2020 Virtual Mini-Conference

EQUITY IN ACCESS, SERVICES, AND OUTCOMES

FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES DURING COVID-19

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November 10th and 12th

1:00-4:15 p.m. ET

Workshop themes and tracks:

  • Tackling Mental Health Disparities for Children of Color

  • Mental Health, Substance Use, and Family and Peer Virtual Support Services that Work

Each workshop time period will feature workshops addressing the conference themes as well as topics such as peer support, family/youth leadership, co-occurring mental health/substance use disorders, trauma-informed services, etc. Learn more about attending, presenting, sponsoring and advertising in the event program below. See the full line up of workshops below!

Tuesday, November 10th

Workshops by Track


Thursday, November 12th from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET. Parenting and Family Support

  1. Why Will No One Play With Me? The Play Better Plan Parent Training and Your Social Skills Curriculum: Carolyn Maguire, NE Coaching (Massachusetts)

  2. When Worrying Takes Over: Helping Kids with ADHD and their Parents Overcome Anxiety and Build Resilience: Sharon Saline, Clinical Psychologist (Massachusetts)

  3. Shadows and Light: Untold Stories, Paula Ray & Sandy Thompson, Families Inspiring Families (Nebraska)

Youth Peer Support

  1. Youth Advocacy/Engagement During COVID-19: Christina Smith, Calling All Youth MOVE (Michigan)

Equity

  1. Level the Playing Field- Social Support and Social Capital for Improved Mental Health Outcomes with Black and Brown Families: Ronik Radlauer Group (Florida)

  2. Children’s Mental Health Justice 101: Navigating Fractured Systems and Advocating for Justice: Dionne Bensonsmith, Dr. Tammy Nyden, Angela Riccio, Mothers on the Frontline (California)

Technology/Virtual Support

  1. Technology to Reach and Serve Latinx Families: Brenda Figueroa & Fanny Ochoa, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (New Jersey)

Substance Use

  1. Opioid Crisis Methamphetamine Surge Awareness & Combat: Vickie Hill, The Struggle WithIN (Nevada)

  2. Creating Safety: Being a Supportive Adult: Working with Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma: Angie Geren, Arizona Recovers (Arizona)




Workshops with Descriptions


Thursday, November 12, 1:00-2:30 pm (ET)

Why Will No One Play with Me? The Play Better Plan Parent Training and Your Social Skills Curriculum (Parenting & Family Support)

Carolyn Maguire, NE Coaching (Massachusetts)

Parent/caregiver training is an important element to helping children develop or improve social skills. This workshop will introduce parents and caregivers to a curriculum to help create a bridge between social skills groups and home. Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., PCC, will demonstrate the coaching process for participants based on her groundbreaking book Why Will No One Play With Me?

When Worrying Takes Over: Helping Kids with ADHD and their Parents Overcome Anxiety and Build Resilience (Parenting & Family Support)

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist (Massachusetts)

Living in a world that’s increasingly unpredictable, today’s kids are more anxious than ever. In this session, Dr. Sharon Saline discusses how anxiety works and what professionals and parents can do to help kids reduce their worries. After reviewing the physiology and psychology of anxiety, she will show you how to help kids change their relationship to worry and avoid the pitfalls of negative thinking. You’ll learn tools for teaching kids how to realistically evaluate situations, tolerate uncertainty and calm down. Instead of worrying about what’s going to happen, they can meet situations with curiosity and resilience.

Shadows and Light: Untold Stories (Parenting & Family Support) Paula Ray & Sandy Thompson, Families Inspiring Families (Nebraska) The Shadows and Light project explored the role of creating an autobiographical therapeutic performance out of lived experience, and later witnessing a professional rendering of it – created with participant involvement. The results suggest that the individuals involved in this pilot project who have lived experience at the intersection of trauma, mental health and court systems, may have more ability to engage in human service programs designed to enhance adaptive living skills in daily life.

Youth Advocacy/Engagement During COVID-19 (Youth Peer Support)

Christina Smith, Calling All Youth MOVE/ASK Family Services (Michigan)

Youth voice is more important now than ever! Join our youth advocates to learn more about how we have stayed engaged, connected, and supportive during these challenging times. We will discuss engagement strategies as well as take a look at what has been on the minds of youth.

Level the Playing Field: Social Support & Capitol for Improved Mental Health Outcomes with Black & Brown Families (Equity)

Julie Radlauer-Doerfler, Ronik Radlauer Group (Florida)

It is time to level the playing field for black and brown families experiencing behavioral health conditions. This presentation will discuss the challenges that the current behavioral health system has in engaging and serving this population. The presentation will include meaningful dialogue around the needs of minority families and the changes that are necessary in order to achieve better mental health outcomes through increased social support and social capital.

Children’s Mental Health Justice 101: Navigating Fractured Systems and Advocating for Justice (Equity)

Dr. Dionne Bensonsmith, Dr. Tammy Nyden, Angela Riccio, Mothers on the Frontline (California)

This presentation brings together individuals (parents, caregivers, professionals) who have lived experience with children’s and youth mental health/mental health systems to brainstorm and share information about mental health care and mental health justice. Members of Mothers on the Frontline will introduce their Children’s Mental Health Justice Framework and discuss how they utilize it to advocate for better more wholistic policies and practices that center children’s mental health and community, family, and caregiver well-being.

Technology to Reach & Service Latinx Families (Technology/Virtual Supports)

Brenda Figueroa & Fanny Ochoa, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (New Jersey)

This session discusses strategies to identify and address gaps in service delivery to Latinx/Spanish-speaking families in an effort to increase engagement and improve outcomes through the use of technology and social media. This session walks through SPAN’s process of identifying, assessing, developing, implementing, evaluating and modifying our outreach, trainings, dissemination and engagement to improve access to services and support for Latinx/Spanish-speaking families.

Opioid Crisis Methamphetamine Surge Awareness & Combat (Substance Use)

Vickie Hill, The Struggle WithIN (Nevada)

This workshop will educate parents, family members, and friends about the opioid and methamphetamine crisis facing our community and society and impacting our children as young as six. We must get our heads wrapped around this reality and find the willingness to address the impact it is having on our children. Participants will learn information and street terminology and what to look for in their own children and the children with whom they work.

Creating Safety: Being a Supportive Adult: Working with Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma (Substance Use)

Angie Geren, Arizona Recovers (Arizona)

Working with youth who have experienced trauma can be extremely rewarding and also test our personal resiliency skills. Becoming a safe, supportive adult is a critical aspect of care. Learn how to recognize the part your story plays, increase your emotional regulation skills, and identify areas of post traumatic growth. This workshop will help adults understand what their personal trauma responses are and how to respond to them so that they are more effective at modeling emotional regulation. Also, we will discuss specifics on creating safe spaces and effective communication strategies especially when they are interacting with youth who have experienced trauma.




Conference Recordings and Materials


Keynote Presentation (Melinda J Baldwin, PhD, LCSW, Chief, Child, Adolescent & Family Branch Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Workshops

Why Will No One Play With Me? The Play Better Plan Parent Training and Your Social Skills Curriculum: Carolyn Maguire, NE Coaching (Massachusetts)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

When Worrying Takes Over: Helping Kids with ADHD and their Parents Overcome Anxiety and Build Resilience: Sharon Saline, Clinical Psychologist (Massachusetts)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Shadows and Light: Untold Stories, Paula Ray & Sandy Thompson, Families Inspiring Families (Nebraska)
  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Youth Advocacy/Engagement During COVID-19: Christina Smith, Calling All Youth MOVE (Michigan)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Level the Playing Field - Social Support and Social Capital for Improved Mental Health Outcomes with Black and Brown Families: Ronik Radlauer Group (Florida)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Children’s Mental Health Justice 101: Navigating Fractured Systems and Advocating for Justice: Dionne Bensonsmith, Dr. Tammy Nyden, Angela Riccio, Mothers on the Frontline (California)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Technology to Reach and Serve Latinx Families: Brenda Figueroa & Fanny Ochoa, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (New Jersey)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

  • Additional materials:

  1. Call to Action Handout

  2. How Can Parents Groups Use Technology to Strengthen Family Engagement

Opioid Crisis Methamphetamine Surge Awareness & Combat: Vickie Hill, The Struggle WithIN (Nevada)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Creating Safety: Being a Supportive Adult: Working with Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma: Angie Geren, Arizona Recovers (Arizona)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.





Thursday, November 12th

Workshops by Track


Thursday, November 12th from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET. Parenting and Family Support

  1. Why Will No One Play With Me? The Play Better Plan Parent Training and Your Social Skills Curriculum: Carolyn Maguire, NE Coaching (Massachusetts)

  2. When Worrying Takes Over: Helping Kids with ADHD and their Parents Overcome Anxiety and Build Resilience: Sharon Saline, Clinical Psychologist (Massachusetts)

  3. Shadows and Light: Untold Stories, Paula Ray & Sandy Thompson, Families Inspiring Families (Nebraska)

Youth Peer Support

  1. Youth Advocacy/Engagement During COVID-19: Christina Smith, Calling All Youth MOVE (Michigan)

Equity

  1. Level the Playing Field- Social Support and Social Capital for Improved Mental Health Outcomes with Black and Brown Families: Ronik Radlauer Group (Florida)

  2. Children’s Mental Health Justice 101: Navigating Fractured Systems and Advocating for Justice: Dionne Bensonsmith, Dr. Tammy Nyden, Angela Riccio, Mothers on the Frontline (California)

Technology/Virtual Support

  1. Technology to Reach and Serve Latinx Families: Brenda Figueroa & Fanny Ochoa, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (New Jersey)

Substance Use

  1. Opioid Crisis Methamphetamine Surge Awareness & Combat: Vickie Hill, The Struggle WithIN (Nevada)

  2. Creating Safety: Being a Supportive Adult: Working with Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma: Angie Geren, Arizona Recovers (Arizona)




Workshops with Descriptions


Thursday, November 12, 1:00-2:30 pm (ET)

Why Will No One Play with Me? The Play Better Plan Parent Training and Your Social Skills Curriculum (Parenting & Family Support)

Carolyn Maguire, NE Coaching (Massachusetts)

Parent/caregiver training is an important element to helping children develop or improve social skills. This workshop will introduce parents and caregivers to a curriculum to help create a bridge between social skills groups and home. Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., PCC, will demonstrate the coaching process for participants based on her groundbreaking book Why Will No One Play With Me?

When Worrying Takes Over: Helping Kids with ADHD and their Parents Overcome Anxiety and Build Resilience (Parenting & Family Support)

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist (Massachusetts)

Living in a world that’s increasingly unpredictable, today’s kids are more anxious than ever. In this session, Dr. Sharon Saline discusses how anxiety works and what professionals and parents can do to help kids reduce their worries. After reviewing the physiology and psychology of anxiety, she will show you how to help kids change their relationship to worry and avoid the pitfalls of negative thinking. You’ll learn tools for teaching kids how to realistically evaluate situations, tolerate uncertainty and calm down. Instead of worrying about what’s going to happen, they can meet situations with curiosity and resilience.

Shadows and Light: Untold Stories (Parenting & Family Support) Paula Ray & Sandy Thompson, Families Inspiring Families (Nebraska) The Shadows and Light project explored the role of creating an autobiographical therapeutic performance out of lived experience, and later witnessing a professional rendering of it – created with participant involvement. The results suggest that the individuals involved in this pilot project who have lived experience at the intersection of trauma, mental health and court systems, may have more ability to engage in human service programs designed to enhance adaptive living skills in daily life.

Youth Advocacy/Engagement During COVID-19 (Youth Peer Support)

Christina Smith, Calling All Youth MOVE/ASK Family Services (Michigan)

Youth voice is more important now than ever! Join our youth advocates to learn more about how we have stayed engaged, connected, and supportive during these challenging times. We will discuss engagement strategies as well as take a look at what has been on the minds of youth.

Level the Playing Field: Social Support & Capitol for Improved Mental Health Outcomes with Black & Brown Families (Equity)

Julie Radlauer-Doerfler, Ronik Radlauer Group (Florida)

It is time to level the playing field for black and brown families experiencing behavioral health conditions. This presentation will discuss the challenges that the current behavioral health system has in engaging and serving this population. The presentation will include meaningful dialogue around the needs of minority families and the changes that are necessary in order to achieve better mental health outcomes through increased social support and social capital.

Children’s Mental Health Justice 101: Navigating Fractured Systems and Advocating for Justice (Equity)

Dr. Dionne Bensonsmith, Dr. Tammy Nyden, Angela Riccio, Mothers on the Frontline (California)

This presentation brings together individuals (parents, caregivers, professionals) who have lived experience with children’s and youth mental health/mental health systems to brainstorm and share information about mental health care and mental health justice. Members of Mothers on the Frontline will introduce their Children’s Mental Health Justice Framework and discuss how they utilize it to advocate for better more wholistic policies and practices that center children’s mental health and community, family, and caregiver well-being.

Technology to Reach & Service Latinx Families (Technology/Virtual Supports)

Brenda Figueroa & Fanny Ochoa, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (New Jersey)

This session discusses strategies to identify and address gaps in service delivery to Latinx/Spanish-speaking families in an effort to increase engagement and improve outcomes through the use of technology and social media. This session walks through SPAN’s process of identifying, assessing, developing, implementing, evaluating and modifying our outreach, trainings, dissemination and engagement to improve access to services and support for Latinx/Spanish-speaking families.

Opioid Crisis Methamphetamine Surge Awareness & Combat (Substance Use)

Vickie Hill, The Struggle WithIN (Nevada)

This workshop will educate parents, family members, and friends about the opioid and methamphetamine crisis facing our community and society and impacting our children as young as six. We must get our heads wrapped around this reality and find the willingness to address the impact it is having on our children. Participants will learn information and street terminology and what to look for in their own children and the children with whom they work.

Creating Safety: Being a Supportive Adult: Working with Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma (Substance Use)

Angie Geren, Arizona Recovers (Arizona)

Working with youth who have experienced trauma can be extremely rewarding and also test our personal resiliency skills. Becoming a safe, supportive adult is a critical aspect of care. Learn how to recognize the part your story plays, increase your emotional regulation skills, and identify areas of post traumatic growth. This workshop will help adults understand what their personal trauma responses are and how to respond to them so that they are more effective at modeling emotional regulation. Also, we will discuss specifics on creating safe spaces and effective communication strategies especially when they are interacting with youth who have experienced trauma.




Conference Recordings and Materials


Keynote Presentation (Melinda J Baldwin, PhD, LCSW, Chief, Child, Adolescent & Family Branch Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Workshops

Why Will No One Play With Me? The Play Better Plan Parent Training and Your Social Skills Curriculum: Carolyn Maguire, NE Coaching (Massachusetts)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

When Worrying Takes Over: Helping Kids with ADHD and their Parents Overcome Anxiety and Build Resilience: Sharon Saline, Clinical Psychologist (Massachusetts)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Shadows and Light: Untold Stories, Paula Ray & Sandy Thompson, Families Inspiring Families (Nebraska)
  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Youth Advocacy/Engagement During COVID-19: Christina Smith, Calling All Youth MOVE (Michigan)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Level the Playing Field - Social Support and Social Capital for Improved Mental Health Outcomes with Black and Brown Families: Ronik Radlauer Group (Florida)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Children’s Mental Health Justice 101: Navigating Fractured Systems and Advocating for Justice: Dionne Bensonsmith, Dr. Tammy Nyden, Angela Riccio, Mothers on the Frontline (California)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Technology to Reach and Serve Latinx Families: Brenda Figueroa & Fanny Ochoa, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (New Jersey)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

  • Additional materials:

  1. Call to Action Handout

  2. How Can Parents Groups Use Technology to Strengthen Family Engagement

Opioid Crisis Methamphetamine Surge Awareness & Combat: Vickie Hill, The Struggle WithIN (Nevada)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.

Creating Safety: Being a Supportive Adult: Working with Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma: Angie Geren, Arizona Recovers (Arizona)

  • Access the recording here.

  • Access the slides here.