REFRESH  2018 BREAKOUT SCHEDULE

*schedule is tentative – subject to change*

FRIDAY 11:30AM-12:30PM

How to Handle CPS Allegations

Dr. Sharen Ford, Ph.D.

You signed up to be a resource, to care for children during their time of distress. Now you’re facing a child protection investigation. Did you hear wrong? Why is this happening to me and my family? You’re faced with an allegation of abuse/neglect. Come hear about what steps you can take when it’s your time to face this situation.

Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASDs

Dr. Ira Chasnoff, M.D.

This film explores the lives of four adolescents with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and the effect that prenatal alcohol exposure has on the young people’s path to finding independence and fulfillment. The film captures the challenges that families must overcome as children with FASDs reach maturity and attempt to strike out on their own as young adults.

Parenting Complicated Children and Teens (Part 1)

Deborah Gray, MPA, MSW

“I do what, when and how?” This workshop is for parents who are trying to keep track of their children’s issues, responding accordingly. We will be looking at the common elements in effective parenting across development challenges that include leaning disabilities, ADHD, prenatal exposure to alcohol, or neglect and abuse. We will discuss the ways that homes and parenting can be set up so that parents create the optimal environment for children’s development and behavior. This workshop provides practical advice. It includes ways to shape behavior, discipline, and create positive homes. This is a two-part workshop.

Parenting the Spinning, Running, Jumping, and Bumping Child

Linda Neuharth, MA

Understanding and improving your child’s unique sensory processing needs and how they impact his or her day to day behaviors, relationships and function. Come glean tools to improve your understanding of SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), understanding the relationship of SPD and ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning disability, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, the overly sensitive child, the trouble maker at school, etc., helping the overly sensitive child, helping the overly active child, helping my child on his own journey of learning to self-calm, self-regulate and self-modulate his sensory and emotional needs, practical common sense strategies to help bring more calm and equilibrium to your home relationships!

Raising Kids Who Are Vulnerable to the Dark Side of the Internet

Chuck Hagele, MBA, CPC

Porn attacks vulnerabilities and adoptive and foster kids carry unique vulnerabilities increases porn use and obstructs recovery. This session will identity how our kids are especially at risk will develop help plans to defend and heal vulnerabilities. Examples of vulnerability including: loneliness, shame, hopelessness, boredom, secrecy, impulsivity, longing for belonging, entitlement, anxiety, people pleasing and emotional instability.

ReFraming the Struggle – Finding Strength When Things Are Hard

Jason Johnson, MA

Foster parents face a unique set of challenges and circumstances that must be filtered through the lens of God’s truth. This session will help you “reframe” some thinking through those experiences along your journey in a helpful and sustaining way.

Surviving and Thriving in a Supersize Family

Jami Kaeb, CDA

Big Family Dynamics: a grace-filled conversation discussing the practicalities and realities that exist when your family grows BIG through foster care and/or adoption.

Why Traditional Parenting Does Not Work with Kids from Hard Places

Mike & Kristin Berry, MA

When we first started parenting we did things the old fashioned way, but it just didn’t work. Then we learned strategies to connect with our unique children in a healthy way. Join us to learn why traditional parenting just doesn’t work.

FRIDAY 2:00PM-3:00PM

African American Skin Care

Tamekia Swint, MBA

We will be sharing the basics of understanding African-American skin. The basics, and a clear description of caring for the skin. Skin issues such as eczema or discoloration from scarring will be discussed and care for skin that has been bruised or damaged.

As Real As It Gets

Kia & Amanda Barton, DNP, FNP, RN

Amanda and Kia discuss being a TRA family for the past 20 years. Listen in as Kia honestly shares what her parents did well and what they could have/should have done differently. Topics covered will include everything from hair and skin care, searching for birth family, challenging teen years, dating, attachment and launching into adulthood. Questions welcomed.

How to Form a Healthy Partnership with Your Child’s School

Mke & Kristin Berry

A strong partnership with your child’s school is the key to a successful school year. We will talk about how to engage with educators and administrators to create a healthy environment for your child.

Parenting the Child and Teen Affected by Prenatal Substance Exposure: An Open Q&A Session

Dr. Ira Chasnoff, MD

This session will be an opportunity for parents to ask the kinds of questions that they have never been able to find answers for. Dr. Chasnoff will facilitate an open discussion that can guide families in addressing the difficulties they are having in providing support to their child.

Parenting Complicated Children and Teens (Part 2)

Deborah Gray, MPA, MSW

“I do what, when and how?” This workshop is for parents who are trying to keep track of their children’s issues, responding accordingly. We will be looking at the common elements in effective parenting across development challenges that include leaning disabilities, ADHD, prenatal exposure to alcohol, or neglect and abuse. We will discuss the ways that homes and parenting can be set up so that parents create the optimal environment for children’s development and behavior. This workshop provides practical advice. It includes ways to shape behavior, discipline, and create positive homes. This is a two-part workshop.

Staying Connected: Making Your Marriage a Priority Along the Journey

Jason Johnson, MA

Often times in the foster and adoptive journey, one of the first things to take a “back seat” on the priority list is our marriages. This workshop is designed to help bring our marriages back to their rightful place – as one of the most important things we can focus on and pour into. We don’t just want marriages to survive the journey, but to thrive and grow because of it. That’s what this workshop is designed to help you with.

Creating and Implementing Transition Plans

Jamie C Finn, Blogger

Jamie explores the role of caregivers in building effective transition plans for foster children. Topics include preparing your child, forging relationships with biological and adoptive families, engaging workers and the legal system, and maintaining bio family connections. Jamie uses Biblical principles, practical tips, and personal experience to encourage and equip foster parents.

ACEs, Trauma, and Resiliency: Making an Impact after Tough Beginnings

Rebecca Rozema, LMSW

The prevalence of ACEs is staggering, as well as their long-term impacts. We will look at the prevalence of ACEs and trauma and how they impact development in children. With that understanding we will explore factors of resiliency and how we can increase those factors as parents, grandparents, and support systems. Practical tools for increasing success will also be explored.

FRIDAY 3:15PM-4:15PM

The Biological Basis of Behavior in Drug-Exposed Children: Developing School- and Home-Based Interventions

Dr. Ira Chasnoff, MD

Adoptive and foster parents struggle with the day-to-day behaviors that children with prenatal substance exposure exhibit. This session will focus on the structural and functional changes that occur in the fetal brain due to prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs, how these changes affect the child’s long-term behavior and learning, and research-based interventions that can be implemented in the classroom and at home.

Foster Care: How to Love the Birth Parents

Jami Kaeb, CDA

Helping you and your child build healthy and God-honoring connections with their birth parents (in foster care and adoption situations).

Fostering Positive Identity in Kids with Medical and Special Needs

Maria Hansen-Quine, MSW

Maria, a school counselor and mom of 9 kids, talks about the sacred privilege of parenting kids from hard places with ongoing medical and/or special needs. As this can be both extremely challenging and rewarding, pursuing our kid’s hearts can easily become lost as their daily needs often consume all of our time and energy. Keeping the first things first can easily be forgotten.

Motivating Unmotivated Teens

Chuck Hagele, MBA, CPC

Why is it that students that are capable of passing classes are instead failing? Some kids may be very bright but lack the executive functioning to be successful. This session explores tools that we use at Project Patch that increase motivation and action. Context will be on home responsibilities, school and teens’ ownership of their future.

Moving Children – Roots and All

Deborah Gray, MPA, MSW

This workshop discuss the practical aspects of placement changes: the number of days that it takes for children to process the information or reality of a move at various stages of children’s development, changes in children’s brains when they are moved abruptly or often, methods to help them process grief when leaving home and entering new homes, ways to prepare them for a move between families.

Navigating the Challenges of Blending Your Foster/Adoptive Family

Kia & Amanda Barton, DNP, FNP, RN

The “blending” of families through foster care and adoption comes with unique challenges that make parenting more difficult unless we have a solid game plan. Join Amanda and Kia Barton as they discusses how to identify and predict some of the challenges and work together to come up with practical, REAL suggestions for meeting those challenges AND prioritizing self-care.

From Broken to Beautiful: An Art Therapy Experience

JJ Blandford, LCSW

This hands-on experience explores a mending of broken pieces of ceramic or stone using the Japanese art of kintsugi to make the object even more beautiful than it was originally. Join therapist, JJ Blanford, for some creative outlet and leave with a piece of art that can symbolize the way that the healing of the broken places in our lives leaves greater beauty in its wake.

Let’s play: Practical Interventions for your Home and Office

Jenn Hook, MA

Kids with a trauma history can have a tough time connecting, attaching, and regulating emotion. This workshop will explore tangible strategies you can bring into your home or office to help your child improve self-regulation, attachment, language, and social skills.

SATURDAY 11:30AM-12:30PM

Calling All Dads (Panel)

Mike Berry

Providing a safe space for dads to connect with one another and have open conversation about the struggles of the adoption and foster care journey.

Sexual Development in Children/Teens Who Experienced Sexual Abuse

Deborah Gray, MPA, MSW

Sexual development is different after children have experienced or witnessed sexual abuse. This workshop briefly summarizes common signs of sexual abuse. The practical workshop provides help for those who are helping children and teens to rebuild healthy sexual and gender identity. We will also discuss ways to set and enforce boundaries.

Smart Phones & Smarter Parents

Chuck Hagele, MBA CPC

Phones are getting smarter and making parenting more complicated. When does a child need a phone, what kind of phone, and how would we know if they are abusing their phone privileges. This session will focus on how to be a phone smart parent and how to dumb down their phones. The goal is to raise kids who live with a phone, not live for their phone.

Transracial Families

Dr. Sharen Ford, PhD

Be equipped to wisely care for and raise a child or another race or ethnic group. Fr. For will discuss the special challenges of being a transracial family, the role of cultural navigators and mentors in life stages, ways to promote healthy identify, and the important topic of raising black boys to be black men.

Empowering Our Kids to Succeed

Daren Jones, LMSW

The TBRI® Empowering Principles set the stage for positive change by ensuring healthy conditions for children that help develop felt-safety, self-regulation, and physical and emotional well-being. This session will discuss the Physiological and Ecological strategies as a means to equip participants with practical methods for supporting children.

How to Care for Yourself while Caring for Children with Trauma

Kristin Berry, Author, Speaker

You love your kids, but sometimes we can be so focused on taking care of their needs that we have little time for our own. You know you need to take better care of yourself, but you don’t know how or where to even begin. We’ll walk through key steps to take better care of you while you’re caring for children from traumatic pasts.

Attachment Styles: Mine, My Children’s, and How to Change it

Amanda Purvis, BSW

Attachment styles provide individuals with a blueprint for how they interact in ALL relationships! That’s pretty powerful stuff. This session will focus on the traits of each style, the type of caregiving contributing to the creation of each style, and most importantly how to change your child’s style and/or your own.

SATURDAY 2:00PM-3:00PM

African-American Hair Care

Tamekia Swint, MBA

We will be explaining basic hair care and discussing why an understanding of African-American hair is important for you and your children. Knowing hair care and hair styling techniques is essential to your child’s identity development and self-esteem.

Family Stability When a Family Member is not Stable

Deborah Gray, MPA, MSW

What happens to families when their children/teens have lots of initials that describe their “condition?” Do they fall apart or thrive? This main address is a frank summary of the reality of mental illness or learning problems —and the most helpful reactions in family members. The workshop helps families to position themselves to be inclusive, loving, and balanced. It includes ways to nurture marriages when parents are under stress.

How to Create and Maintain a Safety Plan in Your Home

Kristin Berry, Author, Speaker

It’s something we all dread, but may face at one point or another- instituting a safety plan in your home. But how do you do this with success? In this session we will walk through key components of a safety plan that works and also protects your children.

When you Follow God’s Call and Your Life Falls Apart

Carrie O’Toole, MA

You felt called to adoption. You listened! You acted! You were so excited. You believed them when they said, “If God brings you do it, He’ll bring you through it!” But now… Your life is a mess. You don’t know if you can continue. Where are you God? Did you call me? If this is who God is, I don’t know if I want anything to do with Him. We’ll address these questions, and others in this honest workshop that wrestles with this messy topic.

From Broken to Beautiful: An Art Therapy Experience

JJ Blanford, LCSW

This hands-on experience explores a mending of broken pieces of ceramic or stone using the Japanese art of kintsugi to make the object even more beautiful than it was originally. Join therapist, JJ Blanford, for some creative outlet and leave with a piece of art that can symbolize the way that the healing of the broken places in our lives leaves greater beauty in its wake.

How to Help without Hurting

Jenn Hook, MA

Support is crucial when raising kids with traumatic pasts. But, how can we come alongside foster and adoptive families and support them in ways that are helpful and not hurtful? In this presentation we will explore practical ways to support families at both the individual and church, equipping you to support them for the long-haul. We are not all called to foster or adopt, but we all have a role to play.

Birth Family perspectives on Openness – 20, 10 and 5 Years Later

Rebecca MacDougall, LCSW

Openness is adoption is about relationships and spans lifetimes, influenced by and impacting the lives of birth families, adoptive families and most importantly, adoptees. Several birth family members will discuss the impact their adoption decision and openness has made, over time, in their lives, how they have supported the adoptive family and how they have found their place to belong.

SATURDAY 3:15PM-4:15PM

Forming Your Therapeutic Team: A Panel

Chuck Hagele, MBA, CPC

Your child needs professional help, but how do you find the right person? This panel will guide you through the process of selecting the best level of care whether it is a therapist, parent coach, therapeutic residential program or psychiatric care. Learn to create partnerships with your child’s mental health providers and how to fund therapeutic services.

How to Help Your Children Process the Hard Parts of Their Story

Mike Berry, Author, Blogger, Speaker

Your children have deep emotions from their past within them, that will eventually spill out. How do you help them process these feelings and thoughts? What do you say when they become angry at their birth parent, or you? This session will give you key steps to help you help them.

I Don’t Know If I Can Do This Anymore: Considering Relinquishment

Carrie O’Toole, MA

Parenting a traumatized child is traumatizing. This workshop will help you think through the heart-wrenching topic of considering relinquishment. Can we keep going? Do we have it in us? What is best for us? What is best for our child? How do we even begin to think about this topic? What resources are out there? How do we live with ourselves? We’ll address all of this and more. Come to the workshop no one wants to attend. You’ll find you are not alone.

Shaping Our Kids’ Behavior

Daren Jones, LMSW

Daren aims to enhance the participant’s understanding of the TBRI® IDEAL Response© and Levels of Response™. He will discuss steps caregivers can take to reach the goal: To communicate after behavioral episodes in a way that leaves children content, connected to their caregiver, and changed behaviorally.

What I Wish You Knew: An Adoptees Perspective

Sandeep Thomas

Struggling to connect with your adoptive or foster child? Come learn from an adult adoptee about what your child wishes they could tell you, but because of their rejection wound, they don’t know how.

Foster Care in Light of Eternity

Jamie C Finn, Blogger

The reality of heaven brings direction, purpose, and vision to the (oftentimes stressful, painful, tiring, confusing, thankless) day-to-day realities of being a foster and adoptive parent. This breakout will draw from God’s Word to bring encouragement to the weary foster and adoptive parent for living out this important calling in light of eternity.

Balancing the Needs of our “Home Grown” & “Heart Grown” Children

Mandy Litzke

Balancing the needs of our biological children and our adopted/foster children who come from hard places. Striving to meet and balance the needs of necessity: nurture, love, connection and direction with all children while seeking to instill understanding and minimize stress and additional trauma.