Brown entertains as he relays his professional experiences coupled with his evidence-based and data-driven research in his hilarious and heartwarming style. He is the author of “Championship Habits”, “REAL TALK”, “Messages from Granddad” and a children’s book titled “It’s Gonna Be a GREAT Day! Doc’s Story.”

 

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

Title: Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth. In Dr. Ginsburg’s adolescent medicine practice, he cares for a wide variety of medical conditions, while simultaneously addressing adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine — medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stress affect both physical and emotional health. His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co- developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas.

Event Details:

About This Event

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 that haunts their minds, dictates their behavior and sometimes leads to mental health diagnosis.  

This presentation 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; 
  • learn about the ARC Model and its use; and 
  • understand what trauma-informed care consists of in youth programming.  

Speakers

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 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.  

Event Details:

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. 

 

Partners

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. 

Event Details:

About This Event

We live in a digital age where kids spend a lot of time online using social media, instant messaging, researching, shopping and more. While social media can be a powerful means of communication and information sharing, internet crimes and online bullying are increasing concerns. Children are being targeted by online predators at an alarming rate and cyberbullying is becoming increasingly more prevalent.  

This presentation will highlight the challenges that social media presents and how online experiences may lead to victimization such as cyberbullying, sexting, solicitation and extortion. Attendees will receive information on what parents and professionals working with children can do to ensure children use the internet safely. 

Partners

Speakers

Amanda Giddings

Title: Youth Educator, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Indiana State Police

Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has many years of experience in social services, including mental health agencies and the Department of Child Services

Event Details:

About This Event

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

Speakers

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.