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1899 South Gordon Cooper Drive

Shawnee, OK 74801

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Mental Health Advocate, Kevin Hines, will keynote the Spirit of Life Conference 2017, on September 27 at the Citizen Potawatomie Nation Cultural Heritage Center. Registration begins at 8:15a.m. This conference has been approved for 4.5 CEUs for LCSW, LPC, LMFT, LADC, and two CLEET mental health hours.

This conference is hosted by the Kickapoo Tribe Behavioral Health Native Connections Grant. Also featured are speakers, Shelby Rowe and Darryl Tonemah, PhD,. Topics covered will include: survived experiences of suicide attempts, "trauma and the patient," self-care, culture and spirituality, and mental health wellness.

Conference Agenda:

8:15 – Registration

8:45 – Welcome/Introductions

9:00 - Speaker, Shelby Rowe

10:30 – Break

10:45 – Speaker, Darryl Tonemah

12:15 – Lunch on your own

1:30 – Keynote Speaker, Kevin Hines

3:00 – Closing comments

3:15 – Event ends

Speaker Bios:

Kevin Hines, motivational speaker and mental health advocate, is one of only thirty-six (less than 1%) to survive the fall from the Golden Gate Bridge and is the only survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe. In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Kevin their highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly. Kevin has also been awarded by SAMHSA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and received over 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian. Kevin sits on the boards of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), the Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF) and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) and on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Previously, he was a board member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and was a two-term member of San Francisco’s Mental Health Board. He has spoken in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of The Mental Health Parity Bill. He continues his policy work as an Ambassador to the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Shelby Rowe is the Youth Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuses Services, and the 2016 Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year. A public health professional, crisis intervention expert and suicide attempt survivor, she has been a leader in the suicide prevention movement since 2007 at the local, state, and national level. Shelby is a member of the Consumer/Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network. Before moving back home to Oklahoma in 2017, she worked as the National Manager of Education and Prevention Programs for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York. In the past she has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Crisis Center Directors, and was a member of the Arkansas Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council. Ms. Rowe holds a B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy, and an M.B.A.

Darryl Tonemah is a full blooded (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora) Native American psychologist. He has a PhD in Counseling Psychology and Cultural Studies and teaches across North America on topics such as health behavior change, and how trauma affects behavior. He sits on numerous state and national boards addressing disparities in education, and health care among the Native community. He has committed his professional career to empowering Native peoples. He uses research, education, music, writing, and acting to reach his audience. He has recorded nine award winning cd’s. He has also appeared in three movies including, “The Cherokee Word for Water” in 2014. He appeared in the New York City Stage Productions of “Manahattan” and “Sliver of a Full Moon.” He also has recently appeared on the television series, “Nashville.” He has published a book on leadership entitled “Spray Your Swamp Cooler.”

Trauma is pervasive in Native communities. It is transferred from generation to generation from biology through sociology. Research shows that children can be born with PTSD through genetic coding, traumatic pregnancy, or traumatic birth. A child may be born into a traumatic environment and the brain develops specifically for self-preservation. Many of the self-preservation behaviors look like ADD/ADHD, learning disorders, or even autism. As adults, these may take on self-medication behaviors like anger, hypervigilance, addictions, and many others. A Trauma Informed Community empowers its providers, educators, leaders and citizens in recognizing its symptoms, and behaviors and equips itself with tools to not only DEAL with trauma but to HEAL from trauma. In this training attendees will:

1. Understand how trauma is passed genetically, psychologically and sociologically

2. Learn how to recognize the "4 Horsemen" of Trauma

3. Practice personal skills in dealing with own traumatic or stress activation

4. Learn basic skills in helping others with trauma

5. Understand the "felt sense" of trauma and learn how to change stress reactions

6. Other physiological based models


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