2018 Conferences

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 Austin, TX

1-Day: $249  |  2-Days: $449  | 2-Day Trainer Package: $749

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Click on a course in the schedule below to read description and presenter information. Conference check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. Presentations start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m. Attendees must sign-in at the beginning of the course and sign-out at the end, as well as complete a course evaluation before they can receive a CE Certificate of Attendance.

Includes:

  • All texts and handouts (a retail value of up to $75 per course)
  • A box lunch and snacks are included. Some vegetarian selections will be offered but we cannot accommodate special dietary requests. 
  • CEs are included for all courses, with the exception of the Certified Trainer Course. Each day provides 6 CEs (includes Michigan SCECHs or Texas CPEs for teachers). Click for more information on CEs available.

Who Should Attend:

These courses are designed for helping professionals who work with children, adolescents and families including, but not limited to: teachers, school administration and staff, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and hospice workers.

Schedule:

TUESDAY-SEPT 25
One-Day Courses (all courses can count toward TLC Certification)

WEDNESDAY-JULY 11 and SEPT 26
One-Day Courses
(all courses can count toward TLC Certification)

THUR & FRI-SEPT 27-28
Two-Day Trainer Certification (no CEs for this training)

 

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TUES–SEPT 25


Tue-June 12, July 10 and Sept 25 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
TRAUMA INFORMED SCHOOLS
The focus will be on the school as the change agent, an interconnected team, including mental health and child care practitioners, that supports healthy development of children, ultimately creating a thriving school. Participants will also learn how to find ACE-related programming in their communities and integrate it into practice while learning and practicing strategies and activities that support nurturing, positive relationships and appropriate learning experiences in a trauma-informed school setting. 

INCLUDES the book, "10 Steps to Create a Trauma Informed School" a $50 value.

AGENDA

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am - Impact of ACEs on individuals through the lifespan
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon - Strategies to make a school trauma informed
  • Noon to 12:45 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm to 2 pm - Differentiate between "time-in" and "time-out" 
  • 2 pm to 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - Strategies for reducing aggression in traumatized students

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the impact of ACEs on individuals throughout their lifespan.
  • Identify strategies to making a school trauma informed.
  • Differentiate between "time-in" and "time-out" intervention approaches
  • Name strategies for reducing aggression in traumatized students

Presenter Kathryn Hart, Director of Training at Starr,  has dedicated her 23- year career to helping children and families in a variety of capacities. Her experience with youth and family services have encompassed both clinical and administrative roles. She has over 15 years of experience training at Starr Commonwealth in a variety of subjects, including behavior management techniques, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and has been a Certified Trauma Practitioner for 7 years. She has also been a program administrator and worked with IT to implement and manage electronic health records organization wide. Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  

 

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Tue-July 10 and Sept 25 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

COURAGEOUS CLASSROOMS
Designed for teachers and other classroom staff who work with students who exhibit problematic behavior, this course builds upon The Circle of Courage® philosophy; providing a framework for implementing its principles in an educational setting.  

INCLUDES the text Reclaiming Youth At Risk book a $20 value.

Topics covered include: 

  1. A review of The Circle of Courage® philosophy
  2. The four universal growth needs of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity and how they can be met in a classroom
  3. Points and levels systems vs. The Circle of Courage®
  4. Integrating The Circle of Courage® with existing curriculum and/or behavior management models
  5. Assessing students using a “courageous lens”

AGENDA

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am - Circle of Courage® foundational principles
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon -  Link between misbehavior and misdirected energy/unmet needs
  • Noon to 12:45 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm to 2 pm - Strategies for implementing Circle of Courage® to meet growth needs
  • 2 pm to 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - Strategies for implementing Circle of Courage® to address misbehavior and teach values

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the beginnings and foundational principles of the Circle of Courage® model.
  • Understand the link between misbehavior and misdirected energy and/or unmet needs.
  • Identify strategies for implementing the Circle of Courage® model in learning environments in order to meet universal growth needs.
  • Identify strategies for implementing the Circle of Courage® model in order to address misbehavior and teach values.

Presenter, Linda Duran, currently works with SGLN as an Associate Trainer and has been an educator for her entire her professional life. For 35 years Duran has worked in education, 25 of those years as a counselor. For 22 years Duran ran a grief group in a public high school setting. Additionally, she has trained other counselors in setting up grief groups for all ages in school and church settings. Duran is also a guest columnist for the Dallas Morning News on issues of interest to parents and educators.

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Tue-July 10 and Sept 25 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
FINDING JOY: Simple Strategies for Professionals with Compassion Fatigue

This course will be a journey of awareness, care, and compassion for YOU. Too frequently in helping professions burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue are written off as the cost of caring. We know that this does not have to be true. We need to find ways to live and flourish in our work. How will we do it? In this course we will answer that question for ourselves. Finding Joy will instill the absolute necessity of this commitment you make to yourself, and you will come away with self-defined strategies, practices, or non-activities that make you feel connected to your body, alive, and grounded in the knowledge that our commitment to self-care is imperative to our ability to help others. We will practice strategies that encourage us to live a life sprinkled with experiences of joy, connection, and expansive aliveness. You will be guided through an array of experiences that are designed to help us attune ourselves to our true nature, connect us to our strengths, and create joyful habits that we need to take out into the world to support us in our lives and work.

INCLUDES Guidebook

AGENDA

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am - Building awareness and reflecting on compassion fatigue, burnout, vicarious trauma, primary and secondary trauma.
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon - Sustainable trauma stewardship on the individual, organizational and societal level.
  • Noon to 12:45 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm to 2 pm - Defining self-care and practices.
  • 2 pm to 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - Sustainable awareness and self-care planning.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • How to identify the signs of compassion fatigue
  • How stress impacts the mind and body
  • Learn strategies to regain balance and health
  • And more!

Presenter Erin Reed, Resilience Coach at Starr, has spent the past 6 years working as an academic and behavioral interventionist in elementary and middle schools. She is passionate about creating environments, and nurturing practices that best serve children, families, and communities. She has trained in school based mindfulness practice, and has developed curriculum for mindfulness practices in the classroom and led workshops in mindfulness for adults and children. Erin began her journey with mindfulness 22 years ago. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College where she studied mind/body practices, and multi-cultural counseling. 

 

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Tue-July 10 and Sept 25 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
CHILDREN OF TRAUMA

TLC’s core course will provide the foundation to help you understand the differences between grief and trauma and view trauma as an experience rather than a diagnostic category. Trauma’s impact on the brain including the role of attachment and the development of emotional regulation will be presented. Learn how to become a witness to a child’s traumatic experience to best comprehend how he perceives himself, others and the world around him. 

INCLUDES the program, "Trauma Intervention Program for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents" a $75 value.

AGENDA

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am - Differences between grief and trauma
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon - Trauma's impact on the brain
  • Noon to 12:45 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm to 2 pm - Appropriate structured sensory intervention strategies
  • 2 pm to 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - Ways trauma's effect on the nervous system impacts emotions and behavior

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Identify trauma reactions vs. grief reactions.
  • Identify the appropriate intervention needs of a traumatized child/adolescent
  • Describe trauma's impact on the brain.
  • Describe the most appropriate structured sensory intervention strategies for school or agency.
  • Identify ways trauma's effect on the nervous system impacts emotions and behavior.

Presenter, Dr. Caelan Soma, PsyD, LMSW, Vice President of Clinical Development at Starr provides trauma assessment and short-term trauma intervention for students utilizing trauma informed and evidence based practices including TLC’s SITCAP® model She also provides training across the country to professionals working with traumatized children and families and has published in numerous publications and is the author of several books including, “Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents.”​

 

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WED– JULY 11 and SEPT 26


Wed-July 11 and Sept 26 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
MIND BODY SKILLS FOR EMOTIONAL REGULATION

This course will review the polyvagal theory and the psycho-physiology of trauma, so that participants can spend most of the day learning how to apply these theories in their daily work. We will learn how mind/body awareness and practice supports children with self-regulating and creating strong internal and external resources. Experiential activities are practiced to help participants understand how mind body skills become a language for self-awareness, centering, expression and great insight into helping traumatized youth see themselves as survivors. Participants learn how to rate symptoms and reactions while teaching grounding skills. Mind-body skills highlighted in this training include: breath work, mindfulness, movement, focused awareness, compassion, connection, guided imagery and expressive arts. 

INCLUDES the book, "Mind Body Skills: Activities for Emotional Regulation" a $50 value.

AGENDA

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am - Review Poly-vagal theory/psycho-physiology of trauma and examine behavior as a language to communicate what is happening in the here and now. Learn how mind/body skills engage the social engagement system to build skills for self-regulation.
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon - Building the Bridge: Engaging the Vegas Nerve - Awareness and Practice.
  • Noon to 12:45 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm to 2 pm -  Practical Application of Mind/Body Skills.
  • 2 pm to 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - Practical Application of Mind/Body Skills/Case Studies.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • The learner will be able to name the key components of the trauma cycle from activation to balance.
  • The learner will understand the main concept of the polyvagal theory.
  • The learner will be able to discuss at least 3 benefits to using movement in trauma intervention.
  • The learner will provide examples of how the “FREEZE” response can help trauma survivors.
  • The learner will name at least 5 interventions for grounding.
  • The learner will differentiate between feelings and sensations.

Presenter Erin Reed, Resilience Coach at Starr, has spent the past 6 years working as an academic and behavioral interventionist in elementary and middle schools. She is passionate about creating environments, and nurturing practices that best serve children, families, and communities. She has trained in school based mindfulness practice, and has developed curriculum for mindfulness practices in the classroom and led workshops in mindfulness for adults and children. Erin began her journey with mindfulness 22 years ago. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College where she studied mind/body practices, and multi-cultural counseling. 

 

 

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Wed-July 11 and Sept 26 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
RESETTING FOR RESILIENCE

Designed for teachers and other educational staff who work with students that exhibit problematic behavior. This course builds upon The Circle of Courage® philosophy providing a framework for implementing its principles in an educational setting.  Topics covered include a review of The Circle of Courage® philosophy, the four universal growth needs of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity and how they can be met in a classroom, points and levels systems vs. The Circle of Courage®, and utilizing the Circle of Courage philosophy and its ‘courageous lens’ in discipline practices (including how to write Behavior Support Plans (BSPs) and run In School Suspension (ISS)/”Reset Rooms” in a trauma-informed, resilience-focused manner).

INCLUDES "Resetting for Resilience Resource Guidebook" (including the “Reset Roadmap”, private logic and universal needs assessment tools, and a template for writing a trauma-informed, resilience-focused Behavior Support Plan).

AGENDA

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am - Using a courageous lens.
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon - Broken Circles.
  • Noon to 12:45 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm to 2 pm -  Resetting for resilience.
  • 2 pm to 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - Movie screening: "Resilience".

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Participants will explore their own/their settings beliefs related to children and behavior.
  • Participants will gain knowledge related to the central principles of the Circle of Courage® Model.
  • Participants will understand the connection between "broken Circles" and problematic behavior.
  • Participants will explore and practice strategies for resetting students' resilience.

Presenter James Hackworth, has over 20 years of experience as a public speaker and working with school age students of all ages.  He has spent the last few years working as a global trainer for the Crisis Prevention Institute and in the school system as an interventionist.  He has been a part of school leadership teams with the focus on creating safer classrooms.  He has helped schools create and put systems in place that has lowered negative behaviors in the classroom which resulted in higher testing scores.  His focus is on changing behavior by creating a positive environments where kids can learn to believe that they are capable of being successful.

 

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Wed-July 11 and Sept 26 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
HEALING THE EXPERIENCE OF TRAUMA

This training will present, "Healing the Experience of Trauma: A Path to Resilience," which was developed for practitioners to use with children who are living in a constant state of toxic stress. Instead of asking a child what happened, it focuses on their lives now. Learn the process of moving traumatized youth between themes of trauma and feelings of connection, resilience and strength. Structured sessions integrate mind-body skills and expressive art activities that provide the child with a platform to be an active participant in their healing.

INCLUDES the program, "Healing the Experience of Trauma" manual and journal, a $75 value.

AGENDA

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am - The psychophysiology of trauma
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon - Stress and trauma influence changes in the central nervous system
  • Noon to 12:45 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm to 2 pm - Ways to engage the vagus nerve according to the polyvagal theory
  • 2 pm to 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - Activities to pendulate between trauma and resilience themes 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the psychophysiology of trauma.
  • Name at least three ways stress and trauma influence changes in the central nervous system.
  • Identify the components of the core regulation network.
  • Describe ways to engage the vagus nerve according to the polyvagal theory.
  • Demonstrate activities you can use with youth to pendulate between trauma and resilience themes.

Presenter, Dr. Caelan Soma, PsyD, LMSW, Vice President of Clinical Development at Starr provides trauma assessment and short-term trauma intervention for students utilizing trauma informed and evidence based practices including TLC’s SITCAP® model She also provides training across the country to professionals working with traumatized children and families and has published in numerous publications and is the author of several books including, “Working with Grieving and Traumatized Children and Adolescents.”

 

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Wed-July 11 and Sept 26 • 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
LGBT YOUTH: From Trauma to Belonging

As many as 50% of homeless youth report being “kicked out” of their homes by their families due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This course is intended to raise awareness and sensitivity to the "crisis of belonging" experienced by youth who have been rejected by their families and communities due to their sexuality or gender identity. Discussion will include an examination of, with the involvement of participants, bullying, self-harm, homelessness, and suicide, forms of rejection within our society, as well as ways in which schools and other treatment facilities can foster a safer environment for LGBT youth.

INCLUDES the "Safe Space Kit" a $15 value.

AGENDA

  • 8:30 am to 10:30 am - Ways LGBT youth experience rejection 
  • 10:30 am to 10:45 am - Break
  • 10:45 am to 12 noon - Impact of rejections and the "crisis of belonging"
  • Noon to 12:45 pm - Lunch
  • 12:45 pm to 2 pm - How rejections, etc. traumatized LGBT youth
  • 2 pm to 2:15 pm - Break
  • 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm - Strategies to use to be a ally and create safe environments 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the ways LGBT youth experience rejection in their homes, communities and schools.
  • Understand the impact of rejection and the "crisis of belonging" on LGBT young people
  • Understand how rejection, internalized homophobia, etc. traumatizes LGBT youth and how this impacts their health and well-being.
  • Know how to utilize the 'Five-Shifts' to connect with and understand fellow members of the human family.
  • Identify strategies one can use to be an LGBT student ally and create safe learning environments for them.

Erica Giron is a Special Education teacher with endorsements in the areas of Emotional Impairments, Learning Disabilities and Language Arts. She graduated from Western Michigan University’s College of Education. Her experience in teaching is at the middle and high school level throughout Michigan. She has also taught at Starr Albion Prep, a residential treatment facility where she worked with students who are in the programs of Abuse and Neglect, Juvenile Justice, and Sexually Reactive Youth. Erica has served as a volunteer and mentor with Speak It Forward, Inc. for the past 6 years helping youth across the country get their voices heard through spoken word poetry.

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THU & FRI–JULY 12-13 and SEPT 27-28


Thu & Fri-July 12-13 and Sept 27-28- 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
CERTIFIED TRAINER COURSE (2-Day Training)
 

To be eligible to obtain Certified Trainer status you must have completed the requirements listed below. 

 

  • Must be a Certified Trauma Practitioner, ACTP,  CTP-E or a CTP-C. 
  • Must maintain their CTP status by taking a different SGLN course every calendar year.
  • Must have taken the following plus one other course of your choosing: 
    - Children of Trauma
    - Structured Sensory Interventions and/or Healing the Experience of Trauma
    - Courageous Classrooms or Courageous Connections
    - Trauma Informed Schools 
  • Must complete a trainer Application and be approved to take the course.
  • Must sign the trainer agreement.
  • Must renew trainer status every three years.

What to expect in the course: 

  1. Review of the history and philosophy of Starr Commonwealth.
  2. Answer any questions on content.
  3. Review the trainer guidelines.
  4. Review the Certified Trainer website and how to use it.
  5. Trainers will present to the group on a topic or activity of their choosing from one the following core courses:
    - Children of Trauma
    - Structured Sensory Interventions
    - Healing the Experience of Trauma
    - Trauma Informed Schools 
    - Courageous Classrooms
    - Courageous Connections
  6.  All trainers will evaluate each other on the presentations.

Presenter Kathryn Hart, Director of Training at Starr,  has dedicated her 23- year career to helping children and families in a variety of capacities. Her experience with youth and family services have encompassed both clinical and administrative roles. She has over 15 years of experience training at Starr Commonwealth in a variety of subjects, including behavior management techniques, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and has been a Certified Trauma Practitioner for 7 years. She has also been a program administrator and worked with IT to implement and manage electronic health records organization wide. Kathy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  

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Cancellation Policy

There will be a 20% cancellation fee to cover administrative costs for any cancellations less than 2 weeks before the conference begins.

Grievances

Grievances can be sent to Nancy Moore at mooren@starr.org.

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