Shoulder to Shoulder Conference

 

Keynote Speakers

 

We have a fantastic line up of speakers and presentations for 2018!

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Pre-Conference Event5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

expandBreaking the Iron Cage of Poverty

Most information on poverty comes from the media, which predominately provides stories that perpetuate myths and stereotypes. In this interactive segment, Dr. Beegle will provide providers with a poverty knowledge base necessary for improving successful outcomes for those facing poverty barriers. Participants will gain tools for understanding how the many different life experiences of poverty impact success and what they can do on an individual and organizational level to improve outcomes. Dr. Beegle will also share examples of organizations that are implementing her strategies and having success in removing poverty related obstacles.

Speaker(s): Dr. Donna Beegle

Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she gained the confidence to get her GED and advance through to a doctoral degree in educational leadership. All these experiences provide Dr. Beegle with an authentic voice with which to speak, write, and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty.


As president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm dedicated to building poverty-informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers, she works directly with children and adults currently in poverty, educators, justice professionals, health care providers, social service agencies, faith-based communities, business leaders, elected officials, and others who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. For over 27 years, Dr. Beegle’s work has spread by word of mouth to all 50 states and six countries. Dr. Beegle is also the founder of the Opportunity Community movement, which provides the foundation for a contemporary war on poverty.

Morning Keynote8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

expandNo-Drama Discipline & the Developing Brain

Grand Ballroom

Based on the ideas from Tina’s New York Times bestseller No-Drama Discipline (with Dan Siegel), this keynote address will highlight the fascinating link between a child’s neurological development and the way professionals react to misbehavior, providing an effective, compassionate roadmap for dealing with tantrums, tensions, and tears—without causing a scene.

Keeping in mind the importance of a child's developmental stage and trauma histories, this talk will discuss the true meaning of the “D” word (to instruct, not to shout or reprimand). Dr. Bryson explains how to reach your child, redirect emotions, and turn a meltdown into a teachable moment. By doing so, the cycle of negative behavior (and punishment) is essentially brought to a halt, as problem-solving becomes a win/win situation.  

Complete with candid parenting stories, and a great deal of compassion and humor, this presentation shows you how to work with a child’s developing mind, peacefully resolve conflicts, and inspire happiness and strengthen resilience for everyone in the family.

Speaker(s): Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain, as well as two New York Times Best Sellers:  The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, each of which has been translated into over twenty languages.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA, where she and her interdisciplinary team of professionals work together to help kids and families thrive.  She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world.  The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she is a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com, where you can subscribe to her blog and read her articles about children and parenting. 

Session A10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

expandThe Whole-Brained Child, Trauma, Neuroplasticity, & the Changing Brain

Clackamas

In this presentation based on the ideas from her New York Times bestseller The Whole-Brain Child (with Dr. Dan Siegel), Dr. Tina Payne Bryson presents the latest scientific research—with a special emphasis on trauma, neuroplasticity, and the changing brain—in a way that’s clear, interesting, and immediately practical.  The focus is on better understanding the role of experience and focused attention on the ever-developing brain.
Using stories, case examples, power point, videos, and humor, Dr. Bryson encourages clinicians to keep their own developing brains in mind as they nurture their clients’ growing minds.  She provides creative examples of how she uses brain science in her own practice to help children and adolescents see things differently and acquire new tools to develop resilience and feel hope about achieving lasting change in their lives—especially when those brains have histories of abuse, neglect and trauma.
At the end of the presentation, professionals will have a new framework for understanding their clients and their own work, along with several specific Whole-Brain strategies to help young people move from reactivity to resilience.

Speaker(s): Tina Payne Bryson, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain, as well as two New York Times Best Sellers:  The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, each of which has been translated into over twenty languages.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, CA, where she and her interdisciplinary team of professionals work together to help kids and families thrive.  She keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world.  The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she is a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com, where you can subscribe to her blog and read her articles about children and parenting. 

expandParent Advisory Council Panel

Multnomah

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) was formed in 2015 to provide valuable insight and guidance to the executive leadership of Oregon's Dept. of Human Services Child Welfare on strategies to improve the overall wellbeing of children and families.  The Parent Advisory Council is comprised of eleven parents from Oregon with prior child welfare involvement because of substance abuse, resulting in temporary removal of their children. All PAC members are actively parenting their children. PAC members identify services gaps and advocate for allocation of funding for critical supports services for vulnerable families.
PAC members are currently making valuable contributions to their communities advocating for parents entering the child welfare system and giving back to those who supported them in their journey to recovery. They bring personal perspectives and insight regarding services they believe parents would participate in and value. They are uniquely qualified to represent the voices of parents navigating the child welfare system - understanding the hopelessness and guilt parents feel when faced with challenges of making significant personal change and achieving reunification with their children.
In 2018, the Parent Advisory Council is focusing on three areas within Child Welfare: *    Increasing Child Visitation*    Enhancing Caseworker and Parent Engagement•    Improving Warm Handoffs between Caseworkers

Speaker(s): TBD

expandResources for Applying Trauma Informed Care (pt.1)

Washington

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) means using what we know about the impact of adversity and toxic stress to develop better services and programs. Participants will learn about the principles of Trauma Informed Care and how to apply these to foster care related services (eg. physical environments, promoting healthy caregivers and providers, including lived experiences voice). Participants will hear about tools and resources from Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) and TIO’s youth advisory Council, (OTAC) to support implementation of trauma informed practices.

Speaker(s): Dr. Mandy Davis & Isha- Charlie McNeely

Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker.  She is Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, a program primarily funded by the Oregon Health Authority, to advance trauma informed care throughout organizations and systems through training, consultation, and implementation resources. Dr. Davis teaches and lectures on implementing trauma informed care and trauma specific services. Her current interests include measuring change when organizations and systems implement the principles of trauma informed care, the impact of toxic stress on the workforce, intersectionality between equity work, and the impact of systemic oppression.

Isha-Charlie McNeely is a Portland Native that has lived experience in the Oregon's foster care system. She was able to overcome an adverse childhood in which she faced many barriers, to graduate both from high school and the first in her family to attend college. Charlie is determined to impact disadvantaged and marginalized youth directly by being a positive and active volunteer in her community, in addition to the work that she does full time within the child welfare system. During her time of completing dual bachelor degrees at Portland State University which includes a Bachelor’s in School Health Education and another in Community Health, she began working as a case manager/coach for Better Futures and The My Life Projects which are programs that assist youth in successfully transitioning from foster care into post-secondary education and/or the workforce. She was the Project Manager for My Life at New Avenues for Youth for two years and currently is the Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator for Trauma Informed Oregon. Charlie is an active member in her community and is the founder and dire

expandPathways to Connection

Hayden

Humans are hardwired for connection with others. We need it if we are to thrive. But when children enter the child welfare system, it is often difficult to maintain vital existing connections and build newer connections upon which they can draw in the present and for their entire life. Tragically, some youth leave the child welfare system without a web of connections in place to sustain them through both challenging and happy times. Who do children and young adults need in their lives? What are the barriers to establishing and/or maintaining these vital relationships? How do we work to clear these barriers to get best outcomes for children in care? Or, what do we do when we believe some connections are not best for children and young adults? Join others in exploring answers to these and other connections questions.

Speaker(s): Jennifer Scholes, MA

Jennifer has been a trainer with Portland State University’s Child Welfare Partnership for 10 years, focusing on training caregivers throughout the state of Oregon. Jennifer has also enjoyed training child welfare staff and is lead trainer of SSAs (Social Services Assistants).In addition to working as a child welfare worker in the states of Washington and Montana, Jennifer has been principal/owner of All Family Transition Services, a Continuing Legal Education Specialist with the Washington State Bar Association, a Judicial Educator with the Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, and an Assistant Program Manager of the King County, Washington CASA Program.

expandAdoption, Transracial Adoption, and Foster Parenting

Weyerhauser

Speaker(s): Astrid Castro

expandTargeting Adverse Childhood Experiences through Building Resilience

Zellerbach

Join Dr. Stoeber in a lively discussion regarding how we mitigate the effects of ACES through building resilience in children and families. Participants will get a brief overview on ACES and Trauma-Informed Care. Then, we will discuss what resilience is and why it is critical for families and children. Finally, participants will learn specific resilience-building interventions in a trauma-informed manner.

Speaker(s): Amy Stroeber, PhD

Dr. Stoeber is a licensed psychologist in Portland, OR. She owns a private practice and works with children and families of all ages. She is endorsed in early childhood mental health and pediatric health. Dr. Stoeber serves as a member of the Healthcare Reform Taskforce for the Oregon Psychological Association. As well, Dr. Stoeber was a statewide trainer for The Department of Human Services and now works with Children’s Health Alliance to promote wellness for children of all ages in pediatric settings. Her current work is promoting resilience within pediatric medical homes.

Session B11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

expandCommunicating and Relating More Effectively Across Poverty Barriers

Clackamas

Research has shown that people who live in the crisis of poverty communicate differently than their middle-class peers and helping professionals. Income, educational opportunities, and life experiences shape communication and how we relate to others. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn about the differences in communication across social class and obtain concrete tools for building stronger relationships and communicating more effectively with those who live in the crisis of poverty. This session explores the impact of life experiences on communication styles and provides a framework for improving communication skills. The fundamentals of effective communication are addressed along with concrete strategies for reducing misunderstandings.

Speaker(s): Dr. Donna Beegle

Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she gained the confidence to get her GED and advance through to a doctoral degree in educational leadership. All these experiences provide Dr. Beegle with an authentic voice with which to speak, write, and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty.


As president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm dedicated to building poverty-informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers, she works directly with children and adults currently in poverty, educators, justice professionals, health care providers, social service agencies, faith-based communities, business leaders, elected officials, and others who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. For over 27 years, Dr. Beegle’s work has spread by word of mouth to all 50 states and six countries. Dr. Beegle is also the founder of the Opportunity Community movement, which provides the foundation for a contemporary war on poverty.

expandYouth Panel

Multnomah

Speaker(s): Schylar Baber, MPA

Schylar Baber is the Executive Director of Voice for Adoption (VFA) in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor’s in Professional and Technical Communication from Montana Tech and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana. Schylar has dedicated his professional and volunteer life to the belief that children and youth in the child welfare system need respect, support, and family. He has served as president of the board of Montana Court Appointed Special Advocates and is currently on the board of the ChildWise Institute, FosterClub, and the Protect Montana’s Kids Commission.

Schylar’s commitment to improving the futures of children and youth in care is due, in large part, to his own life experiences. He spent 11 years in foster care before aging out without a family. When he was 25, his mentor and sixth-grade teacher adopted him. Schylar explained, “I always longed for a place to call my own and, at one point, was told that I was too old to be adopted. I knew when I grew up I wanted to dedicate myself to creating change for youth in foster care.” Schylar believes that serving, as the executive director of Voice for Adoption will allow him to continue his life’s goal of serving vulnerable—but resilient—young people. “I am excited to be part of ensuring that my foster brothers and sisters currently in the system find their own paths to permanence. I believe every child needs the benefit of a permanent and loving place to call home.”

expandResources for Applying Trauma Informed Care (pt.2)

Washington

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) means using what we know about the impact of adversity and toxic stress to develop better services and programs. Participants will learn about the principles of Trauma Informed Care and how to apply these to foster care related services (eg. physical environments, promoting healthy caregivers and providers, including lived experiences voice). Participants will hear about tools and resources from Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) and TIO’s youth advisory Council, (OTAC) to support implementation of trauma informed practices.

Speaker(s): Dr. Mandy Davis & Isha- Charlie McNeely

Dr. Davis is an Associate Professor of Practice at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker.  She is Director of Trauma Informed Oregon, a program primarily funded by the Oregon Health Authority, to advance trauma informed care throughout organizations and systems through training, consultation, and implementation resources. Dr. Davis teaches and lectures on implementing trauma informed care and trauma specific services. Her current interests include measuring change when organizations and systems implement the principles of trauma informed care, the impact of toxic stress on the workforce, intersectionality between equity work, and the impact of systemic oppression.

Isha-Charlie McNeely is a Portland Native that has lived experience in the Oregon's foster care system. She was able to overcome an adverse childhood in which she faced many barriers, to graduate both from high school and the first in her family to attend college. Charlie is determined to impact disadvantaged and marginalized youth directly by being a positive and active volunteer in her community, in addition to the work that she does full time within the child welfare system. During her time of completing dual bachelor degrees at Portland State University which includes a Bachelor’s in School Health Education and another in Community Health, she began working as a case manager/coach for Better Futures and The My Life Projects which are programs that assist youth in successfully transitioning from foster care into post-secondary education and/or the workforce. She was the Project Manager for My Life at New Avenues for Youth for two years and currently is the Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator for Trauma Informed Oregon. Charlie is an active member in her community and is the founder and dire

expandPet Partners

Hayden

In this workshop, Peter will give an overview of the Pet Partners program. He will talk about the differences between service, therapy and emotional support animals. He will discuss the qualities of a successful therapy animal, various types of activities and the the healing effects of therapy animals with people. 
*  Pet Partners Overview*  Where We Visit*  Qualities of a Successful Therapy Animal*  The Difference between Service, Therapy, and Emotional Support Animals*  Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT).• The Healing Effects of Therapy Animals

Speaker(s): Peter Christensen

Peter Christensen is founder and president of Columbia River Pet Partners, a therapy animal organization of over 200 members serving the greater Portland/Vancouver area. As a licensed Pet Partners instructor, Peter has guided hundreds of volunteers and professionals in becoming registered therapy animal teams to serve in schools, libraries, businesses, assisted living homes, hospitals, hospices, and private practices. Peter enjoys speaking to community organizations, sharing his knowledge of animal-assisted interventions and how they help clients. He also has a passion for helping to eliminate the confusion over the differences in service, emotional support, and therapy animals.

expandSupporting Your Complex Child: Co-occurring Mental Health & Developmental Disability Diagnosis

Weyerhauser

Enhance awareness and identify strategies to support a child’s co-occurring medical and behavioral health needs. Dr. McMahon, Psy. D., will share her knowledge about providing evaluation and treatment to children with co-occurring developmental disabilities and behavioral health issues, and will discuss therapeutic strategies and treatment for families and professionals.

Speaker(s): Marie McMahon, Psy.D

Dr. Marie McMahon, Psy.D, licensed psychologist with the Providence Children’s Development Institute. Prior to working for Providence she had a private practice for more than a decade specializing in social skills development and behavioral health for children with autism, nonverbal learning disabilities, anxiety, and ADHD.

expandIntersection of Child Welfare and Criminal Justice: Challenges for Children and Families of Color

Zellerbach

In the past decade, increased attention has been given to the impact of dual child welfare and criminal justice involvement on children and families. Of great concern, is the racial disproportionality and disparity that exists in both systems and the cumulative devastating effects on children and families of color. This workshop will discuss the background and scope of the problem and much needed direction for preventative measures, comprehensive and family-centered practices, and proactive policies that foster family well-being and decrease intergenerational dual system involvement.

Speaker(s): Dr. Keva Miller

Dr. Keva M. Miller is an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work. Her research and publications are in the areas of criminal justice and child welfare with a particular emphasis on racial disproportionality and disparity, children and families with multi-system involvement, risk and protection, and resilience among high-stressed populations. Dr. Miller works collaboratively with criminal justice and child welfare systems to evaluate program effectiveness and enhance service delivery.

Lunch & Lunch Keynote12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

expandThe Power of Resilience

Grand Ballroom

Youth who experience foster care, trauma, and high levels of adverse childhood experiences face a life full of challenges. But one thing is important to know, that adversity is not destiny. Each of us have the power to help others overcome and become resilient and successful members of society. Hear a true story of a child who grew up in the Montana foster care system, aged out at 18 without a family, transition plan, or permanency. Discover how he gained a forever family and found the power within himself and his community to create his own destiny and be a solid example of what it means to be resilient. 

 

Speaker(s): Schylar Baber, MPA

Schylar Baber is the Executive Director of Voice for Adoption (VFA) in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor’s in Professional and Technical Communication from Montana Tech and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana. Schylar has dedicated his professional and volunteer life to the belief that children and youth in the child welfare system need respect, support, and family. He has served as president of the board of Montana Court Appointed Special Advocates and is currently on the board of the ChildWise Institute, FosterClub, and the Protect Montana’s Kids Commission.

Schylar’s commitment to improving the futures of children and youth in care is due, in large part, to his own life experiences. He spent 11 years in foster care before aging out without a family. When he was 25, his mentor and sixth-grade teacher adopted him. Schylar explained, “I always longed for a place to call my own and, at one point, was told that I was too old to be adopted. I knew when I grew up I wanted to dedicate myself to creating change for youth in foster care.” Schylar believes that serving, as the executive director of Voice for Adoption will allow him to continue his life’s goal of serving vulnerable—but resilient—young people. “I am excited to be part of ensuring that my foster brothers and sisters currently in the system find their own paths to permanence. I believe every child needs the benefit of a permanent and loving place to call home.”

Session C2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

expandThe Art of Co-regulation...A Brain Savvy Approach for De-escalating Outbursts and Having Fewer in the Future!

Clackamas

Children who have high ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) scores often have poor self-regulation skills. They are often referred as “challenging,” or as having disciplinary problems, or as bullies. They may carry labels such as oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, or conduct disorder. Understanding the process of hypo- and hyper-arousal, helps us better recognize and meet a child’s needs so we can keep them in the “green zone.” We will discuss the continuum of arousal and ways in which to respond to and prevent dysregulation often appearing as defiance, ignoring directions, failing to listen, and tantrums.

Speaker(s): Robbyn Peters Bennett

Robbyn Peters Bennett is a psychotherapist, educator, and child activist who specializes in the treatment of mental health problems due to early abuse and neglect. She has served as Clinical Director in both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment facilities, as well as with the child protective services, foster care system and adoption support.  She has studied with the North Pacific Institute for Analytical Psychology and is Phase II certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), a neurologically informed assessment for traumatized children with the ChildTrauma Academy. Robbyn lectures nationally on the topic of trauma and the effects of harsh punishment.  In her TED talk, she addresses the long-term effects of spanking and other forms of domestic violence on long-term health. Her life’s work is aimed at ending all forms of violence against children. She is the founder of StopSpanking.org, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of spanking and on positive parenting alternatives. She is board member of The U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, an organization dedicated to supporting the movement to end spanking in the US.

expandAttachment and Why it Matters

Clark

This workshop will focus on the recent advancements in understanding Attachment Theory and how a child's developing brain is influenced by early relationships. Attachment disruption, which is typical in children involved in the child welfare system, has lasting and significant impacts. Ways to help mitigate the negative impacts of attachment disruption will be discussed, with concrete tools for healing at the center of discussion. Techniques for parents, caregivers and caseworkers will be reviewed. A deeper understanding of attachment-based needs and behaviors will be explored.

Speaker(s): Leah Brookner, MA, MSW, PhD

Leah Brookner, MA, MSW, PhD is a professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University - her classes focus on youth development, family systems, adoption, trauma, attachment and effective therapeutic techniques for complex families. Prior to her work at PSU, Leah was a child and family therapist, specializing in the counseling of children in foster care. Her role working directly with foster youth prompted her to expand her practice to working with adoptive children and families. Leah then spent over five years training, assessing and supporting adoptive families using a trauma-informed and attachment-centered focus. Leah's passion continues to be centered on adoption of children with trauma histories by strengthening supports for parents and caregivers. As a professor/trainer, her style elicits participation, and critical thinking with a bit of laughter along the way.

expandJudges Panel

Multnomah

Speaker(s): TBD

expandMarijuana and Children: The Grass is not Always Greener

Washington

With the advent of the legalization and commercialization of recreational marijuana, there continues to be an increasing acceptance by the general population of marijuana as a benign recreational drug and “alternative therapy” for multiple ailments. Consequently, children continue to be exposed to marijuana in their environment, are parented by those using and under the influence of marijuana, and are exposed to the associated risks of child maltreatment. This session will explore the challenges for medical providers and DHS in assessing the impact of the increasing exposure of children of all ages to parents’, caretakers’ and other household members’ use of marijuana. Topics to be reviewed include: • Pharmacology of marijuana (how it works in the body); • Medical benefits and uses of marijuana supported by research; • Short- and long-term effects of marijuana on adults, adolescents and children; and • Various forms of marijuana, potency, and the impact of exposure to children.

Speaker(s): Carol L. Chervenak, MD & Jay Wurscher

Carol L. Chervenak, M.D. completed her medical education and family practice residency at University of Arizona, following an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from the University of Washington. Following clinical education in child abuse assessments in 1997, she became the medical director of ABC House, the child victim assessment center for Linn and Benton counties.


Dr. Chervenak has helped establish a medical protocol for assessing Drug Endangered Children (DEC); lectures locally and nationally on various issues related to child abuse; and continues to evaluate children for concerns of maltreatment at ABC House.

Her special interests include the impact on children of substance abuse by parents -- in their environment, while breast feeding, and from prenatal exposure.

She is on the Advisory Council for Child Abuse and Neglect; has been a member of the Oregon Governor's Methamphetamine Task Force; and is a lecturer for the Oregon and National Alliances for Drug Endangered Children.

Jay Wurscher currently serves as the Alcohol and Drug Services Coordinator for Oregon’s Department of Human Services (DHS) -- Office of Child Welfare Programs.  He’s a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been in the field of addiction treatment and prevention since 1981.  His experience includes jobs as an addiction counselor, clinical supervisor, program manager for a community based prevention program, and trainer.


He’s trained at numerous national conferences regarding substance-abuse issues in child welfare and community collaborations. He taught summer courses at the University of Oregon’s Substance Abuse Prevention Program for 26 years.  He is a member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Addictions and Mental Health Policy Advisory Council and previously served on the Governor’s Methamphetamine Task Force.

expandMentoring Foster Parents

Hayden

This class will explain mentoring foster parent volunteers, the need and several processes to accomplish or build a program in your area.

Speaker(s): Don Darland

Don Darland and his wife Vicki have been fostering in Linn County since 1991. Don helped form the Oregon Foster Parent Association in 1996, and has served on the board in several capacities since its inception. Don spends most of his time advocating for families & children.

expandTransition Planning

Weyerhauser

Speaker(s): TBD

expandTrauma Informed Parenting through an Indigenous Lens

Zellerbach

This interactive session will focus on being trauma informed through an Indigenous lens. Historical and contemporary trauma will be reviewed and how that plays out in challenging behaviors of Native adolescent and teens. Healing is the answer to trauma and healing strategies will be included. Finally, tools for self care will be given for the busy foster parent.

Speaker(s): Jillene Joseph

Jillene is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre or Aaniiih people from Fort Belknap, Montana. She lives in Oregon with her life partner and children. She is the executive director of Native Wellness Institute and helped to found the national non-profit organization in 2000. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Community Health Education and has served Indian Country for 30 years providing training and technical assistance in a variety of areas. Jillene has traveled to hundreds of Native communities and interacted with and learned from thousands of people. Whether she is providing youth leadership training, assisting women heal from childhood trauma or helping to bring wellness to the workplace, Jillene shares her passion for being positive, productive and proactive. She enjoys beading, reading, pow wowing and spending time with family and friends.

Session D3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

expandNeurodevelopmental Consequences of Harsh Punishment and Brain Savvy Alternatives

Clackamas

Robbyn will discuss the neurodevelopmental risks associated with harsh punishment.  She will discuss the overarching principles of parenting for resiliency, a positive parenting approach that helps parents and children recover from trauma. For those of us with high ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), parenting can be especially difficult! The demands of small children can override our nervous system. And if our children also struggle with irritability, reactivity, or a sensitive temperament, it is all the more difficult! We need parenting tools that work and also help us keep our cool and stay connected to our children. Because parenting should feel good!

Speaker(s): Robbyn Peters Bennett

Robbyn Peters Bennett is a psychotherapist, educator, and child activist who specializes in the treatment of mental health problems due to early abuse and neglect. She has served as Clinical Director in both inpatient and outpatient mental health treatment facilities, as well as with the child protective services, foster care system and adoption support.  She has studied with the North Pacific Institute for Analytical Psychology and is Phase II certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), a neurologically informed assessment for traumatized children with the ChildTrauma Academy. Robbyn lectures nationally on the topic of trauma and the effects of harsh punishment.  In her TED talk, she addresses the long-term effects of spanking and other forms of domestic violence on long-term health. Her life’s work is aimed at ending all forms of violence against children. She is the founder of StopSpanking.org, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of spanking and on positive parenting alternatives. She is board member of The U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children, an organization dedicated to supporting the movement to end spanking in the US.

expandThe Song of Resilience

Clark

Resilience is a cluster of skills or characteristics that helps an individual to survive and even thrive in the face of hardships and trauma. The exact skills can greatly vary from person to person, depending on everything from personality to culture to the available learning opportunities. Learn and experience a neuro-scientifically proven and healthy way to build resilience, strengthen attachment and cultivate wellbeing in children, families and in yourselves.

Speaker(s): Schylar Baber & Kendra Morris Jacobson, MA

Schylar Baber is the Executive Director of Voice for Adoption (VFA) in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor’s in Professional and Technical Communication from Montana Tech and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana. Schylar has dedicated his professional and volunteer life to the belief that children and youth in the child welfare system need respect, support, and family. He has served as president of the board of Montana Court Appointed Special Advocates and is currently on the board of the ChildWise Institute, FosterClub, and the Protect Montana’s Kids Commission.

Schylar’s commitment to improving the futures of children and youth in care is due, in large part, to his own life experiences. He spent 11 years in foster care before aging out without a family. When he was 25, his mentor and sixth-grade teacher adopted him. Schylar explained, “I always longed for a place to call my own and, at one point, was told that I was too old to be adopted. I knew when I grew up I wanted to dedicate myself to creating change for youth in foster care.” Schylar believes that serving, as the executive director of Voice for Adoption will allow him to continue his life’s goal of serving vulnerable—but resilient—young people. “I am excited to be part of ensuring that my foster brothers and sisters currently in the system find their own paths to permanence. I believe every child needs the benefit of a permanent and loving place to call home.”

 

Kendra oversees the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC) and the Oregon Adoption Resource Exchange (OARE). Honored as Senator Wyden's 2016 Angel in Adoption, she sits on the Board of Directors for Voice for Adoption, and has spen

expandHomeless and Independent Panel

Multnomah

Speaker(s): Michael Clearly

Michael Clearly is a former Child Welfare case worker and now supervisor of a Teen unit in D16 (Washington county). He has been a local liaison for the ILP service array as he is deeply passionate about the transitional service for youth. He has sat on several committees and initiated a few projects how to better serve youth and has a great deal of out-of-the-box approaches to assure youth independence needs are met. I believe he meets the requested mandate of a worker with good practice and prospective to the topic of independence and homelessness.

expandCommunity and Embrace Oregon/PLC

Washington

Speaker(s): TBD

expandWhole-Brained Whole-Hearted Parenting for Children with Trauma Related Needs

Hayden

 

 

Speaker(s): Tiffany Sudela-Junker

expandWorking with CSEC Youth: Intervention and Prevention

Weyerhauser

The SAGE program serves vulnerable youth in the CSEC population by providing a safe and secure setting in which they can experience Support, Achieve their goals, Grow, and become Empowered. In the workshop, the presenters will give a brief overview of CSEC which includes terms, statistics, risk and resiliency factors. The presenters will introduce the audience to the SAGE model and phases of growth, emphasizing harm reduction, building resiliency and survivorship. Lastly, they will examine prevention: protective factors, education and intervention.
Brief CSEC Overview            Terms and Definitions            Statistics            Risk Factors            Resiliency Factors Introduction to SAGE            Clinical Model – ARC, SAGE Phases of growth            Harm Reduction            Building resiliency- Survivorship to Leadership Prevention            Protective Factors            Education            Exploring a different approach to intervention – who are we targeting?

Speaker(s): Kelli Doolittle, MA & Margaret Scott

Kelli holds Masters degrees in both Child and Family Counseling and Art Therapy from Marylhurst University, with an emphasis in the treatment of sexual trauma in children and adolescents. She has worked in children’s mental health in the Portland area for the last 10 years, focusing on children with acute psychiatric illness and developmental trauma. Kelli has worked with CSEC youth in the Portland area almost exclusively for the last 6 years, in both community crisis intervention work and residential settings. Kelli is currently the Program Director of the SAGE program, a long term residential program for girls who have experienced chronic commercial sexual exploitation.

 

Margaret Scott holds a Masters degree in counseling psychology and has extensive experience as a parent educator, parenting consultant, and behavior analyst working with autistic children. Margaret is not only to creator of the SAGE Youth Residential program, but also oversees all of Morrison’s outpatient clinics and the community-based programs, in addition to the SAGE Program. She has extensive experience in clinical care of CSEC youth within a variety of positions over the last 10 years, and has been an active and dedicated advocate for vulnerable youth throughout her career.

expandTransgender and Gender Diverse Youth: Affirming Care in Youth/Family-Centered Environments

Zellerbach

This workshop is geared toward mental health providers, advocates, case managers, foster care/adoption evaluators, and family members who are supporting gender diverse youth in care.  This workshop will:Describe gender diversity and associated language/ terminology Differentiate between sex, gender identity and gender expressionExplain the medical and mental health needs of transgender youthIdentify risk and resilience factors experienced by transgender communities Describe the options for transition, including social, hormonal and surgical transitionDescribe ways to contribute to an environment of inclusion  

Speaker(s): Jess Guerriero

Jess is a social worker with a second graduate degree in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College.  While at Simmons, Jess focused their work on a thesis that argued for the expansion of transgender health coverage and the movement toward therapists as partners, rather than gatekeepers, in the transition process.  Jess interned/ worked at Fenway Health, a community health center geared towards LGBTQI-identified individuals.  Here, Jess carried a caseload of children, adolescents, and adults who were, in some cases, navigating medical transitions.  Jess also ran a support group for parents of trans youth and established an independent consulting business to help schools, businesses, and providers implement policies that were more trans-inclusive.  Jess previously worked in Quality Management at LifeWorksNW, and served as an internal trainer at LifeWorks NW on LGBTQI-related topics and was the chair of the Transgender Care Workgroup.  Jess is currently working as an Intake and Referral Specialist at OHSU’s Transgender Health Program, helping to improve experiences for community members.  Jess uses they/them pronouns.