2:30PM – 3:25PM Breakout Sessions (7)

Helping kiddos from a hard place heal trauma and build resilience; a parents perspective – Kirsta Scranton, former foster parent and adoptive parent – Parenting a kiddo or kiddos from hard places can feel overwhelming. It can be challenging to know where to find services or support.  This presentation will provide information and ideas to help parents who are in the chaos of trauma and provide ways to develop resilience in the family.

Bonding for Life – Wendy Stokesbary, LMHC, Therapist/Owner, Kingston Therapy Services – This presentation provides an overview of the importance and science of attachment to caretakers for infants and young children. Information shared will include a description of the variations observed in attachment between children and caretakers in both optimal and less optimal environments. The brain based response system (serve and return) associated with attachment will be highlighted. Attendees will also gain understanding of the lifelong impacts of personal attachment experiences from childhood. Caregiver behaviors that improve parent-child attachment quality will also be reviewed.

Resilient Parenting – Crystal Hall, Director of Programs, YPN – Presentation will detail both the services YPN provides to the community but also how providers can support adults who are parenting in a challenging world.  Recognizing daily resiliency, positive discipline and age appropriate expectations. In addition, presentation will discuss parenting through the eyes of a father, co-parenting and communication, and ways to build Protective Factors.

Inclusive Teambuilding: Through A Compassion Lens– Barbara Dunn Swanson, MS, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Human Science Specialist, Family Life – Much of the work we do is collaborative. Collectively, we can influence one another and create an inclusive, supportive environment by practicing self-care and avoiding compassion fatigue. Together participants will explore strategies for increasing satisfaction as a member of a team, while also protecting and caring for self!

Understanding the impact of trauma on home and school relationships Sara Kane, MRE, Family Educator Coordinator with GWAEA & Jennifer Cira, MA, LMHC Family Educator Coordinator with GWAEA – In this session, participants will learn the impact of trauma on home school relationships.  Participants will also learn the impact of trauma in the classroom and building resilient learners. Additionally, participants will be given tools to assist in communicating about trauma and learn phrases that may be helpful in communicating with families and schools.

An Educator’s Toolkit for Creating a Trauma-Informed Culture– Autumn Pino, Principal, Roosevelt Creative Corridor Business Academy – Want to create a school that supports the complex Social Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health needs of all students? Learn about one school’s strategic efforts to make this happen. In this session, participants will learn more about the knowledge and hands on application in the area of trauma-informed-resilient education and leadership; and begin to determine how they can make positive contributions to this work back at their own buildings.

Creating a Trauma Sensitive Culture Through Restorative Practices– Justin Blietz (Associate Principal, Cedar Rapids Community School District)  – This session will serve as an introduction to restorative practices.  Participants will learn the differences between traditional discipline models and restorative systems.  This session will not only focus on the “why” behind restorative practices but will also provide a continuum of practices that attendees can implement immediately.  These include affective statements and questions as well as various circle structures. 

School and Community Partnerships within the Interconnected Systems Framework – Katy Lee, School Social Worker, Grant Wood Area Education Agency & Tammy McSweeney, School Social Worker, Grant Wood Area Education Agency & Laura Medberry, Director of Learning Supports, College Community School District – College Community Schools and Grant Wood Area Education Agency are partnering to implement the Interconnected Systems Framework in two elementary schools.  The Interconnected Systems Framework is a structure and process that integrates Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports with School-Based Mental Health.  The implementation includes the convening of a District and Community Leadership Team that includes ten local organizations, parent representation, and school and district staff members.  Within this partnership, the focus is on building a robust and multi-tiered system of support within and outside of the school to address students’ social and emotional needs. Participants in this session will reflect upon their current state, develop a plan for how they can implement the key attributes of the Interconnected Systems Framework, and consider steps to take to improve the community and school partnerships to better serve their students.

3:35PM – 4:30PM Breakout Sessions (7)

From Chaos to Wholeness and Agency – the power of transformation... – Chuck Peters, Co-Founder of Generative Education. – How can a small group (3-6 people) lead the transformation of a school from failure to delightful success? Come prepared to participate in small and large group conversations following an introduction from Chuck Peters, who has been working in detail with St. George’s Primary School in London, England for over three years, and engaged in efforts internationally in whole school transformation. Develop perspectives and tools for engaging in your own school’s transformation.

Promoting Resilience Through Music– Amber Cook, LMFT-t, MT-BC, Clinic and Music Therapist – This hands on and interactive session will provide ways to incorporate music into what you already do so that kids and families can experience a creative and successful outlet to promote resilience. Music listening, songwriting, and active music making interventions will be demonstrated in an open and relaxed space!

Collaborative Problem Solving: How to Help Children and Families Overcome Everyday Obstacles Together – Erin Forbes, LMSW, Certified CPS Practitioner This presentation will focus on teaching the audience about the underlying philosophy of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) – kids do well if they can. CPS offers practitioners a rich framework based on empowerment and conflict resolution, that at once honors client experiences, and creates opportunity for real skill-building to occur. The audience will learn about how caregivers, children, and service providers can work together to help durably resolve underlying issues contributing to some of the most challenging behaviors children display through patterned problem-solving discussions.  Audience members can expect to gain practical, evidence-based techniques and ideas to integrate into their trauma-informed practices.

The Liminal Space – Crisis Intervention Primer– Drew Martel, LISW, CADC, Foundation 2 – Come watch as Drew uses big terms (that he had to google) and fancy intervention models (that he also had to google) as he dazzles and mystifies you with an introduction to crisis intervention.  What the heck does crisis intervention involve anyway?  what are the needs of a person in crisis?  Let Drew tell you, for he is all knowing!  He may even bring his banjo!

The neurobiology of attachment, resilience, and renewal – Dr. Randall Lyle, Ph.D. LMFT, BCN – This workshop will provide an introduction to the neurological coordinates for attachment and what happens to the brain when attachment is not successful. We will also examine the science of resilience and therapeutic strategies for recovering or strengthening resilience. We will discover additional interventions and treatment modalities for helping children and adults to become more resilient and more integrated and functional in their lives. 

“The Great Escape:  Breaking Free from the Drama (Triangle) and into the Winner’s Circle” – Brian Christofferson –This session will focus on understanding trauma triggers and reenactment.  SAMHSA has outlined The Four R’s of a Trauma Informed Approach; the fourth “R” being ‘resist re-traumatization’.  An individual who has experienced trauma may become trapped in a narrative they struggle to break free from as they attempt to rewrite the unpleasant memory with a more desirable outcome.  This can result being stuck in dysfunctional relationship dynamics Stephen Karpman defined as The Drama Triangle.  We’ll explore this Drama (or Reenactment) Triangle and learn about ways we can support healing by escaping the drama in exchange for a winning approach!

Resilient LeadershipTonya Hotchkin, LMFT RPT CTP – This workshop is designed to educate and nurture the greatness inside each of us so that we can use the experience to motivate and inspire others. Leadership is about influence; it is about transforming the way we interact with others by creating relationships and teams based on safety, connection, meaning and purpose and efficacy. Everyone has the potential to lead, to sense and respond within relationships in a way that cultivates resilience and fortitude. This session will provide a framework for how to lead from a place of resilience as well as using your greatness to inspire others around you to fully achieve their potential.

Rethinking Behavior Through A Whole-Child Lens – Matt Cretsinger, Ed.S.-Director of Special Services, Anel Garza-Principal of Woodbury elementary, Eric Goslinga-Director of At-Risk/Principal of Marshalltown Learning Academy, Reji Kurian-School Resource Specialist for Marshalltown Learning Academy, Dana Miller, Ph.D.-School Psychologist/MTSS for Positive Well-Being Lead for Central Rivers Area Education Agency, Heidi Williams-Professional School Counselor for Woodbury elementary – This breakout session will outline a proactive systems approach to support students’  social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs. Participants will learn about the whole child approach Marshalltown Community School District and Central Rivers Area Education Agency is implementing to reframe how we perceive, understand, and interact with students.  This is being done through learning about brain development and the impact of trauma, redefining “discipline” as teaching instead of punishment, recognizing students concerns, and building skills and relationships through the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.