Supporting Infants with a History of Prenatal Substance Exposure: Strategies for Building Regulation & Responsive Relationships

Supporting Infants with a History of Prenatal Substance Exposure:
Strategies for Building Regulation & Responsive Relationships

Infants with a history of perinatal exposure to opioids, alcohol, and other substances are at risk for a number of problems, including neurodevelopmental disorders, postnatal trauma, and struggling family systems.​ This session provides an overview of the characteristics and needs of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Practical strategies for infant regulation, relational attachment, and participation in family routines will be shared. 

Yvonne Swinth

Date/Time: Saturday 3:15pm
Speaker: Yvonne Swinth PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Room: GYM


Connected Independent Living

Connected Independent Living

How to transition our teens and young adults into independent adulthood while maintaining connection and relationship.

Pam Parish

Date/Time: Saturday 3:15pm
Speaker: Pam Parish
Room: Student Room


When The Whole Family is Traumatized: Considering Placing a Child Outside the Home

When The Whole Family is Traumatized: Considering Placing a Child Outside the Home

Your marriage may be in trouble, your other children are traumatized, and everyone has PTSD. You are suffering emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. This workshop will cover out of home placement, and the emotions that follow.

Carrie O'Toole

Date/Time: Saturday 3:15pm
Speaker: Carrie O’Toole ma
Room: Red 7/8


Parenting Special Needs/Medically Fragile Kids and the Art of Advocating Well

Parenting Special Needs/Medically Fragile Kids and the Art of Advocating Well

In this session, we will take time to first assess our hearts on this long often times grief filled journey. Then, we will walk through ways on how to fine tune our advocacy, stay organized and on top of all-things-medical, how to engage with medical professionals…all while loving the Lord, ourselves, and our families well.

Sophie Hartman

Date/Time: Saturday 3:15pm
Speaker: Sophie Hartman
Room: Lobby Room South


Parenting After Prenatal Exposure — What Works Best?

Parenting After Prenatal Exposure — What Works Best?

Many children and teens who have prenatal exposure have outcomes that are better than expected. So, what did these parents do that worked best? What does the research say about how to parent and educate? This workshop is a hopeful one, helping parents with the specialized parenting that brings out the best in their kids.

Deborah Gray

Date/Time: Saturday 3:15pm
Speaker: Deborah Gray MPA, LICSW
Room: HSM Room


Earthquake Preparedness: Navigating the Unseen of Self-Injury Behavior

Earthquake Preparedness: Navigating the Unseen of Self-Injury Behavior

Self-injury behavior is like an earthquake.  The unseen rumblings take those who are caring for the person by surprise and result in confusion and fear.  This session will focus on defining, understanding, and learning specific interventions to help pre-teens/teens who are engaging in self-injury behaviors such as cutting.

Ruth Graham

Date/Time: Saturday 3:15pm
Speaker: Ruth Graham ma, lmhc
Room: Lobby Room North


Three Secrets Every Parent of a Child with ADHD Needs to Know

Three Secrets Every Parent of a Child with ADHD Needs to Know

ADHD is a common, yet often misunderstood, diagnosis. In this breakout, understand why your child can’t seem to focus or stay organized and gain the tools to respond confidently and effectively.

Melissa Corkum

Date/Time: Saturday 3:15pm
Speaker: Melissa Corkum
Room: MSM Room


Transracial Adoptee Panel: Let’s Talk about Race

Transracial Adoptee Panel: Let’s Talk about Race

Given the racial tension, discrimination, and violence against African Americans, especially African American young men, adoptive and foster parents have a big task when raising African American children in adoption and foster care. Come to this session to hear from young adults who have lived experience as transracial adoptees.

Sue Badeau

Date/Time: Saturday 3:15pm
Speaker: Sue Badeau
Room: Chapel


What Is That Social Worker Thinking?

What Is That Social Worker Thinking?

Laurie Washington, a State social worker for 36 years between two states, will facilitate 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 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 all your questions and concerns, and will help you strategize for building improved partnerships with your social workers.

Laurie Washington

Date/Time: Saturday 2:00pm
Speaker: Laurie Washington msw
Room: Lobby Room South


Choosing to Thrive

Choosing to Thrive

Are you hard pressed on every side?  Is trauma wearing you down?  Are you struggling to give your children what they need because you find yourself on empty, with little to nothing to give.  Is your marriage struggling?  Then spend an hour walking through some simple but life changing principles of choosing to thrive.

In the midst of the chaos of our life, we unintentionally neglect the most important things.  As a mom of nine jewels and as an inner city school counselor, it is something our presenter has had to intentionally go after.  The two year cancer journey of one of her jewels especially taught her.  Walk away renewed in your vision to thrive (not just survive), with your own individualized plan of how you can do it.

Maria Hansen Quine

Date/Time: Saturday 2:00pm
Speaker: Maria Hansen-Quine LASW, MSW, CSC
Room: Red 7/8