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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 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.  

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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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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. 

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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

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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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Adults who work with children and youth spend much of their time nurturing young people, yet often struggle to find time for personal and professional renewal. It takes a community of renewed youth workers to encourage teamwork, rejuvenate morale and bring new life to any office or program culture.  

During this presentation, you will: 

  • gain information and knowledge about burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma; 
  • be able to learn skills such as recognizing your personal renewal style and when it needs to be implemented; and 
  • be able to apply what you learn to feel renewed and increase engagement within programs and staff. 

Join us for this empowering presentation and walk away with a plan to implement renewal practices as a new way of being! 

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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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Adults who work with children and youth spend much of their time nurturing young people, yet often struggle to find time for personal and professional renewal. It takes a community of renewed youth workers to encourage teamwork, rejuvenate morale and bring new life to any office or program culture.  

During this presentation, you will: 

  • gain information and knowledge about burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma; 
  • be able to learn skills such as recognizing your personal renewal style and when it needs to be implemented; and 
  • be able to apply what you learn to feel renewed and increase engagement within programs and staff. 

Join us for this empowering presentation and walk away with a plan to implement renewal practices as a new way of being! 

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Speakers

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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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. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. 

Attend this training to become certified in the QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer – suicide prevention model. Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training will help attendees:  

  • learn the facts about suicide;  
  • identify warning signs of someone in crisis; and  
  • know how to intervene.  

Participants will receive a QPR training certificate. 

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Laura Keys, LCSW

Title: Director of Social Work, Youth First, Inc.

Laura Keys is a licensed clinical social worker for 20 years and is trained in QPR Suicide Prevention and CALM Gatekeeper. She also serves on the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Vanderburgh County.  

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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. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. 

Attend this training to become certified in the QPR – Question, Persuade, Refer – suicide prevention model. Like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. This training will help attendees:  

  • learn the facts about suicide;  
  • identify warning signs of someone in crisis; and  
  • know how to intervene.  

Participants will receive a QPR training certificate. 

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Ellen Kelley, MSW, LCSW

Title: Clinical Trainer and Suicide Prevention Coordinator – LifeSpring Health Systems

Ellen Kelley has worked in mental health care for 15 years. At LifeSpring, the community mental health center for 11 counties in Southern Indiana, Ellen trains staff and community members about mental health issues and has a passion for reducing the stigma of mental illness. 

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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. 

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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. 

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, teens who use drugs may show behavioral problems and struggle in school. Substance use is especially dangerous for adolescents since the brain is still developing.  

Substance use increases the chance of risky sexual behaviors, risk of motor vehicle accidents and drug misuse can lead to addiction. Risk factors for drug misuse include aggressive behavior in childhood, lack of parental supervision, poor social skills, drug experimentation, availability of drugs and community poverty.  

Join us for this presentation and discussion to learn more about current trends in substance abuse among youth, with a focus on vaping and opioids.  

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

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Donna Lilly, MS, LCSW, LCAC

Title: Chemical Dependency Coordinator – Deaconess Cross Pointe

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