2020 Conference Details

 

Our annual conference brings together professionals from a wide variety of disciplines and agencies that provide services to juvenile justice youth including members of the justice system, juvenile service providers, direct care/probation/parole officers, social workers, case managers, educators, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, child and youth advocates, law enforcement and other stakeholders in mutual efforts to provide education on the implementation of best practices to strengthen and improve residential and community-based services for youth and their families.

Annual Conference:
Postponed
New Date & Details TBD

Sponsored by

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2020 Schedule

Wednesday, April 15*:
Sponsored by Provo Canyon

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference and and Early Conference Registration Starts

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

I Am Rubber, You Are Glue: Resiliency, Human Connection and Addiction

Emily Scoffield, LCSW 

Continuing Education: 2 hours (SA, JJS, CLE, LE)

Pre-conference presentation also includes dinner!

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PRE-CONFERENCE >>

*Pre-conference not included with full conference registration

Thursday, April 16:
7:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Conference Registration & Vendor Display’s Open

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

Presenting of the Colors: Uta Halee Academy ROTC

Welcome: Jerid Wedige, HJSA President

Opening Remarks: DeMoine Adams

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: 

Joshua Wayne

Helping Kids Today Become Successful Young Adults Tomorrow

Continuing Education: 1.5 hours (SA, JJS, CLE, LE)

As parents, teachers and other caring adults in the lives of teens, we all want the same thing: to see them happy, self-confident and capable of thriving in the adult world. In a unique and insightful way, Joshua breaks down the essential tools we as the adults in their lives, need to help them make that a reality.

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10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions & Vendor Display

Don't forget to visit our Vendors and sign up to win prizes!

Criminogenic Continuing Education Credits and Code Definitions

 

A certificate of attendance will be given to each participant to submit for CEU hours. 

 

JJS = Juvenile Justice Services CEU

SA = Standardized Model for the delivery of Substance Abuse CEU

ABHS = Adult Behavioral Health Services for Probation have been approved and exact number of hours are listed for each session

LE = Law Enforcement CEU

CLE = Continuing Legal Education (Nebraska) This conference has been approved for 11 hours of Nebraska CLE credits. 

Law Enforcement CEUs:
2 LE CEUs for Wednesday
6.5 LE CEUs for Thursday
3 LE CEUs for Friday

Where to Stay and Places to Go

 

Special conference room rates are available for conference participants at Omaha Hilton. *Limited number of rooms available.

Conference Room Rate:

$145 single/double

or use group code HJS

when calling 1-800-Hiltons

Free shuttle service on the top and bottom of every hour to and from Eppley Airfield is provided by Omaha Hilton. Pickup location is at Door #5 near Southwest Airlines. For shuttle information call (402) 998-4390.

Additional Accommodation Options:
 

Homewood Suites
1314 Cuming St, Omaha, NE
(402) 345-5100

 

Hampton Inn & Suites
1212 Cuming St, Omaha, NE
(402) 345-5500

 

Holiday Inn Omaha Downtown-Airport
1420 Cuming St, Omaha, NE
(402) 341-0124

The Omaha Old Market area offers many entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities within walking distance from
our conference. LEARN MORE >>

Kids & Tech: What to do when Devices Rule

Joshua Wayne

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (JJS, CLE, LE)

Teens in the United States spend about nine hours per day in front of a screen.  That amounts to 40% of their lives, and that doesn’t even include time spent on school work!  Truthfully though, the problem isn’t technology; the problem is moderation.  In this session Joshua shows how to find a healthy tech balance for our kids today.  

Drug Identification & Current Drug Trends in the Heartland

Wes Tjaden

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (SA, ABHS, JJS, CLE, LE)

This course will provide the student with the knowledge to identify drugs, drug paraphernalia and indicators of intoxication with drug use to assist when working with At-Risk youth. It will also provide professionals a deeper understanding of the common drugs used by at-risk youth, drug trends in the heartland and visual signs of impairment. 

Project AWARE: Supporting School-based Prevention and Intervention

Michele Borg & Tamara Gavin, LMHP

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (JJS, CLE, LE)

The challenge of addressing the needs of Nebraska’s children and youth through a comprehensive continuum of behavioral health services being available statewide has come to the forefront in recent years. During this session, local and statewide initiatives focusing on school-based mental health programs in rural areas will be highlighted and an overview of the Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) grant provided. 

H.E.R.O.: Leading Through the Lens of a Role Model

DeMoine Adams

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (JJS, CLE, LE)

This leadership session will empower professionals to lead by serving by becoming positive examples, and create an atmosphere of productive expectations and optimistic beliefs.  Attendees will be taught principles of prioritizing well-being over well-doing as well as the principles of producing outcomes that reap from sowing and how to embracing the role of a role model.

Identifying and Understanding the Gang Subculture

Abby Kassow

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (SA, JJS, CLE, LE)

This workshop will focus on identifying gang affiliation as a professional working with at risk youth, and focus on understanding the gang subculture, including the role of drug sales and substance use. This workshop will specifically address the influence of Peer Relations and the influence of Antisocial Companions. It will also cover the role of substance abuse, family circumstances.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (provided) & Vendor Display

Don't forget to visit our Vendors and sign up to win prizes!

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: 

Kids & Tech: What to do when Devices Rule (Repeat)

Joshua Wayne

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (JJS, CLE, LE)

Teens in the United States spend about nine hours per day in front of a screen.  That amounts to 40% of their lives, and that doesn’t even include time spent on school work!  Truthfully though, the problem isn’t technology; the problem is moderation.  In this session Joshua shows how to find a healthy tech balance for our kids today.  

Tips & Tricks for Identifying & Intervening on Mental Health Concerns in Youth

Kristin Galloway

This talk will address how mental health affects youth in multiple facets including risk for substance use, ability to make effective decisions, impairments in relationships, and ability to perform in their environment (e.g. school, work).  Additionally, this talk will address how environments may reinforce problematic behaviors that may lead to poorer outcomes.  Additionally, we will address how providers can set up young people with mental health concerns for success.

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (SA, JJS, CLE, LE)

Drug Use, Misuse and Abuse – an Old Problem with New Names

Dr. Ally Dering-Anderson

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (SA, JJS, CLE, LE)

This program will explore prescription drugs used to treat teens with emotional and mental health disorders.  It will also explore drug misuse and substance use disorder among teens.  Participants will understand the implications of newer legislation intended to prevent death from substance use disorders

Through the Eyes of the Child; How Multidisciplinary Teams have Improved Nebraska’s Juvenile Courts

Deb VanDyke-Ries, Court Improvement Project

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (JJS, CLE, LE)

Participants will learn about Nebraska’s judge led Through the Eyes of the Child teams that have spurred significant systemic changes in Juvenile Court. Presenters will provide a historical perspective of the Through the Eyes of the Child initiative, highlight early successes, and show the metamorphosis of the initiative, which has become a crucial venue for issue spotting, problem-solving, and building relationships across disciplines.

Working with Boys and Young Men across Contemporary Settings and Contexts

Terence Mackey and  Mark Ward

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (SA, JJS, CLE LE)

Young men have pressures to conform in many ways. This presentation will seek to identify strategies for altering trajectory away from problems of antisocial thoughts and behaviors in adolescent boys and young men. The role of pro-social peers and adults is identified as a means towards improved education and recreational activities. Attendees will identify strategies for seeking to buffer young men from problems of substance abuse as well.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Break & Vendor Display

Don't forget to visit our Vendors and sign up to win prizes!

2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Afternoon Speaker: 

Sarah Forrest & Rachel Pointer

Human Trafficking in the Heartland

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (ABH, SA, JJS, CLE, LE)

This workshop will provide background on trafficking in Nebraska along with an update on current statistics, policy changes and clarification regarding age of consent in the state.  We will take a look at the relationship between trafficking and substance use as a means of control.  We will also discuss compassion fatigue and burn out working in human trafficking and juvenile services.

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception in foyer/vendor area

Please join us for an opportunity to network with colleagues. Includes one free drink ticket,appetizers, prizes and additional cash bar. Attendees are entered for a chance to win one door prizes and gift certificates! Must be present to win!

 

Friday, April 17:
7:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Conference Registration & Vendor Display’s Open

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Sally Spencer Thomas

Be a Shining Light of Hope, Everyone Plays a Roll in Suicide Prevention

Continuing Education: 3 Hours (ABHS, SA, JJS, CLE, LE)

Sally Spencer-Thomas is a national speaker and expert in suicide prevention. She will be providing an amazing training focusing on the national guidelines for suicide prevention that were released by the American Association of Suicidology during 2019 World Mental Health Day. She will also address the risk factors and warning signs of suicide which do involve impulsivity, peer support and substance use in adolescents.

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