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.
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8 PGP's / CEUs/ Mental Health Credits
CEUs for the American Teens in Crisis Conference are provided by Regional Mental Health.
Danny Lackey B.S.W., M.S.
Danny has spent the last 30 years in human services working with children and families in mental health and educational settings, and has specialized in the treatment and service to children and adolescents. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Indiana University and a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Purdue University. In 2014 he received his administrative license from Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently Mr. Lackey is attending Ball State University working towards earning his masters and doctorate degree in educational leadership.
Mr. Lackey has been noted for his work with a diversity club called S.T.A.N.D. (Socially Together and Naturally Diverse) in Merrillville. S.T.A.N.D. is a student-led club that promotes an appreciation for diversity by doing various community service projects throughout the year. Mr. Lackey has been a Guidance Counselor and Coordinator of Diversity Programming for Merrillville Schools, and in 2013 he was promoted to an administrative position, Director of Diversity and Student Support Services. In his new role he is responsible for supervising school social workers corporation-wide, overseeing the climate, cultural and social-emotional issues as it relates to student achievement.
Session #2 & 4
Todd S. Willis MA, LMHC, LCAC, LPC
Todd has been working at Porter-Starke Services since November 2000 and has been serving children and their families for 20 years. During this time period he has worked with a variety of children, adolescents, and their families in a number of setting including schools, hospitals, residential, day treatment, outpatient and the juvenile detention setting. His current role of Director of Prevention and Education allows him to work closely in the community with the goal of decreasing mental health and addiction stigma. In addition, Todd has a passion to help people build protective factors and develop strategies to prevent mental health, addiction and suicide from developing within themselves and their families. He is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed clinical addiction counselor in the state of Indiana and Missouri. Todd also serves on several community boards including: The Starke County Community Corrections Advisory Board, Porter County Drug Juvenile Drug Court, Porter County Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, and Porter County Tobacco Prevention and Education Coalition, PATH Board. PC Substance Free, Porter County Substance Abuse Council.
Todd lives with his wife Kendra in Porter County with their six year old daughter three year old son. He is an avid musician and is very involved in his local community.
Beth Corbett is a wife, mother, teacher, and coach. Beth was born and raised in Plymouth, IN and still lives in this community. In fact, Beth teaches 7th grade science at the school she attended, Lincoln Junior High School. Beth also teaches in the Innovation Academy at LJH which is a school within a school that implements project based learning through the New Tech Network. This is her 6th year teaching and my 5th year teaching PBL.
Any “free time” Beth has is spent around sports. Before kids, Beth coached freshman volleyball, high school boys swimming, and junior high track. After kids, she pulled back and now only coach 8th grade volleyball, but enjoys supporting her husband who coaches varsity football and varsity baseball at Plymouth High School. Beth and Brent have been married for 6 years this summer, and we have two children, Wilson, 4, and Emerson, 2. When not in the classroom or coaching, she spends her time being a mom.
Beth is also a member of a newly formed Student Support Committee in our community that is creating a program for supporting students and staff in crisis situations. This year, Beth invited the PATH program into her classroom and had the opportunity to see the impact of their programming first hand. She is excited to be part of the 2017 American Teens in Crisis Conference as she will share her experience as a teacher and coach regarding student depression and suicide.
Ericka Gergely, BS
Ericka has been a health educator with PATH since 2013. She graduated from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA and has her BS in Elementary Education and Minors in Business Management and Art/Art Education. Over the last 17 years, she has been a classroom teacher for grades Kindergarten to 9th grade. In addition, her passion for educating students went well beyond U.S. borders to Papua New Guinea, where she taught multicultural middle school students for three years. Ericka has worked with teens in educational settings, youth groups, student councils, middle school mentoring, and youth sports. She has been an active part of curriculum development, fundraising, and marketing committees and is a current board member of Chesterton Pop Warner. Her passion and commitment to students’ success is what drives her to continued research of how current trends and risky behaviors are deeply impacting the futures of our youth.
Adam has been employed as Probation Officer at the Porter County Juvenile Probation Department for the last 6 years. Prior to his employment at the probation department, Adam worked as a Detention Officer at the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center for 2 ½ years. Adam’s role at the probation department has varied throughout the years. When Adam began his employment, Adam was assigned as a supervision officer at the rural schools. Adam was then reassigned as a school probation officer in the Duneland School Corporation and was stationed at Chesterton High School. Adam remained as the Duneland supervision officer for approximately 4 years, before being reassigned as Porter County’s Teen Court Coordinator. In addition to his role as the Teen Court Coordinator, Adam also visits local schools and presents educational programs to assist students in avoiding pitfalls and contact with law enforcement. Adam and his wife Aneece, have been married for the last 9 years. The couple shares 3 daughters together, Cadence, Violet, and Celeste. Aneece is a licensed mental health counselor and is currently employed at New Leaf Resources in Crown Point, IN.
SCHOLARSHIPS- We have a limited amount of scholarships available for parents and individuals. To be considered for a scholarship please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 31st, 2017.
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