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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.  

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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 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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When nonprofit organizations advocate effectively, they can move mountains for the youth and families they serve.  

Effective advocacy can raise an organization’s profile in the community as well as make an impact on legislation. It can help solve problems, remove barriers, prevent loss of funding, and make nonprofits the go-to resource for information about how new rules or laws will affect the people they serve.  

Some nonprofits have the false impression that they cannot engage in advocacy or that they lack the capacity to advocate effectively. This presentation will help you better understand advocacy for nonprofits and learn skills and strategies you can use to engage your board, volunteers and donors. You will: 

  • understand why and how to advocate to advance your mission, increase funding, and solve problems for your organization and youth you serve; 
  • learn the difference between advocacy and lobbying and when to use each; and 
  • take away practical strategies you and your organization can use to influence policy makers and multiply your impact 

When nonprofits with shared visions for youth and families collaborate in their advocacy efforts, their effectiveness multiplies. Join us to learn more about the new Alliance for Human Services of Northeast Indiana, which was created to give nonprofits a more powerful voice at the tables where important decisions are made at the local, state and national levels.  

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John Peirce, MBA

Title: Advocacy, Public Policy and Collective Impact Consultant – Peirce Consulting LLC

John Peirce will facilitate a panel discussion including local leaders who will share about their experiences with nonprofit advocacy. 

John is advocacy consultant for United Way of Allen County, a member of the Indiana United Ways Public Policy Committee, and executive administrator for the Alliance of Human Services. Some of John’s advocacy successes include creating and expanding state-funded pre-K and state funding for 2-1-1. 

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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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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children must have good mental health to reach their full potential. Mentally healthy children reach developmental and emotional milestones, learn beneficial social skills, and have a positive healthy quality of life in home, school and in their communities.  

Mental Health America reports that 76% of youth in the United States do not receive treatment for mental health issues. Stigma is a key barrier that prevents youth from seeking or continuing the mental health treatment they need. By reducing stigma, we can create an environment that offers hope and acceptance to those who currently suffer in silence. 

Join us for this presentation to better understand what stigma is and the impact stigma has on individuals and communities. We will discuss how to identify and overcome stigma in ourselves and our communities in order to help improve mental health outcomes for youth. 

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Jessica Hanna

Title: Education and Outreach Specialist, Mental Health America Northeast Indiana

Jessica Hanna provides training to further understanding about mental health awareness and substance use disorders for the community. Jessica is a certified trainer for QPR and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  

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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 to learn about the top challenges for kids in Jay 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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Nonprofit organizations understand that donors are essential. Missions are incapable of moving forward without donors. But, do your donors know they are loved, do they feel valued?  

Join us to explore the concept of “Donor Love and learn about the importance of connecting with new donors and engaging current donors to ensure they continue to feel connected to your mission.  

During this presentation you will: 

  • learn strategies for how to make your donor the hero; 
  • discover ways to connect to your donor’s values and emotions; 
  • understand who is responsible for donor relationship building; and 
  • develop ways to say thank you with passion and sincerity. 

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Deb Pfeffanberger

Title: President & CEO – United Way of Noble County

Becky Calhoun

Title: Executive Director – Drug Free Noble County