2015 See the Girl Summit

The 2015 See the Girl Summit will be held at the Jessie Ball duPont Center, 40 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL and begin Thursday morning, October 22, 2015 at 8:30am, adjourning Friday, October 23, at 4:00pm.  This year’s summit sessions are organized by the following three tracks:

Track 1 – Girl-Centered Practice translates research to practice and introduces participants to the core concepts and practical interventions that promote a girl-centered culture. The fundamentals of girl-centered programming is presented in the context of what matters to girls. The workshop will challenge staff to think about the importance of their personal values, relationships and interactions with girls. Participants will learn ways to be strategic and deliberate in engaging girls as equal partners in the creation, delivery and evaluation of services.

Track 2 – Research to Activism provides the opportunity for participants to learn about the current research that is grounded in the lived experiences and voices of girls and young women. Workshops in this track challenge participants to translate knowledge to activism for social change.

Track 3 – Wellness through the Healing Arts introduces participants to practices such as mindfulness, yoga, poetry, storytelling, dialogue and reflection. You will be guided by skilled practitioners who will introduce you to practices you can use to care for yourself and to teach to the girls and young women you serve. The workshops will be participatory so dress comfortable.

Cost:
Regular Registration- $199.00
Student Rate – $99.00

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Workshop Schedule

Note that workshops and presenters are subject to change. Please check back often for updates.

Summit Schedule

 

Featured Speakers

Amy Banks, MD, has devoted her career to understanding the neurobiology of relationships. In addition to her work at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), she was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the first person to bring relational-cultural theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. Amy is the creator of the C.A.R.E. Program, an easy to use, practical guide that helps clinicians and laypeople assess the quality of their relationships and strengthen their neural pathways for connection. Amy also has a private practice in Lexington, MA, that specializes in relational psychopharmacology and therapy for people who suffer from chronic disconnection.

Christy Daly
is Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Ms. Daly has dedicated the past 17 years to improving the lives of at-risk children.  She has played an integral role in the aggressive reform of juvenile justice under Florida Governor Rick Scott since 2011. During this administration, delinquency has dropped to the lowest level in 30 years through the implementation of the Roadmap to System Excellence. Prior to joining DJJ, Ms. Daly worked in various positions at the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, where she led the statewide implementation of the renowned Safe Place program.

Barbara Guthrie, RN, PhD, FAAN is the Professor and Director of PhD program at Northeastern University School of Nursing. Dr. Guthrie’s combined research and health activism has afforded her the privilege of working in concert with adolescent girls, from diverse ethnic, social class, and environmental contexts, to identify, to research, and to design ethnic and gender-responsive health promotion programs. She also has been the Principal Investigator of a 5 year NIMH funded educational research program that focuses on mentoring underrepresented  post doc fellows and junior faculty in community-based approach to HIV prevention in underserved communities.

Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., is the Katherine Stone Kaufmann Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and a Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College. She is the author of two groundbreaking books in the field of womanist studies, namely, The Womanist Reader (2006) and The Womanist Idea (2012), and she is currently working on a third, Womanism Rising (2016, anticipated).  Dr. Maparyan has published over 30 journal articles and book chapters in women’s studies, Africana studies, sexuality studies, and psychology.

Workshop Schedule & Presenters


Track 1: Girl- Centered Practice

Girl-Centered Practice Curriculum The Girl-Centered Practice is an innovative training  and  is designed to translate research into practical application of policies, processes, programs and services that are girl-centered. This training introduces professionals to the core concepts, theories and practical interventions that promote a girl-centered culture. It will challenge staffs’ thinking about the importance of their relationships and interactions with girls and young women. The goal is to encourage professionals to be deliberate and strategic in engaging girls and young women as equal partners in creation and delivery of services. This session will provide techniques and explore why several concepts such as: Values Matter, Safety Matters, Identity Matters, Relationship Matters, Body Matters, Emotions Matter and more.
Lawanda Ravoira, DPA Dr. Ravoira serves as president and COE and promotes the Policy Center’s mission of advancing the rights of girls and young women, especially those in the juvenile justice and child protection systems.  She brings 25 years of experience that includes providing direct services to marginalized youth in both residential and community based settings, leading reform initiatives, research, training, policy development, community organizing and advocacy.   She holds a doctorate degree in Public Administration  from Nova University, a master’s degree in Allied Health from the University of North Florida and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston.
Inderjit (Vicky) Basra, LMSW  Vicky Basra is a Licensed Master of Social Work and has over 20 years of non-profit leadership experience with expertise in girl-centered practice, group therapy, facilitating professional trainings/workshops, community building and program development. Through her work at Vanderbilt University and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center she has an extensive background in developing model programs. Vicky utilizes her rich therapeutic and programming history with all age groups to ensure policies and treatments are facilitated through a girl responsive, cultural informed and trauma focused lens.
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Introduction to SAVVY Sister The foundation of any girls program must be the commitment to creating and sustaining a girl-centered culture that celebrates and values girls and young women. Many times, once the foundation is laid, organizations are then faced with the development and implementation of a program model. The SAVVY Sister program model is a practical application that translates research to programming. It includes the voices of girls and what they have defined as important areas in their lives. This program model focuses on girl’s protective factors within a girl-centered program environment. The curriculum is intended to increase knowledge and skills to address girl’s lived experiences. It provides a framework that promotes safety and encourages girls to increase their knowledge and awareness, explore personal and societal values, identify and build skills and acquire a mastery of these skills. Through this training, participants will learn the philosophies and components that make this model program girl-centered as well as see practical applications of the model.
Inderjit (Vicky) Basra, LMSW (see Girl-Centered Practice Curriculum)
Jenna Kramer, RCSWI
Jenna, a registered clinical social work intern, is the mental health professional for the Girl Matters: Giving Girls a Voice program.  She provides individual and family therapy to girls and young women.  She also facilitates the girl-specific, strength-based groups (SAVVY Sisters) at the Policy Center and at the Duval Regional Juvenile Detention Center.   Jenna received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University.

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The Power of Healthy Connection: Rewire Your Brain for Stronger Relationships  The power of healthy connection often goes unseen in a culture that values separation and individuation as signs of real maturity.  However, developing rich, interconnected networks of friends and colleagues not only improves your mental health, but your physical health as well.  This talk will introduce attendees to relational neuroscience and the C.A.R.E Program (featured in Dr. Banks’ new book, Four Ways to Click: Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships) which helps people use their brains to improve their relationships
Neuroscience Can Change Girls’ Lives  Bring your questions and comments to a more intimate discussion with Amy Banks about the power of building strong interconnected communities for girls.
Amy Banks, MD, has devoted her career to understanding the neurobiology of relationships. In addition to her work at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), she was an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is the first person to bring relational-cultural theory together with neuroscience and is the foremost expert in the combined field. Amy is the creator of the C.A.R.E. Program, an easy to use, practical guide that helps clinicians and laypeople assess the quality of their relationships and strengthen their neural pathways for connection. Amy also has a private practice in Lexington, MA, that specializes in relational psychopharmacology and therapy for people who suffer from chronic disconnection.
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“See Me Now” A Practical Guide to Working with Girls Who Have Experienced Trauma and Sex Trafficking   (Parts 1 and 2*) Trauma informed care has been tossed around the last decade, but do we truly have trauma informed programs for girls.  This workshop is designed to explore further how trauma informed practices need to guide how we respond to girls including those who have been sex trafficked. This session is a sample of a 2 day training designed to look through the lens of girls centered practice at re-traumatization, under diagnosis of PTSD, culturally competent environment, practical interventions and the essentials of support to the care giver.  *NOTE: Participation in Part 1 is required attendance for Part 2
Connie A. Rose is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and domestic violence. Over 16 years of the abuse was at the hands of her serial, sex offender father. Her life’s mission is to help other survivors on their paths to recovery.   “Survivors are a vital part of the solution, bringing a face and a voice to the statistics of victims, johns, traffickers and predators”. Connie is the Director of Survivor Programming and Prevention for Selah Freedom, a nonprofit organization committed to confronting the issue of human trafficking throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Debbie Moroney, ACSW is a long-time advocate for women’s and girl’s issues.  She has over 30 years of experience working in leadership positions in not for profit organizations.  She majored in Social Work at Florida State University and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver.  She was an administrator of domestic violence programs in Virginia and Hawaii.  She has worked the majority of her career in leadership roles with PACE Center for Girls, Inc. a prevention program for girls at risk or involved in the juvenile justice system.
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Play Therapy Why Play Therapy? Children have a limited verbal ability to communicate what they think and feel about the world. Instead, young children share and process emotionally significant experiences though play. Play is their language. Play therapy is a respectful and developmentally appropriate way of helping young children. It is uniquely effective because it requires the therapist to go to the child’s most natural form of communication, instead of asking the child to come to ours. In this training, participants will gain an understanding of the therapeutic power of play. They will learn specific skills used by play therapists to develop therapeutic relationships, resolve behavioral challenges, and respond to the emotional needs of children.

Presenter Anna L. Farrin, LCSW In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anna is a Registered Play Therapist. She has treated children with a wide range of social, emotional, and behavioral problems in a variety of settings including outpatient, early intervention, residential treatment, foster care, and most recently in the day treatment program in Duval County Public Schools. Anna has provided trainings for parents of young children, local agencies, teachers, therapists, pediatricians, graduate students, and foster parents. She has a client-centered approach to working with young children, and especially enjoys strengthening parent-child relationships through the language of play. Anna opened The Healing Playroom, PLLC to provide play therapy for young children and the grown-ups who love them.

Track 2: Research to Activism

Pathways Research, Breaking New Ground This workshop will highlight the findings of the girl-centered research inquiry with 32 girls incarcerated from the local First Coast community. Girls shared common life experiences, service provision, who they felt supported by and recommendations for improving education, child protection and juvenile justice systems. With the voice of girls at the center, the findings inform prevention and intervention efforts at all points along the continuum to transform the communities’ response to girls.
Vanessa Patino Lydia is Vice President of Research and Planning at the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and brings 15 years’ experience in juvenile justice with a focus on the impact of system policies and practices on girls’ trajectories. Previously, Patino Lydia managed national and statewide research projects as a senior researcher at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. She has her master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University.
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The Road Less Traveled   An  intersectional  exploration of the determinants of health disparities,  relevant health/other policies, and their influence on adolescent girls of color’s health.
The workshop provides the opportunity to learn from one of the foremost experts in the country on the intersectionality of early sexual engagement, ethnicity, gender, and substance use among girls of color from diverse contexts.  This workshop will challenge participants to go beyond focusing on girls to understanding how health disparities impact girls of color.  Learn specific strategies to bridge the health care gaps and improve outcomes for girls and young women.

Barbara Guthrie, RN, PhD, FAAN is the Professor and Director of PhD program at Northeastern University School of Nursing. Dr. Guthrie’s combined research and health activism has afforded her the privilege of working in concert with adolescent girls, from diverse ethnic, social class, and environmental contexts, to identify, to research, and to design ethnic and gender-responsive health promotion programs. She also has been the Principal Investigator of a 5 year NIMH funded educational research program that focuses on mentoring underrepresented  post doc fellows and junior faculty in community-based approach to HIV prevention in underserved communities.
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Clinton Foundation  The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) works to improve the health and well-being of all people by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. Our goals are to reduce the prevalence of preventable health outcomes, alleviate health inequities and disparities, and reduce health care costs by improving access to key health resources for all people.  The workshop provides the opportunity to learn more about the research and exciting initiative locally and from around the country.
Ashley Smith Juarez currently serves as the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Regional Director for Northeast Florida. Prior to joining The Foundation, Ashley served as the Executive Director of The Chartrand Foundation, a family foundation committed to expanding opportunities and excellence in Early Childhood through grade 12 public education.  Ashley has a background in teaching and dropout prevention including work in public and independent schools.
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Team Girl: Taking Advocacy to the Next Level This workshop introduces an emerging multi-generational advocacy network and public education campaign for girls in Florida. Building on the successes and lessons learned from the past, Team Girl is focused on removing barriers that prevent girls from becoming successful, productive women. Numerous studies show girls are the greatest force for change in our society, however Florida’s systems, policies and practices need to catch up with girls’ potential. Participants will learn about Team Girl and what they can do to address the pathways girls take into the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Specific attention will be given to services for recovered victims of sex trafficking and improvements to Florida’s juvenile record laws.  Youthful mistakes must remain in girls’ past and not haunt their future. We have great plans for our future — you won’t want to miss this highly informative seminar!
Linda Alexionok, former banker and teacher, serves as the chief lobbyist for The Children’s Campaign, a statewide advocacy organization for children. Alexionok has guided efforts to secure bipartisan sponsors for legislation implementing high-quality pre-kindergarten programs in Florida. Alexionok also serves on several councils including: Family Economic Success, Child Welfare and Health Policy Advisory.
Roy Miller, founder and president of The Children’s Campaign, is the state’s top watchdog for children, an insightful political strategist and determined lobbyist.  In 2014, his legislative strategy changed the conversation about the treatment of child sex trafficking victims, resulting in preserving the original mission of the Safe Harbor Act.  His previous work includes building a direct service agency for children and families and political consulting.
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The Sexualization of Girls and Women: Lived Experiences of Marginalized Populations
This workshop explores the dangerous effects of sexualization on girls and women, especially for those who are the most socially marginalized and excluded. Dr. Jennifer Wesely, a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida, will discuss her research on sexualization, especially how it affects those who are most at-risk, including sex workers, homeless women, and women offenders. How do we stop failing these girls and women? Part of the conversation will consider prevention, intervention, and activism.

Dr. Jennifer K. Wesely is a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Justice Studies at Arizona State University and joined UNF in 2004. Her research focuses on marginalized groups of women in society, including sex workers, homeless women, and women ex-offenders. Dr. Wesely has written two books, Hard Lives, Mean Streets: Violence in the Lives of Homeless Women (2010), and Being Female: The Continuum of Sexualization (2012), as well as over 15 book chapters and articles.

Track 3: Wellness through the Healing Arts

Healing from the Inside Out – Practical Poetry Therapy Utilizing art and poetry therapy techniques is an effective tool to connect and engage girls. This interactive session will provide practical strategies for you to take back to your organization. You will walk away with ideas that can be immediately implemented with no expense. Even if you think you don’t like poetry…we promise, you will be left wanting more!
Steffani Hendricks Fletcher is a Jacksonville native who is dedicated to meeting the social, academic and wellness needs of underserved populations in North Florida.  She has 22 years of teaching and administrative experience with Duval County Public Schools. Mrs. Fletcher founded Hope at Hand in 2009 and has created art and poetry therapy programming for 17 social service/education venues in the North Florida area.
Stephanie Durham is a Language Arts Coach at John E. Ford K-8 in Jacksonville, Florida. She has earned her master’s degree in Montessori Education and will soon begin pursuing a second master’s in Art Therapy.  As an integral member of the Hope at Hand team, she utilizes her knowledge of different learning styles to create original sessions to foster independence, healing through poetry, reading, and writing.
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An Introduction to Yoga & Mindful Breathing  Much of the stress we encounter in our daily lives is stored in our bodies. As a means to escape the discomfort this presents, we as humans have become well skilled at avoiding sensation. We have become disembodied and anxious and detached. Yoga, coupled with mindful breathing, is a vehicle back into the refuge of our bodies. The practice combines a series of energizing physical postures with concentration, focused breathing, mindful living and meditation. Its roots are in living non-violently, truthfully, honestly, moderately and in letting go. Its branches grow into the practice of acceptance, zeal, cleanliness, self-study, and surrender to God. It is the practice of being present, living consciously, quieting the mind and opening to our own vulnerability – all of which really means opening to grace, to the place where true connection happens – where we begin to see ourselves in each other. This session will involve an introduction to mindful breathing, a gentle flow of yoga postures with emphasis on embodied movement, and will end with a guided relaxation. Please bring a blanket or mat.
Managing Stress Through Mindfulness & Movement This workshop will focus on equipping you with a couple of very practical and useful skills to begin to manage life with less stress and more calm. When we can reach a place of calm and more clarity, then we can enjoy the feeling and quality of those states and offer that calm and clarity to others. Together, we will be introduced to and learn a bit of mindfulness. Mindfulness, as a skill set, has been practiced by those looking for contentment, calm and clarity for over 2,500 years! When we practice the skills of mindfulness, we learn, over time and with practice, to hold our attention in the present moment more skillfully. We become more curious, more open and more accepting, even when our experience in the present moment is less than pleasant! Mindfulness training teaches us to be keenly aware of the present moment, acknowledging and accepting the realities of the moment, without getting tangled up in unhelpful thoughts, reactions, judgments, criticisms or evaluations. We will move and laugh and breathe and be quiet and rest. It will be a wonderful time together!
Bethany Crawley Since 2002, Bethany has been cultivating a personal mindfulness and self-awareness practice. In 2011, Bethany began teaching mindfulness and self-awareness skills to individuals on a one-to-one basis, including mindfulness of the body, senses, feelings and thoughts, supporting emotional and attentional regulation to cultivate well-being and self-care. She is certified as a Mindfulness for Professionals Facilitator, has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 13 years and co-founded Lotus Yoga in 2008, where she regularly teaches yoga and conducts mindfulness trainings.
Bonnie Currie has been practicing law for close to 20 years and yoga for 13. In 2008, she reduced her hours at the law firm to open Lotus Yoga, a Vinyasa Flow yoga studio in Riverside/Avondale, which she co-founded with her good friend and fellow lawyer/yogi, Bethany Crawley. Bonnie maintains a daily practice of yoga and mindfulness and believes in the power of yoga as a process to develop self-awareness, strengthen the body, cultivate balance and transcend boundaries. For more information, email Bonnie at bonnie@lotusyogajax.com.

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Narrative Storytelling This creative workshop will engage participants to practice reflective writing and recognize the wisdom in her/his stories. Words have the power to change everything. Unpack and reframe your stories to drive positive actions for desired change. Be on a learning journey in leading your own personal growth as you gain practical techniques to share stories that change lives and communities.
Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams runs Narratives for Change, a business using storytelling to cultivate and preserve women’s personal and leadership narratives. She writes women’s personal and business histories, leads creative writing workshops, and uses a narrative-storytelling approach to developing leaders. Yvette is a teaching-artist of poetry, memoir and essay. She writes articles and poems in business and artistic publications.
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Breathwork This intimate training will help to transform your life as you bring inner stillness into all aspects of your life. You will learn ways to custom tailor the experience to your specific goals and needs. By attending this training, you will be able to integrate the mind, body and spirit component of your wellness journey.
Heather Fisse-Repole, LMHC, LMT, RYT, MS Heather has tremendous insight on wellness as well as an appreciation and understanding that a holistic view of individuals served promotes the greatest benefits to them and their therapy. Her massage therapy not only impacts the physical body through the use of modalities like neuromuscular therapy, trigger point work, and myofascial release by removing physiological tensions, restrictions, and imbalances but it also has a tremendous impact on the psychological and emotional bodies by increasing one’s awareness about self and the value of self-care.
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Mandala Journaling  In this training you will think in unfamiliar ways so that your life can become more abundant. Techniques will be provided to take steps towards healing and processing emotional pain through art and written journaling. Participants will understand how to become emotionally allowing of good things and use creativity to heal the past while deliberate creation to heal present moments and future.
Melissa Ross L.P.C. Melissa is a LPC in private practice at Williamsburg Center for Therapy, working with individuals, families, and couples providing them a safe place to learn and grow. She works with those struggling with mood disorders, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, self-esteem, substance abuse, gender-related issues, and personal growth. She is a preferred provider for students at William and Mary, conducts lectures on mindfulness, and is trained in EMDR and MARI assessments. Originally from Rhode Island, she received her MA in community agency counseling from Hampton University, and is a US Air Force Veteran.
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Living in Our Right Minds- Freeing Your Creative Genius Join Tayloe McDonald, activist and artist, for space to free your creativity and increase the mental state of flow that leads to innovation. These simple but powerful techniques and methods are grounded in hard science and infused with play. During this two hour workshop, participants will learn:
– Why you don’t have to be an artist to think like one.
– Why “Inside the Box” is the best place for innovative thinking.
– How the neuroscience of gambling and the psychology of play can ignite your unique creative expression.
Opportunities to experiment with various art mediums and techniques in an environment both playful and encouraging will be offered. No previous experience drawing stick figures required.

Tayloe McDonald is fascinated by the burgeoning field of neuroasethetics – the study of the neural processes involved in experiencing art. Her research in the field led to the development of the SPARC method, a creative defining tool based on the experimental process that randomly assigns constraints within which to explore mediums and concepts.  Prior to joining the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center as Director of Strategic Planning and Public Affairs, Tayloe painted professionally as a landscape and portrait artist and founded ArtSparcs, a company that delivers art-based products and programs to exercise the mind.  She graduated with high honors from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an emphasis in development psychobiology.

 

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