​​​​Pre-Conference Wine and Beer Social Event - HOSTED BY THE CONFERENCE PRESENTERS
On Tuesday evening before the conference, you are invited to attend a Wine and Beer Social.  Mingle with conference presenters and other conference participants, while sharing your commitment and passion for the work of trauma-informed care and resilience building. 


The Integration of Trauma Informed Practices, Resilience, And Positive Youth Development - DR. KEN GINSBURG

The keynote presentation provides specific strategies and tools for identifying and fostering the strengths of youth.  The session focuses on communication strategies that position individuals to be unwavering positive forces in the lives of those they serve.


Caring for Yourself -DR. KEN GINSBURG

Caring professionals are at increased risk of burnout because of their continued exposure to the most passionate themes of human existence.   If they are to continue to care for others over a lifetime they need to take the steps to make sure they themselves do not become depleted.  Dr. Ginsburg will share effective strategies for self care with participants. 


Reaching Teens - DR. KEN GINSBURG

Dr. Ginsburg will share about his groundbreaking multimedia resource Reaching Teens. This book embodies the core belief that identifying, reinforcing, and building on inherent strengths can facilitate positive youth development. 


TIC Across the Community - VARIOUS PANEL MEMBERS

The trauma-informed care story of Walla Walla’s Lincoln High School was highlighted in the critically acclaimed film Paper Tigers.  Not portrayed in the film, were the other Walla Walla Paper Tiger stories.  These breakout sessions offer participants the opportunity to learn from the other trauma-informed care stories in other sectors across the community. A panel of individuals representing each sector will facilitate breakouts.   


The Trauma-Informed School: Implementation for Administrators and School PersonnelJIM SPORLEDER                                                        
The principal and his or her team will work together on an Action Plan to implement a trauma-informed model for their school.  Participants will learn effective systems and strategies that need to be put into place for a sustainable nurturing school climate and culture.

Hidden Trauma: When Diversity Devastates RICK GRIFFIN 
The emotional damage of being different has been overlooked for decades.  This session shines the light on the toxic stress that comes from the alienation experienced by race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, job, and life circumstance. Participants will gain a new perspective on the devastating impact of bigotry, discrimination, and emotional maltreatment. They will also learn new ways to become effective allies to each other.


The Power of RegulationBROOKE BOUCHEY  
This session will teach participants to regulate themselves and to help regulate others during periods of distress.  Participants will also gain an understanding of the basic brain science underlying these skills.

What Story Does Your Data Tell? – DR. GEOF MORGAN AND MEGHAN DEBOLT
We all know that data matters, yet sometimes it is hard to figure out what really helps guide the work you do.  Partners in Whatcom County are using and collecting information not to study the problem, but to more deeply understand and shape hopeful action to local school and community solutions.  In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify data sources available (including the Healthy Youth Survey) to describe hope for the change they are trying to make, to understand the how to correlate risk and resilience measures, and how to frame their data “story” to deepen the positive change the community wants. 


Beyond Behavior BROOKE BOUCHEY 
Participants will review the biological impact of trauma exposure and practice “seeing” behaviors through a trauma lens. This will mean considering behaviors as possible symptoms of hyper-arousal, lack of safety, and/or derailment of developmental task mastery. The goal of this session is to create a greater awareness of how challenging behaviors may be more about biology than defiance and in doing so, increase the options for effectively impacting these behaviors.               

Hidden Trauma: When Diversity Devastates - RICK GRIFFIN
The emotional damage of being different has been overlooked for decades.  This session shines the light on the toxic stress that comes from the alienation experienced by race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, job, and life circumstance. Participants will gain a new perspective on the devastating impact of bigotry, discrimination, and emotional maltreatment. They will also learn new ways to become effective allies to each other.


Bringing Your Community on Board: how to engage community sectors and be a system of influence – TERI BARILA, KRISTI SLETTE, AND TERESA POSAKANY   
Join us for a lively conversation on how to be cheerleader, coach, convener and catalyst in your own community! This work is about creating a culture shift, helping us move from traditional practices that don't incorporate an understanding of brain science, behavior and communication. When we understand that hope and healing comes from this work, we must be innovative in putting the science into action to create safe and nurturing environments throughout every community.  Using a living system model, we will discuss how we create this culture of care and create environments of relationship across the broad community landscape, sector by sector. 


Deactivate Reactions to Stress and Trauma – TY WARREN  
There's no such thing as a bad kid. No matter how difficult, out of control, distracted, or exhausted a child might seem, there's a way forward: self-regulation. Overturning decades of conventional wisdom, this radical new technique allows children and the adults who care for them to regain their composure and peace of mind.


Circle of Friends: Fostering Resilience Thru RelationshipsRICK GRIFFIN
Navigating the world of Trauma-Informed Care(TIC) is complicated in the best of circumstances.  However, when we are stressed and stretched to our capacity, it becomes even more challenging.  According to the science, pre-frontal cortex skills become impossible to access.  Learning to rely on a "Circle of Friends" to help us regulate our emotions is priceless.  This session exposes participants to the value and the process of developing relationship that provide us with critical resilience building skills.​​


​Next Steps!:Now That You Know, What Will You Do – TERI BARILA, KRISTI SLETTE, GEOF MORGAN AND TERESA POSAKANY
A sense of urgency to create the culture shift in which we are now involved is best represented by the statement: "With this information comes the responsibility to use it." Join us to discuss how to create a community movement that builds resilience as a core value across all sectors. We will share learnings from our own community work, from yours, and from the conference, to send you home engaged for action! The future starts today, and we are in this together! Come shape your thinking for your plan of action.


Resilience: A Daily Conversation of Employability – TONY MCGUIRE
Want to explore how basic carpentry classes build resilience in incarcerated students? By exploring resilience strategies as building blocks to employability, Tony McGuire will explain how he teaches his basic carpentry students about the impact of ACES in their lives, and how self-regulation and self-management will help men succeed when released to the community and employed. Tony used the Resilience Deck of Cards to help his students begin to build resilience into their lives.


Fostering Resilient Middle School Students—One Schools’ Journey- AMY CARDER

Shuksan Middle School is home to the most diverse and trauma-impacted secondary school population in Whatcom County, Washingon. Shuksan’s turn-around journey began 6 years ago with a change in building leadership and a district mandate to reduce suspensions and expulsions.  As we began keeping kids in school instead of kicking them out, we realized we needed a new set of strategies and more importantly, a new way of thinking to meet the academic, emotional and relationship needs of all students. Learn how Shuksan continues to foster a positive, trauma-informed school culture by implementing restorative practices and relationship-building strategies.  In addition, we will discuss how to support students of concern using a student support team and check and connect mentors.  Finally, we will explore how to use data to inform continuous improvement (“measuring” positive relationships, empathy and self-regulation) on the path to becoming a successful, trauma-informed school.


Strategies in Elementary Education - JODI GROVE

Interested in learning about strategies for elementary-aged students and how these apply to challenging classroom behaviors? In this session, the concepts and principles of trauma-informed care in the classroom come to life with creative strategies and practices.   The session facilitators will share how making the shift from a traditional response to a trauma-informed response creates an environment that is optimal for learning and ensures the success of all students.  


Trauma Coaching: The necessary ingredient for successful Trauma Informed Care - CATHERINE WOLPERT

Creating any new habit requires practice, and the shift from traditional to trauma-informed is based on consistent practice, reflection, and renewal.  Join Catherine Wolpert, Trauma Smart Coach for our Walla Walla District's Head Start program, to learn about the transformative changes in staff when coaching is lovingly, consciously and consistently offered, for fidelity in applying research to practice. Catherine will share her own transformation and perspective from this critical role.


Suicide Prevention: Identifying Risks and Aligning for Safety - TODD WAGNER
A body of research indicates that there is a correlation between many types of trauma and suicidal ideations and attempts. This session is designed to teach the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to use a trauma-informed approach in your response.  Participants of this workshop will learn skills to become a “Gatekeeper” who will be strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.  


One Elementary School's Journey to Resilience - GINA YONTS

The demands and expectations for classroom teachers has grown exponentially in the last decade. As academic demands have increased, also have the troubling student behaviors. Classroom discipline and student management that is based on brain science vs. a traditional skill set most of us have been trained with is at the forefront of creating a learning environment where all children can learn. Come hear one school's journey and path to creating a more trauma informed and sensitive learning environment for students, staff and families. 


Trauma-Informed Conference 2017 Sessions