Thank you to all who joined us for our second annual Training Up Conference! This event was packed full of great information with 20 speakers and 23 participating organizations. Below is information about each of the main session talks and breakouts including any of the presentations or handouts that we have been given permission to share. We've also included information on each of our speakers as they would be happy to connect with you if you have follow up questions after the conference. Hope to see you at the 2019 Training Up Conference (more details below).
Save the Date for 2019
Saturday August 24, 2019
8:30am - 4pm
Destiny Community Center
6850 Five Star Blvd.
Rocklin, CA 95677
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Levels of Regulation
Speaker: Brittney Kiel
Different Forms of Therapy
Speaker: Charlotte Fritz
Social Media & Screen Time
Speaker: Eric Osborn
The Importance of Community
Speaker: Tiffany Saathoff
The Attachment Dance
Speaker: Joanne Jelle
Loving Kids for Who they Are
Speaker: Tiffany Loeffler
The Importance of Self Care
Speaker: Tiffany Loeffler
The Impact of Trauma & Prenatal Exposure on the Brain
Speakers: Paige Blankenship, PhD & Natalie Bennett, PhD
The development of a child's brain is a complex process. In this session we'll learn from Clinical Psychologists from the UC Davis Children's Hospital about how both trauma and prenatal exposure to drugs and alcohol impact brain development.
Creating a Therapeutic Environment for All Children
Speaker: Debbie McJimsey, LMFT & TBRI Provider
Children have the best chance of success when placed in a safe, nurturing environment which allows restructuring of the brain after trauma. In this session we'll discuss the use of TBRI, Trust Based Relational Intervention, to create therapeutic environments through Connection, Empowerment and Correction Strategies.
Understanding Our Kids - Complex Developmental Trauma and Mental Health
Speaker: Carla DeRose, LMFT
In this session we’ll discuss the common struggles associated with overlapping mental health diagnoses, dispel several myths associated with trauma and orient ourselves towards the most effective rehabilitative experiences we can offer children from difficult beginnings.
Boundaries with Family and Friends Who Don’t Understand Parenting Kids from Trauma
Speaker: Charlotte Fritz, LMFT
Personal boundaries are limits that we create and express to those in our community that guide and protect our personal and family interactions. With "children from hard places", we often have to develop additional boundaries for those around us who don't understand the special needs of these children. In this breakout session we will discuss how to create and enforce healthy boundaries in loving ways.
FASD: What is it, What Does it Look Like, & Concrete Help for Caregivers
Speaker: Eric Osborn
In this session we will explore commonly used terms, the nature of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and what it often “looks” like in a child. We will examine the strengths of children with FASD as well as look carefully at the primary and secondary disabilities they may possibly experience plus the importance of correct diagnosis and support in the life of a child. We will also take a look at concrete things every caregiver needs to know not only to survive but to thrive as we care for kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. During our time we will also discover parenting techniques that really work to help these kids reach their fullest potential.
Mindful Parenting – Practical Strategies Parents Can Use in All Situations
Speaker: Amy Byrne
What is this buzz word, Mindfulness? What does it look like in real life parenting? Is it just another thing to add to all the things I “should” be doing? During our time together, we will look at how parenting with mindfulness can be beneficial in connecting with our kids. We will explore practical ways of using mindfulness as we parent and look at how being aware of our own past experiences can help us navigate some of the challenges we face in connecting with our kids.
The Importance of Nutrition, Homeopathic Supplements and Sleep
Speaker: Annette Kapaona
Do you have a picky eater or a child who prefers sugary, high-fat junk food to the point where she’s ignoring her body’s need for real nutrients? It’s not uncommon for parents to struggle to get their children to eat better. Food impacts how well a child’s brain works, affecting their moods and abilities. Smart foods, a balanced diet (which sometimes requires supplementation) and adequate sleep allow information to be processed correctly and allows children to function at their optimal level. In this session we’ll discuss ways to help your child choose healthier foods by Traffic Light Eating, whole foods, probiotics and supplementation as well as other factors that affect behavior such as sleep and exercise.
Creating Healthy Attachments to Promote Healing from Childhood Trauma
Speaker: Debbie McJimsey, LCSW and TBRI Provider
From early childhood, kids face a slew of challenges in multiple areas of life. This impacts their development, behavior, ability to emotionally regulate and form relationships as well as learn new things in school. In this session we’ll discuss ways to build and strengthen attachments with children who have experienced past trauma and use those attachments to bring healing.
Navigating the Education System: IEP & 504 Plans
Speaker: Chris Krohn / Charity Murphy / Megan Wooster
Learning how to navigate the school system with a child or student who has experienced trauma can be challenging. Where do you start? 504, IEP, SST? What does the educational system offer these kids and which is the right path for my child? Come join this team of speakers who will share from the vantage point of both school administrators and parents as they make sense of the special education process with a trauma informed lens.
Understanding and Parenting Teens from Hard Places
Speaker: Jennifer Scalzi
The teen years are a challenge for parents, teachers, and youth alike. There is no “training manual” for the individual struggles that each teen will face as they transition into adulthood (assuming that they do). In this session we’ll explore normal teen behavior and how to identify areas of concern without adding to the problem. We’ll take a humorous, yet insightful, look into helping your teen navigate these years successfully while maintaining your own sanity in the process. Most importantly, we’ll share tips on how to avoid becoming as "stupid as your teen thinks you are" and remind yourself that this important developmental stage is not a personal attack against you.
Declaring God’s Destiny For Children
Speaker: Tiffany Saathoff
Come experience more about the Father Heart of God; how to partner with the Lord in prayer for the children in your sphere of influence. God had a plan and destiny for every child before they were born. He gave you as a spiritual covering over them, which is truly God’s gift. We all need to embrace our authority in order to declare His identity and purpose into the lives of our families and this upcoming generation. Let’s pray His promises, His heart and His Word together.
“Alternative” Treatments: Trauma Informed Yoga, Dance & Biofeedback
Speaker: Jena Salvi / Chris Colletti
Each child responds to trauma uniquely and when traditional interventions provide limited results, parents and caregivers may need to seek alternative forms of treatment. In this session you’ll learn about a wide variety of “drug-free” interventions that can complement or occasionally decrease the need for traditional medications. The benefits of body awareness and control will be explored through trauma informed yoga workouts and dance therapy followed by an interactive demonstration of the power of Biofeedback modalities. Come learn how each of these treatments can improve self-regulation, motor planning, sequencing, pain management and more when used with kids who have cognitive, emotional and developmental challenges.
Developing An Optimal Sensory Lifestyle
Speaker: Claire Furlotte
This workshop, led by a pediatric Occupational Therapist, will focus on developing a deeper understanding of sensory processing and how to best support children’s sensory needs by creating a sensory lifestyle. Participants will come away with a better understanding of their own personal sensory preferences, what their children’s sensory needs are, and a wide variety of tools and resources that can be implemented at home, in school and in the community to help children thrive in different environments.