Friday, April 22, 2016
Friday Registration: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
From Resilience to Redemption
Motivational speaker and trainer Derek Clark has lived through the foster-care system and works with professionals to offer training and insight into connecting with challenging youth and children under government care. This keynote will provide insight and specific training that will assist professionals in connecting with vulnerable and grieving children/youth -- and help them reach beyond perceived and self-imposed limitations.
Professionals will gain understanding and knowledge about childhood responses to traumatic experiences and how they are typically diagnosed; how to ask questions that build trust and shape futures; and how to offer justice, power and dignity as a response to labeling and quick diagnosis. Every professional working with kids in care has a purpose: to make sure that each child feels important, reclaims their dignity, feels secure, and knows that their past does not have to infect their future.
Derek will give you insights into his personal childhood journey of being wrongfully labeled in the foster care system for 13 years -- and the key reasons he did not turn out addicted, incarcerated, or dead. Derek will challenge many of the accepted practices of the child-welfare system and provide alternative ways to understand why kids behave in the ways that they do. This understanding will generate hope and restore dignity to the young people as well as restore humanness and compassion in the hearts of professionals.
Labels take on a life of their own, as the words we speak and write have great power to build up, define or defeat a child. These labels have the ability to follow children for the rest of their lives and can shape their attitude, self-esteem, relationships and professional life. Best practices -- ethical practices -- must include the heightened awareness of our language customs in the social-service field and must have a solid foundation rooted in our knowledge of grief, loss and traumatic experiences.
Derek is an inspiring trainer and the author of six books, including Disable the Label: Never Limit the Potential of a Child, Never Limit Your Life and the I Will Never Give Up book series. Derek’s true-life trials and personal triumphs have inspired organizations worldwide with his message of resilience, hope, courage, unwavering perseverance and redemption.
Find out more about Clark and his inspiring and educational programs at www.IWillNeverGiveUp.com
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Strangulation: A Hidden Crime in Child Abuse
Kelsey McKay, JD
Over the last decade, as felony strangulation statutes have been enacted throughout the country, communities have been shocked at the devastating prevalence in which this disturbing assault exists between intimate partners. Through proper training, responders have started to better identify this often missed and lethal crime -- finally giving this crime and the victims a voice. The next step is to educate those working in the child population so that we can recognize and better document when children have been either victims or witnesses of strangulation.
Abusive Head Trauma
Carole Jenny, MD, MBA
In this session, Dr. Jenny will demonstrate the common medical finding in abusive head trauma, and discuss the conditions that mimic abusive head trauma. Dr. Jenny will review the modalities of diagnosis of abusive head trauma, and will discuss the theories often used to explain it.
The Spirit of a Child: From Rejection to Connection to Direction
Derek Clark's inspiring program provides insight and specific tools that will assist professionals in connecting with vulnerable and grieving youth. Professionals will gain understanding and knowledge about childhood responses to traumatic experiences -- how to ask questions that build trust and shape futures. Every professional working with challenging children and youth has a purpose: to build a relationship of trust, to help them to reclaim their dignity and self-value, and to know that their past does not have to infect their future.
Externalization of Graphic Imagery -- Effective Use of Art in the Treatment of Trauma
Geraldine Crisci, MSW
Nightmares, flashbacks and intrusive thoughts are three of the most common symptoms reported by children, youth and adults who have experienced trauma. These effects are often the result of graphic imagery that is stored in limbic memory, inaccessible through cognitive methods alone.
Externalization of graphic imagery through the creation of two and three-dimensional art has the ability to lessen cathartic communication of raw emotions and avoid repetition of troubling memories. Capturing traumatic experiences and transforming them into a visual language leads to emotional reparation and recovery.
This workshop will examine the effective use of art in the treatment of trauma -- and explore how symbolic and metaphorical expression can be a creative, right brain intervention, giving voice to the most unspeakable experiences. Crisci will use specific case-related examples to demonstrate method.
This workshop is relevant to all professionals working with persistent nightmares, flashbacks and intrusive thoughts.
Research Support for Proving the 'Nexus of Harm'
Cory Jewell Jensen, MS, CCSOT
Proving that sex offenders pose a threat of harm to children has become increasingly difficult in recent years. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the research findings that are pertinent to decision-making in specific cases -- including studies that focus on the number of undetected crimes/behaviors offenders disclose following apprehension, conviction, referral to treatment and polygraph examination. Case examples will also be used to illustrate the problems inherent in relying only on actuarial risk assessment and/or the mistakes evaluators sometimes make.
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