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Monday, April 9
 

8:30am CDT

Connections Matter - Education
This course is designed to help professionals working in school environments create successful trauma-informed education practices. Participants will gain understanding that trauma and toxic stress impact the brains and bodies of children. Participants willbe able to better recognize risk factors associated with adverse childhood experience, develop skills to mitigate the impact of trauma on classroom behavior and learning, and gain classroom strategies when working with students.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Board Vice President, West Des Moines Schools, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa


Monday April 9, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm CDT
301

1:00pm CDT

Conscious Discipline
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be an introduction and overview of Conscious Discipline. It will be an interactive session with the intent for participants to learn new information and practice strategies. Conscious Discipline focuses on the adult developing skills to become consciously aware of themselves, so that they can then begin helping others to develop these skills.


Monday April 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
305

1:00pm CDT

Creating Your Own Self-Care Plan
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

It is difficult to find and maintain balance with work demands, family commitments and taking care of ourselves. This session will explore the impact of secondary trauma when working with people who are, or who have, experienced trauma. Simple and practical strategies, tips and resources will be shared that can reduce stress and the feeling of being overwhelmed or burned out. Participants will leave with their own individualized self-care plan.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Tew-Warming

Sue Tew-Warming

President, Heartland Wellbeing Institute
With 20+ years of experience, I offer consulting services including workshops and retreats; professional development; and curriculum design and implementation. In addition, I am a certified Life and Leadership Coach. My newest endeavor is offering Seasons of Wellbeing on the Prairie... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
306-307

1:00pm CDT

Home Visit Quality
Limited Capacity seats available

This two-part session will provide participants with an understanding of the evidence base for specific parent-child interactions that support development and the strategies that can be used to support these interactions. Grounded in Developmental Parenting


Monday April 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
304

1:00pm CDT

Race and Racism
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will explore race and racism in the United States through a historical lens.

Speakers
JB

Joshua Barr

Director Civil & Human Rights Commission


Monday April 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
303

1:00pm CDT

Resiliency 2.0
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on make and take activities that can be shared with families to help them build resilience for themselves and their children.

Speakers
avatar for Janet Horras

Janet Horras

State Home Visitation Director, Iowa Department of Public Health
Janet Horras has over 30 years of experience in the home visiting field. She is in her tenth year of serving as the State Home Visitation Program Director at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She is a founding member of the National Association of State and Tribal Home Visiting... Read More →
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Jean Sullivan, M.Div.

Research Project Coordinator, University of Kansas
Jean Sullivan, M. Div., works with the MIECHV team at Iowa Department of Public Health on the implementation of needs assessments and pilot evaluation, and provides technical assistance in community engagement through the University of Kansas. She hosts monthly Lunch & Learn professional... Read More →
avatar for Patricia McReynolds

Patricia McReynolds

Area Director, MWECI - Children's Alliance
Lemonade for Life TrainingResiliency Activities for FamiliesACEs InformationCommunity CollaborationsChild Care Deserts
avatar for PJ West

PJ West

MIECHV Program Manager, Iowa Department of Public Health
Patricia (PJ) West is the program manager of the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) program. Ms. West has worked within the family support arena for over 20 years having been the coordinator of a local family support program... Read More →



Monday April 9, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
302
 
Tuesday, April 10
 

9:00am CDT

"Everyone Leads: Building the Culture for Collective Impact"
Limited Capacity seats available

For Collective Impact to succeed, groups must be as rigorous about building culture as they are about building strategy. Nonprofits have often been incentivized to demonstrate they are better than everyone else, over-promise on their outcomes, claim sole credit for successes, and hide mistakes and failures. Collective Impact requires a different kind of leadership. It requires a culture that develops and rewards authentic, inclusive, collaborative, and accountable leadership; helps leaders work better together across various turfs and differences; and engages community members as partners in achieving impact goals

Speakers
PS

Paul Schmitz

CEO, Leading Inside Out
Through his consulting firm Leading Inside Out and his role as Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum, Paul Schmitz builds the collective leadership of organizations and communities to achieve greater social impact. Paul is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am CDT
Ballroom

10:45am CDT

Courageous Conversations About Race
Limited Capacity seats available

Conversations about race are rarely easy, and necessarily touch on hard topics such as privilege, racial discrimination, and disparities. How do we begin courageous conversations about race in our communities so that citizens can come together to promote justice, understanding, and healing? Attendees will participate in icebreaker exercises, engage in courageous conversations exercises, and leave the workshop with a copy of the resource guide, “Toolkit for Courageous Conversations about Race”. In addition, participants will have increased confidence and commitment to engage in essential conversations about race and justice in America.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
313

10:45am CDT

Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up
Limited Capacity seats available

With two decades of experience, Paul Schmitz will share his experience developing more than 5,000 young adults from all backgrounds to become effective leaders in their communities. Audiences will hear unexpected stories and be invited to consider new leadership possibilities within themselves and their communities and understand the leadership values critical to being an authentic, inclusive, collaborative, and accountable leader.

Speakers
PS

Paul Schmitz

CEO, Leading Inside Out
Through his consulting firm Leading Inside Out and his role as Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum, Paul Schmitz builds the collective leadership of organizations and communities to achieve greater social impact. Paul is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
303

10:45am CDT

Master Your World
Limited Capacity seats available

Leadership is creating a vision as well as executing the strategy. Leadership is also why people and companies succeed or fail. Real leadership happens at all levels of an organization, and true leaders strategically plan and implement long-term programs to harness talent and increase morale throughout an organization. Engaging and immediately applicable, this inspirational program is packed with templates and tools so leaders can achieve optimal results.

Speakers
MK

Mary Kelly

CEO, Productive Leaders


Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
304

10:45am CDT

Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice, Promoting Infant Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about the Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and opportunities for participation and training across Iowa

Speakers
avatar for Carol Young

Carol Young

Infant Mental Health Mentor, Facilitator, Trainer, and Endorsement Coordinator, Reflective Practice Services
Carol Young , LMFT, IMH-E® is licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist and is endorsed as a Clinical Infant Mental Health Mentor through the Idaho Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, also known as Aim Early Idaho, of which she is currently the President and Endorsement... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
309

10:45am CDT

Engaging Dads in Home Visits
Limited Capacity seats available

What individual, organizational, and cultural barriers preclude fathers from engaging in infant and child care? This session will offer 40 suggestions home visitors can employ to increase and retain father involvement – including a review of male and female learning styles, the impact of language and attitude in establishing rapport, and unique parenting approaches that distinguish maternal vs paternal instincts.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Tift

Neil Tift

Training Coordinator, Native American Fatherhood & Family Association (NAFFA)
Neil is the Training Coordinator for the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA) in Mesa. From 2010 to 2016, he was the Father Involvement Program Director for the Child Crisis Arizona in Mesa . He is also founder of Paternal Instincts that provides staff training... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
305

10:45am CDT

Learning  from Building a Resilient Iowa Workshop: Tool Dissemination and Discussion - Part 1
Limited Capacity seats available

More than 50% of Iowans report at least one adverse childhood experience. Given this widespread experience of trauma, agencies across Iowa are working to address trauma in their own communities. This session will share lessons learned and tools developed during the Building a Resilient Iowa Workshop in order to aid in the sharing of ideas and resources essential for agencies to develop their own trauma-informed programs.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
307

10:45am CDT

Opioids 101
Limited Capacity seats available

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, and drug overdoses nearly tripled between 1999-2014. This session will focus on what we know about opioid use including risk factors and signs of addiction, and the affect this epidemic has on families.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
306

10:45am CDT

Supporting Parent-Child Interactions that Support Young Children's Development - Part 1
Limited Capacity seats available

This two-part session will provide participants with an understanding of the evidence base for specific parent-child interactions that support development and the strategies that can be used to support these interactions. Part 1 will focus on why warmth, responsiveness, encouragement and teaching are essential skills for optimizing young children's growth and development. This session will use video observations to practice identifying these parenting behaviors across the early childhood period and how to use data for decision making within a strengths-based approach.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
314

10:45am CDT

The "Why" of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study: Our Vagus Nerves
Limited Capacity seats available

Our Vagal Nervous System helps to understand why experiencing unmitigated adversity during childhood can increase the risks for disrupted neuro-development, behavior problems, social problems, and physical health problems. This system allows us to calm ourselves, build our neural networks for thinking and executive functions, show empathy, and rest and digest. This session links the ACE Study with our Vagal Nervous System, and explains why the simplest interventions work to prevent the damage from ACEs and the intergenerational cycle of child maltreatment

Speakers
KW

Karen Williams

Youth Development Consultant and Trainer, Private Practice
Karen Williams, MSSW, is an independent youth development consultant and trainer, specializing in explaining the latest neuroscience in the areas of child and adolescent development, trauma, and behavior.  Ms. Williams is not a researcher or scientist, but she is known for her ability... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
315

10:45am CDT

Human Trafficking & Iowa Youth
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters from Teens Against Human Trafficking will introduce participants to human trafficking in Iowa, with a focus on its impact on youth. Participants will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming, and control, and what indicators may point to human trafficking. Participants will also learn what risk factors make youth more vulnerable to trafficking. This session will also describe statewide efforts to prevent human trafficking and identify victims in Iowa schools and what services are available for victims

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Schott

Shannon Schott

YSS Family Life Center
Shannon Schott is the Lead Program Specialist for Teens Against Human Trafficking, a program of YSS. Shannon obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at the College of Saint Benedict in Central Minnesota, and participated in volunteer opportunities through the college with Breaking Free... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
308

1:15pm CDT

Human Trafficking Victim Services
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn Iowa victim service resources available for survivors of human trafficking.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
317

1:15pm CDT

Communicating Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

Effective community engagement ensures that those most impacted by social challenges have a say in designing and implementing solutions. Sharing lessons from Public Allies, The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, and from collective impact efforts, Paul Schmitz will provide tools to help groups create rigorous, comprehensive engagement plans that shift power to community members to own and help produce results that lead to greater impact. The participation of intended beneficiaries and their families, neighbors, and trusted leaders is an integral part of data-driven processes to achieve better results.

Speakers
PS

Paul Schmitz

CEO, Leading Inside Out
Through his consulting firm Leading Inside Out and his role as Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum, Paul Schmitz builds the collective leadership of organizations and communities to achieve greater social impact. Paul is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
303

1:15pm CDT

Preventing Child Abuse in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Children/Youth by Reducing Family Rejecting Behaviors
Limited Capacity seats available

LGBT children and youth are disproportionately involved in the child welfare system as compared to the general population. This presentation will introduce research from the Family Acceptance Project, which indicates the impact of family rejecting or accepting behaviors on the LGBT child’s wellbeing, including specific language that has an influence. The session will also demonstrate the impact of early prevention through case scenarios

Speakers
KM

Kai McGee

Family Connections Effectiveness Manager, Four Oaks
Child and family serving organizations across a continuum of care, previous 5 years specializing in the field of foster care and adoption, most recently serving as Program Manager for the statewide recruitment and retention contract and as Effectiveness Manager for 4 service area... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
316

1:15pm CDT

Stop the Barking - Communicating Tactics for Stressful Situations
Limited Capacity filling up

Communication is how we get things accomplished, and miscommunication is the number one way that we screw things up. Are you and your organization wasting time with poor communication? This energetic session increases communication effectiveness within the workplace (and it works at home too). Learn how to get what you want through three proven communication practices, maximizing email responsiveness, enthusiastic personal interactions, and written effectiveness. Regardless of how good we think we are with communication, it is helpful to review approaches and work toward improvement.

Speakers
MK

Mary Kelly

CEO, Productive Leaders


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
304

1:15pm CDT

Public Health Response to the Opioid Crisis
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will detail the impact of the opioid crisis in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s response, and paint a picture of the toll of accidental overdoses, opioid use disorders, and the availability of prescription and illicit opioids in Iowa. Local and regional partnerships and grant services have expanded prevention and treatment capacity in Iowa to create opioid-informed communities. Learn about the strategies to address the issue used by the Bureau of Substance Abuse in partnership with state and local stakeholders.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
306

1:15pm CDT

Teen Resiliency: An Integrative Skill Based Model to Nourish Mind, Body and Heart
Limited Capacity seats available

Teen Resiliency is an integrative skills-based model to help teens develop self-awareness and enhance physical, mental and social/emotional health and well-being. This session will provide an exploration and experience of the Teen Resiliency Program. This integrative model blends Holistic Psychiatry, Integrative Nutrition, Yoga-Based Movement and Mindfulness Meditation. Participants will learn mind-body practices for themselves and their clients while being guided through the Resiliency Model

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Flaminio

Kathy Flaminio

1000 Petals LLC
Kathy Flaminio, MSW, E-RYT-200 is the president and founder of 1000 Petals LLC a training and consulting company on the science and practice of Mindfulness, Movement and Social/Emotional Learning.  She holds a masters degree in social work with twenty years in the Minneapolis Public... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
308

1:15pm CDT

Why Adolescent Parents Struggle: The Science
Limited Capacity seats available

The teen brain is about halfway developed when massive neural "pruning" robs its basic thinking abilities, and new neural territory is opened for new development. Add the body-morphing and hormonal changes of puberty, the increased dose and duration of cortisol, the boredom that results from a brain that races 50-80 times faster than the adult brain, and the new drives of adolescence, and it is easy to understand the stress of being “just a teen”

Speakers
KW

Karen Williams

Youth Development Consultant and Trainer, Private Practice
Karen Williams, MSSW, is an independent youth development consultant and trainer, specializing in explaining the latest neuroscience in the areas of child and adolescent development, trauma, and behavior.  Ms. Williams is not a researcher or scientist, but she is known for her ability... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
315

1:15pm CDT

A Father's Place: The Importance of Male Involvement in Early Childhood Development
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on increasing father involvement by encouraging the application of protective factors that benefit child development. Strategies presented will promote and support male involvement by examining 15 areas that reflect paternal instincts including gender identity, self-esteem, physical and moral development, academic performance, language skills, problem solving, emotional development and impulse control, spiritual formation, career choices and role expectations.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Tift

Neil Tift

Training Coordinator, Native American Fatherhood & Family Association (NAFFA)
Neil is the Training Coordinator for the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA) in Mesa. From 2010 to 2016, he was the Father Involvement Program Director for the Child Crisis Arizona in Mesa . He is also founder of Paternal Instincts that provides staff training... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
305

1:15pm CDT

Learning from Building a Resilient Iowa: Development of Trauma-Informed Resource Tool-Part 2
Limited Capacity seats available

More than 50% of Iowans report at least one adverse childhood experience. Given this widespread experience of trauma, agencies across Iowa are working to address trauma in their own communities. This session will share lessons learned and tools developed during the Building a Resilient Iowa Workshop in order to aid in the sharing of ideas and resources essential for agencies to develop their own trauma-informed programs


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
307

1:15pm CDT

Supporting Parent-Child Interactions that Support Young Children's Development-Part 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Part 2 of this session will focus on strategies home visitors and practitioners can use to facilitate parenting interactions through active coaching within daily routine activities. Using video observations, participants will identify key practices that support parent-child interactions and how to use data to support a strengths-based approach. This session combines what we know about best practices in family support and early intervention home visiting along with an overview of reflective practice and supervision.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
314

1:15pm CDT

The Earliest Intervention: ACEs & Infant Mental Health
Limited Capacity seats available

A child’s development takes place in the context of their relationships with their family members. Research shows that parents with high ACE scores often have children with even higher ACE scores. Infant Mental Health is a growing field which focuses on supporting the healthy social and emotional development of very young children in the context of their family relationships. This workshop will provide an overview of the ACE study and share an approach to provide information about ACEs with families in a relationship-based context

Speakers
avatar for Carol Young

Carol Young

Infant Mental Health Mentor, Facilitator, Trainer, and Endorsement Coordinator, Reflective Practice Services
Carol Young , LMFT, IMH-E® is licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist and is endorsed as a Clinical Infant Mental Health Mentor through the Idaho Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, also known as Aim Early Idaho, of which she is currently the President and Endorsement... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
304

1:15pm CDT

Preventing Child Sex Trafficking
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide a robust understanding of child sex trafficking in the United States, including traffickers' common recruitment methods, the role of social media in trafficking, as well as the root causes that make young people vulnerable. Participants will learn about practical prevention methods that can be applied to minors of all ages, how to effectively protect young people online, and prevention resources readily available to them.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
313

2:45pm CDT

Courageous Conversations About Race (Repeat)
Limited Capacity seats available

Conversations about race are rarely easy, and necessarily touch on hard topics such as privilege, racial discrimination, and disparities. How do we begin courageous conversations about race in our communities so that citizens can come together to promote justice, understanding, and healing? Attendees will participate in icebreaker exercises, engage in courageous conversations exercises, and leave the workshop with a copy of the resource guide, “Toolkit for Courageous Conversations about Race”. In addition, participants will have increased confidence and commitment to engage in essential conversations about race and justice in America.


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
313

2:45pm CDT

How to Have a Job and a Life: Productivity, Time Management, and Career Development
Limited Capacity seats available

Balancing your professional and personal life can be challenging. Learn ways to best manage your time, which will in turn lead to greater productivity in the workplace and at home

Speakers
MK

Mary Kelly

CEO, Productive Leaders


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
304

2:45pm CDT

Strategic Planning to Inform Procurement
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will outline the process to collect and analyze data contained in a statewide needs assessment of child abuse and neglect prevention efforts. The data compiled county-level abuse and neglect data, as well as data from US Census, Public Health data, as well as BRFSS survey data. In addition, qualitative survey data was solicited from parents, youth, and community partners. This analysis informed the strategic planning process and use of Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program funds, and was ultimately used to identify funding priorities in a statewide Request for Proposals

Speakers
AP

Abby Patterson

ICAPP Manager, PCA Iowa
Abby Patterson is currently employed as the Program Manager for the Iowa Child Abuse Prevention Program at Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. For the past 3 years, she has specialized in working with programs that enhance parenting skills and reduce the risk of children experiencing abuse... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
314

2:45pm CDT

Preventing Child Abuse in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Children/Youth by Reducing Family Rejecting Behaviors
Limited Capacity seats available

LGBT children and youth are disproportionately involved in the child welfare system as compared to the general population. This presentation will introduce research from the Family Acceptance Project, which indicates the impact of family rejecting or accepting behaviors on the LGBT child’s wellbeing, including specific language that has an influence. The session will also demonstrate the impact of early prevention through case scenarios

Speakers
KM

Kai McGee

Family Connections Effectiveness Manager, Four Oaks
Child and family serving organizations across a continuum of care, previous 5 years specializing in the field of foster care and adoption, most recently serving as Program Manager for the statewide recruitment and retention contract and as Effectiveness Manager for 4 service area... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
316

2:45pm CDT

Connections Matter in Education: Current and Emerging Trends Within Trauma-Informed Care in Iowa Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss an adaptation of the original Connections Matter training made specifically for the education sector. Participants will understand how ACEs affect the learning environment including poorer performance measures associated with children with ACEs. Additionally, participants will learn about the outcomes of recent trainings across Iowa coordinated by PCA Iowa, as well as discuss what current action steps and implementation plans are being put in place in schools throughout Iowa involving teachers, students, and families to create more compassionate and trauma-sensitive learning environments

Speakers
avatar for Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Board Vice President, West Des Moines Schools, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
317

2:45pm CDT

Why Do They Act That Way: Understanding Children's Temperament
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will outline how parents can tailor their discipline style to address the nine specific temperament traits of their children. Through this, participants can expect to reduce discipline styles that focus upon punishment and instead promote healthier approaches to reduce child abuse

Speakers
avatar for Neil Tift

Neil Tift

Training Coordinator, Native American Fatherhood & Family Association (NAFFA)
Neil is the Training Coordinator for the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA) in Mesa. From 2010 to 2016, he was the Father Involvement Program Director for the Child Crisis Arizona in Mesa . He is also founder of Paternal Instincts that provides staff training... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
305

2:45pm CDT

EMDR Therapy with Children: Applications for Trauma and Other Concerns
Limited Capacity seats available

EMDR is traditionally thought of as a therapy for trauma, however it can be used effectively for other concerns as well.  This presentation will help participants understand how to adapt EMDR beyond standard protocol, such as other mental health concerns and complicated behaviors displayed in children. In addition, participants will learn how EMDR can be utilized with early, developmental, and complex trauma including memories that the individual does not remember

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Caldbeck

Alyssa Caldbeck

Alyssa Caldbeck, LISW is a therapist specializing in attachment, trauma, and adoption concerns with 10+ years working with children and families. Her prior experience includes work with the juvenile court system, in youth shelter setting, juvenile detention center, therapeutic school... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
306

2:45pm CDT

Learning from Building a Resilient Iowa: Resource and Intervention Exchange - Part 3
Limited Capacity seats available

More than 50% of Iowans report at least one adverse childhood experience. Given this widespread experience of trauma, agencies across Iowa are working to address trauma in their own communities. This session will share lessons learned and tools developed during the Building a Resilient Iowa Workshop in order to aid in the sharing of ideas and resources essential for agencies to develop their own trauma-informed programs


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
307

2:45pm CDT

Looking Through the Lens of Trauma
Limited Capacity seats available

Using knowledge of trauma, ACEs, and mental health diagnoses, participants will experience and explore the power of mind-body interventions for self-regulation, focus, community connection and overall well-being. Through lecture, hands-on learning, reflection and discussion, participants will explore the six domains of complex trauma and practice breathing techniques, simple yoga-based movements and social/emotional skill development activities for use in schools, homes and therapeutic settings. Attendees will gain strategies for themselves and their students.

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Flaminio

Kathy Flaminio

1000 Petals LLC
Kathy Flaminio, MSW, E-RYT-200 is the president and founder of 1000 Petals LLC a training and consulting company on the science and practice of Mindfulness, Movement and Social/Emotional Learning.  She holds a masters degree in social work with twenty years in the Minneapolis Public... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
308

2:45pm CDT

Talking to Families
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide concrete examples of communication strategies with parents of young children. Service providers find challenges engaging parents as active and full partners during home visits, play groups, and other service settings due to power differentials at play. The topics of informal exchanges, acknowledging child and family strengths, soliciting parents’ opinions and ideas, understanding a parents’ perspective, demonstrating caring for the whole family, and acknowledging and responding to feelings will be explored

Speakers
avatar for Carol Young

Carol Young

Infant Mental Health Mentor, Facilitator, Trainer, and Endorsement Coordinator, Reflective Practice Services
Carol Young , LMFT, IMH-E® is licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist and is endorsed as a Clinical Infant Mental Health Mentor through the Idaho Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, also known as Aim Early Idaho, of which she is currently the President and Endorsement... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
309

2:45pm CDT

The Power of Being Calm
Limited Capacity filling up

Children cannot think, learn, or develop until they can be calm. Children are at risk when parents cannot calm themselves. Our brain's first reaction to anything that causes tension, distress, or anxiety is fight, flight or freeze. Therefore, it is imperative that parents and children are surrounded with people who have mastered the skills and habits of being calm – and are prepared to provide training and coaching. This session covers how the brain works and some basic strategies for teaching parents and young children how to calm themselves

Speakers
KW

Karen Williams

Youth Development Consultant and Trainer, Private Practice
Karen Williams, MSSW, is an independent youth development consultant and trainer, specializing in explaining the latest neuroscience in the areas of child and adolescent development, trauma, and behavior.  Ms. Williams is not a researcher or scientist, but she is known for her ability... Read More →



Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
315

2:45pm CDT

The State of Support: Locating Human Trafficking Victim Services and Identifying Best Practices and Barriers within the State of Iowa
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will gain greater awareness of the services provided in Iowa for those who come in contact with human trafficking victims, and a better understanding of the techniques, services, resources their colleagues provide to clients. In addition, participants will learn about best practices by victim services and providers and areas for improvement. Participants will also gain a better understanding of the barriers and populations served and underserved by providers, and the services yet to be developed in Iowa

Speakers
TH

Taylor Houston

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Mount Mercy Univeristy
Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Taylor Houston joined Mount Mercy in 2016. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology and completed a graduate certificate at the Institute for Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. He also holds a Master of Arts in Sociology and Bachelor of... Read More →


Tuesday April 10, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
303
 
Wednesday, April 11
 

8:30am CDT

Abuse Prevention and Chronic Absenteeism in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters will discuss the ways Iowa schools and community partners are using data on attendance and chronic absence to provide early warning that children are at-risk of academic failure; the potential for chronic absence prevention as a tool in abuse prevention; and the importance of coordination among state agencies, local schools districts, and community organizations

Speakers
AW

Amy Williamson

Bureau Chief for School Improvement, Iowa Department of Education
Amy Williamson is currently the Bureau Chief for School Improvement at the Iowa Department of Education. She specializes in compliance with state and federal education laws, education policy, and school improvement using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). She has worked at... Read More →



Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
307

8:30am CDT

Connections Matter in the Workplace
Limited Capacity seats available

Stress is common in the workplace, but often goes unaddressed. How do we help individuals who struggle to meet the demands of a fast-paced work environment due to extreme stress in their life? How can we implement best practices that allow all workers to succeed, and increase a company's bottom line? This session will cover ACEs and how trauma impacts employee performance, workplace culture, and company costs, the work that Prevent Child Abuse Iowa is currently doing to modify the Connections Matter curriculum for the business sector, and ideas and action steps for creating more resilient, trauma-sensitive workspaces

Speakers
avatar for Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Board Vice President, West Des Moines Schools, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
317

8:30am CDT

Domestic Violence
Limited Capacity seats available

Using the Safe and Together model of care has been shown to increase protective capacities and decrease threats of maltreatment. Iowa has formed Connect and Protect regional teams which consist of several human services agencies coming together to create a shift in policy and practice. This break out session will identify the Safe and Together framework, progress that has been made, and what still needs to be accomplished to ensure a successful shift in policy


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
304

8:30am CDT

Human Trafficking & Iowa Youth
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters from Teens Against Human Trafficking will introduce participants to human trafficking in Iowa, with a focus on its impact on youth. Participants will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming, and control, and what indicators may point to human trafficking. Participants will also learn what risk factors make youth more vulnerable to trafficking. This session will also describe statewide efforts to prevent human trafficking and identify victims in Iowa schools and what services are available for victims.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Schott

Shannon Schott

YSS Family Life Center
Shannon Schott is the Lead Program Specialist for Teens Against Human Trafficking, a program of YSS. Shannon obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at the College of Saint Benedict in Central Minnesota, and participated in volunteer opportunities through the college with Breaking Free... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
308

8:30am CDT

Racism in child welfare: The ethical ramifications of implicit bias, stereotypes and cultural humility
Limited Capacity seats available

An interactive exploration where participants will be able to examine their own biases and how those biases affect their behavior. Presenters will show how professional codes of conduct impel us to be aware of our internal biases and how they impact our decision making process.

Speakers
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Deanah Messenger

social worker, Casey Family Programs
I have been at CFP for nearly 12 years. A lot has changed since I began. I am learning how to navigate a racially charged world. I still have much to learn.
TW

Travis Worwood

Casey Family Programs


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
313

8:30am CDT

Trust, Relationship, Holding Tension: A Path to Reunification
Limited Capacity seats available

Carrie Carter’s struggle with substance abuse led to her children landing in foster care, and the presiding Judge in her case telling her she would never get her children back. Over four years, social worker Jason Almerico used child welfare practices to build a case that led the Judge to allow Carrie to be reunited with her 6 year old son and, 9 months later, her 17 year old son. Jason and Carrie will present their shared experience working together in the child welfare system to achieve the outcome of reunification


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
306

8:30am CDT

How Chocolate Cures Stress (And Other Stuff You Wish You'd Known Sooner)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this upbeat and energizing session, Deanna Davis shares powerful, practical, and pleasurable ways to seek balance in a world with more “to-do’s” than “dones.” Learn how balance and bliss can peacefully coexist in an environment of constant change and competing priorities. Based on research from Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, and Mind/Body Health, this presentation shares five proven strategies to manage your focus, energy, and time with an eye toward maximizing results and minimizing stress

Speakers
DD

Deanna Davis

Dr. Davis is the author of three best-selling books, is an accomplished professional speaker and entertainer, and has 25 years’ experience as a leadership coach, consultant, and nonprofit executive. Known for her characteristic blend of humor and how-to, Deanna blends cutting-edge... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
305

8:30am CDT

Ethics in Home Visiting
Limited Capacity seats available

Relationship building is at the crux of effective home visiting services, yet the context of relationships within the family’s home environment can be challenging. This session will look at an overview of ethical issues in human services and the complexities of maintaining appropriate boundaries. Do you accept a cup of coffee, use the family bathroom, or accept an offered snack? These questions will be addressed as well as the concept of dual relationships, self-disclosure, and maintain relationships when program services end

Speakers
avatar for Carol Young

Carol Young

Infant Mental Health Mentor, Facilitator, Trainer, and Endorsement Coordinator, Reflective Practice Services
Carol Young , LMFT, IMH-E® is licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist and is endorsed as a Clinical Infant Mental Health Mentor through the Idaho Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, also known as Aim Early Idaho, of which she is currently the President and Endorsement... Read More →



Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
309

8:30am CDT

Neurons, Nurture, Nature: Weaving the Threads of Connection
Limited Capacity seats available

The impact of ACEs on the developing nervous system has gained attention lately, particularly related to adult health outcomes. In this session, participants will learn about underlying neural development related to ACEs and developmental models that support healing and maturation. This approach requires and benefits community, and strengthens the likelihood of an interconnected, supportive environment for the future


Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
315

8:30am CDT

Using the ACE Information to Mobilize Your Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how the Eastern Iowa - Western Illinois Trauma Informed Care Consortium moved the knowledge we have from the ACE study throughout the community using community education, partnerships and innovation

Speakers
avatar for Angie Kendall

Angie Kendall

Director of Development and Communication, Child Abuse Council
Angie Kendall graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Child, Adult and Family Services and spent her early career in early childhood development with a focus on quality early learning, parent support and legislative advocacy. She is currently the Director of Development... Read More →



Wednesday April 11, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am CDT
303

10:00am CDT

Anti Human Trafficking Legislation, Past and Future
Limited Capacity seats available

Prior to 2006, there was no mention of human trafficking in Iowa code. Presented by three board members of the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery, this session will provide a history and review of important legislative moments over the past 11 years, including how the Network has achieved bipartisan support and advocacy from the Governor’s office, and a comparison of Iowa laws to other states. This session will also address the Network’s 2018 legislative agenda and year-to-date progress, and provide information on how to get involved


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
316

10:00am CDT

Child Mental Health Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Presented by members of each of the three Children’s Wellbeing Collaboratives, this session will share processes and outcomes of the effort. The goal of the Collaborative is to bring a broad cross-section of entities together in a geographically defined area to cooperate in their efforts to build and improve the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention services. The prevention efforts are focused on measurably improving short-term and long-term mental health and well-being outcomes for children and families by using sound public health principles of prevention and population health


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
307

10:00am CDT

Child Welfare Policy - How to be Informed and Educate Policymakers
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide advocates interested in working with Federal and State policy makers with background and strategies to improve the child welfare system and education on the importance of permanency, child well-being and the role of trauma for children and families.

Speakers
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Christine Calpin

Managing Director - Public Policy, Casey Family Programs


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
304

10:00am CDT

Getting People on Board: Messaging to Engage
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you spent time agonizing over facts and figures to engage people in your cause, only to end up frustrated when they don’t understand? While facts may help missions be effective, they don’t engage people. Learn what people respond to – and how to do it on a budget

Speakers
avatar for Angie Kendall

Angie Kendall

Director of Development and Communication, Child Abuse Council
Angie Kendall graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Child, Adult and Family Services and spent her early career in early childhood development with a focus on quality early learning, parent support and legislative advocacy. She is currently the Director of Development... Read More →



Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
303

10:00am CDT

Initiating Action in the Faith Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Faith communities, congregations and clergy have enormous potential in responding to the concerns of families. Few are familiar with the ACEs study or the long-term impact of toxic stress. This session will guide participants to take a fresh look at their own congregations. Whether an active church member or looking for resources for the families with which you work, we’ll consider together what's possible. Learn how to initiate the process, educate clergy and members, and facilitate an action-oriented response

Speakers
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Jean Sullivan, M.Div.

Research Project Coordinator, University of Kansas
Jean Sullivan, M. Div., works with the MIECHV team at Iowa Department of Public Health on the implementation of needs assessments and pilot evaluation, and provides technical assistance in community engagement through the University of Kansas. She hosts monthly Lunch & Learn professional... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
317

10:00am CDT

Racism in child welfare: The ethical ramifications of implicit bias, stereotypes and cultural humility
Limited Capacity seats available

An interactive exploration where participants will be able to examine their own biases and how those biases affect their behavior. Presenters will show how professional codes of conduct impel us to be aware of our internal biases and how they impact our decision making process.

Speakers
DM

Deanah Messenger

social worker, Casey Family Programs
I have been at CFP for nearly 12 years. A lot has changed since I began. I am learning how to navigate a racially charged world. I still have much to learn.
TW

Travis Worwood

Casey Family Programs


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
313

10:00am CDT

Stockholm Syndrome and Deceptive Victimization
Limited Capacity seats available

Victims of Human Trafficking often experience Trauma Bond and/or Stockholm Syndrome, making it difficult to identify, rescue and restore them to a life apart from their captor. This presentation provides definitions and examples of Trauma Bond, Stockholm Syndrome and Cognitive Dissonance, and focuses on the identification of victims through questioning them.

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Davidson

Teresa Davidson

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Mercy Medical Center
Teresa Davidson has practiced as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for over 22 years, recently becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. She is also a pastor and part-time missionary, and has led multiple international and national mission trips; including those rescuing and serving... Read More →



Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
308

10:00am CDT

Trust, Relationship, Holding Tension: A Path to Reunification
Limited Capacity seats available

Carrie Carter’s struggle with substance abuse led to her children landing in foster care, and the presiding Judge in her case telling her she would never get her children back. Over four years, social worker Jason Almerico used child welfare practices to build a case that led the Judge to allow Carrie to be reunited with her 6 year old son and, 9 months later, her 17 year old son. Jason and Carrie will present their shared experience working together in the child welfare system to achieve the outcome of reunification


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
306

10:00am CDT

Infant Mental Health Overview: Supporting Competencies Reducing Risks
Limited Capacity seats available

Infant Mental Health is a frequently misunderstood term. Many believe that only those who are mental health professionals are qualified to provide infant mental health services. This session will provide foundational principles and practices in Infant Mental Health, and provide an opportunity to assess your own strengths and challenges as an Infant Mental Health practitioner as well as a broad overview of the characteristics Infant Mental Health services should contain

Speakers
avatar for Carol Young

Carol Young

Infant Mental Health Mentor, Facilitator, Trainer, and Endorsement Coordinator, Reflective Practice Services
Carol Young , LMFT, IMH-E® is licensed as a Marriage Family Therapist and is endorsed as a Clinical Infant Mental Health Mentor through the Idaho Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health, also known as Aim Early Idaho, of which she is currently the President and Endorsement... Read More →



Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
309

10:00am CDT

Radical Resilience and Purposeful Productivity
Limited Capacity seats available

Based on cutting-edge research from the fields of Positive Psychology, Neuroscience, and Mind/Body Health, this highly interactive session helps participants master five proven tools to manage their focus, energy, and time in order to maximize results and minimize unhealthy stress. Attendees will identify and customize systems, supports, and strategies that advance their goals and accomplish their work without sacrificing their well-being, all while engaging more meaningfully in what matters most to them

Speakers
DD

Deanna Davis

Dr. Davis is the author of three best-selling books, is an accomplished professional speaker and entertainer, and has 25 years’ experience as a leadership coach, consultant, and nonprofit executive. Known for her characteristic blend of humor and how-to, Deanna blends cutting-edge... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
305

10:00am CDT

ADHD: A Family Challenge
Limited Capacity filling up

ADHD is a common childhood disorder that makes school difficult; friendships frustrating, and disrupts family life. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of “fake news” about ADHD, and these misunderstandings add to the challenge of parenting these children. This will be a straight talk about what ADHD is, and is not. We will discuss a holistic approach to treatment that includes, but is not limited to, medication. Finally, we will explore how connecting with families increases their ability to meet the needs of the child with ADHD

Speakers
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Kathleen Adams

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Broadlawns Medical Center



Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
315

10:00am CDT

Research in Home Visiting
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will share the details of a recently completed randomized controlled trial on the Boys Town In-Home Family Services Program with 300 families as part of a partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Risk levels at intake, program implementation fidelity, progress during intervention, and six- and twelve-month follow-up data were collected for all families. Results indicated the families who received the In-Home Program made more progress in reducing caregiver strain and child behavior problems and improving parenting skills than families in the comparison condition.


Wednesday April 11, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am CDT
314

12:00pm CDT

One For All... All For One
Every big change starts with one small step. Every social shift begins with one new idea. Every collective win happens one committed person at a time. Infused with positivity and practicality, this keynote shares the art and science behind how small steps can transform how we think, act, and connect with one another to create a profoundly better future for our children and our communities. One person taking one small step at a time on behalf of all of our children, and all of us working together to change the life of one child at a time. One for all…all for one!

Speakers
DD

Deanna Davis

Dr. Davis is the author of three best-selling books, is an accomplished professional speaker and entertainer, and has 25 years’ experience as a leadership coach, consultant, and nonprofit executive. Known for her characteristic blend of humor and how-to, Deanna blends cutting-edge... Read More →


Wednesday April 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Ballroom