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9:45-10:45 a.m.

Human Trafficking in Indiana Youth: Identification and Collaborative Support of Victims and Survivors

Understanding human trafficking in Indiana and the scope of the issue, recognizing risk factors that lead to heightened vulnerability and red flags that may indicate a trafficking situation; identifying trafficked youth and reporting tips; connecting survivors with resources and services.

  • Allen Bell has been working in youth services since he graduated from Iowa State University in 2009. Whether he’s engaging youth directly or facilitating a training for youth care professionals, he emphasizes and appreciates each kid’s unique experience. Allen’s passion for supporting and mentoring young people led him to the Monroe County Youth Service Bureau, where he started his career as a Residential Coordinator and later returned as the Program Coordinator. Allen expanded his knowledge of effective educational programming while serving as the Residents Life Coordinator at Independence Community College. He has developed and implemented programs addressing community involvement, trauma informed care and, most recently in his present role, human trafficking in Indiana youth. Allen currently serves Region 7 (South Central Indiana) as a Regional Coalition Coordinator with the Indiana Trafficking Victims Assistance Program, a statewide initiative of the Indiana Youth Services Association.

Integrating Different Perspectives: Perspective Taking Approaches that Foster Respect and Accountability

Perspective taking is broadly understood as the act of inferring, anticipating, visualizing, or predicting the perceptions, thoughts, feelings, intentions, or viewpoints of another person (C. Fuhs, 2016). How people engage in acts of perspective taking fundamentally impacts how they understand themselves, other people, and their environments. People developing accurate and meaningful understandings of others’ perspectives likely often leads to a range of healthy outcomes, such as reductions in conflict, interpersonal aggression, stereotyping, and in-group favoritism, along with higher communication satisfaction and more effective interpersonal relating and negotiation.  Through a combination of activities, group discussion, and lecture, participants will evaluate their own perspective taking approaches, learn how various factors influence perspective taking and related actions, and explore how they may utilize perspective taking techniques to promote healthy interactions with themselves, others, and their environments. Additional focus will go toward ways perspective taking may be utilized in relation to social systems (e.g., schools, families, organized communities), especially to enhance people’s enjoyment of their own autonomy and their respect of others’ autonomy, and to foster healthy understandings of how people should hold themselves and others accountable to their duties as members of societies.

  • Nick Philbeck is the Restorative Justice Case Manager for Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) in Bloomington. In this role, he manages the VORP (Victim & Offender Restoration Program), STEP (Shoplifting & Theft Education Program), and School Mediation programs. Nick has designed and led numerous workshops and trainings related to restorative justice principles and practices, conflict resolution, and mediation since he began working with CJAM in 2004 as a teen mediator and youth workshop facilitator. He is also a member of the BTCC core team.

School to Prison Pipeline

The school to prison pipeline is the criminalization of youth within school systems that helps reinforce the cycle of poverty and the criminal justice system. Children of color and the less fortunate are disproportionately affected by disciplinary policies by schools. I will provide the history of it, and how it is impacting schools nationwide, as well as school in Monroe County. In this workshop I also intend on providing means of combatting this issue and challenging the status quo of discipline.

  • My name is Caleb Poer, I am a senior at Bloomington High School North. I have always believed in the importance of racial justice, and have spoken at the National Education Association summit to 1600 educators about the topic. I am a liaison to the Commission on the Status of Black Males, and I intern with the Black Democratic Caucus. I have grown up attending schools in Monroe County since the first grade and have always tried to lead by example. This year I won the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Award and since have continued to try to be a leader in the community.

The Gauntlet: Accessing Health Insurance in Indiana

Health insurance is confusing.  If you’d like to know more about the barriers that low income families face when trying to access health care, we’d love to show you.  We hear their stories every day.   We do our best to help people through the “gauntlet” so that they can get the care that they need to be able to live, work, and give back.   In our workshop, we’ll put you through a mini-gauntlet so that you can experience for yourself what it feels like to try to make your way through the health insurance system.  You’ll have to figure out what you’re eligible for, fill out an actual application, go through an interview, provide proof, choose a provider, and find a doctor who accepts your insurance.   As you go through the process, we hope you’ll consider what this would feel like if you were also trying to work, find transportation, take care of family, keep food on the table, and what it would mean for your children’s health needs.   If you don’t submit the right documentation and are denied, how will you pay for your child’s necessary $300 medication on your $1200/month income?    Afterwards, we’ll share real life cases with you, reflect, and invite you to take action to make Monroe County the best (healthiest!) place to be a child.

  • Katie Rodriguez and Hannah Watt- Katie and Hannah are licensed health insurance navigators. They work as Outreach & Enrollment Specialists for Covering Kids & Families of SCCAP.  Covering Kids & Families advocates for health insurance for all and provides unbiased guidance and assistance for individuals and families. Hannah also works for the Community Kitchen and volunteers with the Indiana Recovery Alliance.  Katie is also involved with SCCAP Thriving Connections.  Both are working to break down barriers in Indiana that keep people from accessing and using their health insurance.

 Networking Option

Last year’s Summit participants asked for more dedicated networking time.  If you want to brainstorm, share ideas, and connect with others in the community, join us in this informal session.

11:00-12:30 p.m.

Accountability: Beginning the Conversation

All of us cause harm and we will all experience harm at some point in our lives. Many youth are told to rely on the legal system to evaluate and adjudicate harms. Yet many harms are not crimes and many crimes are not necessarily harmful. But harms demand a response. How might we help youth more readily account for and respond to harms in their communities?  Through a small group case analysis, we’ll compare retributive, restorative, and transformative models of accountability. With materials from INCITE! Women, Gender Non-Conforming, and Trans People of Color Against Violence, Project NIA, Generation Five, and the National Organization of Asian and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence, we’ll explore how transformative justice principles can be applied to youth experiences with harm. The more tools we have, the safer communities we can build.  This workshop was inspired by our experiences with youth and young adults, as well as the current political landscape. If we overemphasize accountability to the state (e.g. what is legal and what potential consequences one might face), we risk dismissing or excusing harms that a) the state does not identify or b) the state commits. We also know that heavily-policed communities may not be able to safely access state resources. We believe it is important, now more than ever, to help youth dream of alternative responses to harm; to design responses that hold us accountable to one another.

  • Sam Harrell (they/them) is the Prevention Programs Coordinator at Middle Way House in Bloomington, Indiana. In this role, Sam provides sexual and partner violence prevention programming to junior and senior high schools, youth-serving programs, and community members. Sam has both a BSW and MSW from Indiana University. They concentrated on nonprofit management, disability theory, and American Sign Language in their undergraduate studies; queer youth programming and modern U.S. policing in their graduate studies. Sam is a frequent speaker in IUSSW undergraduate courses on diversity, social work, and community organization. They have experience working in disability support services, housing casework and shelter services, child welfare, and prison and jail re-entry. In their free time, Sam works with Bloomington PRIDE to support LGBTQIA+ youth, explores trails with a hyper Australian Shepherd, and supports friends and family members behind bars.
  • Stephanie Waller (she/her) is a Legal Advocate at Middle Way House in Bloomington, Indiana. She has a BSW from Indiana University and a MSW from the University of Illinois- Chicago. Stephanie focused on advocacy with survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, peer education around consent and healthy sex positivity, and community organizing with people experiencing homelessness in her undergraduate studies. She focused on transformative justice, community accountability, and reproductive justice activism in her graduate studies. Stephanie has experience staffing and directing low-barrier homeless shelters, community organizing, working in the anti-domestic violence movement, and providing mutual aid resources. In her free time, Stephanie volunteers as a collective member at Boxcar Books, a radical bookstore and community space and catches up on her favorite TV shows with her two cats, Sweet Pea and Lennon.

Addressing the Needs of Individuals who have Experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences: Holistic Approach

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have been linked to increased physical/ mental health problems in individuals. There has recently been increased interest in these links and how to both prevent ACEs and treat those who have experienced them. The most effective treatments have been holistic in nature-addressing physical, psycho-social, and mental/ behavioral health needs of individuals and their environments. Looking for cost effective and individualized treatments can be a challenge.  We will:

Define ACEs and holistic care.

Discuss the current studies and literature related to ACEs.

Explore physiological reasons ACEs influence physical and  mental health.

Explore long term savings to society that may result from addressing ACEs in individuals.

Explore the scope of the issue and vulnerable populations.

Explore emerging treatment modalities.

Discuss barriers to these and ways to overcome them.

  • Mary Balle is a Pediatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has worked with children for over 20 years in diverse settings such as schools (daycare to high school), a transitional shelter for women and children who have experienced homelessness and domestic violence, and inpatient and outpatient physical and mental health settings. She has worked at length with children who have been abused. She is licensed in the state of Indiana to prescribe medications and provide mental health therapy. Mary was trained as an Integrated Health Advocate. She was invited to Washington D.C to help write the Affordable Care Act. She currently works at Riley Pediatrics in Bloomington Indiana.

Dominant Narrative Training

As youth advocates we are often confronted with language and assumptions that reinforce trauma and injustice. Join this session to dig into our embedded cultural stories about youth health and how they affect our work and the lives of those in our community. We’ll break down the current narrative undergirding our American and midwestern ideals and discuss the effects on our communities. We will also explore a counter-narrative, one that builds healthier youth and families.

  • Stephanie Solomon is the Director of Education and Outreach with Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (The Hub), Bloomington’s community food resource center.  The Hub increases access to healthy food in ways that build community, and aims to use food as a vehicle for social justice.  Stephanie is a core team member of BTCC and is personally and professionally committed to addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty.
  • Kendra Brewer joined the Hub as  the Community Garden Coordinator in 2012, and has been managing the growth and community stewardship of 2 community gardens, bringing patrons, volunteers and interns together to learn how to garden while growing fresh produce for the food pantry.  She currently serves as the Education Coordinator, creating the space for folks to experience gardening and cooking using all five senses and can often be spotted inviting volunteers to taste a freshly picked asparagus spear, or to smell the sweet aroma of finished compost.  Kendra graduated from Colorado State University in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology and holds a certificate in the Organic Management of Orchards.

E.M.P.O.W.E.R (Encouraging the Meaningful Priority of Wellness Education and Resources)

This panel consists of three local Bloomington professionals—Mr. Brian Richardson Jr., Asst. Director Student Diversity & Inclusion (IUSPH-B); Mr. Rafi Khalid Hasan II, Director, Safe and Civil City Program (City of Bloomington), and Mr. Julius Hanks, Coordinator of Diversity Opportunities (Monroe County Community School Corporation)—who work directly with youth, adolescents and young adults. Each will detail the work and initiatives they are leading to engage Bloomington youth in holistic health and wellness at the elementary, middle, secondary, and collegiate education levels. Moreover, each individual will discuss their collaborations with each other’s respective organizations and how Bloomington can tackle some of the pressing health concerns within the community (i.e. health inequity, safety, access). We will intentionally focus on outreach to marginalized and underrepresented populations in Monroe County. Additionally, this is an interactive workshop and attendees will have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions.

  • Rory James is the current director of Student Diversity & Inclusion at Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington (IUSPH-B). Prior to joining IUSPH-B, Rory James served for 5 years as the Director of the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana. In 2011 he started the Black & Latino Male Summit to provide a forum for Black and Latino men to critically discuss masculinity and identity and to develop strategies to achieve academic success, professional development, and wellness. Mr. James earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Tulane University and graduated cum laude from Tuskegee University with a degree in Biology. His background encompasses undergraduate and graduate student engagement and professional staff development in cross-cultural competency. He works with IU faculty and administrators to address sexual health and sexual assault prevention among students of color; engaging college-aged men in campus activities; and promoting holistic wellness.

Improving our Community’s Health through Youth and Adult Perspectives and Discussion

This workshop will be about improving health in Monroe County. It will include activities and engage participants in a discussion about youth needs and challenges, and the role for adults and the larger community in addressing them. Participants will be encouraged to share what they are already doing as well was brainstorm ways to better support youth.

  •  Aliya Rife is a senior at Bloomington High School South. She has served on the Leadership Team of the Monroe County Youth Council for 4 years and has been the Page by Page Team Coordinator for two years. Aliya is a tutor at the Banneker Center’s after school program at Fairview. She also serves as Bloomington South’s National Honor Society Service Chair. Aliya is on the MC3 Summit Planning team and she is very excited about her role in the Summit.

The Social Neuroscience of Learning: New Paradigmatic Pathways for Supporting Students

Schools are charged with facilitating the learning potential for every student.  Yet, many of our students present with an array of behavioral challenges rooted in pain and toxic stress that disrupt the learning process.  Anchored in a punishment paradigm, US school cultures predominantly respond to behavior disruptions with exclusionary discipline policies and practices that create insurmountable barriers for student success.  This session will introduce attendees to emerging social neuroscience that illuminates a new paradigm that pivots us toward relationship-based approaches inviting us to re-envision preventative universal supports for all students, especially students encountering adversities.  The session will outline education delivery models that best align with students’ neurobiological needs for safety and connection in their learning environments.  Attendees will examine how applying social neuroscience principles shifts our focus to understanding attachment and co-regulation in instructional environments that may over time transform classroom ecologies and school organizations by promoting a culture of connection instead of pathways to punishment.

  • Sheila Dennis serves as a Senior Lecturer at Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW).  In this role, Sheila is the Lead Faculty for the Master of Social Work (MSW) Schools Practice Area for IUSSW, and her focus is to prepare MSW students for school social work practice through curriculum development, scholarship, and teaching.  Having spent the last thirteen years in higher education, Sheila has taught social work courses at IUSSW, Anderson University and Royal Holloway University of London. She received her BSW from Anderson University, her MSW from Indiana University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from Royal Holloway, University of London.  Sheila is currently a PhD candidate with her qualitative research focus being on social neuroscience of learning.  Sheila also founded the Indiana Student Services Coalition that seeks to expand behavioral health capacity in Indiana Schools.

2:15-3:45 p.m.

Advocacy as Personal Action: Panel discussion highlighting volunteers who enjoy incorporating meaningful work supporting youth into their full lives

Join a diverse panel discussion with volunteers involved as a CASA, foster parent, and advocate for the homeless to hear about how they have made serving youth a priority in their daily personal lives. Think about how you may similarly be or become involved, and share your own thoughts and experiences. Topics include: what propels us into action? what outlets do we seek to process observations, emotions, and concerns in our sometimes stressful work? what helps us continue to have hope for youth? how does serving as volunteers who advocate for youth broaden our personal communities? how do we manage the sometimes temporary nature of relationships in our work? what are ways that we can develop deeper connections to youth through meaningful mentoring roles? what messages are extremely important for youth to hear today?

  • Diana Lambdin– After over forty years working as an educator (teacher and later IU professor — with students from elementary school to adult), I retired — but soon found new meaning for my life through volunteer work as a CASA, advocating in family court for children and families in need.  I eagerly share my enthusiasm for this work with others.  Through reading and talking with others about my experiences as a CASA and about their experiences in similar volunteer roles, I have made new friends and learned much about the struggles and resilience of families in poverty and of youth in need.
  • Kristin Varella– With six years of experience as a licensed DCS foster parent, I am committed to providing a safe temporary home for children in need of services.  I serve as the foster parent liaison to the DCS Regional Services Council and have grown to believe deeply in this important work and enjoy sharing my experiences and learning from others.  My Masters of Public Affairs coursework has informed my understanding and interactions with area agencies and staff working tirelessly with limited resources.
  • Kurt Buehler– A father of five children (3 biological and 2 adopted), I am familiar with the joys and challenges of integrating adoptive kids into a pre-existing family structure. Dealing with a range of issues, including reactive attachment disorder and dyslexia has taught us about patience and advocacy. As a hands-on volunteer with the homeless and poor in Monroe County, with Wheeler Mission and Genesis Church, I have learned to love without judgement and have seen both miraculous turn-arounds and heart-wrenching self-destruction. I am in favor of more of the former and less of the latter.
  • Tyler Kelley– Tyler is a 2014 graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology. He currently works for Indiana University as the Associate Director of Admissions and Stewardship for the Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Program. Prior to working for IU, Tyler worked for Bloomington North High School and The Rise at The Middle Way House where he was able to interact with children and teenagers of all ages and backgrounds. From his personal experience of growing up in a low-income environment, Tyler has a great deal of history working with ethnic/racial minorities, as well low-income youth. He currently serves as a Big Brother for Big Brother, Big Sisters of Southcentral Indiana. Additionally, Tyler works with middle school and high school youth weekly, as he serves as a youth leader for The Movement Youth Ministry at City Church for All Nations.

Creating a Culture of Care: Action Plan to Support Minority Male Students

This presentation will cover the developmental process of minority male mentoring programs. By focusing on the impact the M2S2 (Minority Men Striving to Succeed) program has had on Wittenberg University’s campus and KLA (Krimson Leadership Academy) has had on the young men of Fairview Elementary School, participants will receive thought provoking perspectives pertaining to creative solutions for improving feelings of belongingness and self-worth of minority males, as well as a focus on leadership and identity development. Examining the existing infrastructures that reinforce negative stereotypes for minority males within our society, the presenter will provide a deeper understanding for the pressures our minority male students are facing. Bringing to the light the importance of mentoring, empowering, validating and affirming young minority men in a society full of toxic masculinity and negativity is a primary objective for this presentation. Through the utilization of lived experiences, personal testimonies, group participation, and supporting statistical data, participants will gain a better understanding of how to combat the micro aggressions and invalidations minority males face daily, and the role that we as educators plays to support them in all of their endeavors.

  • Mr. Brian Richardson Jr. is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he earned a Master of Science in Education. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Culver Stockton College.  He currently serves as the first Assistant Director for the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion at Indiana University- School of Public Health. Through his creation and development of minority male empowerment programs, such as Minority Men Striving to Succeed (M2S2) and the Krimson Leadership Academy (KLA), Brian is committed to leadership development for young men of color. In conjunction with these initiatives, Brian is also invested in his community, and devotes his time volunteering with the United Way’s Real Men Read Program and the Commission on the Status of Black Males. Brian was named the 2017 Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow for the City of Bloomington, and has been featured in the local newspaper and radio shows for his work.

Ignite the Advocate Within You: Self-Advocacy for Young Adults with Chronic Conditions

We will have an interactive simulation of communicating and self-advocating in various situations – such as with medical professionals. We will also cover sensitivity when communicating to someone with a chronic condition and talk about mental obstacles related to having a chronic condition. We will focus heavily on self-advocacy for young adults.

  • Ms. Sneha Dave is a sophomore at Indiana University. At age 6, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, which she has successfully battled with the help of several major surgeries. She founded “The Crohn’s and Colitis Teen Times,” a newsletter designed to support teens with inflammatory bowel disease. Sneha is a part of the Pfizer Advisory Board and advocates with the United Nations for the third sustainable development goal, good health, and wellbeing. Sneha writes for media platforms such as U.S. News and Girls Globe. In addition, she is a motivational speaker, and most recently spoke on national television featured on C-SPAN. Her advocacy efforts have been broadcast on both television and radio, and she was named a 2013-14 Riley Champion by the Riley Children’s Foundation. Sneha is excited to shape the first annual Health Advocacy Summit and see more youth leaders who have chronic conditions and disabilities.
  • Mr. Janesh Karnati is currently a sophomore at Indiana University studying Chemistry, Environmental Health, and International Studies. Throughout his high school and college career, he has witnessed many family members, friends, and community members suffer from chronic conditions. By witnessing the obstacles that arise from having a chronic condition, Janesh has been inspired to advocate for individuals with chronic conditions. In addition to working with students with chronic conditions, he is also very passionate about local community health and looks forward to partnering with local organizations and individuals in to make a sustainable impact on the health and wellness of citizens in Bloomington.
  • Jennifer Meyer is a sophomore at Indiana University, studying neuroscience and psychology. She is a part of several other organizations besides the CIDA Foundation. These include a dance company, InMotion, and two science organizations, Minority Association of Premedical Students and the professional fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma. Jennifer is a strong supporter for Riley Hospital for Children and is on the Public Relations Committee for IU Dance Marathon. Jennifer is a regional coordinator for the CIDA Foundation, and through the organization, Jennifer’s passions for helping those struggling with chronic health issues can flourish. Jennifer strongly supports fair treatment for all individuals, especially in health care, and educating others on the hardships that some people face. She strongly believes that keeping people educated and informed helps bring about understanding for those who are afflicted with a chronic illness or disability. Jennifer wants to empower individuals with a support system that can help them through their years.
  • Shahin Saberi is a sophomore at Indiana University from Fishers, Indiana. He is an aspiring double major in neuroscience and biology and is also pursuing a Liberal Arts & Management Program (LAMP) certificate and Spanish minor. Shahin loves to be around people and explore different cultures, perspectives, and beliefs. He fulfills his passions through community engagement and service-learning abroad. Shahin was diagnosed with chronic ulcerative colitis at the age of 16, and his sister, Roxy, has a rare genetic syndrome called CHARGE. These factors have played a formative role on Shahin’s perspective on life, giving him motivation and inspiration to advocate for those with chronic conditions and disabilities. In the future, Shahin hopes to attend medical school and eventually work in public policy to reduce health disparities both locally and abroad.

Let’s Put the “Birth” back in “Birth to Five”: a crash course on why the perinatal period matters and what to do about it

We talk about “Birth to Five,” but for most people that means four and five year olds. But we are missing something when we skip over the first three years, when we ignore the first year, and when we think that pregnancy is more about the one carrying the baby than about the that person AND the baby. But the truth is, birth and the first year of life matter hugely as that is when the groundwork is laid for that individual’s physical, emotional, and mental health. In fact, almost every concern we have as a community about population health has a foundation in what happens in the perinatal period. Unfortunately, cultural norms and assumptions about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period can get in our way of understanding the significance of this time. In this session, I will offer participants a chance to learn how crucial the childbearing year is for health and well-being. It is one time when we have the chance to do so much with very little cost or need for intervention. Together, we’ll not only explore how important the perinatal period is, but I’ll give you some concrete examples of how it matters for the lifetime health of all involved. And then we’ll talk about specific, concrete actions that can be taken to improve perinatal health in our community, and therefore, the well-being of the community as a whole. I will do my best to make this session lively, interactive, as well as memorable!

  • Georg’ann Cattelona has worked with families as a childbirth educator, prenatal yoga instructor, and birth doula since 1994. But she is best known as a founder and then later Executive Director of Bloomington Area Birth Services (BABS), a position she held until BABS closed in October 2015. She has training in community-based programs, including HealthConnect One’s Community-Based Doula model, and she was invited in 2012 to study with Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus, two of the founders of DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) as part of the first cohort of “When Survivors Give Birth” training of trainers.  More recently, she has joined BTCC’s efforts as a member of the CoreTeam, Primary Prevention trainers, and more. Georg’ann has lived in Bloomington since 1981, and she loves cooking, playing card games, spending time with family and friends, and puttering in the garden.

LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Training for Youth Service Providers

Hear directly from multiple LGBTQ+ youth as they discuss things they want you to know so you can be a culturally competent youth-serving professional. Particular attention will be spent on gender variance and ways to support gender non-conforming youth. At the conclusion of the formal presentation, there will be a panel featuring youth members who will answer questions from attendees.

  • Prism’s Education and Training Committee is comprised of high school and college students from Prism Youth Community who have displayed leadership qualities and a desire to encourage education in their community. In addition to developing and delivering Prism’s quarterly Community-Wide events, they have presented at multiple national and state-wide conferences and have conducted over 20 staff cultural competency trainings with school systems and local community organizations.

The Positive Discipline Way—Respectful, Encouraging, Empowering and Connecting

Inspired by the work of Jane Nelsen, Becky Bailey, Brene Brown and Dan Siegel, this workshop will make a case for a “Paradigm Shift” in how we as individuals, families, neighbors, care providers and community members approach children and their behavior – a shift away from punishment and shame and toward encouragement and connection.
When children develop loving, respectful, and connecting relationships with adults in their community, these relationships promote healthy emotional development and provide a protective factor against the development of mental health issues (Nelsen, 2006). One of the ways to encourage healthy attachments between children and adults in our community is to look at the condition of the child regarding punishment and correction.  
This workshop will provide an overview of the current research on punishment (spanking, yelling, and time-out) and its long-term negative effects on the emotional and mental health of children. Participants will then be introduced to a non-punitive approach called “Positive Discipline.” They will learn the foundational principles of Positive Discipline, an approach which is rooted in discipline (to teach), based on love and respect, and most importantly, focused on staying emotionally connected with children. Through experiential activities, participants will actively learn of Alfred Adler’s theory “Belief Behind the Behavior” and process the impact on the lens through which behavior can be viewed. Utilizing this new lens, participants will be encouraged to approach “mistaken behavior” with the tool A.C.T: Assessing need, Calming self and then the child, Connecting, and Teaching/problem-solving with the child.

  • Brittany Turner Purvis, MSW, LCSW is a Child and Family therapist, wife, mother of two, and an advocate for the development of a healthy parent-child relationship. She is owner of BloomingKids Counseling and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents who need support with ADHD, Autism, Attachment, Anxiety and Depression. Brittany is trained in Theraplay, an evidence-based therapeutic approach for building and enhancing parent-child attachment. She earned her bachelors from Johns Hopkins University and masters from Indiana University.  Brittany is a Certified Positive Discipline Facilitator and continues to learn, on a daily basis, about the importance of connection before correction as she guides her 2-year-old son and 10-year-old bonus daughter towards adulthood. She is currently taking time off from her practice to stay at home with her son. In the meantime, she is leading Positive Discipline classes at her son’s preschool, St. Mark’s Nursery School and Kindergarten.


MC3 2017 Workshop Descriptions
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