2013 Workshop Summaries and Presenter Bios
Keynote: Antwone Fisher: Today we know Antwone Fisher as an award-winning screenwriter and literary writer. However, his life did not begin with such promise. Born Antwone Quenton Fisher in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Fisher became a ward of the state and was placed in foster care. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but when Social Services deemed the foster mother to have become too attached to him, Antwone was placed in another home where he would suffer 12 years of abuse. Fisher survived the cruelties of foster care and the brutalities of homelessness and set on a course of healing after joining the United State Navy where he served his country for 11 years. Fisher is now an award-winning screenwriter, author, producer, and director, having worked in Hollywood for 17 years compiling an impressive 14 writing projects or assignments with major studios. Those projects include the feature classic Antwone Fisher (Fox Searchlight), which he wrote himself and which was directed by Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington; the New York Times bestseller Finding Fish: A Memoir, the inspiring story of his incredible life's journey;Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?, a collection of poetry; and his most recent book, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie and Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life, which won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
Plenary: Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC, OCPC:
All Stressed Up and No One to Choke!
This stress management workshop is designed to help participants recognize stressors, become aware of their own personal stress level and discover some healthy, effective methods to reduce stress. Time management and humor are discussed as methods of effective stress management. A personal stress level assignment and plan for healthy stress management will be the outcome of the training.
11:15 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.
Workshop A: Dr. Harriette Wimms and Zosia Zaks: (Part 1):
Trauma Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism-Related Disorders: Individually Tailored Strategies for Assessment and Intervention
Autistic children who also experience trauma may not respond to typical pediatric trauma interventions. Communication and social behavior issues, resistance to change, reliance on routine, difficulty with abstractions, and atypical ways of processing feelings, behaviors, and the world can pose unique challenges in clinical settings. This workshop teaches practitioners strategies that best support autistic children in trauma situations. Participants will also learn how to individualize these broad approaches to meet their specific clinical needs and the individual needs of each autistic child.
Workshop B: Jeanne Allert, M.Ed.
The Trafficking of Children in America
This session provides a harsh but real look at the second largest criminal enterprise in the world: the trafficking of human beings. Specific focus on how this crime manifests in Maryland and how it affects children and youth will be presented.
Workshop C: Michelle Sayre, LCSW-C:
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning Utilizing the EAGALA Model
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or "brief" approach. EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings. The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. The focus of EAP involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP.
Workshop D: DFC Khalid Mitchell, DFC Craig Thompson, and DFC Eric Blottenberger:
Violence in the Halls: From Student to Shooter (Identifying Warning signs and Prevention)
Presenters will discuss various causes of youth violence and the strategies for negotiating with these youth during a crisis. Case studies pertaining to youth violence will be reviewed. The audience will also learn about relevant gang influence on youth violence.
Workshop E: Dr. Shawn Lee:
Stress, Emotions and Coping: The Real Cause of Disease
Caregivers and those with hidden or repressed stress from childhood have depressed immune systems and shorter life spans than others. Coping mechanisms become traits and emotional patterns that are key indicators for illness and addiction. We will learn to recognize and counter the three forms of stress.
1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Workshop F: Dr. Harriette Wimms and Zosia Zaks: (Part 2)
Trauma Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Autism-Related Disorders: Individually Tailored Strategies for Assessment and Intervention (See above)
Workshop G: Jeanne Allert, M.Ed.
Reducing the Risks of Exploitable Children
The computing power that once took a room to fill is now available in any handheld device. Children can connect with any resource, anywhere in the world, at any hour of the day. At the same time, these devices open youth up to content and relationships that are equally without limits and often threatening. Today’s tools allow access to youth at their most vulnerable, those who are younger, compromised by their situations, and within their own homes. This educational session includes: Cyber bullying, Sexting, Gang recruitment, Sexual predators, Pornography, and Human trafficking. We’ll profile the characteristics and behaviors that make youth particularly vulnerable and look at the channels by which these youth are identified, recruited, and exploited. Channels include popular media, cell phones, social media sites, as well as public venues where predators are most likely to work. We’ll discuss the “top ten most risky behaviors” that youth do and how to educate them about these behaviors.
Workshop H: Dr. Gloria Reeves, M.D., Jane Walker, LCSW-C; and Dr. Susan dosReis, Ph.D:
Children and Mental Health Medication: A Focus on Safe, Effective, and Family-Centered Care
This workshop will provide an overview of general prescribing principles for child mental health treatment, and describe benefits and safety issues for commonly prescribed psychiatric medications. Presenters will discuss strategies to improve family-centered psychiatric treatment and introduce a federally-funded research study focused on identifying parent preferences for ADHD treatment.
Workshop I: Dr. Fermin Barrueto, Jr.:
Designer Drugs and OTC’s: What are Adolescents Getting Into?
This workshop will focus on Synthetic Marijuana and Bath Salts…what can happen and how they are so easily accessible, as well as Over the Counter Medications…which ones are adolescents abusing and what is happening to their bodies.
Keynote Speaker: Antwone Fisher:
Today we know Antwone Fisher as an award-winning screenwriter and literary writer. However, his life did not begin with such promise. Born Antwone Quenton Fisher in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother, Fisher became a ward of the state and was placed in foster care. He spent two years in a loving foster home, but when Social Services deemed the foster mother to have become too attached to him, Antwone was placed in another home where he would suffer 12 years of abuse. Fisher survived the cruelties of foster care and the brutalities of homelessness and set on a course of healing after joining the United State Navy where he served his country for 11 years. Fisher is now an award-winning screenwriter, author, producer, and director, having worked in Hollywood for 17 years compiling an impressive 14 writing projects or assignments with major studios. Those projects include the feature classic Antwone Fisher (Fox Searchlight), which he wrote himself and which was directed by Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington; the New York Times bestseller Finding Fish: A Memoir, the inspiring story of his incredible life's journey;Who Will Cry for the Little Boy?, a collection of poetry; and his most recent book, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie and Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life, which won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
Plenary Speaker: Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC, OCPC:
Karen Vadino is a Motivation Speaker, Humorist, Trainer, and Consultant. In her thirty-plus years as a human service professional, most of Karen’s experience has been in the field of chemical dependency, both as a licensed clinician and as a certified prevention specialist.
She has considerable experience working with children and families, having served as a clinician and supervisor in Children’s Services group homes and a Children’s Psychiatric Hospital. Karen also has been a part-time instructor in Social Work, Sociology, Juvenile Justice and Human Development at Youngstown State University, Penn State University, and Westminster College.
Karen draws from her extensive and varied experience to form the foundation of her unique and distinctively humorous approach to life and work. For the past fifteen years, she has been a nationally recognized speaker and trainer sharing her inimitable insights with thousands of people – adults and youth- each year. Karen has been described as “one of those rare people who can make you laugh and cry in the same moment.”
Jeanne Allert, M.Ed.
Jeanne has an eclectic career history: from high school English teacher, to instructional designer for the Intelligence Communities, to technology director, to Internet consultant and entrepreneur. She is an international public speaker, having presented at over 60 trade conferences nationally and delivered keynote sessions for international conferences in Greece, France, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Norway and Sweden and workshops for dignitaries of the United Arab Emirates. She has provided on-camera hosting and speaker talent for a wide variety of distance learning productions and has served as adjunct faculty for five universities.
Jeanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English, a Masters’ Degree of Education and is pursuing a Doctor of Divinity degree, specializing in Urban Ministry and Ecumenical Relations.
Dr. Fermin Barrueto, Jr.:
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine Chairman, Upper Chesapeake Health System
Department of Emergency Medicine Consultant, Maryland Poison Control Center
Board Certified Emergency Physician and Medical Toxicologist
Susan dosReis, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Dr. Shawn Lee:
Dr. Lee is the owner and CEO of Susquehanna Spine & Rehab, a Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Massage and Wellness clinic. Dr. Lee earned his bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a molecular and health care emphasis from BYU. Before entering Chiropractic School, he was a virology and immunology researcher at Southwest Foundation in San Antonio TX. Dr. Lee spends his days seeing and dealing with the effects of stress on the human body.
DFC Khalid Mitchell, DFC Craig Thompson, and DFC Eric Blottenberger:
Presenters consist of members of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office School Policing Team. Presenters have over 30 years of collective experience in working with juveniles/parents/counselors/school administration in the school/home setting.
Gloria Reeves MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Michelle Sayre, LCSW-C:
Michelle Walker Sayre, MSW, LCSW-C is an EAGALA Certified Mental Health Provider. Currently in private practice in Harford County, she has spent the past decade specializing in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her work has included individual, family and group therapy, working with court mandated referrals and providing expert testimony for traumatized children and adolescents. Recently, Michelle added equine assisted psychotherapy and learning as a component of her practice, providing services to foster care children and adolescents as well as working with the homeless in Harford County.
Jane Walker, LCSW
Executive Director, Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Harriette E. Wimms, Ph.D.
Dr. Harriette Wimms is currently Director of Inpatient Pediatric Psychology Services at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. There she specializes in child and adolescent, family, and group therapies for coping with physical and emotional trauma, hospitalization, and rehabilitation. Dr. Wimms also offers specialized services in the areas of stress management and coping, supervision and training, grief and loss, autism and learning difficulties, mindfulness, non-pharmacological pain management, stress reduction, social-emotional learning, and coping with childhood chronic illness and trauma.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Wimms has worked with children, families, schools, and community agencies throughout Baltimore City to improve outcomes for individuals living in impoverished communities. Dr. Wimms is also the director and founder of The Village Family Support Center of Baltimore: a community-based disabilities advocacy and mental health center. Dr. Wimms additionally is on the board and serves as a consultant for The Center for Mindful Awareness in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Wimms is adjunct psychology faculty at Stevenson University where she teaches Human Growth and Development. Dr. Wimms holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and has received specialty training in Child Clinical Psychology and Community/Social Psychology. She also holds an M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.
Zosia Zaks, M.S., M.Ed., CRC
Zosia Zaks is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with over 10 years of experience working with adults and children on the autism spectrum and their families. When behaviors and impacts are especially challenging, Mr. Zaks uses a strengths-based modality to solve problems and resolve issues. In addition to working with individuals, Mr. Zaks trains professionals on best practices for working with individuals across the spectrum of autism.
Mr. Zaks writes and speaks nationally about autism issues; is an adjunct professor in Towson University’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies; advocates on state and federal levels for policies that include the viewpoints of disabled citizens; and serves on the boards of several local and national organizations. As a professional, as a self-advocate, and as the parent of two children with special needs, Mr. Zaks infuses his work with multiple perspectives, always seeking to enhance potential and to foster inclusion.