American Teens in Crisis is a conference designed to equip, empower and encourage parents, educators, counselors, youth workers, clergy and anyone who is a part of a youth support system. Be equipped and empowered with up to date information on current topics of concern and take away practical tools of implementation. Be encouraged to continue the positive and important work that you are doing. You are making a positive impact! Together we can make a difference one child at a time.
6 PGP's / CEUs/ Mental Health Credits available
Call us at 219.548.8783 for more information.
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Stephanie Guinosso, MPH, has over 15 years of experience in the field of adolescent health that spans the academic and non-profit sectors. She is committed to a vision in which all young people are given the opportunity to thrive. To realize this vision, she provides training and technical assistance to youth-serving professionals across the country on a variety of topics related to positive youth development. She is a connoisseur of adolescent neuroscience research and loves translating new findings to inspire and invigorate youth-serving professionals in the field. Stephanie is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Child and Adolescent Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She studies the effects of early stress and adversity on child and adolescent neurobiology, and the implications of early stress for health and academic outcomes.
Keynote/ Session #1
Survive or Thrive? Using Lessons from Neuroscience to Re-Envision
our Work with Adolescents
Over the last fifteen years, we have learned a great deal about adolescence, in part because of tremendous advances in neuroscience. Not only is adolescence longer than it has ever been before, but the adolescent brain is particularly malleable during this time. These new insights give us pause to re-think and re-envision the way we educate, raise and care for young people on their path to lifelong health and well-being.
During this interactive workshop, participants will review recent findings from developmental neuroscience and discuss the implications of these findings for their current work with young people. Particular attention will be given to one of the most critical skills known to help young people thrive – the development of self-regulation. Self-regulation is the ability to keep impulses in check and delay instant gratification for later rewards. Participants will examine the factors that influence the brain’s capacity for self-regulation and discuss how their current work can foster self-regulatory abilities in young people. Participants will walk away with specific action steps they can take to ensure that young people do more than just survive – they thrive!
Objectives: As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Tracy Traut, Addiction and Recovery Counseling, is a graduate of Indiana University where she received her BA in Psychology and an AA in Women and Gender Studies. She received her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in Addictions Treatment from Indiana University Northwest. Further she is a graduate of the Institute of Innovative Leadership and Leadership Northwest Indiana. She served on the Advisory Committee for Dayspring Women's Center in Valparaiso, is a member of the Indiana University Northwest Alumni Association, the American Counseling Association, Indiana Counseling Association, NAADAC and serves on the Board of Directors for the Porter County Substance Abuse Council.
Tracy is fast becoming a sought after presenter, speaker and group facilitator on topics related to addiction and recovery.Tracy is passionate and dedicated to nonprofit/small business success and collaboration, addiction and recovery, community mental health and eradicating poverty.
The Perfect (Brain) Storm: Adolescent Resistance and Resilience
Adolescence is a period of dramatic change and significant brain development. Research tells us that the adolescent brain is still maturing well into the mid-twenties. This emerging science provides a framework for understanding adolescent behavior the effects of trauma and why the adolescent brain is susceptible to substance use and abuse.
Taking historical and theoretical views in combination with contemporary research, this session will help you to enhance your understanding of the often complicated and difficult to recognize clinical presentations of adolescents who have experienced trauma.
Language is an extremely important way of interacting with the people around us. We use language to let others know how we feel, what we need, and to ask questions. We can modify our language to each situation. This session will examine how through language we can connect or disconnect with other people.
Objectives: As a result of this session, participants will be able to:
Dion Campbell, is the Senior Leader of Worldgate Centre for Life. The "Gate" is a unique organization that was created to build families, develop leaders, and impact communities. His "leadership emphasis" within Worldgate Centre for Life has taken him to many countries including South Africa, France, Uganda, and Kenya.
The sixteen year veteran of the Michigan City Police department currently serves in the capacity of School Resource Officer for the local High School where he was recognized with the county-wide "Spirit of Leadership" Award for creating the MCPD Youth Leadership Academy.
An active leader in his community, Dion has a pulse for the youth and the next generation of visionaries. Dion has been married to his lovely wife LaRonda Campbell for twenty three years and has four children.
Below the Surface
Understanding Internal Architecture and its relationship to Actions
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
7:30 am to 4 pm
$80 regular rate/ $60 student rate
Old Town Banquet Center
711 Calumet Ave, Valparaiso IN, 46383
(MAP) Between Elm St. and N Morgan Blvd
Interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2015 American Teens in Crisis Conference? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for opportunities.
SCHOLARSHIPS- We have a limited amount of scholarships available for parents and individuals.To be considered for a scholarship please email email@example.com with your contact information and a brief paragraph explaining your motivation for attending the conference and how you intend to use the knowledge you gain.
REFUND POLICY- Full refunds will be given until Friday, March 27th, 2015. After March 27th, 2015, all refunds will be given at 50% of ticket cost.
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