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North Dakota Family Based Conference: Bright Futures Together

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Bright Futures Together

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Join us for 32nd annual North Dakota Family Based Services Conference: Bright Future Together. This year we highlight and promote family based services in North Dakota with those who share in our objective to maintain, strengthen, and empower families. The North Dakota Family Based Services Association along with our volunteer Board of Directors and committees have a longstanding commitment to revitalize North Dakota’s diverse audience of social workers, counselors, addiction counselors, therapists, educators, family advocates, youth leaders, foster parents, adoptive parents and supervisors through education and professional development. Attend the four day conference designed to inspire hope as part of our commitment to serving children and families of North Dakota.

View the Conference Registration Packet here for complete details about the agenda. Overview below:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Pre-Conference Sponsored by The Village Family Service Center

Working with Kids of All Ages (0-18)

Early Childhood Mental Health (DC: 0-5)

Dr. Shannon Grave

Much like the DSM-5 used for diagnosing school-aged children through adulthood, there is a system for classifying mental health conditions in young children birth through age 5 called DC:0-5. There have been three editions and each are published by Zero to Three. Minnesota has been using this diagnostic classification system specifically designed for young children since 2005. This session will provide an overview of DC:0-5, main points to remember when working with very young children, red flags/characteristics of the most commonly seen diagnoses in young children, and common strategies to implement in the in-home family therapy setting. While participants will not leave this session ready to diagnose young children using DC:0-5, there are clear implications for its use in guiding treatment planning and interventions that can be immediately implemented by family-based therapists.

Importance of School Based Mental Health

Dr. Cory Steiner

Northern Cass School District has committed to educating the whole learner. Through deliberate and purposeful practice, the district has engaged in partnerships with The Village Family Service Center and North Dakota State University to provide on-site mental health services. This session will explain the journey of Northern Cass while engaging participants in activities which will reframe thinking around the importance of school-based services. The session will be interactive where participants will reflect individually as well as with small groups to build their understanding of the importance of educating the whole learner. Finally, the session will challenge participants to put into place a prioriyt for taking action which will further support learners across the region.

Exploring the Mental Health of Generation Z and Generation ME

Geoff Gaukler

The mental health of the two most recent generations, Generation Z (1997 & later) and Generation Me (1980-1996) will be explored. Together, we will discuss how generations differ in terms of personality traits, attitudes, and behaviors. Most importantly, we will attempt to answer what this means for those of us in the helping professions.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Shauna Erickson, M.S., LMFT

Therapists provide healing in so many ways, but not everyone responds to conventional routes of therapeutic intervention. Shauna utilizes animal assisted therapy (AAT) to provide an alternative approach to aid in rapport building, regulation, and bridge insights that may be difficult to with conventional therapeutic interventions. Over the last 5 years there has been increasing research regarding the impact a dog (therapy dog or emotional support) can have in one's life. Regular contact with an animal is linked to decreased mental health symptoms and increase of positive neurotransmitters. Why aren't we all tapping into this information to help applicable clients? Shuana will outline the benefits of animal assisted therapy, how she utilizes Dr. Spencer as a co-therapist, types of mental health diagnoses that can benefit from animal assisted therapy, as well as intervention ideas that therapists can use to incorporate clients' existing house pets or emotional support animals into therapeutic supports. Spencer will accept ear pets and offer tail wags.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Keynote: When We Do REPS, We Increase the Strength Within!

Ron Shuali, M.Ed.

This program focuses on expanding the current world that you live in by experiencing many different ways that we miss-communicate with children and adults without being aware of it. You will learn three secrets to being more empowered both inside the classroom or workplace and at home in areas like but not limited to behavior modification strategies, self-regulation and overall general health. You will leave with eagerness in your eyes to try out these secrets.

Responsibility-What am I thinking and it is real? Ron will point to behaviors that most, if not all, of the attendees will relate to which will increase immediately create a shift that in attendees mindset to own their responsibility. You are responsible for the thoughts that create the scenarios you live.

Expectations- Why didn't they do that when I thought they should? Attendees will quickly gain access to a quick and easy way to build effective and efficient systems and processes within their team. If we only think about a great idea, our team will not know about it. Communicate expectations and see results!

Pause- Who benefits when we are mindful? Ron will run through an interactive word game with an attendee to show how often our robotic responses are negative. Ron will easily show attendees how to pause before responding to share information that is mindful and positive.

1st Afternoon Breakout Sessions

A-1: Up the Rabbit Hole: Escaping the Matrix of Your Mind

Ron Shuali, M.Ed.

When I say up, do you say down? When I say left, do you say right? Why are we always initially oppositional to our fellow humans? Laugh, learn and be enlightened through a keynote experience like no other. Discover how and why we humans are stuck in patterns and mindsets that we don't realize run our lives and repeatedly. And how those blind spots affect our relationships, work and the children we are committed to. Feel mental and physical stress leave your body as you have multiple "Ah-HA" moments that will change you forever. All you have to do is choose.

A-2: The Supervisor's Role in Work Unit Culture

Vincent Lindgren, MSW

Effective individual supervsiion is essential to effective practice, but an equally important factor is the influence of work dynamics/relationships. Effective group supervision is essential for staff retention and productivity. This workshop will look at supervisory strategies for fostering a work culture which encourages effective co-worker relationships, as well as intervening in problematic staff dynamics which inhibit work unit goal attainment.

A-3: Special Topics in Foster Care: Visitation Transitions, Mother Rage (Why Foster Care Youth often Project Disproportional Anger onto Foster Mothers) & Lying Behavior

Charley Joyce

This session will focus on three common problematic areas that often are presented by foster youth while in placement. Visitation transitions will identify post visit reactions as a treatment issue, explaining why they occur and how to intervene. Mother Rage will explain the dynamics of why foster youth might project anger disproportionally onto foster mothers and what can bed one. The purposes of lying behavior will be identified and specific interventions will be identified.

2nd Afternoon Breakout Sessions

A-4: Yogarate (Pronounced Yoga-Rah-Tay)

Ron Shuali, M.Ed.

Participants will be introduced to a movement system that incorporates age appropriate martial arts and yoga while teaching essential life skills like respect and belly breathing. The Yogarate class begins with high energy body strength building and respect-filled martial arts, then flows smoothly into yoga with a few sun salutations followed by an age appropriate calming medications. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to teach a full 30 minute Yogarate class. Namastahyah!

A-5: Ethics and Supervision

Jeremy Carney, MSW, Ph.D.

This session will explore the role of the supervisor in promoting ethical practice and encouraging an organizational commitment to ethical standards. Administrators and supervisors have a unique opportunity and committment to ensure the ethical treatemtn of clients and empoloyees. A case study model will be used to investigae supervisor roles, relationships, and practices as they relate to ethical standards and clinical supervision.

A-6: Safe Zone

Faye Seidler

Transgender cultural competency training is designed to mitigate the negative outcomes transgender individuals experience by equipping professionals with the tools to adequately serve this population. Specifically, this training gives professionals a better understanding of the transgender people by exploring the population demographics, thoroughly examining the transgender condition, looking at organizationally specific negative outcomes, and utilizing tools for process improvement. This training focuses on how professionals can do a better job, it does not require nor ask individuals to be allies.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Keynote: Building Your Bounce: 23 Questions That Can Change the Way You Look at Life

Deborah Alleyne, M. S.

A presentation designed to promote the resilience of adults who work with children and their families. Building your bounce is a presentation designed to meet you where you are and take you to a place with greater strength, determination, and resiliency. Participants are sure to leave this presentation with energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to make a few positive changes in their lives that will lead to greater happiness and fulfillment that will undoubtedly resonate in the work they do every day with children and families. This presentation will emphasize how important it is that adults take care of themselves and promote their social-emotional health; how the social-emotional well-being of adults impacts the children in their care in both positive and negative ways; and specific, simple and inexpensive strategies to reduce stress and promote their social-emotional health.

State Update: Family First Act Discussion Panel

Panel will include individuals from Children and Family Services, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, Lutheran Social Services, PATH, Southeast Human Service Center, and Behavioral Health

This session will be a panel discussion about the impact and implications of the Family First Prevention Services Act for children and families of North Dakota.

1st Afternoon Breakout Sessions

B-1: Don't FLIP OUT, use FLIP IT! Transforming Challenging Behavior

Deborah Alleyne, M.S.

A presentation designed to promote a kind and strength-based approach to addressing challenging behavior in young children's use of challenging behavior seems to be on the rise. We are often stumped by what to say and do when a child has done something hurtful, impulsive, disruptive or disrespectful. FLIP IT! is four simple and effective steps to help us transform a difficult moment into one where everyone can learn and grow. We can help children learn about their feelings and gain self-control by using the mnemonic: Feelings, Limits, Inquires, Prompts. FLIP IT! is kind, practical, realistic, and will improve your relationships with children ages three through eight years old. During this presentation, you will be inspired by real-life stories, have opportunities for personal reflection, and be ready to use this strategy immediately.

B-2: All about Diagnosing Mental Health & Developmental Disorders in Infants and Preschoolers: DC: 0-5

Sara Stallman

Early intervention is at the heart of healing kids and families before crisis hits. Evidence-informed research has given providers many lessons on those working with Infants and Preschoolers, including their own Diagnostic Classifications. this classification system is very different from the typical DSM's view of mental health. It allows for the assessment and diagnosis in all aspects of a young child's life. As many states are now adopting this as "best practice" for young children, let's explore this tool for North Dakota. Please join me in examining the basics of the DC: 0-5.

B-3: Hoarding Food: Hungry for Survival

Charley Joyce

The focus of this session is on why youth in out of home care hoard food, which is often a result of child maltreatment and in not having their basic survival needs met. Non-traditional interventions that have been successful with pre-adolescents youth will be discussed. Several case studies will be presented. This training is not designed to address issues of hoarding food found in bulimic and anorexic disorders.

2nd Afternoon Breakout Sessions

B-4: Your Journey Together: Building Resilience in Young Children and Families

Deborah Alleyne, M.S.

A presentation designed to promote resilience in young children and families. Building resilience is essential to support children and families who confront risk and adversity. While certain risk factors may seem overwhelming, the field of resilience provides a hopeful message to all of us. This presentation will introduce strategies designed to promote the resilience of both children and families using everyday routines, activities, and interactions as ideal opportunities to strengthen resilience.

B-5: Ethics

Katie Krukenberg

This session will provide an overview of ethical standards in the NASW and ND Code of Ethics pertaining to ethical dilemmas pertaining to self-care, social work in rural communities, and in work with youth and families. Ethical decision making models along with strategies for resolving ethical dilemmas will also be discussed.

B-6: The Basics of Implicit Bias

Joel Friesz

This session explores the concept of Implicit Bias and the impact it has on people and systems. Attendees will learn and discuss strategies to manage and minimize their own personal biases.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Keynote: An Overview of Reactive Attachment Disorder: Understanding Developmental Trauma from Etiology to Play Therapy Treatment

Dr. Angela Cavett

This workshop will provide an overview of early developmental trauma and how it impacts the child's attachments. Attachment concerns due to early childhood trauma impact children's ability to function throughout their lives. There are many different domains that are impacted by early developmental trauma including affective regulation, executive functioning, cognitive functioning and perceptions of self, others and their worlds. Participants will learn about how each area is impacted and how play therapy is beneficial. The literature and research will be discussed in terms of how teams, including parents/caregivers, extended families schools, agencies, and mental health providers can decrease negative behavioral concerns and improve relationships.

Breakout Sessions

C-1: Introduction to Integrative Attachment-Informed Model (I AIM): A Play-Therapy for Traumatized Children and Adolescents

Dr. Angela Cavett

In this workshop participants will learn an overview of the Integrative Attachment Informed Model (I AIM). Integrative Attachment Informed Model is a tiered, prescriptive play therapy treatment dependent upon the attachment between child and caregiver. I AIM is a trauma-informed and neuroscience-informed treatment with the tier of treatment based on the child's symptoms which reflect the level of the brain that needs to be targeted in treatment. As the caregiver-child dyad, the child's therapy progresses the treatment goes from lower brain regulation to cortex-dependent interventions. For children with attachment issues including Reactive Attachment Disorder, I AIM includes Theraplay for the child and parent as well as sessions for the parent. After the relationship shifts, higher level (reasoning) tasks (ie: cognitive restructuring), become the focus. It is consistent with the work of Daniel Siegel, Daniel Hughes, Phyllis Booth, Stephen Porges, and Bruce Perry. This workshop will include introductory information about each of the treatment tiers.

C-2: How Mood Disorders Present in Youth and an Overview of Commonly Prescribed Medications Used to Treat Mood Disorders

Linda Jo Volness

This session will have symptom overview of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and Bipolar Disorder (BP). It will also cover medications commonly used to treat youth suffering with a mood spectrum disorder. Case study presentation will be used to help with differential diagnosis of pediatric mood disorders and medication considerations.

CEUs and Credits Available

NDFBSA 2020 Conference: Bright Futures Together has the potential for up to 22.25 CEUs for North Dakota social work, counseling, and addiction counseling.

There is a potential for up to 1.5 credits for mental health providers and current registered play therapists for their play therapy certificate when attending Dr. Angela Cavett's breakout session on Friday, April 3.

2 additional CEUs for North Dakota social work, counseling, and addiction counseling when attending the Free Community Event on Wednesday, April 1. See details below.

Relaxation Stations

Take time at this years conference to recharge, refresh, and relax during one of the many free self-care events offered. Yoga will be offered on Wednesday, April 1 from 11:30 AM-12:20 PM. Box lunches will be provided to Yoga participants. Massages will be offered Thursday, April 2 from 8:30 AM- 1:00 PM

Sign-ups will be offered for yoga and massages at the conference.

Silent Auction

The proceeds from this years conference silent auction will go to our spotlight program, Accommodate Independent Living Program. This is a program through PATH ND Inc. Specifically, proceeds will be utilized for beds for the furnished apartments which will then be gifted to participants upon their discharge from the program.

Paper Registration Option

If you would like to submit a paper registration please complete the NDFBSA registration packet and mail the registration form and payment to:

North Dakota Family Based Services Association

PO Box 9114

Fargo, ND 58106

NDFBSA Award Nominations

Please click here to nominate a deserving individual or program for a North Dakota Family Based Services aware.

Award descriptions can be viewed on our website at: https://ndfbsa.org/awards/.

Lodging: Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND

Please book hotel room reservations directly with the Holiday Inn Reservations Manager availble buisness days 8:30 AM-5:00 PM at 701-277-7345. After business hours, please call 701-282-2700.

A block of single rooms and double rooms have been set aside at the Holiday Inn for conference attendees under ND Family Based Services Association. The Conference Rate is $118.00 for a standard room. Blocked rooms will be held at the conference rate until March 3, 2020.

For a State Rate room, when you book the reservation, you will iniitally get the block conference rate. Upon check-in, you must provide at State ID Card to get the state rate of $86.40 for a single room.

Free Community Presentation

Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM at Holiday Inn, Fargo North Dakota

Breaking the Bullying Circle: Real Solutions to Stop the Hurting

Ron Shuali, M.Ed.

**This program is only for individuals that are truly interested in learning how to stop bullying entirely. The program is politically incorrect and will include real conversations that trigger reactions and emotions. This keynote is not for everyone.**

Participants will:

  • Get a better understanding/awakening about their automatic response systems and how they can choose to how to respond/react to a potential bully in their own life.
  • Learn how they may accidentally create a bully in a child in their life by responding in a way that leaves the child feeling diminished or dis-empowered. They learn the structure of a "clean-up" conversation to take steps to ensure the child doesn't leave the interaction upset and looks to bully others.
  • Learn two immediately effective techniques to teach the child in their lives how to walk away from a mental bully with their head held up high.
  • Walk through a conversation clarifying the difference between tattling and being a helper. This powerful distinction has more bystanders of bullying let more adults know about bullying situations.
  • Bullying someone is a response to hurt from within. And being a victim is a choice. Straight conversations and real solutions can stop unnecessary bully-cides and school shootings. Let's get started!
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