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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.

 

Complex Trauma

   with Soufna John

 

Understanding 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.

 

Establish your Own Wraparound – Developing my support system

    with Jason Johnson

 

Connecting Your Child to Appropriate Mental Health Services 

    with Kelly Hamman

Breakout Session 2

 

 

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Breakout Session 3

 

 

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!

Bridging the Education Gap

    with Sherry Rogers

What to do during the wait of Adoption

    with Becky Bruns

History with foster care, so they may overcome educational barriers and ensure their academic success.

Reunification

    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 Melissa Taylor

PASSE 101

    with Jennifer Morales

 

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

Birth Parent's Perspective

    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.

What to do during the wait of Adoption

    with Becky Bruns

History with foster care, so they may overcome educational barriers and ensure their academic success.