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MSU Riley Center

2200 5th Street

Meridian, MS 39301

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Care Lodge presents its 25th year of providing top tier training to social service professionals and care-giving providers throughout MS.

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This full day conference will feature many perspectives in the social service field regarding the effect of abuse on the family, primarily children and their care-giving systems. Participants will engage with each other through intentional activities designed to help broaden perspective and increase empathy for children and youth experiencing abuse.

6 Contact Hours have been applied for specific to LPC and SW.

Keynote: Dave Pelzer

Dave carefully weaves the story of how his life was saved by teachers, a school nurse, the police department, social services and the foster care system. This is the perfect keynote for those within the system who are in need of a positive shot in the arm from a man who, too, has dedicated his life to helping others. Throughout the presentation, Dave laces a significant amount of relevant humor to help put the audience at ease, but also stresses the vital importance of advising those at-risk on becoming resilient and being accountable.

In addition, Dave advises those working in their perspective fields not to become overwhelmed. It is important for them to care for themselves, so they in turn can continue to be a savior and champion of children of our countries: The Real Heroes.

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Sapana Donde

Dr. Sapana Donde is a research associate in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin and a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice at Just Mind Counseling in Austin, TX. Dr. Donde received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Child Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her research and clinical interests include the neurobiology of trauma, interpersonal violence, child welfare and adoption, trauma-informed mental health services, intervention research, and cultural psychology.

Learning objectives:

1. Provide an ecological systems framework that offers a holistic understanding of victims of interpersonal violence

2. Provide a more nuanced understanding of neuroscience and the limitations of cognitive neuroscience ("brain scan") research

3. Learn a new definition of trauma developed from a behavioral neuroscience perspective

4. Identify 4 biological defensive strategies that humans use when faced with threat

5. Understand how traumatic stress can impact memory processes

6. Gain deeper understanding, appreciation, respect, and compassion for the diverse reactions and responses exhibited by victims of interpersonal violence

7. Learn how to apply an understanding of the neurobiology of trauma towards direct services with victims of interpersonal violence

8. Introduce an innovative psychobiological intervention, Somatic Experiencing®, with promising potential to heal PTSD as well as comorbid medical and mental health challenges

Experiential Learning Session: Meridian Community College FORECAST Cohort

Presenters: Kim Coward, Meridian Community College - Social Science Instructor; Brandy Rea, LPC-S, Wesley House - Assistant Executive Director/Clinical Director; and Sara Smith, Community Coordinator - Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter

Traumatic events often generate secondary adversities such as family separations, financial hardship, relocations to a new residence and school, social stigma, ongoing treatment for injuries and/or physical rehabilitation, and legal proceedings. The cascade of changes produced by trauma and loss can tax the coping resources of the child, family, and broader community. These adversities and life changes can be sources of distress in their own right and can create challenges to adjustment and recovery.

Participants will be able to explain and identify 12 Core Concepts for understanding traumatic stress responses in children and families and explore concepts through activities designed around the experiential education method.

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