Child Wellbeing Project
Event Registration



Connect. Expect. Reflect: Bringing Adoptive Families Together
4TH Annual Post Adoption Conference

Saturday, November 10th, 2018

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Corinth Reformed Church
150 16th Ave. NW
Hickory, NC 28601
9:00-9:30 amRegistration and Breakfast
9:30-9:45 am Welcome to the conference
9:45-11:00 am Opening Keynote Speaker: Charlie Appelstein
  "There's No Such Thing as a Bad Kid"
11:15-12:30 pmAM Break Out Sessions
12:45-1:45 pmLunch and Keynote Speaker: Sherrie Eldridge
  "Helping Adoptive & Foster Kids Handle Meltdowns"
2:00-3:15 pmPM Break Out Sessions
3:30-4:00 pmClosing and Door Prizes

KEYNOTE TOPICS:
AM: 9:45AM - 11:00AM Charlie Appelstein - “No Such Thing as a bad Kid: Understanding and responding to kids with emotional and behavioral challenges using a positive, trauma-informed, strength-based approach.”
(Bost Hall)
Description: Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding at-risk youth that is exceptionally positive and inspiring. Its focus is on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. This energizing presentation will introduce some of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality. Areas covered include: What is strength-based practice & the power of a positive attitude & setting; the effects of trauma and positive emotions on the brain; and strength-based communication principles and techniques – including reframing, positive predicting and inspirational metaphors.
Charlie Applestein Charlie’s Bio: Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. is a nationally prominent youth care specialist and author whose primary focus is on teaching parents and professionals to use positive, strength-based theories and techniques with at-risk children and youth. Charlie trains and consults throughout the United States and internationally with treatment facilities, foster care & adoption programs, parent groups, schools, and juvenile justice agencies. He has authored three youth care books that are widely used within the field, including No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to Kids with Emotional & Behavioral Challenges Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach.


LUNCH: 12:45PM - 1:45PM Sherrie Eldridge - “Helping Foster & Adoptive Kids Handle Meltdowns.”
Description: Have you ever experienced your child having a meltdown? Sherrie Eldridge will present 10 trauma triggers that are common amongst adopted and foster children as well as 10 ways to regulate overwhelming emotions, followed by 10 practical ways parents can implement these teaching strategies in their own families.
Sherrie Eldridge Sherrie’s Bio: For well over two decades, Sherrie Eldridge has offered her unique voice within the adoption community, as an established author and international speaker. An adoptee herself, Eldridge has the ability to see life through the eyes of an adopted child. In her seven published titles, she has shared her passion for validating adoptees’ life experiences and her desire to help adoptive parents better understand and meet their adopted children’s emotional needs.
Her best-selling work, Twenty Things Adopted Kids Wish Their Adoptive Parents Knew, is considered required reading by many US adoption agencies. In 2010, she was named Indiana’s Congressional Angel of Adoption by the Honorable Dan Burton, Indiana Congressional Representative. Eldridge is widely recognized and respected as a compassionate advocate for adoptees, cultivating understanding about adoption’s challenges and opportunities for all those whose lives have been touched by it.
Sherrie has written another children's book which will be published by Marcinson Press. The title LITTLE BRANCH GETS ADOPTED. This is the official bio written for me by our daughter, Lisa Eldridge Abbott.


BREAKOUT SESSION TOPICS:
AM: 11:15AM - 12:30PM 1. Charlie Appelstein - Title: “Use the Force Luke! -Managing Number One & Staying Motivated to Make a Difference.”
(Bost Hall)
Description: Working with and/or raising kids with emotional & behavioral challenges can elicit difficult feelings that can compromise a caregiver’s performance. This uplifting presentation examines the major triggers and provides strategies for self-management that keep enthusiasm alive. Focal points include: how to respond instead of react when taking things personally, the need to check certain baggage at the door, the pivotal role of support, and a new definition for success in working with at-risk populations.


2. David Drum & Sabrina Clark - Title: “Healing Rhythms: Using Rhythmic Recreation to Meet Trauma-Related Needs of the Adoptive Child.”
(Big City)
Description: Trauma is a small world, yet one that has significant impact- so much that two-thirds of children report experiencing a traumatic event by the age of 16. This workshop will provide participants with an extensive overview of what trauma is, how it manifests, and ways in which it can impact the success of the family system. Participants will also gain practical information on techniques that can be applied to the daily caregiving of youth, with a special focus on Rhythmic Recreation, which offers a fun approach to supporting youth in coping with trauma’s adverse effects. Participants will engage in drumming activities and learn strategies for successfully implementing rhythmic recreational activities with youth in their care, as well as for incorporating it into their own self-care routine. Come prepared to be energized and informed!
Team Bios:
David Drum received his MSW from East Carolina University in 1996, specializing in services for children and families. Mr. Drum has worked at Mecklenburg County DSS in a variety of Child Protective Services positions since 1996. He currently facilitates Child and Family Team meetings. Additionally, Mr. Drum uses recreational, drum circle facilitation skills in his social work practice. Mr. Drum is trained by Remo Health Rhythms in their general, evidence based protocol. The protocol addresses symptoms of anxiety and depression through the use of recreational drumming. Mr. Drum uses an experiential education model that allows participants with no musical experience to come together and create music as a group. Mr. Drum has collected rhythm instruments from around the world to use with groups. Mr. Drum uses rhythm events for community and team building, promoting health and emotional wellbeing, and helping groups to express their spirit through the joy of communal music making.
Sabrina Clark, LAPSW, CSWM is a Policy & Practice Model Supervisor with Mecklenburg County DSS, where her primary responsibilities include providing direct supervision to a team of social workers responsible for bringing county-level child welfare policy and practice into alignment, as well as providing training to agency staff and stakeholders around this endeavor. Ms. Clark is certified to teach several curricula designed to meet the needs of foster and adoptive parents including Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP), and Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma. Since 2001, Ms. Clark has worked with children and families in a variety of programs at county and state-level government agencies and non-profit mental health organizations.
Since obtaining her MSW in 2010, she has been employed in roles that have allowed her to develop and present training tools and curricula for various members of the child-serving community including, but not limited to, the following: child welfare workers and supervisors, school social workers, law enforcement, juvenile probation officers, attorneys, mental health professionals, early childhood professionals, emergency shelter staff, Bachelor and Masters-level students from programs leading to child-serving professions, and both staff and volunteers representing the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs.


3. Sarah Bolick - Title: PART 1 “It Starts with You! -Darkness to Light.”
* This is a 2-part training and certificates will be given to those who take both the AM & PM sessions.
(Althouse)
Description: Whether you are an individual/Parent, an organization, or a public health institution – You can prevent child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light is a training that is designed to empower adults in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Adult education is key to preventing child sexual abuse. 1 out of 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Chances are, someone you know has been impacted. Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood, including post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, suicide, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout and relationship problems. Darkness to Light understands that learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped. That’s why we exist, to empower adults through awareness and educational programs to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Sarah's Bio: Sarah graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Social Work and from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Social Work. She has worked closely with sexual abuse victims and survivors, as well as adult victims through advocacy, child protective services, individual/ group counseling and crisis response. She has been a trained as a facilitator of Darkness to Light since 2011, working closely with the CAPC of Catawba County to train as many people in the community about child sexual abuse prevention.


PM: 2:00PM - 3:15PM 1. Julie Dollar - Title: “The ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) and How It Affects our Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health.”
(Bost Hall)
Description: This session will look into the ACES (also known as childhood trauma) questionnaire and how your score on this can affect your physical, mental and spiritual health as your age. Statistics, health cost, hospital costs and early death are examined as well. This session is geared towards adults who have suffered trauma, parents of children with a trauma history, as well as anyone wanting to learn more about the relation between childhood traumatic experiences and how the effects can be long-lasting.
Julie's Bio: Julie is the Geriatric and Adult Mental Health Specialty Team Manager for Vaya Health-North Eastern 28 county Region. She is also an adoptive parent. In 2016, Julie joined Vaya as a Care Coordinator for the Mental Health/Substance Use population and this year began a new job at Vaya educating caregivers and staff at a variety of locations including long-term care, senior centers, Dept. of Social Services, 1st Responders, faith communities, etc., on mental health and Dementia related topics. This position is a member of a three-person team that consists of Mental Health Therapist, Qualified Mental Health Professional, and RN.
Julie began her career in mental health working with Safe Harbor Rescue Mission in Hickory NC. Safe Harbor Rescue Mission is a residential living facility and recovery support for women with Substance abuse and mental health issues. She served as Residential Director for this program during her graduate school education. She has worked as a Team Lead for the Community Support team and moved into private practice before beginning her work with Vaya. Julie attended Lenoir Rhyne College, where she received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Science for Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Julie enjoys spending time with her seven-year-old son, attending Church, and the outdoors. She is active in the Substance Abuse Community by bringing awareness to the Opioid Abuse Crisis in North Carolina. You can reach her at julie.dollar@vayahealth.com.


2. Vickie Dieter, Brian Smith, & Keli Osborne - Title: “Navigating Special Education Services.”
(Big City)
Description: An interactive Panel of our educational gurus (Educational advocates, teachers and experts) provide an overview of educational services available, how to access them if you need to, or how to provide continued support in the home and at school for your child if they already receive supports and services.
These services can be difficult to understand and navigate. This panel is available to answer your questions about Section 504 and Individualized Education Plans along with explaining how to put services into place for your child and how maintain those services.
Team Bios:
Vickie Dieter is currently the Executive Director of the Family Support Network/HOPE for 25 years and the Director of the HOPE Parent Resource Center, a federally-funded Community Parent Resource Center, for 17 years. She works part-time as the regional Autism Resource Specialist for the Autism Society of NC.
Brian Smith is currently teaching a Kindergarten at Wittenburg Elementary in Alexander County School which is located in the foothills of North Carolina, USA. He blogs for Scholastic’s Top Teaching blog, teaches as an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, USA, and is a keynote speaker. He loves being a husband to his wife, Liz, and a father to their daughter, Ella. You can see more of Brian by watching his TEDx speech titled, Building a Better Teacher or reach Brian through his website, BrianSmithSpeaks.com.
Keli Osborne has a Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Arts in School Counseling, and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher K-12 School Counseling – She spent10 years as a school counselor and 504 coordinator, and for the past 2.5 years she has been serving as the Educational Advocate for Catawba County DSS.


3. Sarah Bolick - Title: PART 2 “It Starts with You! -Darkness to Light.”
* This is a 2-part training and certificates will be given to those who take both the AM & PM sessions.
(Althouse)
Description: Whether you are an individual/Parent, an organization, or a public health institution – You can prevent child sexual abuse. Darkness to Light is a training that is designed to empower adults in the prevention of child sexual abuse. Adult education is key to preventing child sexual abuse. 1 out of 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Chances are, someone you know has been impacted. Research shows that people who are sexually violated as children are far more likely to experience psychological problems often lasting into adulthood, including post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, suicide, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, school dropout and relationship problems. Darkness to Light understands that learning the facts about childhood sexual abuse helps prevent it. Talking about it helps prevent it. Getting involved helps prevent it. The truth is, if childhood sexual abuse can be prevented, it can be stopped. That’s why we exist, to empower adults through awareness and educational programs to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Sarah's Bio: Sarah graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Social Work and from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master of Social Work. She has worked closely with sexual abuse victims and survivors, as well as adult victims through advocacy, child protective services, individual/ group counseling and crisis response. She has been a trained as a facilitator of Darkness to Light since 2011, working closely with the CAPC of Catawba County to train as many people in the community about child sexual abuse prevention.


CLOSING:
3:30PM - 4:00PM Wrap and door prizes


If you have questions or need additional information please contact
Debra Katz at 828-695-6908 or dkatz@catawbacountync.gov.