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2019 Youth Workers Conference: Agenda
youth worker 2019 agenda

No Bad Kid YWC

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Monday, October 7

8:30 – 9:30 am Registration
9:30 – 11:15 am Opening Keynote: No Such Thing as a Bad Kid - Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Approach
Charlie Applestein
11:15 – 11:30 am Awards Ceremony
11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch break
 

Track One

1:00 – 4:15 pm No Such Thing as a Bad Kid, Part II
Charlie Applestein
 

Track Two

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Breakout Session A

A1: Authority vs. Relationship – Authority is a Relationship Issue
Erik Meier and Anita Kendall

This training will explain the importance of building professional relationships with youths in our care.  It will highlight why relationships are critical to the change process and the benefits staff members experience as a result.  It will give practical ways in which staff members can begin building better relationships and the positive impact this approach has on a treatment facility.

A2: Safe Harbor in Minnesota – the Basics for Understanding and Identifying Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking in Your Work
Becki Jordan and Michael Pittman

 Are you working with or coming into contact with youth or young adults experiencing sexual exploitation? Are you seeing situations involving sex or labor trafficking? Not quite sure? Join us for a crash course in the basics of what sexual exploitation and human trafficking look like in Minnesota.We’ll share tools for identification, ideas for intervention, and resources and referral options to help prepare and equip you!

A3: Confrontation vs. Communication – Talking with Teens about Substance Use
Sadie Holland and Amber Hewitt

Parents and Professionals who know or suspect a child is using drugs or alcohol are often at a loss for what to do next. Do you take a hard-lined punitive approach? Confront the child? Approach the child as you would a friend?

Know the Truth, a prevention program of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, will provide some suggestions for what parents and professionals can do when it comes to these difficult situation and explains how to best approach helping to address concerns about teen’s substance use.

2:45 – 4:15 pm

Breakout B

B1: It Takes Courage to Expand Your Definition of Diversity
Denise Dallas and Stacey Trushenski-Carlson

This presentation is an interactive small and large group discussion- we will be utilizing the crowdsourcing technique- as there will be plenty of opportunity to share and discuss your knowledge and experiences. The agenda will start with a quiz (gasp!), followed by small group stations, and finally come together for the large group open forum to review and discuss. The goal is to seek out knowledge from attendees, share and exchange that knowledge with one another, and walk away with a richer definition and appreciation of diversity.

B2: Best Practices Working with Safe Harbor Youth
Nick Riba and Kate LePage

The state of Minnesota passed the Safe Harbor law back in 2011, protecting youth under the age of 18 from being charged with participating in prostitution. Since then Minnesota has implemented the No Wrong Door Model and worked to raise awareness of this issue across the state in grand strides. We aim to educate on these laws, changes in mandated reporting, and help professionals understand not only how to work with these youth, but also how to first identify someone involved in commercial sexual exploitation. We will look at the issue from a dual perspective, utilizing both law enforcement and advocacy to showcase best practices for professionals.  

B3: Applying Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills when Working with Youth
Jacquie Conklin and Taylor Lawson

This breakout session will teach you the foundational skills of DBT, including Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. This interactive training will be geared towards skills coaching with adolescents, however the skills can be applied to individuals of all ages. After this session participants will walk away with increased confidence in both practicing and teaching the DBT skills.

4:30 – 6:30 pm Bean Bag Tournament
6:30 – 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 – 11:00 pm

Evening activity options

  • Bonfire (weather permitting)
  • Monday Night Football, poolside
  • Karaoke in the Beartrap Lounge

Tuesday, October 8

7:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast
 

Track One

9:00 am – 12:15 pm Using A Positive, Trauma-Informed, Strength-Based Approach in Our Setting: A Train the Trainer Seminar
Charlie Appelstein
 

Track Two

9:00 – 10:30 am

Breakout C

C1: The Ugliness of Grooming, Part 1
Lisa Becking

This 3-hour training will discuss appropriate sexual and personal boundaries within MN DOC licensed facilities. Join discussions about how juveniles can and do manipulate staff and peers in the juvenile residential and detention setting and how residents “groom” those around them to meet their personal needs. We will also explore ways juveniles “groom” staff to set them up or to show power and control over their peers. And last but not least, we’ll analyze how staff manipulate residents to be victimized and how staff “groom” their co-workers to prey on the residents in residential and detention settings.

C2: How to Advocate and Inspire Compassion within Youth Justice Work
Madeline Hodapp, Danae Gilbert and Brian Tullison

The Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Board (YAB) at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities will be presenting on How to Advocate and Inspire Compassion within Youth Justice Work. This youth led workshop will dive into how youth workers can best serve their young people by giving compassion and building compassion within their support systems. Participants will learn how to first look into their own bias about the communities that their youth come from and develop skills on how they can become change agents in their own organizations and beyond.

C3: Understanding Adolescent Sexual Misconduct
Jon Brandt

When teenagers are arrested for sexual misconduct, they quickly discover they have acquired a new identity – “sex offender.” Teenagers are typically very treatable and fewer than 3% will sexually reoffend, but that’s not the public perception, and consequently most juveniles who have sexually offended may never recover from the stigma. This workshop will discuss how sexual behaviors have become criminalized in the US, the challenges for teenagers to navigate interpersonal sex, the myths and facts around adolescent sexual misconduct, and how we can help teenage offenders, victims, and their families successfully recover from sexual offending.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Breakout D

D1: No Bad Kids, Just Overwhelmed Brains!
Annelies Hagemeister and Ashley Hansen

When children experience trauma and loss, their grief and emotional responses can become overwhelming for their brains! This workshop will present approaches to help calm the brain of a traumatized child, while also creating space for caregivers to learn ways to develop healing relationships in the process. Presenters will provide hands on, trauma effective activities, strategies, and tools to assist the practitioner in aiding the healing of the youth’s trauma. Additionally, through stories of real-life examples, explain how caregivers play the key role in the youth’s healing, and overall relational success.

D2: What Lies Beneath: How Youth Behaviors are just the Tip of the Iceberg
Jennifer Holloway

This presentation focuses on the impact of trauma on the behaviors of youth in correctional facilities. You will increase your understanding of childhood trauma, and how to identify a history of trauma and trauma related responses and behaviors in the youth that you work with. We will discuss strategies and interventions that will benefit the behaviors of youth while in your facility and back in the community.

D3: The Ugliness of Grooming, Part 2
Lisa Becking

This 3-hour training will discuss appropriate sexual and personal boundaries within MN DOC licensed facilities. Join discussions about how juveniles can and do manipulate staff and peers in the juvenile residential and detention setting and how residents “groom” those around them to meet their personal needs. We will also explore ways juveniles “groom” staff to set them up or to show power and control over their peers. And last but not least, we’ll analyze how staff manipulate residents to be victimized and how staff “groom” their co-workers to prey on the residents in residential and detention settings.

12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 pm Closing Keynote: "Use the Force, Luke!" Managing Number One, First & Staying Motivated to Do the Job!
Charlie Appelstein
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