Challenge of Children

Workshops

AM Sessions:

ID Title Seats Left
1 Caring for the Caregiver
Presenter: Christi Demitz, MSW. Extension Educator for Financial and Homeownership Education
Seats: 40
Caring for the Caregiver describes the situation that many caregivers find themselves in; they end up needing care themselves as they are likely to experience decreases in their physical and mental health when they become a caregiver for a child with special needs. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a statewide, self-management program for caregivers. The workshop will provide the importance of such a program for caregivers in Michigan, some strategies taught during the workshop, and an overview of the curriculum.
31
2 Understanding the Benefits of Infant Massage for Infants
Presenter: Danielle Boog, MS, OTR/L. Certified Educator of Infant Massage BRAINS (Behavioral Resources and Institute for Neuropsychological Services)
Seats: 40
Through this workshop, participants will be educated on the benefits of infant massage for the infant as well all involved caregivers. Bonding and attachment will be discussed as well as research presented to support nurturing touch through massage. Utilizing massage as an art of communication between infant and caregiver will be explored
33
3 #porn: Today’s Sex Educator
Presenter: Heather Alberda, BA CSE. AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator
Seats: 98
#foodporn #shoeporn #wordporn...Accessing porn no longer means a trip to the gas station, buying that magazine in a black bag and then convincing your friend to stash it at their house. This workshop will explore the history of pornography, the influence of pornography in our culture, and how to create conversation around porn with youth and young adults that is meaningful and lifelong. (Morning Session Only)
31
4 Connecting to Emotional Well-Being
Presenter: Heather Dexter, ND. Naturopathic Doctor
Seats: 80
We all have emotions. They change and shift frequently based on our experiences, perceptions, upbringing and more. During this 90 minutes; we will discuss and explore emotions, consider the impact of suppressed emotions and experience options for connecting with your emotions to create a Mind-Body Connection that can be utilized with any age person.
25
5 Balancing Life as Mom: Tips for Finding Better Balance in the Areas that are Most Important to Us
Presenter: Jennifer Reminga, LMSW. Outpatient Therapist BRAINS (Behavioral Resources and Institute for Neuropsychological Services)
Seats: 55
In today’s world moms wear many hats. This presentation will focus on strategies to identify the areas that are most important to us and create strategies to find better balance among them. Focus will be made on relationships, time management, self-care and ways to remain flexible with our ever changing lives.
15
8 LGBTQ+ Children and Youth: What They Experience and Need from Us
Presenter: Matthew Clark, PsyD. Child and Adolescent Psychologist
Seats: 40
A training workshop tailored for professionals working with children and young people. Intended to advance their knowledge, practice, and confidence in working with LGBTQ+ children and young people and families.
19
9 Understanding Anxiety: How Do the Sensory Systems Impact Our Emotions and How Can We Utilize Them to Help with Regulation
Presenter: Molly Buist, OT. Occupational Therapist and Clinical Director/ President. The Center for Childhood Development
Seats: 150
Is your child oversensitive to sounds, sights, textures, flavors, smells and other sensory input? Would you describe your child as anxious? Do you often wonder what’s going on behind your child’s behavior? When children have sensory processing challenges and anxiety together it can cause mayhem. The two often coexist and play off of each other, creating a variety of symptoms and effects. This workshop will help parents understand the concept of sensory processing, explore techniques to help manage the symptoms of emotional difficulties and discuss the development of emotion and regulation. This will help make better sense of why some kids do what they do. Oh, and we will play too.
45
10 The Value of Nature Play
Presenter: Rachel Hucul, BA. Vice President of Early Childhood
Seats: 42
We are living in a world filled with scheduled activities, technology, and stress on families. In this session, you will learn the benefits of unstructured play for a child’s physical, social/emotional, and language development. Attendees will gain a deeper knowledge on how nature provides the opportunity for connection and stress relief. Learn strategies to take advantage of all of Michigan’s seasons and help children get outside! (Morning Session Only)
Full
11 Effective Strategies for Supporting Trauma Affected Children
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Grant, PhD, LPC, IMH-E®. Director of REACH Parent-Child Program & Trauma Informed Communities Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health
Seats: 300
Dr. Grant will expand on the information presented in her earlier keynote and will discuss in more detail why traditional caregiving strategies are often inconsistently effective when caring for children with trauma histories. She will also present strategies that will be more effective and provide examples of what those can look like.
177
12 ASD Understanding the Fundamentals
Presenter: Whitney Mitchell Krusniak, MEd, ABD. Autism and Behavior Specialist. Spring Lake Public Schools
Seats: 40
This session will provide parents and educational providers of young, or newly identified children with autism spectrum disorders, a foundation for understanding the disability. By providing examples of simple strategies to support everyday difficulties, the speaker hopes that participants will leave feeling empowered and ready to support children with ASD in new ways.
8

PM Sessions:

ID Title Seats Left
1 Caring for the Caregiver
Presenter: Christi Demitz, MSW. Extension Educator for Financial and Homeownership Education
Seats: 40
Caring for the Caregiver describes the situation that many caregivers find themselves in; they end up needing care themselves as they are likely to experience decreases in their physical and mental health when they become a caregiver for a child with special needs. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a statewide, self-management program for caregivers. The workshop will provide the importance of such a program for caregivers in Michigan, some strategies taught during the workshop, and an overview of the curriculum.
36
2 Understanding the Benefits of Infant Massage for Infants
Presenter: Danielle Boog, MS, OTR/L. Certified Educator of Infant Massage BRAINS (Behavioral Resources and Institute for Neuropsychological Services)
Seats: 40
Through this workshop, participants will be educated on the benefits of infant massage for the infant as well all involved caregivers. Bonding and attachment will be discussed as well as research presented to support nurturing touch through massage. Utilizing massage as an art of communication between infant and caregiver will be explored.
34
4 Connecting to Emotional Well-Being
Presenter: Heather Dexter, ND. Naturopathic Doctor
Seats: 80
We all have emotions. They change and shift frequently based on our experiences, perceptions, upbringing and more. During this 90 minutes; we will discuss and explore emotions, consider the impact of suppressed emotions and experience options for connecting with your emotions to create a Mind-Body Connection that can be utilized with any age person.
20
5 Balancing Life as Mom: Tips for Finding Better Balance in the Areas that are Most Important to Us
Presenter: Jennifer Reminga, LMSW. Outpatient Therapist BRAINS (Behavioral Resources and Institute for Neuropsychological Services)
Seats: 55
In today’s world moms wear many hats. This presentation will focus on strategies to identify the areas that are most important to us and create strategies to find better balance among them. Focus will be made on relationships, time management, self-care and ways to remain flexible with our ever changing lives.
16
6 Tips to Build Credit and Manage Debt
Presenter: Jinnifer Orquist, MS, CFLE. Extension Educator for Financial and Homeownership Education
Seats: 35
There is a lot of consumer confusion around “credit”, and yet credit affects so many aspects of our daily life. This workshop will address credit myths and facts, explain the importance of credit reports and credit scores, and provide tips to improve credit and manage debt. (Afternoon Session Only)
23
7 When Kids Who “Just Have to Learn,” Don’t! How to Become Your Own Best Expert!
Presenter: Linda Brauer, BS Ed, MSW. CHADD Chapter Coordinator CHADD of Grand Rapids (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
Seats: 98
Children with “hidden disabilities” may be expelled from school or repeatedly blamed and punished instead of taught what to do. Once the underlying problem becomes buried beneath their defense mechanisms, they would rather be viewed as “bad” than a fool for trying, and still failing. This seminar is to help parents and others become their own best experts, based on the child’s unique needs and strengths, the reason for their behavior, and situation. (Afternoon Session Only)
Full
8 LGBTQ+ Children and Youth: What They Experience and Need from Us
Presenter: Matthew Clark, PsyD. Child and Adolescent Psychologist
Seats: 40
A training workshop tailored for professionals working with children and young people. Intended to advance their knowledge, practice, and confidence in working with LGBTQ+ children and young people and families.
18
9 Understanding Anxiety: How Do the Sensory Systems Impact Our Emotions and How Can We Utilize Them to Help with Regulation
Presenter: Molly Buist, OT. Occupational Therapist and Clinical Director/ President. The Center for Childhood Development
Seats: 150
Is your child oversensitive to sounds, sights, textures, flavors, smells and other sensory input? Would you describe your child as anxious? Do you often wonder what’s going on behind your child’s behavior? When children have sensory processing challenges and anxiety together it can cause mayhem. The two often coexist and play off of each other, creating a variety of symptoms and effects. This workshop will help parents understand the concept of sensory processing, explore techniques to help manage the symptoms of emotional difficulties and discuss the development of emotion and regulation. This will help make better sense of why some kids do what they do. Oh, and we will play too.
30
11 Effective Strategies for Supporting Trauma Affected Children
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Grant, PhD, LPC, IMH-E®. Director of REACH Parent-Child Program & Trauma Informed Communities Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health
Seats: 300
Dr. Grant will expand on the information presented in her earlier keynote and will discuss in more detail why traditional caregiving strategies are often inconsistently effective when caring for children with trauma histories. She will also present strategies that will be more effective and provide examples of what those can look like.
200
12 ASD Understanding the Fundamentals
Presenter: Whitney Mitchell Krusniak, MEd, ABD. Autism and Behavior Specialist. Spring Lake Public Schools
Seats: 40
This session will provide parents and educational providers of young, or newly identified children with autism spectrum disorders, a foundation for understanding the disability. By providing examples of simple strategies to support everyday difficulties, the speaker hopes that participants will leave feeling empowered and ready to support children with ASD in new ways.
Full