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Workshops for Thursday, May 14, 2015
THURSDAY, MAY 14th
8:00-9:00 a.m.   Registration & Refreshments
9:00-12:00         Session I Workshops

OPTIMIZING MENTAL HEALTH IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS: KEY STRATEGIES THAT WORK - There is a growing
recognition that in order to effectively address the growing rates of anxiety, depression and stress in children and adolescents, we need to broaden our
lens
to beyond focusing on medication alone. In this workshop, we will explore how stress physiology leads to distorted perceptions and poor coping
strategies. We'll discuss effective strategies to shut off the stress response through lifestyle interventions and stress reduction strategies. The audience
will participate in stress reduction practices themselves so that they can optimize their own cognitive functioning, and in turn, guide children and
adolescents through these strategies.
 Dr. Nimi Singh

ALTERED NEUROPATHWAYS:  THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA ON THE DEVELOPING BRAIN - This workshop will focus on the impact
of trauma on brain development and the attending risk factors that often result from exposure to traumatic experiences during childhood. Attendees will
learn how the growing child and adolescent brain adapts to trauma, seeks patterns and is likely to become re-traumatized over the life span. An overview
of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study will be shared and strategies for mitigating resulting risk factors will
be discussed. Participants will
have an opportunity to review the ACE’s calculator to determine 10 significant factors that can have a negative impact on health and longevity.

Dr. Charlene Myklebust

12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00-2:30 p.m   Session II Workshops        

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS:  CHILDHOOD POVERTY AND ITS IMPACT ON LEARNING AND MENTAL HEALTH -
Children living in poverty experience risk factors that often accompany being poor. The accumulation and interaction of these risk factors can have a
dramatic impact on social-emotional development and classroom functioning. This presentation will discuss the thresholds for being designated as a
family living in poverty, the four types of poverty, the impact of poverty and related childhood experiences on brain development, and enrichment

activities to engage the brains of children impacted by this social malady. This is a message of hope about altering the outcomes for poor children.
Dr. Charlene Myklebust

TEN MINDFULNESS STRATEGIES FOR MORE EFFECTIVE, STRESS-FREE INTERVENTIONS WHEN WORKING WITH
CHALLENGING YOUTH
- The life of a professional who works with youth can be fulfilling, but it can also be frustrating and exhausting. This
workshop will allow participants to directly experience the benefits of research-proven Mindfulness strategies that can stop stress in its tracks, while
maximizing creativity and effectiveness. The experiential nature of this workshop will insure that these Mindfulness practices will be directly

transferable to your important work with youth.  Jim Nelson

2:45-4:15 p.m.        Session III Workshops

CUT IT OUT!  SELF HARMING BEHAVIOR IN YOUTH - It may seem counterintuitive that children sometimes hurt themselves in order to feel
better. Yet mental health professionals and educators frequently see the telltale signs such as numerous cuts and burns. Tragically, misguided self-harm
actions can sometimes lead to death, whether intentional or not. The presenter will discuss the  prevalence of self-harming behavior among adolescents
and teens, common co-occuring mental health disorders that accompany self-harm, warning signs that children are hurting themselves, and evidence-
based interventions to interrupt the cycle and to help young people heal.  
Dr. Charlene Myklebust

ADOLESCENTS WITH SEXUAL OFFENSES - TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT - When adolescents are arrested for sexual misconduct
they quickly discover they have acquired a new identity -“sex offender.” Teenagers are typically very treatable and more than nine out of ten kids will
not sexually reoffend. However, that’s not the public perception, and because perceptions drive public policies, most who have sexually offended may
never recover from the stigma. This workshop will discuss how sexual behaviors have become criminalized in the US, the myths and facts around
adolescent sexual offending, the challenges that youthful offenders and their families face, and how we can more successfully manage adolescents who
have
sexually offended, and support victims and families.  Jon Brandt
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