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Youth Worker Cafe: Crawford County - "Changing Minds Now: Helping Kids Overcome the Impact of Trauma"

August 28, 2018

11:00am - 1:00pm (Eastern)

10:00am - 12:00pm (Central)


Crawford County 4-H Park


1095 IN-66, Marengo, IN 47140


Witnessing traumatic events such as violence in the home, or growing up with adverse experiences such as poverty or parental substance abuse, can have a negative effect on a child’s development and well-being. According to the 2018 Indiana KIDS COUNT® Data Book, an increasing number of children are affected by past or current trauma that impacts their neurological functioning, influences their behavior and sometimes leads to mental health diagnosis.

The 2018 Data Book also shows that supportive connections with caring adults can have a positive impact on children’s lives. Children who have at least one caring adult in their lives are more likely to become productive adults themselves.

Join us for this presentation about Changing Minds Now, new and evolving science that reveals how a child’s positive and negative experiences can literally shape, and reshape, the brain. One of the most significant predictors of a child’s resiliency in the face of trauma is consistent interaction with a caring and supportive adult. Join us to learn practical advice that anyone can use to support young people. 

Speaker: Joan M. Knies, PHR, Primary Prevention Coordinator – Crisis Connection, Inc.

Crisis Connection focuses on awareness and prevention efforts – including healthy relationship curriculum with schools, leading the Natural Helpers program, facilitating Batterer’s Intervention Program and working alongside Victim Advocates who serve those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Community Partners: Boys and Girls Clubs of Harrison-Crawford Counties; Purdue Extension - Harrison County

Connect: You are invited to bring your business cards and program or service information to share. Also feel free to arrive early or stay after for additional networking time.

IYI Resources on this topic: “Helping Children through Negative Experiences” Issue Brief; “Toxic Stress, Toxic Consequences” Webinar; “Trauma” or “Mental Health” Subject Guides