Challenge of Children

Workshops

AM Sessions:

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1 Sexting, Porn and Technology: Snapshot of Youth Sexual Culture
Presenter: Heather Alberda, BA CSE. ASSECT Certified Sexuality Educator Ottawa County Department of Public Health
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 84
Building: MARTHA MILLER Room No: 135

Explore trends in sexual health and youth culture. Learn tools to engage in conversations about sex, porn and technology as we equip our youth and young adults to navigate healthy sexual decision-making. AM Only
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2 Break the Chain: A Closer look at Human Trafficking
Presenter: Stacey Sills, MA. Health Consultant,Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 80
Building: SCHAAP Room No: 1118

See the award-winning documentary Break the Chain, to address the hidden-in-plain-sight issue of human trafficking in Michigan and the United States. This film brings awareness to this serious and pervasive issue in our community. Afterward, a panel discussion featuring local community partners will take place. AM Only
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3 Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Youth
Presenter: Becky Stout, LMSW. Trauma Therapist, Center for Women in Transition
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 40
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B11

This workshop will take an in-depth exploration into the traumatic effects domestic violence has on the developing brain of children. The workshop includes information for parents and service providers related to behavioral challenges, trauma symptoms and how to provide support to children recovering from trauma.
Full
4 The Digital Culture of Kids
Presenter: Chris McKenna. Founder and CEO, Protect Young Eyes
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 200
Building: DIMNENT CHAPEL

Technology is great if used responsibly. However, pornography, predators, sexting, social media, cyberbullying, anxiety and a bevy of other digital issues plague many families. This workshop will share the latest tech trends, 10 digital realities facing most families and how to resolve them, so caring adults can implement at home and oftentimes in their professional roles.
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5 Understanding Child Sexual Behaviors and how to Address Them
Presenter: Alli Watson, LMSW. Therapist. Ashleigh Maat, LMSW. Forensic Interviewer. Ed and Nancy Hanenburg, Children’s Advocacy Center
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 40
Building: MARTHA MILLER Room No: 238

This workshop will provide information about child sexual behaviors specific to what is natural and healthy versus areas of concern. There will be an emphasis on different developmental levels and how to appropriately respond to sexualized behaviors in a way that promotes healthy boundaries
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6 QPR question, persuade, refer Suicide Prevention
Presenter: Sarah Lewakowski, MA, LLP. Executive Director, TCM Counseling
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 30
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B14

It can be hard to approach someone you are concerned may be thinking about suicide. The QPR training teaches how to identify warning signs, ask someone if they are thinking about suicide, persuade them to get help and refer them to appropriate support.
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7 Essential Skills Children Need in their Social Toolbox
Presenter: Maria Dismondy, BS, MA. Educator and Children’s Author
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 82
Building: SCHAAP Room No: 1000

Children need to be taught important life skills such as problem-solving, communication and decision-making as they embark on their journey in school. This workshop shares research on childhood issues, such as bullying, and will provide practical activities for at-home or in the classroom.
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9 Permission to pause: Self-care for Caregivers
Presenter: Catie Hauch, MA, CAS. Health and Wellness Coach Health Encompassed, LLC
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 40
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B12

Typically, the care we offer to others far exceeds the care we give ourselves. This self-discovery session will encourage you to explore your pause button and learn tips on how to care for yourself in your daily life.
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10 Mathematics for Infants and Toddlers
Presenter: Tracy Trautner, MEd. Educator, Michigan State University Extension
Age Group: Younger Children
Seats: 40
Building: SCHAAP Room No: 1008

Children use math to solve problems every day. Youth need to be stronger in math and it starts with educating and exposing math concepts with infants and toddlers. This workshop will give ideas on how to promote math learning in child care facilities. AM ONLY
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11 Resillence: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
Presenter: Stephanie Williams, BS. Coalition Coordinator, Arbor Circle
Age Group: Younger Children
Seats: 42
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B10

This workshop will view the Resilience movie, a documentary looking at the Adverse Childhood Experience and their impact on children and families. After the film, there will be a discussion of how the film can impact work with children and families and how to help our community address trauma.
Full
13 Positive Discipline
Presenter: Courtney Aldrich, MA. Educational Psychology Program Instructor, Michigan State University Extension
Age Group: Younger Children
Seats: 163
Building: GRAVES WYNANTS Room No: 112

Helping young children learn self-control is important to their ability to be successful citizens now and in the future. Positive Discipline workshops help adults learn how their role in creating appropriate environments and experiences can strengthen that development.
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14 Safety Skills for People with Asperger Syndrome
Presenter: Liane Holliday-Willey, EdD. Autism Consultant, BRAINS
Age Group: Special Needs
Seats: 40
Building: MARTHA MILLER Room No: 239

People with Asperger syndrome typically struggle with interpersonal relationships and emotional health. This workshop will present Liane’s personal experiences with botched safety, recovery and skill sets that are helpful for people on the spectrum interested in developing healthy relationships, safe socializing and emotional well-being. AM Only
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15 Executive Functioning: Cognitive Skill Building for ADHD
Presenter: Alisha Lauchie, LMSW CPS-R Behavioral Therapist, BRAINS
Age Group: Special Needs
Seats: 98
Building: SCHAAP Room No: 1019

Have you known a child who had difficulty paying attention to a particular task? Or teens who have challenges with organizing their school work and getting started on assignments? This workshop focuses on providing education and tips on strengthening the frontal lobe skills needed to be successful in daily functioning and in achieving goals. AM Only
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PM Sessions:

ID Title Seats Left
3 Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Youth
Presenter: Becky Stout, LMSW. Trauma Therapist, Center for Women in Transition
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 40
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B11

This workshop will take an in-depth exploration into the traumatic effects domestic violence has on the developing brain of children. The workshop includes information for parents and service providers related to behavioral challenges, trauma symptoms and how to provide support to children recovering from trauma
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4 The Digital Culture of Kids
Presenter: Chris McKenna Founder and CEO Protect Young Eyes
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 200
Building: DIMNENT CHAPEL

Technology is great if used responsibly. However, pornography, predators, sexting, social media, cyberbullying, anxiety and a bevy of other digital issues plague many families. This workshop will share the latest tech trends, 10 digital realities facing most families and how to resolve them, so caring adults can implement at home and oftentimes in their professional roles.
117
5 Understanding Child Sexual Behaviors and how to Address Them
Presenter: Alli Watson, LMSW Therapist Ashleigh Maat, LMSW Forensic Interviewer Ed and Nancy Hanenburg, Children's Advocacy Center
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 40
Building: MARTHA MILLER Room No: 238

This workshop will provide information about child sexual behaviors specific to what is natural and healthy versus areas of concern. There will be an emphasis on different developmental levels and how to appropriately respond to sexualized behaviors in a way that promotes healthy boundaries.
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6 QPR question, persuade, refer Suicide Prevention
Presenter: Sarah Lewakowski, MA, LLP Executive Director TCM Counseling
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 30
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B14

It can be hard to approach someone you are concerned may be thinking about suicide. The QPR training teaches how to identify warning signs, ask someone if they are thinking about suicide, persuade them to get help and refer them to appropriate support.
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7 Essential Skills Children Need in their Social Toolbox
Presenter: Maria Dismondy, BS, MA Educator and Children's Author
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 82
Building: SCHAAP Room No: 1000

Children need to be taught important life skills such as problem-solving, communication and decision-making as they embark on their journey in school. This workshop shares research on childhood issues, such as bullying, and will provide practical activities for at-home or in the classroom.
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8 Respecting Gender Variance in Children and Youth
Presenter: Leslie Boker, Educational Consultant. Larry DeShane Jr. Administrator, Grand Rapids Pride Center
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 40
Building: MARTHA MILLER Room No: 239

Educators from the Grand Rapids Pride Center offer tools, information, and support for caregivers to better understand and respond to the needs of LGBTQ or gender nonconforming children and teens. PM Only
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9 Permission to pause: Self-care for Caregivers
Presenter: Catie Hauch, MA CAS, Health and Wellness Coach Health Encompassed, LLC
Age Group: Youth
Seats: 40
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B12

Typically, the care we offer to others far exceeds the care we give ourselves. This self-discovery session will encourage you to explore your pause button and learn tips on how to care for yourself in your daily life.
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11 Resillence: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
Presenter: Stephanie Williams, BS Coalition Coordinator, Arbor Circle
Age Group: Younger Children
Seats: 42
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B10

This workshop will view the Resilience movie, a documentary looking at the Adverse Childhood Experience and their impact on children and families. After the film, there will be a discussion of how the film can impact work with children and families and how to help our community address trauma.
Full
12 Healthy Brain Development in Young Children
Presenter: Tracy Trautner, MEd. Educator, Michigan State University Extension
Age Group: Younger Children
Seats: 98
Building: SCHAAP Room No: 1019

Early relationships influence us for the rest of our lives. This session focuses on children’s developing brain and the importance of a relationship with one consistent and reliable caregiver. Discussions will also take place on the effects trauma and neglect have on the brain and how nutrition, physical activity and curiosity are important to children of all ages. PM Session Only
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13 Positive Discipline
Presenter: Courtney Aldrich, MA Educational Psychology Program Instructor, Michigan State University Extension
Age Group: Younger Children
Seats: 163
Building: GRAVES WYNANTS Room No: 112

Helping young children learn self-control is important to their ability to be successful citizens now and in the future. Positive Discipline workshops help adults learn how their role in creating appropriate environments and experiences can strengthen that development.
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16 Alternatives to Guardianship for Young Adults with Disabilities
Presenter: Peggy Fakler Arc Advocacy and Resource Center
Age Group: Special Needs
Seats: 30
Building: DIMNENT Room No: B16

Parents need to consider whether a guardian is necessary or if other protections are appropriate for a child near the age of 18 with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Many free alternatives to guardianship are available to put in place and protect young adults with IDD. PM Session Only
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17 Using Virtual Reality and Technologies into the Treatment of ASD
Presenter: Bradley Bridges, LMSW Clinical Director and Therapist, BRAINS
Age Group: Special Needs
Seats: 40
Building: SCHAAP Room No: 1008

Learn about how modern technology, such as virtual reality, biofeedback and other interventions are used to facilitate intervention and skill development of high functioning autism and Asperger syndrome. This workshop will include research, demonstrations of how technology can be used and strategies for implementation at home and in a professional setting. PM Session Only
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18 Engaging your Adolescent with ADHD as a Partner when Addressing Behavioral Health Issues
Presenter: Geoffrey Stevens, LMSW Behavioral Therapist, BRAINS
Age Group: Special Needs
Seats: 80
Building: SCHAAP Room No: 1118

This workshop will help parents and professionals understand the challenges students with ADHD face at school and its impact. Attendees will learn strategies to help students with ADHD achieve success in all levels of education as they move into adulthood. PM Session Only
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