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Youth Workers are among the hidden treasures of every community. We are the perpetual problem solvers, educators, community organizers, liaisons, and the super heroes of multitasking. Many of us do not realize the need for renewal until we are almost fully depleted. Often our work takes precedence over our love for ourselves.  

Join us for this presentation and gain real life strategies that will make you proud to post: #ilovemyprofession, #selfcare, #livingmybestlife, #youthworkersrock, #wemaketheworldgoround, etc. You will be able to: 

  • understand the common barriers to creating a lifestyle with regular renewal practices; 
  • define self-care and determine its importance in our industry, while answering “Do youth workers experience trauma?” and 
  • understand the different forms of renewal and learn to implement renewal practices regularly. 

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Velshonna Luckey

Title: Director of Outreach & Partnership Development – United Way of St. Joseph County

In addition to her role with United Way of St. Joseph County, Velshonna Luckey is the owner of Pendulum Consulting, LLC & Living in the Rest, Inc. Through Living in the Rest, she assists individuals and organizations in planning retreats. Her work with Pendulum Consulting is two part: to assist organizations who work with underrepresented students and their families and to assist individuals in developing work-life balance strategies with their whole self in mind. 

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According to Child Trends, children who are bullied tend to feel unhappy and lonely, have greater difficulty making friends, and are more likely to experience anxiety and depression.  

Bullying is defined as a pattern of behavior intended to cause physical or psychological harm, typically between children with unequal power. Bullying can include physical coercion, hostile teasing, emotional bullying or online harassment. 

Join us for this presentation that will introduce basic concepts and definitions around bullying behaviors. It will address: 

  • signs that a child is being bullied; 
  • indicators that a child may be inclined to bully; 
  • impact on a child who is bullied; and 
  • communication skills that will help youth workers better relate to youth. 

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Linda Henderson

Title: Community Relations Specialist, IU School of Public Health – Bloomington

The Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships is part of the new IU School of Public Health–Bloomington. Linda’s background includes: Community Development Specialist with the CSR program at Purdue University and Prevention Specialist with the Indiana Prevention Resource Center. Henderson served in the Indiana General Assembly 1992-1994.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Human trafficking is the fastest growing and tied as the second largest criminal industry worldwide, generating an estimated 

By reframing and humanizing an issue that is often sensationalized and stigmatized, we can begin to understand how human trafficking impacts our youth and families. This interactive presentation will help create a clearer vision of what human trafficking may look like in our Indiana communities.  

During this workshop you will: 

  • understand the definitions of human trafficking under federal and state law; 
  • recognize risk factors that make youth vulnerable to being exploited, as well as what makes them less likely to identify as a victim and less likely to leave a trafficking situation; 
  • be able to identify victims and how to report a suspected case; and 
  • learn what intervention and victim services are available locally, regionally and statewide. 

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Ian Hurst

Title: Region 2 Coalition Coordinator – Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (ITVAP)

The ITVAP program works in collaboration with law enforcement, Department of Child Services and other service providers to help children escape sex and labor trafficking and support them in recovery and healing. 

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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. 

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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

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Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. To help, it is important to recognize the warning signs of suicidal intentions. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a 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 you 

  • recognize the warning signs of someone at risk for suicide 
  • demonstrate increased knowledge of intervention skills; and  
  • become familiar with referral services and how to refer someone.

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Ann Grisez

Title: Practice Manager, Meridian Health Services

Ann Grisez has worked as a teacher, a behavioral clinician, operations coordinator and practice manager within the mental health field.

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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. 

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Kristen Lowry

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

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Stewards of Children® uses real people and real stories to show you how to protect children. This training is built on the foundation of The 5 Steps to Protecting Our ChildrenTM, an introductory guide for responsible adults interested in child sexual abuse prevention. You will hear from survivors as well as experts who work with children and families to confront abuse.  

Attend this training to: 

  • gain an increased awareness of the prevalence, consequences, and circumstances of child sexual abuse; 
  • learn new skills to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse; 
  • discover how to make positive change to organizational policies and procedures; and 
  • discover individual empowerment through actionable ways to make a difference. 

The mission of DARKNESS to LIGHT is to empower people to prevent child sexual abuse by educating adults about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to the reality of child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® training is a proven, award-winning prevention program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. 

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Carol Cochard Pool

Title: MSW, Prevention Educator/Trainer – Prevent Child Abuse Indiana (PCAIN)

Carol Pool received her Master of Social Work from Indiana University in 1990. She serves as prevention educator for PCAIN and she also facilitates the Nurturing Fathers program held at Edinburgh Correctional Facility. 

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Join us for this presentation to learn more about the impact of opioid and other drug issues in north central Indiana communities. You will hear current local data about substance use as well as gain a better understanding about some of the misconceptions of what addiction looks like.  

Members of the North Central Indiana Quick Response Team will discuss how integrating paramedicine, Peer-Based Recovery Supports and traditional clinical supports can increase access to care, decrease resistance to initiating recovery and serve as a catalyst to more broad community collaboration. 

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including information about local resources, services and initiatives. 

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Nathaniel Metz

Title: CEO – Phoenix Paramedic Solutions

Jason Padget

Title: Addictions Program Director – Phoenix Paramedic Solutions

North Central Indiana Quick Response Team

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The North Central Indiana Quick Response Team (NCI-QRT) is Mobile Integrated Response Team (MIRT) developed to provide assistance to individuals, families and communities. We use an integratedinnovative approach to address severe opioid and Substance Use Disorder issuesBeginning September 1, 2019, Valley Oaks Health, Phoenix Paramedic Solutions and a group of community collaborators will be servicing Tippecanoe, White and Jasper Counties.