2016 Summit Workshops

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Note: Workshops in gray are full.


When Love Goes Wrong
Amy Banks, MD
Interpersonal violence remains an epidemic in our society and continues to have a devastating impact on women and girls. This workshop will help participants understand the consequences of trauma and abuse, looking through a double lens of relational-cultural theory and relational neuroscience. Participants will learn the neurobiology of trauma and PTSD and why close, healing relationships can be so difficult to form with women who have been abused.


Health Disparities with Focus on Girls & Women of Color Impacted by Human Trafficking, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice & Best Practice Methods
Barbara Guthrie, RN, PhD, FAAN

Although there has been a steady decrease in the number of girls who either come in contact or are within the juvenile justice system, the disproportionate number of girls of color remains constant. The U. S. Census Bureau (2015) projects that between 2014 and 2060, the population of ethnic minorities alone will increase from 42 million to 60 million. Coupled with this, is the even more startling projection that by 2060, 64 percent of the children 18 years and under will belong to one or more ethnic minority group compared with 56 percent for the total population. These projections strongly point to the need to continue fanning the flame related to addressing the disparate and unique needs of girls of color both within and outside the juvenile Justice system. One of the first and most important steps needed is to de-aggregate the category labeled girls of color into subpopulations who possess unique ethnic and cultural characteristics, needs, and issues. This is critical, in that de-aggregation will enable the development of uniquely tailored physical, mental, social, educational needs and resources related strategies that will have the potential to decrease the disproportionate number of girls of color who come in contact with the juvenile justice system. By the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to:
1). Understand the importance of de-aggregation of girls of color category.
2). Understand how gender, race, ethnicity & where girls live, play & are educated shape girls’ likelihood of coming in contact with the Juvenile justice system.
3). Identify strategies that have the potential to address the unique and similar needs, problems & solutions of the de-aggregated subpopulation of girls of color across the juvenile justice system’s continuum (prevention –incarceration-reentry).


This Is Ours
Elizabeth Brown Eagle & Elizabeth Titone
This international workshop combines digital photography, storytelling and illustrations to communicate personal knowledge about one’s local environment. The power of his highly sought programming is that participants engage in the exploration of different environments, discovering the similarities that tie us together globally, while celebrating first-hand what makes us unique. Participants are empowered to apply the power with model which places all individuals on an equal platform, setting aside titles and socioeconomic factors. Individuals explore past, present and future human relationships with their surroundings while analyzing and realizing cause and effect relationships.


Mapping the School Pushout of Black Girls: Tools to Shift the Narrative
Aishatu Yusuf

Black girls disproportionately experience school-based exclusionary discipline–including suspensions, expulsions, and arrest– as well as other conditions that place them at risk of criminalization. In this session, participants will learn about an emerging framework by which to map and explore the multiple factors that contribute to the school pushout of Black girls. Participants in this session will also begin to prepare for Session 2: “Countering the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” by reviewing a response-planning rubric designed to repair the relationship between schools and Black girls most as risk of school pushout.


Countering the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools: A Strategy Session
Aishatu Yusuf

For girls, education is a critical protective factor against contact with the criminal and juvenile legal systems. This session continues the discussion from “Mapping the School Pushout of Black Girls” by focusing exclusively on solutions. In this session, participants will learn about healing-informed and developmentally appropriate strategies to reduce school pushout and criminalization among Black girls. Participants will also work together and in small groups to explore promising gender responsive and culturally competent models for the development of collective responses to the school pushout of Black girls.


Engaging Men & Boys in the Movement to Prevent Violence Against Women & Girls
Rus Funk

This workshop discusses the global movement many people are taking to reach out to boys and men to influence their behavior while respecting girls and women. Participants will understand what healthy relationships and health communication look like, obtain skills and knowledge for modeling respectful behavior with other men and boys along with learning “Responsible bystander” skills and behavior. Mr. Funk will discuss the importance of partnerships and share skills for becoming a leader in your community or in your workplace to create programs and policies that positively impact behaviors and attitudes. Additionally, effective campaign strategies and messages that have proven to create sustainable changes in communities by changing the norms that allow domestic violence to occur will be discussed.


Psychological Coercion/Sexual Abuse Survivors
Dr. Paola M. Contreras
This workshop is to discuss historical and current challenges sexual abuse survivors face navigating through severe and constant abuse. This workshop highlights innumerable issues which are seldom addressed by professionals and decision makers, as well as opens up dialogue on significant issues, highlights international approaches offered and experiential recommendations for working with survivors while increasing understanding of complex processes they are going through.


Therapeutic Techniques to Address the Effects of Psychological Coercion
Dr. Paola M. Contreras
This workshop provides training for therapists and those providing direct help for treatment of human trafficking survivors. Professional awareness will increase regarding their ability to recognize potential survivors and perform field crisis interventions, as well as understand the importance of long-term psychotherapy to human trafficking survivors. Dr. Contreras offers explanations and recommends proven techniques used.


Raising Your Advocacy and Political IQ: Bridging Social Science & Political Science
Dr. Lawanda Ravoira & Roy Miller
This highly interactive workshop covers the nuts and bolts of advocacy. Participants will learn the value of public opinion polling and how this information informs strategies used to achieve legislative victory. The presentation will walk participants through a “real life” advocacy scenario that led to huge victories for children. Additionally, participants will learn that advocacy can be a key element of your work, one that can make all of your work more effective.


The Power of Girl-Centered Inquiry: See the Research
Vanessa Patino, Nekea Sanders & Blythe Zayets
This workshop will provide an overview of what the Policy Center is learning from exploratory research with girls, insights and feedback from girls participating in services across the juvenile justice continuum, and from our monitoring of local and statewide data trends. The workshop will raise dialogue about the implications of these findings for teachers, counselors, therapists, juvenile justice professionals, health professionals, court staff, law enforcement, policymakers, funders, concerned citizens, researchers, and the media.


Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 5U79SM059939-06  from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.




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