Breakout Session 2

Thursday, March 3, 2:00 – 3:00 PM


Responding to Sexualized Behaviors | David Adams

There is nothing more uncomfortable for foster/adoptive parents to respond to than sexualized behaviors. In this breakout discussion, we will explore the continuum of sexualized behaviors from normalized, to concerning, to problematic. We will also look at some strategies on how to respond and support foster/adoptive children who display sexualized behaviors.


Equine Experience | Ashley Boswell

Come enjoy an equine experience with intentional activities that will strengthen your regulation and empathy skills. Overcoming trauma is an internal journey that can be greatly assisted with interactions with horses. God designed our brains to be in touch with our whole body and we often lose that connection in the midst of the daily hustle and bustle of parenting. Discover new ways of how to attune to the people around you with the power of our equine program.


Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Overview | Ernie & Pat Casarez

Learn the basics of TBRI which is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI is connection.


Social Worker Panel – What Is That Social Worker Thinking? | Mark Boyce, Edja Kurtovic & Nicole Strattman

A panel of experienced social workers to answer your questions! We will cover a wide range of questions and concerns, including but not limited to how we case plan, best ways to communicate, what do you do when you disagree, how to utilize the social worker’s visit, and so much more. Foster and adoptive parents are the reason we are able to do our job at all!  The panel is open to your questions and concerns, and will help you strategize for building improved partnerships with your social workers.


Trauma In the Classroom | Olivia Dahlin

Trauma changes the development of our brain and body which can impact our ability to learn, retain memory, sustain concentration and often interact in a structured educational environment. This session will review ways in which trauma can show up in the educational environment and provide you with tools to communicate with your teachers and administrators to help your child receive the support they need to thrive.


Wellness Circles | Renae M. Dupuis

As a caregiver, you have likely heard that self-care is essential to sustaining your caregiving journey. But what does that actually look like and how do you develop a plan to care for yourself when all of that energy is focused on your family? Join us for an introduction to Wellness Circles where you will complete a Wellness Self-Assessment and learn more about the opportunity to engage in helpful and transformative community care. You are worth it!


Hope in the Warzone: Parenting the Defiant Child | Ruth Graham

Children’s ability to trust and rely on others may be affected when they have experienced difficult and/or traumatic situations.  Their willingness to comply can also be directly affected.  A defiant child can be difficult, or even feel impossible, to parent. Parents are often left bewildered and feeling helpless and hopeless.  In this session, we will look at interventions and parenting techniques that minimize the warzone.


Sensory Solutions! Developmental ages 6-10 | Deborah Graves

Trouble with meltdowns at home, school, or on the go? Picky eater? Scratchy clothes? Come learn about you and your child’s sensory worlds and ways to help “soothe the savage” – from monster to magnificent! Leave feeling empowered with trauma informed understandings and strategies to connect even within the chaos. This workshop offers interactive, experiential learning, plus practical tools to address confusing and challenging behaviors related to sensory processing and complex developmental trauma. Come with your questions and real life scenarios and together we’ll try to sort out some answers to the unsuspecting sensory needs behind some of your child’s most baffling behaviors.


Healing Roadmap: What should be happening in therapy? | Cindy Lee

Caregivers and counselors work hard every day on addressing behavior but what is the overall goal and what are the steps to achieving it? This session addresses what true healing for children looks like and the steps needed to get there. Prepare yourself for an in depth look at what should be happening in therapy and why it is so important to make sure each step is being addressed.  Roadblocks to healing will also be discussed.


Giving Voice to Siblings | Lisa Qualls

With the addition of new children to the family through adoption or foster care, life changes for everyone, including the kids already in the family. There may be both joy and heartache. Very challenging behaviors may be harmful to siblings. This breakout gives you practical tools to help your children and find renewed hope for your family.


Forming an Identity Within a Transracial Family | Nathan Ross

In this session, Nathan will talk about his experiences in his adoptive placement and how his identity was shaped while growing up with adoptive parents of a different race. Nathan’s discussion will include advice on discussion topics and opportunities for parents raising children from different backgrounds. The session will further include addressing social and community barriers for transracial adoptees and how parents can prepare for those barriers and build resilience within their families.