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Reimagine Conference 2020


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Category 1 CEUs approved for LSWs, LCSW, LMFTs, LMFTAs, LMHCs, LMHCA, LACs, and LCACs, through our partner, INDIANA PARENTING INSTITUTE.

Pending approval for Category 1 Psychologist CE

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SPEAKER LINEUP ANNOUNCED!

KEYNOTE
klevens picJoanne Klevens MD, PhD:
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AS A PUBLIC HEALTH/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ISSUE. Dr. Klevens will present the prevalence of ACEs and explain the mechanisms through which ACEs leads to risky health behaviors, chronic and infectious diseases, learning problems, and diminished life opportunities. She will describe strategies for preventing and remediating ACEs on the best available evidence.

Dr. Klevens has worked in public health for almost 40 years, in violence prevention for 30 years, and with the CDC for almost 20 years. At the CDC, she conducted or collaborated in research on the effectiveness of interventions to prevent child maltreatment, partner violence, and youth violence. Before joining the CDC, Dr. Klevens worked as a researcher and consultant in violence prevention with the cities of Bogotá and Medellín in Colombia, South America. Her research in Colombia focused on the etiology and prevention of child malreatment and youth violence.

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Sarah Buffie, MSW, LSW: DEEP LISTENING
This session will focus on deepening relational resilience: the capacity to be in safe relationship with self and others. Over the course of our time together we will explore how deep listening is a trauma responsive tool as well as a key for successful organizational and community development. When we experience trauma we are left with a sense of feeling unsafe, unseen and unheard. Together we will engage in a practice space that allows us to build the skills necessary to support self and others to feel safe, seen and heard.

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Ruben Cantu : LEVERAGING COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALING & RESILIENCE Elevating rates of despair force us to take a broader approach to identify what drives conditions and challenges including depression, anxiety, opioid misuse, and suicide. Community environments – the social, physical, and economic conditions in communities – have a tremendous influence on the stressors that people experience in their daily lives. We all recognize that where you live, work, play, and learn has the ability to predict health outcomes and life expectancy. It is critical that as multiple sectors explore opportunities to advance community wellbeing that we identify opportunities to align strategies to create a more sustainable impact on mental health and wellbeing.

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Ronnie Matthew Harris: AFTER THE RACE: 2020 AND BEYOND
This session is an exploration into Racial Uplift, Uprisings, and the 2020 Race for the White House

Topics will include, but not limited to: Intra-racial conflict in LMI Black Communities, Martin Luther King’s death bed vision of Economic Inclusion, and Political Race Baiting in 2020. Focusing particularly on local/regional socio-economic, racial and political developments and divides, this up-close and personal session profiles the past, present and future of race and its implications for us as a nation.

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Leah Kyaio:TEACH LIKE THEIR LIVES DEPEND ON IT
A learning experience designed for extraordinary educators interested in expanding their practice in student led learning, trauma informed practice, high poverty impact, and social emotional learning. This unique opportunity includes immersion, dissection, and performance to learn, understand, apply, and evaluate the skills and strategies experienced and taught. Together we will learn through through the tools, about the research, and how to use and adapt them for the students we serve. This is how we continue to create trauma sensitive classrooms, schools, and communities.

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Stacey Garcelon: EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY EAGALA MODEL AND HOW THIS EXPERIENTIAL THERAPY HELPS HEAL AND TRANSFORM TRAUMA
This presentation gives information about an innovative and growing modality: Eagala Model equine-assisted psychotherapy AND how effective and efficient it is in treating and transforming trauma Into resiliency through experiences with horses. It will identify how trauma Informed principles are Incorporated throughout the Eagala model and how !his experiential therapy provides clients with the opportunity to transform adverse childhood experiences not just cognitively, but also through Incorporating body movement, all rove senses, and connection with another sentient being. Eagala provides another tool for counselors in affecting transformation and healing; especially with clients who are normally resistant to traditional therapy. As an experiential approach that focuses more on non-verbal interventions, it has been especially useful in working with diverse cultures and languages where expressing family Issues in a formal office setting may not be culturally appropriate or relevant

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Ashley D. Gilmore, MS, ED, MFT, LCMHCA, NCC: HOMELESSNESS AS TRAUMA IN THE BLACK FAMILY
Annually, 40% of people experiencing homelessness are black, despite making up only 13% of the total population. As mental health providers, how can we increase awareness around the plight of homelessness as trauma in African American families? What role do we play in creating effective interventions for families who suffer far greater than white families? Presented in narrative format, the goal is to help understand the role of clinicians with homeless shelters.

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Carol Dahlen: HELPING OUR CHILDREN AND COMMUNITY BY BEING TRAUMA-INFORMED
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) can have life-long and devastating impact on children. The physiological, psychological, and emotional development of children can be compromised by caregivers, & other adults through neglect, abuse, and mistreatment. Chronic patterns of maltreatment potentially cause deficits in the mental, emotional, & physical well-being of children and young adults. A ripple effect that produces problematic behaviors in schools, and health burdens for our communities. Becoming trauma-informed and creating partnerships across sectors can help alleviate the behavioral issues of schoolchildren, support the overwhelmed parent, and decrease the rising population of youth who are being incarcerated. “Helping Our Children and Community by Being Trauma-Informed” session offers an understanding of trauma’s adverse impact on children and how simple strategies and language can help alleviate the effects.

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Kalyani Gopal, PhD, HSPP: REVISING ACEs TO ADDRESS COMPLEX TRAUMA ACEs were initially developed by Vincent Felitti, MD and Robert Alda, MD. This revision is based on clinical practice and current research for childhood adversity applicable to adults with mental illness. The ACEs-R is a questionnaire developed by Dr Gopal, Dr Gremley and Dr Felitti. Between March and June 2020 the pilot study was conducted in the Mid-America Psychological & Counseling Services, PC and the Mid-America Mental Health Clinics in Indiana and Illinois. Preliminary results will be shared with the participants.

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PANEL:
Kalyani Gopal, PhD, HSPP
Pastor Charles Strietelmeier
Mark Price
Claude Ann Poupolos

ACEs AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE SAFE VILLAGE
Most trafficking victims have between 3-10 ACEs and when victimized have a mental illness trajectory accompanied by homelessness, substance abuse and suicidality. The SAFE Village Project is developed by clinicians and survivors as a restorative healing survivor centered holistic program. Components will be discussed by the panelists.
1. Gain knowledge about intersection of ACEs and Human Trafficking
2. Recognize how trafficked victims receive ACE informed treatment
3. Understand two ways in which ACEs are related to Trauma

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Robin Sizemore:SUPERHERO TRAINING- IMPLEMENTIING SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Superhero Training and Supply, Inc. is a non-profit social emotional learning organization using yoga, mindfulness, and creative arts for youth to address depression, anger, anxiety and stress. We train students (and adults!) to be superheroes by learning about their brains as well as breathing and movement techniques so they can help others. This session will share our successes in Hammond using SEL with students and adults

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Natalie Kirk: ACEs IN THE WORKPLACE
Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, can have a lasting impact on a person's health and long-term functioning. This workshop will introduce ACEs, examine the ways that ACEs can impact the workplace, and provide strategies to help adults with ACEs succeed and thrive.

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Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, PhD: TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES IN THE WORKPLACE: INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL RESPONSES
Organizations serving people vulnerable to homelessness have begun to report high rates of sick leave, stress leave and long-term disability leave in their work force. One large organization received notice that its disability insurance policy will not be renewed because of these high rates. Another reports sick leave due to stress at 20% of the work force. Traumatic stress is identified as more problematic than burnout for these workers. Thus there is a pressing need to identify the responses that organizations can take to protect workers from added traumatic stress and differentiate it from a separate dynamic of burnout, in order to continue to fulfill their work responsibilities. On a more theoretical and conceptual level, data in this presentation supports the fact that traumatic stress, and vicarious traumatization in staff are the same phenomena and need to be treated similarly. aumatic experience in the workplace: individual and organizational responses

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Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, PhD: FUNDAMENTALS OF TRAUMA AND TRAUM-INFOMRED CARE
Psychological trauma is the emotional response to an event or series of events that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope and deal, at least temporarily, with the impact and repercussions of the event(s). This session will explore the multiple types of events that can result in a traumatic response, what that response consists of, and ways that clinicians can address the impact of these responses on clients -and themselves. It will also brielfy address the similarities and differences between primary traumatic stress, secondary traumatic stress and vicarious traumatization.

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Dawn Thurmond: RESILIENCE: USING LAUGHTER TO COMBAT STRESS
ations serving people vulnerable to homelessness have begun to report high rates of sick leave, stress leave and long-term disability leave in their work force. One large organization received notice that its disability insurance policy will not be renewed because of these high rates. Another reports sick leave due to stress at 20% of the work force. Traumatic stress is identified as more problematic than burnout for these workers. Thus there is a pressing need to identify the responses that organizations can take to protect workers from added traumatic stress and differentiate it from a separate dynamic of burnout, in order to continue to fulfill their work responsibilities. On a more theoretical and conceptual level, data in this presentation supports the fact that traumatic stress, and vicarious traumatization in staff are the same phenomena and need to be treated similarly.

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La Shanda Sugg, LPC: GETTING A SENSE OF IT
It is not uncommon to attend a conference, hear and see many inspiring things, and still leave confused about next steps. This workshop, led by trauma specialist, La Shanda Sugg, LPC, will assist participants in organizing their thoughts and preparing to implement what they learned throughout the conference in their organizations and lives. You will not want to miss this opportunity to spring into action and be motivated!
Participants will:
* Participate in grounding exercises
* Identify key takeaways from the conference
* Leave with practical next steps

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PANEL:
Ginger Haggerty
Jim Verhoye

AN EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING COACHING APPROACH:
ADDRESSING THE TRAUMA OF LIVING IN POVERTY
Being trapped at the bottom has serious consequences. Science tells us that living in poverty significantly raises the likelihood of dropping out of school, becoming incarcerated, a single-parent, homeless, and even dying at a much earlier age. It also tells us in increasingly compelling terms that the trauma of living in poverty affects how our brains develop, how we think and behave when we are subjected to stress, and therefore how well we navigate the many challenges involved with getting ahead.
This session is designed to introduce attendees to an innovative evidence-based executive functioning informed model, Mobility Mentoring®. Mobility Mentoring is a participant centric model that uses contextualized long-term planning, goal setting tools, and coaching techniques to reinforce skills and pathways from poverty. This model is designed to mitigate the impact of the high levels of stress caused by poverty, trauma, and oppression. Presenters will distill the growing body of research on how toxic stress and trauma, often experienced by people living in poverty, impact executive functioning skills and will highlight how learnings from this research can be applied, using a Mobility Mentoring model, in various settings to generate increased economic mobility for individuals and families.

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Elaine Spicer: FILM SCREENING: RESILIENCE
"The child may not remember, but the body remembers."
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

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Leslee Scott: FILM SCREENING: CRACKED UP
Cracked Up is a rallying cry to be part a movement that is transforming our communities one by one to become trauma informed. Cracked Up, director Michelle Esrick’s Award-winning documentary, we witness the impact that childhood trauma can have across a lifetime through the incredibly courageous and personal story of comedian, actor and Saturday Night Live legend Darrell Hammond. Renowned for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and hundreds more, Hammond wowed SNL audiences for a record-breaking 14 seasons. Although Hammond performed brilliantly on live TV, behind the scenes he suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury and addictions, symptoms which were misdiagnosed by over 40 doctors as mental illnesses, including: multiple personality disorder, manic depression and schizophrenia. Not until a suicide attempt that brought Hammond together with Dr. Nabil Kotbi, was he properly diagnosed and treated, unleashing the memories his brain had locked away for over 50 years.
Esrick, gracefully weaves together comedy and tragedy, helping us to understand the biological effects of childhood trauma in a new light. Breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope, Cracked Up reveals what is possible when science meets the human spirit.

 

Ms. Anna Schoon, MA, CCAP, NCRT: FILM SCREENING: BROKEN PLACES
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway," A Farewell to Arms
Why are some children permanently damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive? To help answer this question, filmmaker Roger Weisberg dug into his extensive film archives to update a few of the stories of the abused and neglected children he filmed decades ago. Viewers are given a unique time-lapse perspective on how the trauma that these children experienced shaped their lives as adults. BROKEN PLACES interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts in neurobiology and early childhood development in order to illuminate the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the factors that can foster resilience.

 

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The 2020 reimagine conference is an opportunity for everyone to explore the truth about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to forge new relationships, to envision new possibilities, and to build a resilient community. 

 

The objective of the conference is to inspire collaborative initiatives in communities that take a trauma‐responsive approach to community development and public health efforts. This conference is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and what it means to be trauma‐responsive at home, at work, and in the community.

ACEs affect approximately two-thirds of the population. We all know someone whose well-being is impacted by these experiences. We encourage parents, neighbors, caregivers and community members from law enforcement, healthcare, community development, education, and mental health to attend and engage in this important community conversation.

Join us to learn about the impact of ACEs  on communities and strategies for healing through care, connection, and community.

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