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1 Risky Business 27 th Annual Conference Empowering youth to make positive choices Presented by: Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Summary Report Prepared by Community Youth and Family Development Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.

2 Introduction The 27 th Annual Risky Business Conference, presented by the Community Youth and Family Development division of Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. (YSS), was held on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at the Iowa State Center in Ames, Iowa. YSS drew on its history of successful conference planning to organize the day-long event and address a broad range of issues of interest to a variety of participants, including both youth and adults, professionals and volunteers, all with an interest in improving services and supports for youth. This year we developed a theme for the Conference: The Social Media Revolution in Youth Development. Again this year, committees were formed to address the planning of the conference. A Program Committee with Co-Chairs, Jane Larkin, Erin Kennedy; Marketing Committee, Co-Chaired by Jerritt Tucker, Suzanne Fahey and Eric Carlson; an Exhibits Committee Chaired by Don Broshar, Deborah Arringdale and Laura Bell, this year we formed a Sponsorship Committee chaired by Roberta Milinsky and Allison Walters. Conference Steering Committee oversaw the committee process. Mary Jo Gonzales, YSS Corporate Board member, continued to serve as Steering Committee Chairperson. Regular meetings of the Conference Steering Committee were held from August 2011 through June The YSS Community Youth and Family Development Branch provided conference coordination services. Gerri Bugg and Shelley Campbell worked as conference coordinator and secretary, respectively. The 27 th annual conference continued to emphasize community youth development, with a special theme this year: The Social Media Revolution in Youth Development. Conference highlights included keynote presentations by Dr. Scott McLeod and Dr. Alec Couros. For the second time in our conference history, one of our keynote speakers canceled his commitment and Dr. Couros graciously took his place. Forty-nine breakout sessions were offered throughout five breakout time periods, one session was cancelled. The session represented a broad range of learning opportunities for participants in 75-minute blocks. The conference went until 5:00 pm and we offered a special plenary session in the afternoon, as well as several 2.5-hour sessions. Conference Attendance Unlike many conferences Risky Business did not see a significant decrease in registrations. Registered attendance at the 2012 conference was 732, which included 257 teens, 11 young adults, 405 adults and 65 plenary and breakout session presenters. This is a 3% decrease over 2011 numbers and half of the decrease was in presenters. Both youth participation and adult attendance maintained. School groups and staff from Iowa youth-serving organizations made up the majority of conference participants. (See Appendix A for the list of schools and youth-serving agencies.) The conference fees increased in 2011 and did not change for the 2012 conference and were maintained at registration fees were $85 for an adult, $35 for high school youth and $50 for the young adult/college student category. Risky Business 27 th Annual Conference Summary Report 1

3 Keynote Presenters Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D. The adult keynote speaker, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. His keynote address was titled: Getting beyond the fear: What the social media revolution means for our programming and our youth. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump and occasionally at The Huffington Post. Dr. Alec Couros Dr. Alec Couros is currently an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. His youth keynote address was entitled: Becoming a Digital Citizen: What young people need to know about Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media to succeed in our digital age. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as social media in education, networked learning, digital citizenship, and digital identity. He is a former classroom teacher who spent the bulk of this experience working with at-risk and incarcerated youth. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by emerging technologies. Break-Out Learning Sessions The 2012 Risky Business Conference offered forty-eight breakout learning sessions, including positive youth development strategies and pertinent youth issues including cyber technology, prescription drug and gambling abuse, self-harming behaviors, sexuality and homelessness. One sessions were cancelled because of lack of interest. Consistent with our theme this year many workshops focused on technology and social media. Several breakout sessions focused on specific therapeutic issues and approaches offered professional development opportunities for youth workers and other professionals. See Appendix B for breakout session descriptions, attendance for each section and overall evaluation score. All breakout learning sessions were individually evaluated and most received positive feedback from participants, which is discussed further beginning on page 6. The Program Committee s report is in Appendix E. Risky Business 27 th Annual Conference Summary Report 2

4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) CEU s continue to be an important part of the Risky Business Conference. Twenty-eight workshops were approved for nursing CEUs by MGMC, Iowa Board of Nursing, provider #95. The conference offered 6 IBC CEUs assigned for Counseling Theories and Techniques; Alcohol and Drug Specific; Special Populations; and Generic CEUs through 32 workshops. Additionally YSS awarded all other CEUs and certificates. The general certificate of attendance can be used for social work and behavioral health licenses, as well as for foster parents. The following table provides information on CEUs awarded at this year s conference: Vocational Area Hours Approved Number Awarded Substance Abuse (IBC) General Nursing Total Participants Awarded CEUs 107 Exhibitors There were a total of 21 exhibitors at the 2012 Risky Business Conference. All exhibitors were located together on one floor; this set-up continued to be well received by attendees and exhibitors alike. The cost for exhibit tables was $85 for a full table; the half table was eliminated this year. Evaluations by exhibitors were positive. Attendees wanted to see more exhibitors and wanted more time to visit the exhibits. A full listing of the exhibitors can be found in the Exhibit Committee Report, Appendix G Risky Business 27 th Annual Conference Summary Report 3

5 Awards As in previous years, two awards recognizing outstanding individual contributions were presented at the Risky Business Conference. Nominations for the Margaret Hess Leadership in Family Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) Award and the Youth Leadership Award are solicited statewide and all nominations are received by April 1. The Presentations were made at adult keynote. The Youth Leadership award and $500 Scholarship were presented at the Youth Plenary session. A selection committee chooses the honorees annually. Iowa First Lady, Chris Branstad, presented both awards at this year s conference. The Margaret Hess L.I.F.E. Award honors an Iowa adult who has consistently: Provided outstanding service to Iowa families; Demonstrated a history of family advocacy; Displayed leadership, courage, and compassion for children and their families; Shown respect for the diversity that typifies today s family; and Donated volunteer time and/or money to improve services to children and families. The 2012 Margaret Hess LIFE Award recipient was: Bruce Buchanan Bruce Buchanan is Iowa s premiere social work professional that has provided outstanding service to Iowa families for 35 years. He has displayed leadership as the lead statewide trainer for the Child Welfare Training Academy, and through the Academy and other venues, has trained thousands of youth workers, counselors, and child advocates. His competence, compassion, and ethics as a social worker and mental health clinician are exemplary. Bruce offers hope and advocacy for families who have been devastated by the behaviors of a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder. He is a dynamic and powerful communicator who possesses the gifts of being able to make complex family dynamics understandable, and provides the art of empathy to help others, help others. He has advocated for youth in court when there were concerns about that youth returning home and the treatment of youth in shelter care and group care. Within his current therapy practice at Wadle and Associates in Urbandale, and beyond, Bruce impacts the lives of children in need by serving on the board of directors of the Young Women s Resource Center and acting as a consultant to many child welfare agencies throughout the state. Bruce is a very strong advocate for children and he is a strong educator and collaborator in that effort with others working in the field as well. He continues to go above and beyond for the best interest of children and families. 4

6 The Youth Leadership Scholarship and Award recognizes an Iowa youth between the ages of 14 and 18 who has consistently: Participated in youth/adult partnerships; Demonstrated positive peer role modeling; Communicated effectively; Participated in service in their community; Spoken on behalf of youth; and Served in a leadership role in their school and/or community. The 2012 Youth Leadership Scholarship and Award recipient was Tanner Bolsma Tanner is a senior at Hampton-Dumont High School where he has served on student council for the past four years. He is involved in his school s Big Buddy program. Once he became involved, the number of male Big Buddies increased dramatically. He was also Key Club Governor, co-president of DECA, a Prosper volunteer and is involved in band and athletics. Tanner has always been more than willing to help others whether a peer, teacher, community member or neighbor. Tanner has taken a personal interest in a student with cerebral palsy. He took this student to an away football game and the tailgate and that was this special needs student s first time to go to an away game without a parent, which was a major endeavor. His compassion for special needs students is most impressive. Tanner renders selfless, altruistic service to help others to build a better school and community. His tireless enthusiasm and positive attitude motivates others and is contagious. He is very worthy of trust as demonstrated by his consistent quality performance and exemplary behavior. Tanner does what he says he s going to do and can always be counted on. Tanner demonstrated fairness, open mindedness, and thoughtful thinking in all he has done in our community. He exemplifies good character and pure integrity and is honest and makes good moral choices. Tanner embodies an exceptional student roll model in every way. He has set the bar high for himself and he has developed the personal skills necessary to reach any goal he sets for himself. He will represent our school, community and the State of Iowa well wherever he goes 5

7 Youth Survey We continued to ask youth questions about their behavior and their perception about the behavior of their peers. This year questions about their use of social media, both frequency of use and type of use, specifically around bullying. One hundred (100) surveys were completed and returned following the opening youth keynote plenary session representing 44% of the youth in attendance. Results of the survey were tabulated, generating interesting (although not scientific) information on attitudes and behaviors of youth participating in the conference. See Appendix C for the survey results and a comparison with previous years data. Evaluations Participants at the conference were asked to evaluate each breakout learning session they attended. An overall conference evaluation was also distributed to all conference attendees. One thousand three hundred and ninety-one (1391) individual breakout session evaluations were completed and returned. This year, to increase evaluation participation and in keeping with our technology theme all those participants returning evaluations received a flash drive with the loaded with the workshop presentations. The amount of survey s returned varied greatly between the 2011 and 2012 years due to the swag that was distributed at the end of this year s conference. In 2011, 115 general surveys were collected and in 2012, 304 surveys were collected. This year reflecting 41% of participants that completed an evaluation. In general, the evaluations were positive, and numerous comments were received which will be considered in planning next year s conference. When asked to rate the conference as a whole on a five-point scale (with 5 being the best rating), the average response was When rating the factors that contributed to their decision to attend Risky Business, conference participants rated breakout session topics and presenters, location of the conference and keynote speakers as most important. Of those completing the overall conference evaluation, 97% indicated that they would attend a similar conference next year. The overall conference evaluation results are presented in Appendix D. Breakout session evaluation results are posted with their session titles and descriptions in Appendix B. Sponsors Sponsors provided generous support to Risky Business again this year. The following agencies and organizations contributed a total of $15,600 to support this year s conference: Risky Business is presented by the Community Youth and Family Development Branch (CYFD) of Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. CYFD Services of YSS provides a variety of prevention and youth development programs throughout Story and Boone Counties. Family Development programs are provided in a ten-county area. Some programs represented include substance abuse and violence prevention, adolescent pregnancy prevention education, mentoring, out-of-school programming, youth leadership development, family development, youth employment initiatives, and parenting classes. 6

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9 The Risky Business Conference Steering Committee, consisting of several community members, youth, and YSS staff, meets monthly from August through June to plan this annual conference. Committee members also attend the conference to perform the numerous tasks that make the day successful. Their hard work and dedication ensures that the Risky Business Conference is a relevant and valuable experience for all participants. Complete committee lists are in Appendix G. 8

10 APPENDIX: A School Districts Represented Abraham Lincoln High School Gilbert CSD Newton High School Alden High School Hampton-Dumont High School North Linn Schools Ames High School Humboldt Community Schools Ogden Schools Ankeny High School Iowa Falls Schools Perry Community Schools Ballard High School Jefferson-Scranton Schools Roland-Story High School Belmont-Klemme Schools Lake Mills Schools Sioux Center Schools Bondurant Farrar Middle School Laurens-Marathon Schools Southeast Polk High School Central City Schools Lisbon Community Schools Sumner-Fredericksburg High School Clarion-Goldfield Schools Maquoketa High School Thomas Jefferson High School Clear Lake Schools Marshalltown Community Schools TriCounty Community Schools Drake University Mason City Community Schools University of Iowa Dubuque Community School District Mount Vernon Schools University of Northern Iowa Edison Academy New Hampton High School Waukee Schools Estherville-Lincoln Central Schools Newell-Fonda Schools Woodward-Granger Schools Garner-Hayfield High School Youth Serving Agencies Represented Abundant Life Counseling Dubuque Police Department ISU Extension & Outreach Employee and Family Iowa Statewide Poison ACCESS Resources Control Center Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Polk County DeCAT Alliance of Coalition for Change Eyes Open Iowa Iowa Workforce Development Power Up YOUth Ames Police Department First United Methodist Church ISU Dept. of Public Safety Primary Health Care Ames Public Library Four Oaks Jasper County Sheriff's Office Quakerdale AMP Area Substance Abuse Council Francis Lauer Youth Services, Inc. Johnston Police Department SATUCI Grand View University/Network Against Human Trafficking Juvenile Court Services Story County Community Life Building Healthy Families Green Hills AEA Lakeview Specialty Hospital LM Task Force Against CEDARS Group Dynamics Substance Abuse Story County Juvenile Court Services The Partnership for a Drug- Free Iowa Central Iowa Psychological Services Heartland AEA 11 Lutheran Services in Iowa United Ames Child Abuse Prevention Services Heartland AEA 267 Magellan Valley Community Coalition Children & Families of Iowa Iowa Child Advocacy Board Mary Greeley Medical Center Venus/Family Planning Services Community & Family Resources Iowa College Aid Commission Mason City Youth Task Force Wadle & Associates Iowa Commission on Volunteer Services Winnebago County Public Health Community Connections McFarland Clinic Pediatrics Mercy College of Health Community! Youth Concepts Iowa Council of Foundations Sciences Wisdom Beyond Words, Inc. Court Appointed Special Iowa Department of Human Mid-Iowa Credit Counseling Advocates (CASA) Rights Services Young Parents Together Dept. of Human Services - Iowa Department of Human Middleton Center for Young Women's Resource Story County Services Children's Rights Center Drake University Iowa Hospice Mississippi Bend AEA Youth & Shelter Services, Inc. Dubuque Co. SAFE Coalition Iowa Mediation Services New Opportunities Dubuque Domestic Violence Program Iowa State Extension Linn Co. Partnership for a Drug-Free IA 9

11 APPENDIX: B Breakout Learning Session Descriptions, Leadership and Evaluation Title Audience Leadership Break Out Session Description # of Session Participants/# of Evaluations Completed Overall Quality of Workshop (1 = poor and 5 = Excellent) That s Great BUT Participants/ 7 Evaluations Audience: Adults Overall Quality=4.66 Scott McLeod, JD, PhD; University of Kentucky So you heard all that Scott had to say BUT... you still have questions and concerns and fears. It all sounds good in theory, but in practice there are a number of difficult issues to face. In this session we'll lay it all out on the table for open discussion. Don't hold back! Come ask the tough questions! (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credit) Developing a Digital Identity 45 Participants/ 38 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.73 Dr. Alec Couros; Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Media at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Developing a Digital Identity: This workshop will guide participants in developing a positive digital identity while coming to understand the importance of privacy, public spaces, and what it means to use a 'free' web service. "Explosive" Kids? Collaborative Problem Solving Can Help! 75 Participants/ 50 Evaluations Audience Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.54 Brent Robins, MA; Director, Safe School Certification Program This session focuses on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach to working with students who are easily frustrated and chronically inflexible. The session begins by addressing our adult perceptions of why students misbehave and then focuses on those whose challenging behavior can be attributed to their poor development of thinking skills. The session then dives deeper into the Collaborative Problem Solving approach, which relies on the adult teaching of those thinking skills that the child lacks. Participants in this session must come with an open mind and the willingness to see these students from a completely different perspective. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Population CEU and 0.15 Nursing CEUs) CORE: Drug Endangered Children Awareness 45Participants/ 42 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.79 Lt. Eric Nation; Jasper County Sheriff's Office/MINE Taskforce Understand the history and evolution of DEC response strategies, understand the risks and actual dangers that illegal drug activities present to children, understand the long-term needs of drug endangered children, understand the concept of collaborative response, understand the advantages presented by a collaborative response in sustaining DEC efforts and engendering broad social change. (Approved for 1.25 hours of either Alcohol and Drug Specific or Special Populations CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Random Acts of Kindness: Servant Leadership at Waukee High School 46 Participants/ 41 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adult Overall Quality=4.8 Matt Pries, BA, MAE; Literacy Interventionist and RAK Advisor at Waukee High School Beau Easley, Senior at Waukee High School; Meg Goodson, Senior at Waukee High School Sydni Rowen, Junior at Waukee High School; Mickey Sundermann, Junior at Waukee High School RAK has become the largest, most active student club at Waukee High School. Join the advisor and key students to learn how they've gotten where they are, and enjoy a Q&A session with the students. Participants will depart with enough information to start similar programs in their schools. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Communication Skills for Connection, not Control or Compliance 49 Participants/ 45 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.93 Alan Feirer, BME, MM; Group Dynamic Participants will learn words to use, words to avoid, and methods for providing feedback that get more immediate connections; useful in both leadership positions and group endeavors. This session will be interactive, fun, and practical; the methods learned can be used right away. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) 10

12 Drug Trends and Local Street Gangs 52 Participants/ 49 Evaluations Audience: Adults Overall Quality=4.86 Blake Marshall; Ames Police Department and Central Iowa Drug Task Force This training will give a brief overview of the current most abused drugs in the Ames and Story County area, as well as current drug trends. We will give an overview of the production of methamphetamine, focusing on safety of those that may come in contact with labs or those contaminated by an active lab. We will also discuss current gang trends in Ames and will give examples of gang tattoos and graffiti. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Alcohol and Drug Specific CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) OMG TMI: Making Your Boundaries Clear in Today's "Anything 41 Participants/ 37 Evaluations Goes" Society Audience: Adults and Youth Overall Quality=4.75 Kim Gunnes, BA; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Too often we hear TMI; but what is too much information in a world with expanding boundaries? This interactive workshop will focus on defining personal boundaries for healthier relationships. Participants will be provided with information and tools to assist them in defining and defending their emotional, physical, technological and sexual boundaries. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Ethics CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credit) The 3D of Identity Theft 18 Participants/ 18 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.82 Tony LaRosa; Des Moines Manager, Mid-Iowa Credit Counseling In this presentation, attendees will learn about identity theft, how it happens, who are the identity thieves, how to detect, defend, and deter identity theft from happening. Attendees will also learn what to do if they fall victim to identity thieves. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credit) "You Have to See This!" 26 Participants/ 22 Evaluations Audience: Adults and Youth Overall Quality=4.44 Danny Heggen, BA; Youth Program Coordinator, Community Youth Concepts Jennie Groves, ME; Youth Program Coordinator, Community Youth Concepts Leave this session with examples and ideas for policies and practices that you can use to engage youth in social media at your organization. We'll examine how others have made their community say, "You have to see this!" through social media and discuss ways we can too. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Seeing Yourself as an Epic Hero-Setting Yourself Up to Win! 30 Participants/ 29 Evaluations Audience: Adults and Youth Overall Quality=4.76 Terese Jurgensen, MSEL; English/Language Arts and Psychology Instructor 5-12, Lisbon Community Schools Buffy Campbell, MSEL, MS; Art Instructor K-12, Lisbon Community Schools Superman Spiderman Luke Skywalker are all Epic Heroes just like you! Explore how difficult circumstances have led you on a quest to find your purpose in life. Through hands-on activities you will discover how to overcome villains, make sacrifices, and obtain supernatural help of others to set yourself up to win! (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Social Media, Social Learning, Social Conversing 21Participants/ 23 Evaluations Audience: Adults Overall Quality=4.98 Erin Olson, MA; High School English Teacher, Sioux Central School District Digital technologies and online spaces create new venues for learning and contributing. This session will discuss popular forums and how/why adults and youth can utilize them for personal growth and empowerment. Participants will better understand how social media can be used to connect people with like passions, to enhance understanding and learning, and to deepen conversation. Various social tools will be shared, including those for music, reading, blogging, and chatting. Participants will leave inspired to share their voices and utilize the web to make positive contributions to society. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Addiction in the Adolescent Brain Participants/ 65 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.59 Lisa Griffith, RN, LMHC; Ames Counseling Psychological Services This session describes how the adolescent brain differs from the adult brain biologically and psychologically. How drugs and alcohol affect the adolescent brain is also examined. (Approved for 1.25 hours of either Alcohol and Drug Specific or Special Populations CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credit) 11

13 Building A Better Future-Parents Empowering Parents 12 Participants/ 12 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.78 Denise Moore; DMSA Parent Partner Coordinator ;Jessica Leonard; JoAnna Walker; Mindy Fast We will bring a team of Parent Partners to come and share their personal stories. We will discuss how the child welfare system has impacted their lives and the lives of their children. They will discuss how being a Parent Partner impacts families, communities, and systems, thereby achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for children. We will also demonstrate a portion of the Building a Better Curriculum that is the training that Parent Partners must have before they can mentor families. It is the grief and loss section that examines the feelings of youth and parents when a child is removed. It is revealed that the feelings associated with removal are similar and so are the behaviors. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) What it's Like-Practical Tools for Empowering Teen Victims of Sexual 20 Participants/ 12 Evaluations Assault Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.86 Susan Junis, LMSW; Rape Victim Advocacy Program Jessica Schmeckpeper, BS; Rural Youth Education Coordinator, Rape Victim Advocacy Program We will use interactive activities and engaging discussion to address the issues of sexual assault among teens. Taking on the character of a teen, attendees will be able to walk with a partner through all the choices and decisions that victims face. Through this powerful activity, attendees will gain perspective and tools of how to best advocate for teens by experiencing these decisions. We will also discuss different impacts and trends among teen sexual assaults, and how to mobilize friends and family to be effective supports for the loved ones in their lives. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Population CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs, and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Power for Life: People, Time, and Perspective Participants/ 36 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.81 Matt Pries, BA, MAE; Literacy Interventionist and RAK Advisor Waukee High School Participants will be actively involved in this session as they learn memorable, easy-to-use strategies for improving relationships and making powerful decisions with language and time. Youth and adults alike will walk away with practical application for their personal, school and professional lives. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Interventions for Clients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 14 Participants/ 13 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=3.89 Marion Kresse, MA; Positive Solutions for Families Coordinator, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. Children with FASD are often misdiagnosed and lack the proper treatment for the disorder. This session will review screening and treatment strategies that will need to be employed at different stages in a person's life. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Alcohol and Drug Specific CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits ) Get it Right Guidebook : For Youth, Knowing the System and Your 129 Participants/ 100 Evaluations Rights Within It Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.74 Terri Bailey; Assistant Coordinator of the IFCYC/AMP, Council Facilitator for Ames and Des Moines, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc.; Annie von Gillern, LISW; Drake Middleton Law Center This is a presentation that covers the history of this document's creation by the Iowa Foster Care Youth Council, definitions of the roles people play as they work with the youth in the child welfare system, CINA and Delinquent process, rights of youth per DHS policy that have been recently updated the request of the youth council, permanency and transition issues, emphasis on foster parents, workers and staff being educated on the systems and working with the youth in care. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Population CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Sex Trafficking and Technology 22 Participants/ 18 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.8 Susie Cook, BA; Network Against Human Trafficking, Director of International Studies, Grand View University This session will outline how technology has assisted trafficking women, men, and children for sexual purposes. We will examine how traffickers use the web as a tool to procure victims and as a vehicle to sell their victims to an anonymous audience. Cases will be reviewed to illustrate the pervasive nature of trafficking for sexual purposes, specifically through the use of technology. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Safe School Certification Program-Creating Safe Schools in Iowa 18 Participants/ 15 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=3.97 Brent Robins, MA; Director, Safe School Certification Program The Safe Schools Certification Program helps schools implement Iowa's Safe Schools Law with fidelity and provide a safe and affirming learning environment for all students. The program's requirements focus on law compliance, trainings for students and teachers, and programs that reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment. Participants will learn how the program helps schools implement best practices and what steps schools can voluntarily take to implement those practices on their own. 12

14 From Policy to Practice: Sex Education in Iowa Schools 50 Participants/ 51 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.85 Katie Dale; WISE Iowa Project Coordinator, EyesOpenIowa School districts across Iowa participated in two surveys designed to gather information about school district policy and practice of teaching sex education in the classroom. Superintendents across the state answered questions about district policy; do policies exist, why or why not? Educators were then asked questions about the education provided to their students. Both surveys may be used to determine how sex education policy translates to the practice of sex education. Participants will view the results of the survey and then discuss the implications of the results. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs and 0.15 Nursing CEUs) Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Are the Characteristics?-How Can 50 Participants/ 51 Evaluations We Help? Audience: Adults Overall Quality=4.85 Mary Kay Borts, MA; Professional Learning and Leadership Consultant, AEA 11 Wendy Acri, LISW; Challenging Behavior and Autism Consultant, AEA 11 With prevalence rates of autism on the rise, it is becoming increasingly important for our awareness to also increase. This session will explore characteristics, prevalence rate, intervention and common misperceptions of children and adults on the Autism Spectrum.; (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Population CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Jump Start My Brain: How Neuroscience is Changing the Way We Do 43 Participants/ 36 Evaluations Therapy Audience: Adults Overall Quality=4.81 Jeff Devine, ABD, LPCC; Quakerdale of Waterloo, Campus Director Research on brain development has exploded in the last ten years, and has a profound impact on how professionals approach therapeutic intervention. This workshop will review the current research, the effect of this research on traditional interventions, and how to intervene in a way that helps aid the process of brain development. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Counseling Theory and Technique CEUs and 0.15 Nursing CEUs) Virtual Access Points-A Resource for Your Future! 13 Participants/ 13 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.85 Kristi Judkins, BA; Iowa Career Access Point Coordinator, Iowa Workforce Development An access point is a virtual desktop located in hundreds of sites across Iowa. It offers job seekers, youth, employers and others the opportunity to access workforce services online in a user-friendly format. You can search for a job, create a resume, and assess your skills. Virtual access points can be found at community colleges, private colleges, community action agencies, libraries, schools, government offices, churches, extension offices, etc. There will likely be an access point near you! Come see a demonstration of a Virtual Access Point (VAP) and find out how this new service can help you create a brighter future. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Creating a Culture for Excellence and Ethics in your School or 19 Participants/ 19 Evaluation Organization Audience: Adult Overall Quality=4.74 Wendy Batten Havemann, M.S.; Program Director and Lead Trainer Character Counts in Iowa This session introduces and provides tools that will be useful in promoting student achievement and begin to establish ways to build a culture and climate of excellence and ethics with your students and staff. Each tool will provide the means to enhance teaching and learning. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Ethic CEUs) Mixing it Up 30 Participants/ 20 Evaluations Audience: Adults Overall Quality=4.53 Julie Cackler, BME; Youth Development Specialist, Community! Youth Concepts Amy Croll, LMSW; Executive Director, Community! Youth Concepts It's easy to get in a grove, and the best time to mix it up is BEFORE it gets old or there are conflicts. In this interactive session we will address ways to "mix it up", including forming new workgroups and breathing life into existing curriculum - all while leaving the participants in the driver's seat. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Poets Unleashed Participants/ 25 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.93 Robert "Words" Taylor; Poet Founder/CEO of Wisdom Beyond Words Inc. This workshop teaches participants how to capture and keep the attention of an audience of many. We will teach you how to subdue the stage and speak with conviction by learning how to turn your adversities into your strengths. Every activity is stimulating and addresses performance tools like posture, tone of voice, presentation of self, and body language. We want to snatch away any inconsistencies between what they're speaking and the story their bodies are telling. We help each poet to personalize and develop their own style of performing and we seal the deal by awarding them with their very own poetry name. We just need notebooks and pens. (Approved for 2.5 hours of Generic CEUs) 13

15 Flying Fists and Name Calling-It's OVER 35 Participants/ 24 Evaluations Audience: Adults and Youth Overall Quality=4.48 Scarlett Lunning-Huey, LMSW; Trainer/Mediator/Facilitator, Iowa Mediation Services This session will be an opportunity to learn listening, negotiation, and mediation skills to: -Better understand yourself and how to effectively deal with conflict -Assist others in addressing conflicts -Gain insight into how to have conversations and negotiate in difficult circumstances to get what you need and want! (Approved for 2.5 hours of Counseling Theory and Technique CEUs, 0.30 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Technology: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Participants/ 12 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.4 Bruce Buchanan, ACSW, LISW, BCD; Wadle and Associates, PC This session will look at the increased utilization of social media and the ethical traps that occur and need to be avoided. We will talk about how to utilize different forms of communication such as Facebook, websites, , and text messaging. Practitioners need to be aware of the pitfalls as well as safe communication with clients and a new era of technology. (Approved for 2.5 hours of Generic CEUs and 0.30 Nursing CEUs) Pharmageddon: The RX Drug Abuse Crisis Participants/ 48 Evaluations Audience: Adults Overall Quality=4.81 Linda Kalin, RN; Director of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center Prescription drug abuse is our nation's fastest-growing drug problem and our homes are often large repositories for a smorgasbord of prescription drugs. This program is designed to provide up-to-date information on commonly abused prescription and over-thecounter drugs including opioids (painkillers), depressants (sleeping pills or anti-anxiety drugs), stimulants (ADHD drugs), and dextromethorphan (cough medicine). Information will include causes and patterns of drug abuse, symptoms by type of drug, range of toxicity, and treatments. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Alcohol and Drug Specific CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Boys and Girls: Getting Through to Our Teens 65 Participants/ 39 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.60 Ruth Buckels, LMSW; AMP Statewide Coordinator, Youth and Shelter Services Inc. Teen Panel from AMP Learn from the AMP youth how to "get through" and "be cool" while impacting the life of today's teens. The youth will share what they are looking for in adults, and give examples of interactions that work and ways adults can interact with them that make a difference. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Cultural Competency Training 12 Participants/11 Evaluations Audience: Adults Overall Quality=4.95 Motier Haskins, MSW; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa This is an experiential program that consists of a series of incremental activities that help participants to: celebrate their similarities and differences; recognize the misinformation they have learned about various groups, including their own; learn about and reevaluate personal attitudes and behaviors that are based on the impact of prejudice and discrimination; claim pride in their group identities; understand the personal impact of discrimination through telling of stories; and learn hands-on tools for dealing effectively with offensive remarks and behaviors. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Racial/Ethnic CEUs and 0.15 Nursing CEUs) Children and Grief 42 Participants/ 30 Evaluations Audience: Adults and Youth Overall Quality=4.49 Mary Hidreth, BA; Bereavement Coordinator, Iowa Hospice Melaine Berte-Hickey, MPS/LMSW; Bereavement Coordinator/Social Worker, Iowa Hospice This session will define grief and loss by learning about the stages of grief and how we all grieve in our own unique way. We will discuss the differences of how children grieve and how to facilitate discussions with the child. We will review various interventions to learn how to support children as they process their grief. Accessing AEA Services Audience: Adults CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION Kristi R.F. Upah, PhD; Regional Director, Boone and Story County Schools, Heartland AEA 11 Anne Manahl, EdS; School Psychologist/Program Assistant for Special Education, Heartland AEA 11 This session will describe the various services and support provided through the Area Education Agencies to support students, parents and teachers. Ways to access these services and supports will also be discussed. 14

16 Mental Health First Aid: Why It Is Important And Who Benefits Participants/ 26 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.9 Laura Bell, BS, CPS; Tobacco Control Specialist and Youth Employment Specialist, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. Andrea Dickerson, MS, IAADC; Coordinator of Residential Programming, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. Jason Haglund, MS, CADC; Director of Treatment Services, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. Stigma surrounding mental illness can play a role in preventing people with mental illness from identifying they are in need of help and preventing them from seeking care. Mental Health First Aid was developed as a means of educating professionals and nonprofessionals in the skills and techniques to be able to recognize when someone may be in crisis and the steps to take to assist them in making connections with care providers and other resources. Participants who attend this session will be able to define Mental Health First Aid, the core principles of Mental Health First Aid, the importance of being trained in Mental Health First Aid and how they can gain further education and training in how to apply these practices. Current Trends in the Juvenile Court System 25 Participants/ 25 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adult Overall Quality=4.46 John Wilaby, Juvenile Court Officer II; Juvenile Court Services, 2nd Judicial District This session will allow participants to learn about the changes of services being utilized along with new tools being used by Juvenile Court Officers. This session will provide an overview of the Juvenile Court System and will provide opportunities for questions about Juvenile Court operations. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Know the Value of your Credit Report Participants/ 6 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=5.0 Derek Ginder, BA, C.C.C.C.; Ames Manager, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of NE Iowa The attendees in this breakout session will gain an understanding of their credit report and the value that it has in today's society. They will learn how to obtain copies of their credit report and improve their credit rating. Some letters of dispute and credit report request forms will be provided as part of this presentation. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Youth Gambling-Game On 13 Participants/ 24 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.65 Shelly Lumsden, MPH, CPS; Prevention Coordinator, Community and Family Resources Sarah Miller, BA; Prevention Specialist, Community and Family Resources This presentation will describe the current state of youth gambling and how youth are becoming involved through the use of technology and media. Research on preventions, community acceptance and consequences to our youth and society will also be discussed. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Dating Violence on Jersey Shore: Media and its Impact on Teen 30 Participants/ 28 Evaluations Relationships Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.63 Nikki Laug, BS; Prevention Education Coordinator, Certified Sexual Abuse Counselor, ACCESS Cailan Sockness, BS; Domestic Violence Services Coordinator, Certified Sexual Abuse Counselor, ACCESS This session will address the impact media can have on teen dating relationships and how this can perpetuate violence committed in teen relationships. Participants will examine various forms of media and how teen relationships, abuse, stalking, sexual assault, and gender norms are portrayed through advertising and the entertainment industry. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Social Work Superhero Training Academy: Preventing and Addressing 18 Participants/ 18 Evaluations Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Audience: Adult Overall Quality=4.4 Joshua Krauss, BA; Training and Development Coordinator, Lutheran Services in Iowa Through a fun and enlightening look at ourselves as the superheroes" we are, we will explore the paths that have led us to our current callings in human services. Just like all superhero s, we all have a mission to make the world a better place...we all have supporting casts that allow us to pursue that mission...and we all have unique strengths and abilities that we call upon when needed. But, at the same time, we also have "kryptonite" which can sap our energy and motivation. By focusing on the vulnerabilities that can lead to compassion fatigue and burnout, we will work to identify strategies to keep our superhero-selves "super" and ready to "save the day." (Approved for 1.25 hours of Counseling Theory and Technique CEUs and 0.15 Nursing CEUs) 15

17 Speaking the Language: Social Media Participants/ 18 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.87 Joseph Piearson, BA; Program Coordinator, Iowa Council of Foundations Amanda Martin, BA; Leadership Graduate Assistance, Iowa State University Student Activities Center With media changing every day, digital literacy can be challenging at any age. This session will cover the very basics of social media, including information on the most widely used tools, strategies for effectively using these channels and tips on upcoming forms of new media. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) K2, JWH, 2C-E. MDPV...The Alphabet Soup of Emerging Drug Trends Participants/ 42 Evaluations Audience: Adult Overall Quality=4.83 Linda Kalin, RN; Director of the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center This program will review the dangerous new designer drugs with nicknames like "Spice" and "Bath Salts" being manufactured, imported and used by today's youth. They're easy to find and, for some users, the drugs have proven fatal. Find out what these drugs are, their effects, patterns of abuse, and the dangers these drugs pose. This program will also cover prevalence data on Rx and OTC drugs. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Alcohol and Drug Specific CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Emotional Regulation: The Missing Link in Traditional Counseling 20 Participants/ 15 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.85 Jeff Devine, ABD, LPCC; Campus Director, Quakerdale of Waterloo This workshop explores the foundations, research and need for incorporating emotional regulation into traditional counseling interventions. Participants will understand how to implement, practice and teach these strategies. Participants will also have the opportunity to understand their own style of regulation. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Counseling Theory and Technique CEUs and 0.15 Nursing CEUs) TMI: Self Disclosure in Social Media...Where a Little Goes a Long Way Participants/ 12 Evaluations Audience: Adult Overall Quality=4.73 Tina Hopkins, BS; APP Educator, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc. Through guided activities and discussion, participants will learn guidelines for self-disclosure on social media websites. Participants will assess levels of self-disclosure, their own comfort levels and learn reasons to consider what they may or may not want to post on their own social media sites. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Can They Do That to Me?: Rights of Youth in a World of Adults 39 Participants/ 29 Evaluations Audience: Youth Overall Quality=4.40 Annie von Gillern, LISW; Clinical Instructor/Social Worker, Middleton Center for Children's Rights, Drake Legal Clinic Jerry Foxhoven, JD; Director, Drake University Legal Clinic Participants will learn about the rights of youth in school, delinquency cases, and in the child welfare system. Supreme Court cases will be covered in non-legal language. Participation is encouraged, so bring your questions! (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) Turning Your Passion into a Service Learning Project: How to Do What You Love, Learn, and Help Your Community 16 Participants/ 10 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.72 Mike Henneberry; ICVS VISTA, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service Service-learning is a learning tool that enables youth to identify needs in their own community and connect meaningful services to address those needs with academic or youth development objectives. We will explore the IRARDC service-learning process (Investigations, Planning, Action, Reflection, Demonstration, and Celebration). (Approved for 1.25 hours of Generic CEUs) Creating an LGBTQ Safe and Sensitive Youth Serving Agency 27 Participants/ 28 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.96 Julia McGinley; MSW student, University of Iowa Learn how your agency can utilize best practices to better serve LGBTQ youth. From intake forms to bathroom policies to staff training, find out what steps your agency should be taking to meet the unique needs of this growing population. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs and 0.15 Nursing CEUs) "I Walk The Line": Skills Training for the Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder Participants/ 32 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.83 Summer K. Brunscheen, PhD, LP, HSP, LMHC; Licensed Psychologist, Central Iowa Psychological Services Participants will gain an overview of Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills used to treat BPD and other emotion regulation disorders. Topics include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and finding the middle path.

18 Examples of skill implementation will be provided along with some in vivo experiences. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Counseling Theory and Technique CEUs and 0.15 Nursing CEUs) Street Outreach for the 21st Century 27 Participants/19 Evaluations Audience: Youth and Adults Overall Quality=4.43 Brad Whipple, LMSW; Director of Iowa Homeless Youth Center This workshop will present research and practical information about high risk behaviors and vulnerability of youth on the streets, personal stories of the youth, street outreach program strategies, and a segment on the challenges of rural homelessness. (Approved for 1.25 hours of Special Populations CEUs, 0.15 Nursing CEUs and by DHS for Foster Parent credits) 17

19 Question APPENDIX C: Youth Survey Summary % Yes % No % No Resp 1 Do you use tobacco products? Do you think the majority of teens use tobacco products? Do you use alcohol? Do you think the majority of teenagers use alcohol? Do you use marijuana? Do you think a majority of teenagers use marijuana? Have you ever taken Rx drugs without a doctor s prescription? Have you ever taken OTC medications differently than the directions? What other drugs do you think teens in your community are using? A A A A A A A A A 10 Have you ever purchased drugs online? Have you ever had sexual intercourse? Do you think the majority of teenagers are having sex? Do you think there is a significant threat of violence in your school? How often do you use Social Media such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other sites? B B B 15 Where do you text? C C C 16 Have you experienced bullying/ harassment in your school? Have you ever bullied someone using Social Media such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other sites? Have you ever bullied someone using Texting? Have you ever been bullied by someone using Social Media such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other sites? Have you ever been bullied by someone using Texting? Do you feel young people are given opportunities for input and/or action in school-wide decisions? Do you feel respected and/or that young people s views are heard and acted on by other people in your community? % figures are rounded to the nearest whole number % Yes % No % No Resp 2012 Survey participants: Age 20.4% 14-year-olds 26.1% 16-year-olds 12.1% 18-year-olds 3% other 16.6% 15-year-olds 22.9% 17-year-olds 1.9% 19-year-olds % Yes % No % No Resp % Yes % No % No Resp 18

20 A. Question 9 was a write-in question on the survey, which asked conference participants what other drugs (in addition to tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana) were being used by teens in their community. Young people responding to this question reported that teens in their community are using: Schedule I and II drugs, including: cocaine, crack, heroin, shrooms, Ecstasy, Morphine, LSD, opium, and methamphetamine Over-the-counter drugs, including: DXM (Triple C), and Robitussin Prescription drugs, including: Adderall, OxyContin (OxyCondone), Hydrocodone, Valium, and other tranquilizers/pain killers Inhalants (Duster) Steroids B. Question 14 asked youth: How often do you use Social Media such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or other sites? RESPONSE Not at all 10% 1-7 times a week 42% 8-14 times a week 14% More then 15 times a 35% week C. Question 15 asked youth: Where do you text? RESPONSE I don t text 11% During class 61% While Driving 21% While watching TV 87% In school 70% In bed 77% 19

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