Morning Workshop Selections
- Workshop A: Tony Hoffman: The Choice with a Q & A. This interactive workshop will build upon Mr. Hoffman's Keynote Presentation. Audience members will be able to more fully understand how Mr. Hoffman took the obstacles in his life and turned them around to make them his purpose. A moderator will be present to ensure a continuous discussion.
- Workshop B: William R. Stixrud, PhD: The Self-Driven Child: How a Sense of Control Makes Kids Motivated and Stress Resistant. Everyone who works with kids is concerned about the escalating levels of anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems in children and teens. And for every child or adolescent who is crippled by anxiety or under performing because of stress, there is another failing to thrive for lack of true intrinsic motivation. In this workshop, Dr. Stixrud will discuss a crucial link between high stress and low motivation, namely a low sense of control. He will present research and clinical experience related to the benefits children and teens experience when adults foster a healthy sense of control. He will also discuss ways in which parents, educators, and mental health professionals can support the development of a sense of control or autonomy in young people. Many of the approaches to be presented are discussed in Dr. Stixrud's bestselling book, The Self-Driven Child.
- Workshop C: Linda Blozie, Director of Training and Prevention, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Understanding the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children ***Duplicate from the Afternoon Session***. Effects of domestic violence on children, result from witnessing domestic violence in a home where one of their parents are abusing the other parent, plays a tremendous role on the well-being and developmental growth of children witnessing the violence. This workshop will examine the impact of such violence and steps caring individuals can take to help children.
- Workshop D: Special Agent Michael D'Angelo and Susan Ritter, Victim Specialist: Victim Centered Approach to Human Trafficking Investigations (HSI). The training will focus on HSI's victim centered approach related to federal investigations of human trafficking.
- Workshop E: Eleanor Haley, MS & Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C: Supporting Children Who are Grieving - Part One. Part 1 of this 2 part session will establish a foundation for supporting grieving children of all ages and tools for helping caregivers, teachers, and parents do the same. Participants will learn basic grief responses for children at each age/developmental stage, while considering the need for flexibility in applying these expectations. It will cover communication with grieving children and present easy, accessible, and hands-on grief activities for engaging children.
Afternoon Workshop Selections
- Workshop F: William R. Stixrud, PhD: Wired 24/7: How Technology is Affecting Kids' Brain and Development. Today's children and teenagers spend enormous amounts of time using technology, often engaged with two or more forms of media simultaneously. This talk with summarize what is know about how television, video games, the Internet, cell phones, social media, and multi-tasking are influencing children's development, as well as the functioning of their parents and families. Suggestions will be offered to educators for supporting parents in supervising their children's technology use, and strategies will be offered for helping kids become more responsible users of the technology they love. Consideration will also be given to identifying and treating excessive use of technology and to how schools can meet the challenge of educating students who crave technology but increasingly have short attention spans, are quick to boredom, display immature self-regulation skills, and experience anxiety.
- Workshop G: Linda Blozie, Director of Training and Prevention, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Understanding the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children ***Duplicate from Morning Session***. Effects of domestic violence on children, result from witnessing domestic violence in a home where one of their parents are abusing the other parent, plays a tremendous role on the well-being and developmental growth of children witnessing the violence. This workshop will examine the impact of such violence and steps caring individuals can take to help children.
- Workshop H: Laurie Moran, M.Ed: Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Young Children: Exploring the Myths, Challenges and Gifts of ADHD. Have you ever worked with a child who can't seem to calm down, interrupts or blurts out things or displays extreme impatience with others? Did you ever wonder if this child has ADHD? If so, this training is for you and will provide you with tools to support young children with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This training dispels the myths associated with ADHD, challenges of ADHD and more importantly the gifts of ADHD.
- Workshop I: Karen Gail Lewis, PhD: Working with the Silent Child. What do children say when they aren't talking in a session? A lot. This presentation will look at ways children "don't talk" and some meanings of their silence. A variety of techniques will be demonstrated (with audience participation) for allowing the silence while engaging in a "discussion." In addition, we will look at therapists' counter-transference with these silent children.
- Workshop J: Eleanor Haley, MS & Litsa Williams, MA, LCSW-C: Supporting Children Who are Grieving- Part Two. Part 2 of this 2 part session will delve more deeply into supporting grieving children, looking at specific types of losses (children grieving overdose and suicide deaths, grieving someone they cannot remember well, etc.) It will also incorporate additional developmental theory to consider interventions that are appropriate for caregivers and clinicians. Though this session is geared more toward clinicians or other grief professionals, this session is also wonderful for parents, caregivers, and others simply looking to learn more about supporting grieving children.