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Monday, October 2

9:00 - 10:00 am  Registration and continental breakfast

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Opening

Keynote: Dr. Jermaine Davis

The Bounce-Back Factor: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieve Success by Dr. Jermaine Davis
Adversity is a fact of life. Why do some people thrive and others shut down in the midst of adversity? How youth, youth workers, and organizations respond to these challenges will determine if they fail or succeed? In this thought-provoking and interactive presentation, Dr. Jermaine Davis will explore the topic of resilience by providing youth workers with practical tips on how to mentally, emotionally, and physically Bounce-Back in the face of adversity. The Bounce-Back Factor will teach you how-to effectively adopt, adapt, and adjust to the uncertainties of change in life, school, and work. Get ready to learn and laugh as you prepare to overcome obstacles to achieve success.

This engaging and interactive keynote will teach participants how to:

  • Navigate obstacles and challenges using the 5-Responses of Change
  • Respond effectively to adversity using the Practice of Facilitative Emotions
  • Develop a Growth Mindset using the C + R = Success or Failure Formula
  • Maintain personal clarity and direction using the P.V.G. Theory
  • Transition from pessimistic to optimistic thinking using the Power of Gratitude Journaling when confronted with hardships in life, school or work

12:00 - 1:00 pm   Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm  Breakout A

A1: Introduction to Person Centered Thinking by Betsy Gadbois - (Part I – presentation covers A&B breakout sessions) Imagine a world where people have positive control over a life they desire and find meaningful. Person centered thinking will begin a conversation and give staff some tools to use to make more of a reality. It will help you identify where you can make changes in the way you do your work to improve the lives of the people you support and the culture of your organization.

A2: Report Writing for Institutional Supervisors by Michael Turner and Christopher Douglas - Our staff are told of the importance of documentation.  We use the mantra “If it isn’t documented, it didn’t happen.”  What can we do as supervisors to address poor reports?  The goals of this course are to “re-calibrate” supervisors’ responsibilities by addressing what’s important in reports, such as grammar, clarity, facts, and completeness.  We will also talk about how writing good reports can help staff make better decisions during incidents.  For example, staff who are aware of what needs to be in a report to justify going “hands-on” with a resident are more likely to use a mental checklist prior to physical engagement.

A3: Creating a Responsive Environment by Hannah Barnes - This presentation will educate youth counselors on the importance of creating a culturally responsive environment that helps empower our youth to their fullest potential, so they can feel confident in the face of diversity. This training will explore the importance of becoming more-culturally competent and an ally
for all.

A4: Vicarious Resilience: why this is the best job you could ever have! by Leslie Chaplin - After a tough shift, you notice your coworker/senior staff leaving the same shift happy, excited and positive.  You’ve probably heard of vicarious trauma, but have you heard of Vicarious Resilience?  This is what makes it all worth it, gets your through the tough times and makes you better, stronger and more fulfilled than you could ever imagine!  For those of us who have been doing this work for 20, 30, even 40 years – this is what we have and what your future needs to include!  Vicarious resilience is about your own growth and transformation as you find deep meaning in your experience working with our kids.

2:45 - 4:15 pm  Breakout B

B1: Introduction to Person Centered Thinking by Betsy Gadbois - (Part II – presentation coveres A&B breakout sessions) Imagine a world where people have positive control over a life they desire and find meaningful. Person centered thinking will begin a conversation and give staff some tools to use to make more of a reality. It will help you identify where you can make changes in the way you do your work to improve the lives of the people you support and the culture of your organization.

B2: Adolescents who have Sexually Offended: Getting Interventions Right for Youth & Families by Jon Brandt - Teenagers don’t know the laws or social rules for interpersonal sexual behavior.   The Internet, cell phones, and social networking have expanded the minefield for sexual misconduct.  New research indicates that juveniles who have sexually offended are highly resilient - recidivism is less than 3%.  Unfortunately, most juvenile "sex offenders" will never escape the label and social stigma.  Interventions aimed at sexual safety often separate youth from their families, and we’re not very good at putting families back together again.  In most cases, reconciliation and reunification can be successful.  When victims can direct their own recovery, they too become more resilient - that turns victims into survivors.  This workshop will describe the pathways to sexual offending, review the treatment and management of juvenile offenders, and discuss the systemic challenges to recovery - for all parties.

B3: Building Resilience by Dean Grace - This workshop will examine the profound positive impact building resilience has for the youth we work with.  Dr. Grace will introduce a simple step-by-step model empirically proven to mitigate the destructive impact of trauma and effectively help youth exert control over their behavior.  The session includes insights shared by youth involved in a 2015 McNair Scholar study of resilience building treatment interventions.

B4: How to Stay In Love With Your Work by Heidi Wiste and Amy Mische - As both of these women have spent nearly 20 years with same program, population and work, Heidi and Amy remain in LOVE their work!  This presentation will focus on how they use their experience in the field, and specifically with working to find permanency for youth, to engage staff and assist them in remaining creative, understood and supported while they creatively manage challenging work day in and day out.  Support from leadership and helping staff understand how important they are to clients and each other, helps to ignite the energy of a talented and dynamic team.

4:30 - 6:30 pm Bean Bag Tournament

All conference participants are welcome. Register to play when you arrive at the conference (you can’t miss our booth!) registration will close at 1 pm. Two person teams will be randomly selected. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams.

6 - 7 pm Dinner at Lakeside Dining Room

7:30 pm  Monday Night Football

Watch the big game on the big screen – poolside.

8:00 - 11:00 pm Karaoke and DJ in the Bear Trap Lounge

No talent is needed to be a superstar at the Youth Worker Conference. Network and connect as you enjoy hearing new voices belting out favorite tunes of today or the past. The DJ will play music throughout the night to inspire continued networking and Youth Worker Conference fun.

7:30 - 11:00 pm Bonfire on the beach

(weather and interest permitting - share your interest with conference hosts)
As the fall chill settles, warmth of the bonfire along with the company of new and old friends will provide a wonderful backdrop to network, connect and enjoy the evening.

Tuesday, October 3

7:00 - 9:00 am   Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 am  Breakout C

C1: Improving Resiliency for Youth in Correctional Facilities by Jennifer Holloway- This workshop is focused on how to improve resiliency for all youth in correctional facilities. Learn how better interactions with staff and increased family engagement, youth in correctional facilities can improve their ability to be resilient in placement and in their communities.  It will also be discussed how to identify the youth with the greatest resiliency deficits and ways to provide increased services to specific populations.

C2: A Restorative Approach: From a Trauma Lens by Paula Minske - Trauma Informed Care is well known in both mental health and correctional settings but how can one use Restorative Practices through a trauma lens? What is Restorative Practices versus Restorative Justice?  This workshop will help define trauma informed care as it relates to restorative practices. Let’s examine how Restorative Practices apply to the daily work of a youth care professional through practical scenarios and tips!

C3: Life Space Crisis Intervention Overview by Jennifer Sheppard - Do you work with kids who consistently create stress and crisis for themselves and others?  Kids who pull adults into conflicts? Kids who create more problems when they clearly have enough already?  Through this overview, professionals will gain an understanding of how Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) training will benefit.  In the overview, foundational skills will be discussed including the primary importance of positive relationship, how the brain responds to stress and trauma, the conflict cycle, and how to break the conflict cycle. 

10:45 am - 12:15 pm Breakout D

D1: Resiliency for Juvenile Corrections Staff by Jennifer Holloway - Professionals that work with youth in correctional facilities are often the most overlooked in the youth services system. This presentation provides an opportunity for correctional professionals to engage with one another and learn about the impact (both positive and negative) that this unique line of work has on our lives.  We’ll discuss the challenges we experience working in correctional facilities and the ways we can manage the stress that is a part of our everyday lives at work.

D2: Run for your life! How cardiovascular exercise reduces aggression and anxiety, especially in kids with PTSD by Dan Hurley - It has long been known that cardiovascular exercise has a positive impact on mental health but how and why does this occur? This session will explore the specific impact that endurance based exercise has on the brain and apply that knowledge in specific ways to children and adolescents with anxiety, aggression and/or PTSD related issues. The session will also examine the specific interventions used by the presenter and the dramatic results uncovered in a residential treatment setting over the past 2 years using cardiovascular exercise on a team of11 boys ages 9-13.

D3: Vicarious Resilience: why this is the best job you could ever have! by Leslie Chaplin - After a tough shift, you notice your coworker/senior staff leaving the same shift happy, excited and positive.  You’ve probably heard of vicarious trauma, but have you heard of Vicarious Resilience?  This is what makes it all worth it, gets your through the tough times and makes you better, stronger and more fulfilled than you could ever imagine!  For those of us who have been doing this work for 20, 30, even 40 years – this is what we have and what your future needs to include!  Vicarious resilience is about your own growth and transformation as you find deep meaning in your experience working with our kids.

12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch

1:30 - 3:00 pm Closing Keynote

Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) by Kami Norland
Life is not about what happens to you. It’s about how you chose to respond. Learn about the neuroscience, philosophy and psychology of stress and wellbeing based on the research and coursework of the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Amit Sood, Global Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing. This course shares cutting-edge research on how to train awareness of the brain’s default mode, identify the three main sources of stress and take action towards greater compassion and gratitude. 

Participants will:
- Explore the reasons behind the mind's restlessness and irrationality
- Discover greater novelty, meaning and sustained focus that enhances gratitude, compassion and the ability to bounce back quickly from adversities
- Reduce everyday anxiety and find greater fulfillment in life

This training is presented in a format this is simple, participatory and fun. Application of these skills is pertinent for both personal and professional settings. 
SMART has been tested in over ten completed research studies at the Mayo Clinic and elsewhere, with the results indicating improvement in stress, anxiety, resilience, mindfulness, productivity, happiness and positive health behaviors.

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