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Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

The "Village Concept"

  • Speakers:
  • Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office will discuss how there has been a 66 percent reduction in the number of juveniles in our system. The New York Times Story, "Gadsden Finds God", tells how the balance of faith and community can change even the poorest and minority-only communities in the State of Florida.


Diverting Girls from the Juvenile Justice System

  • Speakers:
  • Dr. Renee McQueen
  • Lymari Benitez

This presentation will introduce attendees to the PACE Reach Program, a unique youth program that incorporates trauma-informed therapeutic services with a strength-based and gender-responsive approach. Participants will increase their understanding on how gender-responsive, strength-based, and trauma-informed therapeutic services can contribute to youth prevention efforts; identify strategies to engage in collaborative partnerships that support gender responsive and trauma informed services; and obtain information on strategies, outcomes, and challenges associated with the implementation of services.


Holistic Self Care for Caregivers

  • Speakers:
  • Deborah Brooks, MHC, CT
  • Kimberly Pachecho, LMHC

This workshop will inform and reinforce to participants the importance of self-care for those working in the human services field. Research and career satisfaction indices clearly show that caring for self is often a low priority for caregivers. Statistics also indicate that caregivers suffering from personal crisis, career disenchantment, and compassion fatigue are less effective as care providers.


The Effects of Child Alienation

  • Speaker:
  • Ernisa Barnwell

In child custody battles, untimely parental death, or for children who are constantly shifted from house to house as children, child alienation is real. As a survivor of childhood alienation, the speaker will talk about ways to safeguard the development of negative behavior this type of child experience has the capability of producing. The presenter will share behaviors of children who suffer from alienation, some of the outcomes of children who suffer from childhood alienation, and the pros and cons of alienation.


Increasing Program Engagement and Retention for Court-Involved Youth

  • Speaker:
  • Tessa Randolph
  • Curtis Campogni

This workshop will provide an overview of best practices to increase program engagement for court-involved young adults. The focus will be on utilizing motivational interviewing to allow career coaches to individualize goal planning, identify barriers, and secure job placement by using specific techniques to move participants through the stages of change.


Integral Criminal Justice Pastoral Care

  • Speaker:
  • Deacon Edgardo Farias

The workshop will focus on Integral Criminal Justice Pastoral Care. How to provide prevention programs in parishes and local communities, religious services in jails, prisons and detention centers, assistance for the families of offenders, mentoring for ex-offenders, accompaniment for victims and their families. And the incorporation of the Restorative and Community Justice into the three components of the Criminal Justice: Police, courts and Corrections.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 1:45 – 3:00 PM

Developing Community Protective Factors at Family, School, and Community Levels

  • Speakers:
  • Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins
  • Vivilora Perkins-Smith

Reducing the impact of familial and other risk factors that contribute to negative adolescent outcomes requires the whole community. This presentation will provide instruction on how to improve conditions of daily life with families, peers, and in schools; identify and measure problems and evaluate community actions; expand the knowledge base of services needed to address current and emerging needs; and raise public awareness about the social determinants of adolescent health.


A Realistic Approach to Racial Ethnic Diversity

  • Speaker:
  • Cheryl L Massaro, DJJ Federal and State Advisor

Accurately defining disproportionate minority contact and racial ethnic diversity, as well as how they affect Department of Juvenile Justice's initiatives. The group will be introduced to National and Statewide DMC/RED issues, and how they relate to today's communities. Much of the discussion will revolve around current trends addressing DMC/RED issues, with the continued support of all faith partners.


Creating Strong Community Networks

  • Speaker:
  • Pastor Cindy Lane

Presenting this workshop are the Executive Faith Leaders for the DJJ Faith Network. With more than 50 years of combined ministry experience, these leaders will share their wisdom on how to create a strong Community Faith Network within your circuit. Topics include Circuit Advisory Boards, Network Steering Committees, Advocacy, and Chaplaincy.


Complications of Grief that affect At-Risk Youth

  • Speakers:
  • Kimberly Pacheco, LMHC
  • Deborah Brooks, MHC, CT

Death is a topic that is often avoided; however, it is an experience that has effected more than 95% of Florida youth involved in the Juvenile Justice system. Through this workshop, participants will learn how to examine common children grief reactions, identify what trauma is and the various trauma exposures common with at-risk youth, examine trauma responses and complications that can affect the grieving process, and explore the trauma-informed care approach model.


Implementing Restorative Practices into our Interactions and Programs

  • Speakers:
  • Janelle King, Restorative Practices Specialist
  • Theda Roberts, Statewide Civil Citation Coordinator

Restorative practices integrate developments from a variety of fields in order to build healthy communities, increase social capital, decrease crime and antisocial behavior, repair harm, and restore or build relationships and connection. Participants will explore several restorative practices, rehearse implementation into youth interactions, and learn about a restorative model, Civil Citation, that keeps youth out of Florida’s juvenile justice system.


Enhancing Cross-Generational Communication and Understanding

  • Speakers:
  • Emily Mendez

In this strength-based and interactive workshop, participants will gain knowledge and understanding of the differences across generations. Through hands-on activities, participants will identify defining characteristics of the five generations and apply practical tips for working and communicating effectively in a multigenerational community.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

An Approach to Partnering for Prevention

  • Speakers:
  • Tina Morgan
  • Joelle Aboytes

This presentation will teach an approach to prevention that starts in your community. Participants will learn what information is available from local agencies to help identify needs and issues and learn about who to contact to help foster partnerships and grow your outreach.


Restoring Identity to a Fatherless Generation

  • Speaker:
  • Micaiah J Young

In this session, Micaiah Young, author of “Made in His Image but His Shadow is all I’ve Seen,” will use his experience of being abandoned by his father to highlight the pain felt by children who have not had healthy relationships with their fathers. Participants will gain a greater understanding of why children without fathers are more prone to criminal and deviant behavior. Generational patterns of child abandonment will be addressed and individuals will leave with an ability to identify symptoms and ways to counter negative behaviors. Participants will learn how to facilitate healing and assist in restoring security and healthy identity.


The Effects of Toxic Stress on the Developing Brain

  • Speakers:
  • Paula Lupton, LCSW
  • Graham Perkovich

This workshop will give participants an understanding of the primary functions of each area of the brain and will discuss the how exposure to toxic stress impacts brain development. Participants will be able to identify how toxic stress alters the structure and activity of specific brain areas and how these changes impact behavioral, social, and emotional functioning in children and in adults.


Bridging the Community Gap with School Involvement

  • Speaker:
  • Antonio Vincent

Working with the community, along with local schools, this presenter has spent his life supporting the at-risk population and those in crisis. His non-profit organization has empowered families and provided resources needed to live a life of hope, strength, and unity. Their main focus is building community, believing in people, strengthening community, and making a difference. This workshop will teach participants how to bring these same concepts into their local areas.


Expanding the Faith Community’s Role in Supporting Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems

  • Speaker:
  • Rev. Al Williams

This dynamic workshop provides strategic discussion on best practices involved in connecting faith communities and child welfare and juvenile justice agencies/organizations to form partnerships in local communities. Participants will learn how to engage the faith community, develop long-term working partnerships, identify strategies in connecting youth with the faith community, and identify additional resources/support for affected families.


How Do You Get a Child to Talk?

  • Speaker:
  • Jackie Sandefer-Gonsen

This presentation will focus on enhancing interviewing skills when discussing difficult family topics, such as abuse and neglect, while trying to determine safety and risk concerns with children. Participants will increase their knowledge of how to make children feel comfortable when talking with them about abuse and neglect. Participants will also learn how to ask questions and how to best respond once a disclosure is made. Information provided will also include some of the lessons learned from research, child development, and linguistics.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Regional Connections

  • Speakers:
  • State Agency Representatives and their key partners
  • FBCB Advisory Council Members

Knowing the right person or persons to talk to when situations arise can increase opportunities to get help and get things done! These regional sessions will provide a forum for attendees to meet and engage with their local state agency representatives who can serve as a key point of contact to facilitate connections to the right people to initiate action.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

The Power of Mentoring

  • Speakers:
  • David Alexander III
  • David Alexander IV

Former Pensacola police chief, David Alexander III and his son will discuss personal experiences with the struggles of at-risk young males, particularly in the African-American community. These presenters will provide insight on the statistics of at-risk young males, personal testimonies, and best practices that demonstrate how the power of faith can help families, professionals, and community members teach young males to live purpose-driven lives. The presenter and his son have partnered to educate others on how to become a mentor to at-risk males, focusing on improving behaviors, self-esteem, and giving them the right tools to make sound choices in life.


Yale RULER- A Social Emotional Approach to Learning

  • Speakers:
  • Mary Cortez
  • Stephanie Workman

The Florida United Methodist Children's Home and the Volusia County School District entered into a unique partnership creating a school for youth living in residential group care. The school, Legacy Scholars Academy, focuses on enhancing student’s emotional intelligence through a social emotional learning approach from Yale University, R.U.L.E.R. In using R.U.L.E.R, students learn and implement four anchor tools to recognize and regulate emotions. This workshop will present the success of the Legacy Scholars Academy in increasing student grades, GPAs, and standardized test scores, as well as decreasing truancy, failing grades, and school suspensions.


Forgiveness: Key to Healing From Relational Pain

  • Speaker:
  • Richard Marks, PhD

Research reveals the healing power of forgiveness spiritually, relationally, and psychologically. Forgiveness is a key component to a healthy relationship. Many times forgiveness must start with ourselves. This session will focus on the Firststone Forgiveness intervention. Learn how to break the cycle and practice forgiveness to find healing and peace for yourself and others.


Building Communities of Hope: The Significance of Faith-Based Partners in Prevention Work

  • Speakers:
  • Beverly Goodman
  • Diana Child

This workshop will provide an overview of the Protective Factors Framework, the foundation of Partnership for Strong Families Resource Center Model. Participants will learn how this framework relates to existing outreach ministries, along with how to maximize community partnerships and develop effective strategies to strengthen local families and communities.


Promoting Family Well-being and Healthy Development through Positive Discipline Techniques

  • Speakers:
  • Nancy Peck
  • Yoncee Wood

Having effective tools to manage discipline challenges strengthens the parent-child relationship and promotes healthy child and family development. This interactive workshop to learn effective, positive discipline strategies and build skills to discuss, practice, and model these strategies with families.


Servant Leadership: Building a Foundation for Success

  • Speaker:
  • Andy Hindman

This workshop will focus on faith-based organizations developing the organizational and resource capacity to serve more youth and families with quality services and programs. This hands-on interactive workshop will give faith and community-based organizations the opportunity to evaluate their current programs and develop a plan for the future that will enhance and grow their efforts to serve troubled youth and their families. Items of discussion will focus on each organization’s need to effectively expand and enhance services, select an area of need, and create a plan to build greater capacity in that area.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Empowering Single Mothers: Keeping Families Together before Foster Care is Necessary

  • Speakers:
  • Dr. Jerry Haag, President/CEO
  • Dr. Pam Whitaker, LMHC, VP of Programs
  • Stephen Robert, VP of Church Relations and Strategic Operations

Explore how your agency can proactively serve single mothers to provide them the support, resources, and skills necessary to establish a path to self-sufficiency. Presenters will share insight on infrastructure and programs that allow families to stay together and achieve self-sufficiency before foster care is necessary, as well as how to start services for single moms. In this workshop, participants will learn about a proven model, program best practices, how to engage community partnerships, and how this model provides long-term cost savings for child welfare.


The Anti-Human Trafficking Faith-based Connection

  • Speakers:
  • June Wallace
  • Beth Potter

“Think Tank” style Workshop to create an alliance of Faith-based Human Trafficking organizations offering resources for Law Enforcement, Judicial System, Prevention programs, shelters, etc. The workshop would create databases of resources needed and those already existing; thus encouraging more churches to create Human Trafficking support systems within their mission offerings.


Transition to Success Program

  • Speakers:
  • Crystal Bailes
  • Heather Pittmon

Girls Empowered Mentally for Success, Inc. seeks to create healthy transitions for girls everywhere. The mission of the organization is to engage elementary, middle, and high school girls empowering them to discover their passion and purpose through creativity and wisdom. The workshop will illustrate evidence-based practices identified by school district educators, administrators, and mental health professionals to address improving self-esteem, improving social behavior, AND increasing school connection/engagement, as well as the motivation to learn.


Supporting Adoptive and Foster Families through Local Churches

  • Speakers:
  • Gabriel Forsyth
  • Angela Gonzalez

In this workshop, presenters will share best practices on how to create a culture of adoption and foster care from the Pulpit to the Pews in local churches. Participants will learn how ministry can connect, equip, and support adoptive and foster families, to integrate adoption and foster care into the programs that already exist in your church community, and how adoption and foster care can help your church achieve its mission and impact your local community.


Feeding Florida’s At-Risk Children

  • Speakers:
  • Rachel Mohler
  • Mallory Reeves
  • Melanie Mason
  • John Bonfiglio
  • Louella Frye

Did you know, more than 1 million of Florida’s children could go hungry during the summer while school is out? The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness is committed to reducing food insecurity. We work with faith-based partners throughout the state to distribute food to Florida’s most vulnerable. This seminar will provide an overview of how to work with FDACS to become a partner in reducing food insecurity and provide best practices from similar faith-based partners.


Practical Purpose Built Camp and Retreat Programs that Transform Lives

  • Speakers:
  • William Bloodworth, Camp Director
  • Kevin Hornsby, Camp Pastor
  • Kurt Kelly, President Florida Coalition for Children

Camp Anderson is a Christian Retreat and Summer Camp located on the Suwannee River, dedicated to developing the spiritual needs of adults and youth. Passionate and skilled ministry professionals give attendees the opportunity to Relax, Restore, Refresh, and Explore their faith through camp activities, excursions, and retreats. This is a great opportunity for Child Welfare individuals and Organizations to explore and provide practical, purpose built, free programming to their students and adults that get results! This year, Camp Anderson will debut its free Summer Camp and Retreat Programming for students and adults in the child welfare system. All events will be held at the Camp Anderson retreat center in Old Town Florida and include room, board, programming, and fun like your students and adults have never experienced before!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Trauma-Informed Interventions for Trauma Reminders

  • Speakers:
  • Paula Lupton, LCSW
  • Graham Perkovich

This workshop will review the definition of trauma reminders, the associated reactions, and techniques for addressing these challenging behaviors. Participants will leave the workshop with tools to help uncover the thoughts and feelings driving behaviors, help children develop self-regulation skills, and implement a community support approach. Participants will be able to define trauma reminder, identify two trauma-informed interventions to address trauma reminder responses, demonstrate how to implement trauma informed techniques, and describe how providing community support can build children’s resiliency.


The Power of Community

  • Speaker:
  • Angela Fox

Many faith-based organizations shy away from partnering with government agencies and community organizations due to fear that their faith will be compromised. Participants will leave this workshop with a fresh look at ways to collaborate within your community to help people, an understanding of the importance of supporting city officials, practical ways to engage families and encourage diversity in your city, and hope for the ongoing challenges that need to be overcome in your community.


Building Strong Communities to Prevent Human Trafficking

  • Speakers:
  • Deacon David Gray
  • Deacon Fred Molina

This workshop will focus on the Task-Force approach to engaging with faith-based and community organizations to address the fight against human trafficking. The workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of how to become a part of a broad coalition to fight this horrific crime against humanity in a way that takes advantage of existing structures and their particular charisma/expertise. Items of discussion will focus on the pervasive landscape of human trafficking, the challenges to faith and families, strategies to keep our children safe and the need for faith communities to engage together. Through this workshop, attendees will understand the importance of collaborating with faith and community based organizations and learn techniques and methods to make this possible.


Effective Ways to Transforming Lives in Our Community

  • Speakers:
  • Renae Kendrick
  • Jackie Brown

With everything that transpires in our community, it’s a proven fact that the Faith Based Community has been a great asset which helps to provide services that bring about a change. The Center for Manifestation: Our Vison at The Center for Manifestation is to teach the end-times church the essence of kingdom life, and to communicate deep, spiritual truths in a simplified manner. Proverbs 29:18-Where there is no vision the people perish. I will discuss effective strategies on community engagement and the risk of ineffective engagement missing the mark. It is very important that we are precise in our engagement in the community no matter how much finances involved we must be apprehensive in what we do. No matter how much sweat a group puts into a project, that project will not succeed unless the right people have been engaged. I will give insight on proven strategies that has made a great impact on our community in Tampa Fl.


The Impacts of Incarceration on Early Childhood

  • Speakers:
  • Jada Hunter
  • Shellie Solomon
  • Andrea Fletcher

Is your work with the youth in your community taking them from Risk to Responsible? This workshop will challenge you, support you, engage you, and give you an opportunity to share with peers the impacts of incarceration during early childhood. This interactive workshop offers proven methods for working and communicating with AT RISK YOUTH.


From the Heart of a Coach: Leadership to Legacy

  • Speaker:
  • Andy Hindman

How do you go from leadership to creating a legacy? This workshop will chronicle the beginning of a high school football program in rural Tennessee to the creation of a lasting scholarship program for disadvantaged youth. The discussion will focus on life lessons, overcoming adversity, using leadership skills and unique personal gifts to establish a lasting legacy within an organization, community, family, and others.