Shoulder to Shoulder Conference

 

Please note the conference website is in the process of being updated. More information will be available by August of 2019.

 

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

expandA Conversation About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Why it Matters

Downstairs Ballroom

Come learn about how to have conversations around this topic and why these conversation are important especially when working with families connected to child welfare. The presentation will go over definitions and terms and what they really mean. There will be time to reflect on how it applies to your personal and professional life. Finally, we will identify what are some next steps and tools that you can use to support diversity, equity, and inclusion work related to child welfare. 

 

Speaker(s): Rekah Strong, MSW

Rekah Strong MSW is currently the Executive Director of Educational Opportunities to Children and Families, which is the largest provider of Early Learning Services in the Southwest Washington region. Rekah has had over 20 years of experience working in social services including the former Chief of Operations and Equity with United Way, Developing Policy for State of Oregon’s (DHS) child welfare system to close the disparity gap for Native and African American children, and Clark County as the Chief Diversity Officer. She understands the direct impact of cultural competence and service delivery. The first 13 years of her career was spent in case management and providing culturally relevant services to children and families. Rekah has spent the past 7 years of her career focused specifically on diversity and equity at the policy and mezzo organizational level. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis on African American Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work Administration from Portland State University. Rekah is currently working on her PhD in Social Work Research. She has completed her course work and is preparing for her dissertation titled (Moving Diversity and Inclusion from Theory to Practice). Rekah has almost 2 decades of experience working with public agencies and developing strategies to improve organizational cultural humility. A noted trainer she has conducted trainings in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Building Anti-Oppressive Practice, Cultural Competency in Service Delivery and Customer service, Implicit Bias, Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion, Procurement and Diversity, Moving Diversity Committees to Action, Managing Diversity, Organizational Improvement Strategies, Personnel and Human Resource Improvements, and Building Cohesive Teams. Rekah has conducted training for local universities, non-profit, g

Morning Keynote8:45 am - 9:45 am

expandMaking Sense of Fragmented Lives

Grand Ballroom

Coming to Oregon all the way from the U.K., world renowned therapeutic life story practitioner Richard Rose will offer an overview of his unique life story work process, while giving the audience a window of understanding into the philosophy of his approach. Richard is an engaging, thought-provoking and delightful speaker who continues to engage and enlighten audiences all over the world, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, China, Russia, Canada, Scotland, England and now Oregon.  

Speaker(s): Richard Rose, AAP, MBA, BPhil, PGSWE, PQCCA, CQSW

Richard Rose AAP, MBA, BPhil, PGSWE, PQCCA, CQSW is the Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services Ltd (CTIS). Richard undertakes consultancy and training on Life Story Therapy and working with 'hard to reach' children and adolescents; and develops academic training programs in the UK and internationally. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and an Honorary Associate of Berry Street, Australia and a Honorary Associate of the Institute for Open Adoption at University of Sydney, Australia. Richard works with children and their carers in out of home care and family placements to assist understanding and attachment with the aim of enabling placements to become healthy and nurturing for all involved. He oversees certificate and diploma programs in Therapeutic Life Story Work in multiple locations in the UK, Australia, and in Oregon in the USA. Richard’s signature approach is also in the process of becoming an evidence-based practice.
Richard is the author of The Child’s Own Story - Life Story Work with Traumatised Children (2004), Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice (2012) and Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work: Developing trauma-informed practice for working with children, adolescents and young adults (2017).

Session A10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Speaker(s): TBD

Session B11:15 am - 12:15 pm

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Multnomah

Speaker(s): TBD

Lunch & Lunch Keynote12:20 pm - 1:45 pm

expandFrom Dirt Roads to Ivy Walls: One Woman's Story

Grand Ballroom

Cinnamon Spear shares her life story: As a child, her parents struggled with alcohol addiction. She and her siblings spent time in foster care and group homes. Despite the challenges she faced at home and in these environments, she persevered. Cinnamon earned her bachelors and masters degrees from one of the country's best colleges and just completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the world's best writing program. Her story is sharp and honest and she hopes to inspire others.

 

 

Speaker(s): Cinnamon Spear

Cinnamon Spear is a word warrior from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. With a rez education from home and two Ivy League degrees from Dartmouth, she’s become a cross-cultural communicator who bridges the gap between Indian country and the rest of the world. 

Cinnamon is a recent Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate and teaching fellowship recipient. By infusing Native American studies, creative writing, and her own wisdom traditions, Cinnamon decolonized the classroom and cultivated young writers in an Indigenous-centric learning environment. She believes that writing fosters healing and is committed to facing hard truths in order to bring about change. 

As a child, Cinnamon lived in a foster home for a short period and a group home on multiple occasions while her parents fought to overcome their alcohol addiction. She openly shares her stories in hopes that it helps those who need to hear it. 

Cinnamon’s beadwork, creative writing, documentary film production, and oral storytelling combat harmful stereotypes and cultural appropriation by offering refreshingly honest, self-representation on behalf of herself and her people.

 

Session C2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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Washington
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Speaker(s): TBD

Session D3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

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Washington
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Speaker(s): TBD