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2020 Pre-conference
Wednesday, April 15
Registration: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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

Emily Scoffield, LCSW

Workshop will focus on the decline in resiliency among adolescents and children. We will discuss how the lack of resiliency has led to negative coping skills, including an increase in substance abuse at an especially young age. Lastly, we will learn how increasing resiliency and the ability to cope with negative emotions will help prevent substance use. 

Continuing Education: 2 hours (SA, JJS)

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*Pre-conference is not included in full conference registration

Wednesday April 13, 2022:
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference* Sponsored by Provo Canyon

Compassionate Accountability: How Trauma impacts the ability to be accountable and how we can change that!

Emily Scoffield

Continuing Education: 2 Hours (SA, JJS, LE)

Early childhood trauma, developmental trauma, or complex trauma changes the brain. Normal brain development does not occur and all behaviors become about survival and protection. The traumatized brain cannot distinguish between shame and guilt, forcing kids into a vicious cycle of repetitive unsafe behaviors. This presentation will discuss ways to counteract these survival techniques prior to expecting responsibility and accountability. We will address how getting the thinking brain online with the emotional brain will allow the youth to learn skills to decrease their safety risk, and ultimately work to repair their relationships.

*Note: Additional registration required. Pre-Conference is not automatically included with General Registration.
Thursday, April 14, 2022:
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome: Ryan Mahr, HJSA President

Opening Remarks: Brenda Smith, Retired OPD Deputy Chief 

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: 

It Only Takes One

Kyle Scheele

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

In this talk, Kyle cuts through the doom and gloom to show that not only can one person make a difference, but massive movements boil down to individual people working together. With a perfect balance of humor and inspiration, Kyle shows students that it only takes one person to change the world, and each of us can be that person.

10:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions & Vendor Display

The Six Teachers Who Changed My Life

Kyle Scheele

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

In this talk, Kyle describes the six teachers who kept him from going down the wrong path, steered him toward his creative strengths, and set him on the path to impacting hundreds of thousands of people. With the perfect blend of humor and heart, Kyle shares the principles and strategies that worked in reaching challenging students like him.

We Need Your Help: Juvenile Justice and the Response to Sex Trafficking in Nebraska

Sarah Forrest and Amber Smith

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

As Nebraska builds its system to better respond to sex trafficking, we cannot do it without the assistance of our juvenile justice system. This workshop will focus on key facts, laws, and strategies that are used to identify and respond to sex trafficking as a juvenile justice professional.  We will learn about the different ways the juvenile justice system intersects with the issue of sex trafficking in Nebraska and explore youth experiences and ways to engage youth who may be experiencing sex trafficking. 

Midwest Gang Information Training

Sergeant Jon Waller, Omaha Police Department, Gang Unit

Continuing Education: 1.5 Hours (LE)

This workshop will provide an overview of street gangs in the Omaha area.  Topics covered will be gang membership, recruitment, identification of gangs and current trends regarding gangs and associated crimes. Participants will learn about gang members, gang affiliated people, and gang culture. 

Our Role in Facilitating Family Engagement in Team Meetings with Justice Involved Youth

Mark Ward, Kelli Schadwinkel and Julie Kindler 

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

Family engagement in services planning and intervention with youth who are justice involved is important and is often difficult to achieve.  Workshop participants will be provided practical and interactive opportunities to consider better family engagement in team meetings with justice involved youth. This workshop will offer learning experiences targeted at recognizing and at taking advantage of empirically based core elements of family engagement. 

Helping Diverse Populations & Refugees with Trauma

Dr. Betty Kola, Buoyant Family Counseling and Consulting

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

This multifaceted workshop will address the perspective of trauma and cultural challenges on diverse populations including refugees.  Dr Betty will look at core challenges refugees and immigrants face as well as cultural adaptation and immigration trauma.  Participants will learn about difficulties and challenges that immigrant and refugee families may have faced prior to DHHS or Justice System involvement in the US. Participants will learn strategies for identifying and addressing trauma and mental health needs for immigrant and refugee families.  Participants will learn to navigate cultural barriers in order to be effective advocates for immigrant and refugee families.

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

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

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions:

Helping Students Live Better Stories

Kyle Scheele

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

In this workshop, Kyle helps educators get back to the things that brought them into teaching in the first place. He brings practical ideas and proven techniques for leaving your management-style education behind in favor of a job as Editor-in-chief.

From ACES to COVID-19: The Impact of Traumatic Events on Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Dr. Deb Anderson, Consultant

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

Most of us are familiar with Adverse Childhood Experiences, the 10 childhood events that can result in poor health and mental health outcomes.  When COVID-19 struck, 100% of us were impacted, quadrupling rates of depression and anxiety.  This workshop will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on children, adolescents, and adults and provide strategies to increase resilience among those who serve them.

Family Feud: Restorative Justice Style

Michele Lueders & Dan Bechol

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

If you know a little something about restorative practices and the efforts Nebraska has been engaged in, related to restorative justice, join us as one of the contestants in our interactive game show!  If not, join us to learn more about restorative practices and principles and how Nebraska is leading the pack in this area. Join us to cheer on the contestants in this fun and informative session as we cover the basic principles and values or restorative justice. 

How Interaction and Connection Heals: PCIT/TCIT

Kelli Slagle, Early Opportunity Therapy Services

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

This workshop will provide education about what Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Teacher Child Interaction Therapy (TCIT) intervention is. It will provide evidence of the benefits of the intervention to our community and provide some hands on learning of the basic interaction and makes a difference for kids.

Improv for Therapists

Mike Smith MD, Mark Ward MA, LIMHP, & Reed Campbell LIMHP, LADC, DOTSAP

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

This is going to be a fun, entertaining, and informative workshop. Participants will be invited to join in improvisation exercises targeted at core skill areas of empathy, listening, non-verbal communication, growth, emotion, and well-being. Improv is often thought of “as if” it is supposed to be funny, however improv is not always funny. The core skills of improv are to know your audience and to ultimately connect with others “onstage” in real and meaningful ways. This workshop will tend to be light-hearted and funny. The core skill areas of Improv are applicable to most serious circumstances of professional and personal functioning and well-being. The workshop will focus on working with justice involved youth and related service systems.

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:

Authentic Youth Engagement

Hannah Burdess (Youth) & Shelby Rice (Advocate)

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

This afternoon plenary session will include an interactive discussion on how to authentically engage with youth and young adults. This session will include youth engagement as well as experiential feedback on how professionals can improve their engagement with youth in the community as well as system involved youth. A youth/young adult panel will also offer insight and answer questions.

4:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Network Reception

Friday, April 15, 2022:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:

Be the Best

Harvey Alston

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

Harvey has taken his personal proven message “Be the Best” to literally millions of people. His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, changes lives. Harvey’s powerful, soul-searching presentation uplifts people to a higher standard – to a level where people strive only for the BEST.

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