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Breakout Descriptions

Follow the link below for full descriptions of our breakout sessions.
 

Breakout Session 1

 

 

A Healing Marriage: The Impact of Your Marriage on Children from Trauma

   with Tiffany and David DaVault

A healthy marriage is challenging, even in the best of circumstances. What happens when you bring a child and the traumatic baggage they carry into your home? We'll share strategies that can help you develop as individuals, as a couple, and as a safe place for children to heal.

Connecting Your Child to Appropriate Mental Health Services 

    with Kelly Hamman

In this session, we will discuss the prevalence of trauma in young children and recognize the impact of trauma on a variety of domains. We will also have an overview of the ARBEST program, as well as, the evidence-based trauma treatments for children available through this dissemination project and how to locate clinicians trained in the interventions.

The Relationship Between Attachment and Trauma in Childhood: What Do We Know and How Can We Help?

    with Sufna John

This presentation will help the audience to understand the impact of childhood trauma, with particular attention paid to attachment. Participants will also learn strategies for promoting healthy attachment relationships in children who have experienced trauma and get information on how to advocate for children to receive the mental health treatments that we know are effective.

 

TBRI for Teens

    With Tabitha Houk

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a research based intervention that has shown success in bringing healing to children who have experienced trauma TBRI and teens will focus on the three primary TBRI principles: empower (physiologically and ecologically), Connect (mindfulness and engagement), and Correct (proactively and responsively). Looking forward to leaning into these evidences based best practices together.

The Hard Work of Rest

    with Jason Johnson

Jesus often withdrew to lonely and quiet places in order to rest. His life and ministry were marked by seasons of intensity and activity punctuated by moments of rest and renewal. So why do we struggle so much to strategically implement times of rest and renewal for ourselves? Why does it sometimes feel selfish to spend some time taking care of yourself? This session will focus on the importance of rest and will help you discover that along this journey rest is often the most important work you can do.

Breakout Session 2

 

 

Parent Voices for Change 

    PANEL

    Sherri Jo McLemore, Facilitator

The Parent Advisory Council is comprised of parents who’ve had prior experiences with the child welfare system and are willing to work in partnership with the Prevention and Reunification Unit at DCFS to promote improvements in services and practices.  In this session, we will have a facilitated conversation with members of the council to hear their thoughts about developing meaningful roles for parent involvement in all levels of DCFS, developing relationships between birth parents and resource parents, promoting community prevention programs, and other strategies for supporting families involved with the state’s child welfare system. 

God Attachment

    with Julie Whalen

In this session, we will explore God-attachment. How do you relate to God? Is He distant? Close? Harsh? Kind? How does your child relate to God? God desires for us to develop a healthy attachment to Him, an attachment that opens the door for healing in our souls and spirits. God desires to connect with us and to reassure us that He is truly with us in a personal way. God is truly able to heal one’s connection to the Lord even if that individual has had significant trauma by authority figures in their lives who misrepresented the heart of God. In this session we will explore both clinical research as well as Scripture that will help to increase a more secure attachment to God, an attachment that brings increasing life, peace, and joy.

Inspiring Stories of Foster Care and Adoption

    PANEL

If you've ever felt like giving up, know that you're not alone! Hear stories of inspiration and encouragement from this experienced group of foster and adoptive parents. You'll walk away from this session feeling hope for the journey.

Adjusting Your Expectations in Foster Care and Adoption

    with Mandy Litzsky

Learning to lean in, lower “the bar” and loving right where they are. “For everything there is a season”. And with every season, change is necessary. Thus is true when we welcome new additions into our homes from hard places. There are changes that will be necessary. Committing to change and cultivating it into our homes has to be a part of our “yes”.

TBRI for Teens

    With Tabitha Houk

Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a research based intervention that has shown success in bringing healing to children who have experienced trauma TBRI and teens will focus on the three primary TBRI principles: empower (physiologically and ecologically), Connect (mindfulness and engagement), and Correct (proactively and responsively). Looking forward to leaning into these evidences based best practices together.

T.I.P.S - What is it? How does it benefit me?

    with Michelle Trulsrud

TIPS is an exciting way of educating foster parents on a wide variety of early childhood topics. TIPS trained participants will have access to best practice parenting information immediately at their fingertips via our web-based app. This training emphasizes self-learning and foster parent/parent partnerships in the context of promoting positive child outcomes. Participants will learn practical strategies for assessing child development needs and interests, as well as how to deliver information through brief conversations.

 

*The TIPS for Great Kids app is a web-based application; therefore, those with access to computers, tablets, and/or smartphones in the classroom will greatly benefit from this training.

 

Additional information: Bring your charged and updated laptop, tablet, or smartphone for immediate access to the TIPS app.

 

 

Breakout Session 3

 

 

FASD: Facts around Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

    with Cherisse Cashaw & Tamra Norman

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a non-diagnostic umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications. It is estimated that almost 70% of the children in foster care are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure in varying degrees. Lack of understanding and frustration from all parties involved with a child in foster care, who has been affected by an FASD, can lead to multiple placements which increases the childhood trauma for a child as they go from one foster placement to the next. It is the goal of this training to establish a common language for caregivers so that there is a shared understanding of the affected child from a brain-based perspective and to provide tips for interacting with individuals who may have an FASD, screening and assessment options, and interventions.

God Attachment

    with Julie Whalen

In this session, we will explore God-attachment. How do you relate to God? Is He distant? Close? Harsh? Kind? How does your child relate to God? God desires for us to develop a healthy attachment to Him, an attachment that opens the door for healing in our souls and spirits. God desires to connect with us and to reassure us that He is truly with us in a personal way. God is truly able to heal one’s connection to the Lord even if that individual has had significant trauma by authority figures in their lives who misrepresented the heart of God. In this session we will explore both clinical research as well as Scripture that will help to increase a more secure attachment to God, an attachment that brings increasing life, peace, and joy.

Let's Talk About What to Do – When you don’t know what to Do! 

    with Audrey Freshwater

The session will explore the importance of understanding the brain science, research, adverse childhood experiences and the deeper conversation around understanding trauma informed care. We will discuss how each of us are working in the arena and how we must physically, mentally and emotionally prepare to do the work we all do. Trauma Informed Care is really Compassion Informed Care and compassion is for all children and for ourselves. We must align our expectations of children with what we know about child development. Together we can create a paradigm shift across the entire state and also within each of us individually. We will all walk away with a better understanding of what we need to do next and that the answers are rooted in research and evidence based practices but also inside each of us!

What to Do During the Wait of Adoption

    with Becky Bruns

During this session you will learn and discuss what you should be preparing yourself, your family and your home for before welcoming your new child.

NAS: More than a Jittery Baby

      With Dr. Clare Nesmith

What is NAS?  How is NAS treated?  What is important in the transition from hospital to home for a baby with NAS?  What are the long-term implications for a baby born with NAS?  Does “withdrawal” occur from other drugs or just opioids?  What types of treatment/support are helpful for women with a drug addiction issue (address past ACEs, substance abuse treatment, support system, parenting classes, maintain bond with baby if able to do so safely, address social determinants of health in the mother’s life…)?

Reunificaiton Panel

      PANEL

Hear lessons learned from foster and adoptive parents about supporting family relationships with the birth family - ranging from reunification with the birth family or even after adoption.

Breakout Session 4

 

 

A Healing Marriage: The Impact of Your Marriage on Children from Trauma

   with Tiffany and David DaVault

A healthy marriage is challenging, even in the best of circumstances. What happens when you bring a child and the traumatic baggage they carry into your home? We'll share strategies that can help you develop as individuals, as a couple, and as a safe place for children to heal.

How Do I Identify High Quality Child Care That Can Meet the Needs of My Child?

    with Elizabeth Vansandt

 

During this session you will learn some practical applications on how to best navigate the options and provide the best quality of care for your child

PASSE 101

    with Jennifer Morales

 

Overview of the PASSE and how if they are in need of assistance who they need to call etc.

What to Do During the Wait of Adoption

    with Becky Bruns

During this session you will learn and discuss what you should be preparing yourself, your family and your home for before welcoming your new child.

Let’s Hear it from the Dads

    PANEL

Step inside the perspective of three foster/adoptive dads to hear the good, the bad, the heart-breaking and sometimes funny journeys they have been on while going through the foster and adoption process.