The Ties That Bind Seminar Is Sponsored By The Following Organizations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Schedule

 

Session 1 - Saturday, May 20th - 10:30 am - 12:00 am

1A Communicating With Children and Youth: Parents As The Experts

Presented by: Jackie Hampton, LCSW & Tanya Hampton, Ed. S.

Professional practitioners, share their knowledge gained from research, varied experiences and experimentation. This workshop will engage participants as the experts based on their life experiences, to discuss strategies in communicating with young children and older youth. Methods of communication will be presented by the workshop leaders, to solicit the most successful strategies. Participants will be encouraged to share their positive and negative experiences with these techniques with a specific focus on communicating with adoptive and foster children.

1B Helping Without Harming: A Trauma Informed Approach to Coaching Families

Presented by: Shenandoah Chefalo


Research informs that trauma can have a significant, life-long impact when it is not mitigated. This presentation translates evidenced-based research regarding childhood trauma/adversity into skills which can be used immediately to mitigate the negative impacts of trauma. This presentation provides non-clinicians with skills to support better outcomes for children/youth and families.

1C Raising Children with Medical Needs: The Reality of What You Need to Know

Presented by: Christina Mahoney. LCSW


Are you aware of the systemic barriers leading to life-long challenges for adopted children with medical needs? Children with medical needs cannot be served in the same way as other children. This workshop provides valuable insight into the services available for this special population, barriers and considerations for permanency and adoption planning. Tips for advocating will be shared. The importance of foresight, Medicaid Waivers, SSI vs SSDI & more will be discussed.

1D Building Bridges to Connection

Presented by: Suzanne Clark, MA, LPC


Parents Building Bridges to Connection isn't just about reunion. Building Bridges is about successfully incorporating birth family into the adoptive family through a variety of ways, many of which do not involve actually meeting the birth family in person. Connection to birth family is a vital component for all adoptive families. This workshop will discuss the reasons for that and how to successfully integrate an adopted person's past with their present.

1E Georgia Families 360° & Adoption Assistance Services

Presented by: Amber Hammontree, LPC & Denole J Taylor, LMSW


In March of 2014, children in the state Adoption Assistance program moved to an innovative, new health program called Georgia Families 360°. This workshop provides an overview of the program, the benefits, and services offered by it. This presentation will also introduce parents in the state Adoption Assistance program to various program staff and provide important contact information.

 

Session 2 - Saturday, May 20th - 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

2A Parenting Individuals with Developmental Delays and Disabilities

Presented by: Fanike-Kiara Olugbala, LCSW & Dale Roberts


All parents of children with developmental disabilities are at risk for high levels of distress. Children's maladaptive behaviors have been associated with increased parenting stress and psychological distress in parents. Results suggest clinical services aiming to support parents should include a focus on reducing problem behaviors in children with developmental disabilities. This workshop's focus is on educating parents on the symptoms, effective interventions, and possible resources available to them. *Attendees will be automatically registered for Part 2 of this workshop.

2B Whole-Hearted, Whole Brained Parenting: A Must for Adoptive Families

Presented by: Julie Beem, MBA


So many children who are adopted come to their families through grief, loss, and early childhood trauma. Parents must be taught and empowered to use strategies that are both Whole-Hearted and Whole-Brained. In this workshop, caregivers and professionals who coach and support parents will explore the importance of modeling vulnerability and empathy, and strategies that nurture healthy brain development to build resiliency and promote healing in attachment-impaired, traumatized children.

2C Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and 504 Plans: Know Your Rights

Presented by: Kirk Lunde


Knowledge is Power! The more you know about IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), the better advocate you can be for your child. Parents will learn about 504 and IEP Plans, the differences between them, the rights each provides students and families, and the obligations of school districts to follow them. You will leave this workshop knowledgeable & feeling empowered!

2D Strengthening Attachment Through Play: A Theraplay Journey for Parents

Presented by: Karen Buckwalter, LCSW


Play is one of the many ways a secure attachment is formed between parents and their children. The dimensions of Theraplay including Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge teach parents to engage in play with a purpose. This workshop will teach parents ways to play that create positive changes in their children's brains and deepen connections with young children through adolescent age. The speaker is Director of Program Strategy at Chaddock, a multi-service agency providing a range of residential, educational, and community-based services.

2E How to Select the Right Therapist to Provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Presented by: Jamie Bray, LCSW


DBT is a therapy designed to help people suffering from mood disorders as well as those who need to change patterns of behavior that are not helpful. The presenter will provide parents with a brief overview of this therapy and what to look for when searching for a DBT Therapist. DBT has been highly researched and shown to be highly effective. The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate and leave parents with the skills to assist their children with managing strong emotions, stressful situations, and learning to get along with others.

 

Session 3 - Saturday, May 20th - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

3A Parenting Individuals with Developmental Delays and Disabilities

Presented by: Fanike-Kiara Olugbala, LCSW & Dale Roberts


All parents of children with developmental disabilities are at risk for high levels of distress. Children's maladaptive behaviors have been associated with increased parenting stress and psychological distress in parents. Results suggest clinical services aiming to support parents should include a focus on reducing problem behaviors in children with developmental disabilities. This workshop's focus is on educating parents on the symptoms, effective interventions, and possible resources available to them. *If you attended 2A you will be automatically registered for Part 2 of this workshop.

3B Advocating for Your Adopted Child At School: Trauma Informed Strategies That Work

Presented by: Julie Beem, MBA


Adoptive parents are often at a loss for how to help their children at school. Trauma is widely not considered when trying to understand a child's unique behaviors and learning struggles. Yet a significant number of adopted children have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) that hamper their school success. This workshop will focus on trauma-informed strategies that can be implemented with or without an IEP and will help the child feel save and connected, get regulated, and learn

3C How Do I Avoid Parental Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Presented by: Dr. Laklieshia Izzard, EdD, LPC


While parenting is a very rewarding role it can also bring about many challenges that may take a toll on parents. The emotional and physical demands involved with parenting can strain even the most resilient person. It is vital for parental health that parents learn how to appropriately care for them-selves. The workshop will focus on Self-Care tips, Stress Management techniques, and Effective therapies that can assist parents with managing the stress of parenting. Parents, you will leave this workshop with less stress.

3D I Thought It Was Just Me: The Journey from Surviving to Thriving Post Adoption Depression

Presented by: Judy Skaer and Lissa Bowen


Two adoptive mothers (foster/private/open) share their journey and experiences with post-adoption depression (PADS), burnout, and secondary trauma. They will share their stories, struggles and strategies for surviving (barely), to thriving in their families and lives. You will leave with a sense of belonging (you are not alone), resources for PADS and secondary trauma, and an individualized self-care plan (with help from a health & wellness coach) that will help you stay healthy and positive

3E Stuck In the Yuck of Trauma and How to Heal From It

Presented by: Janice Turber, LPC


Most of us have been traumatized to some degree. Experiencing trauma can be a negative, life-changing event, but healing from that trauma can be life changing in a totally different and positive way. This workshop will give you a blueprint to identify your trauma and define ways to set out on a journey to heal from that trauma. In school we are taught a lesson then given a test. Life gives us a test which then teaches us a lesson. What will your life lesson be?

 

Session 4 - Sunday, May 21st - 9:00 am - 11:00 am

4A What Is Trauma Informed Adoption Practice? (And What It Is Not)

Presented by: Wayne Duehn, Ph.D.


Many adoption programs purport to deliver trauma informed care, but do they? This workshop will explore the essential elements of trauma informed care and point out the “therapeutic” approaches which run counter to trauma informed practices. Critical to trauma informed care is the incorporation of recent findings related to the effects of trauma on the neurobiology of the brain. Participants will receive tools that guide the process of trauma resolution. This workshop is interactive and stimulating.

4B Mindset Matters: Raising Complex Kids With Calm and Confidence

Presented by: Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC


Life can be challenging and stressors more difficult when kids are struggling with issues that interfere with learning and relationships. Regardless of the underlying reasons for these challenges, parents are the missing link to effective management. Parents can minimize meltdowns, improve communication, and make family life more manageable by modifying their approach. The coach-approach offers a new way of addressing old prob-lems, teaching parents to raise kids with calm and confidence, fostering independence and guiding them, step by step, to reach their full potential.

4C Insight into Children’s Temperaments

Presented by: Michael Carpenter, Ph.D.


Dr. Carpenter is an educational consultant and Trainer who has worked with school systems over 20 years. This interactive workshop will present an overview of emotional intelligence skills and how parents can enhance their children's empathy and other EQ skills. This open discussion workshop is designed to provide parents with a framework for appreciating and supporting the individual differences of children. The Presenter will share strategies that reduce behavior problems and employ problem-solving techniques.

4D Managing Madness: A Mom’s Panel

Presented by: Rose Stagemeyer, Rachel DeBruce, Pamela Jones, and Heather Colvin


Four moms will share their experiences as adoptive moms who have adopted complex children. They will share how they found success with their children who had sometimes been “doomed” to fail. These Moms have important things to share that will benefit all parents. These resourceful mothers could be what you've been looking for to obtain direction, support, knowledge, and resources to be your BEST self for your family..

4E Men Behaving “Dadly”: A Dad’s Panel

Presented by: Kirk Lunde and Brian Stagemeyer


Dads impact a child's life as much as moms. This panel of adoptive dads will share their wealth of experiences and knowledge including open adoption, kinship adoption, foster care, single parenting, adopting teens, working with school systems, and being involved in your child’s life every day. They will share the joys and challenges of parenting by adoption from a dad's perspective. They are witty, funny, and oh, so serious about being dads. You will leave feeling empowered, inspired, invigorated, and with strategies/tools for being the best dad/parent you can be.