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Meet the Need sessions

Meet the Need 2024 offers a variety of breakout and keynote sessions for adoptive families, adoption professionals, and clinicians.

DAY 1 December 5

8am-9:15am

check in/breakfast

9:15am-10am

Connecting Keynote session

Defining Success and the Foundation of Fun Melissa Corkum

Connecting breakout sessions

10:15am-11:15am

Reframing Parental Resistance: Understanding the Neuroscience of Blocked care 

Speaker: Kristin Rich LPC

Audience: Professionals, Clinicians

As providers dedicated to aiding children from challenging backgrounds, we often engage with parents who might conventionally be deemed "resistant" or "burnt out," which can, in turn, elicit frustration within us. Embracing a fresh perspective on how we perceive and meet the needs of these parents can ultimately result in improved outcomes for all parties involved.

Blocked Care: What to Do When You Run Out of Compassion

Speaker: Melissa Corkum

Audience: Adoptive Families

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Cultivating Confidence: When Insecurity Impacts Your Identity

Speaker: Kayla Moffit

Audience: Adoptive Families

Have you ever found yourself struggling with feelings of jealousy towards your child's biological parents? Or maybe you've felt inadequate in your role as a parent to a child who has lived years of life without you? You're not alone. Join Kayla for a comprehensive, interactive session that dives into recognizing foster/adoptive parent insecurities, discussing common ones such as comparison of biological family, fear of rejection, feelings of inadequacy, and more, while exploring strategies on how to conquer our self-doubt, allowing us to ultimately build confidence in our role as parents.

What are you bringing to the table? How Mindfulness and Self-Worth Impacts Parenting

Speaker: Pam & Trent Taylor

Audience: Adoptive Families

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Play and Connection from a Polyvagal Theory and OT lens
 

Speaker: Danielle Dillard OTR/OTD

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals, Clinicians

The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation By Deb Dana Sensory Integration and the Child by Jean Ayres The Connected Therapist by Marti Smith,OTR Sensory Healing after Developmental Trauma by Marti Smith, OTR The Connected Parent

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Individualized Parenting

Speaker: Nicholas Lee LPC

Audience: Clinicians

Have you ever found yourself struggling with feelings of jealousy towards your child's biological parents? Or maybe you've felt inadequate in your role as a parent to a child who has lived years of life without you? You're not alone. Join Kayla for a comprehensive, interactive session that dives into recognizing foster/adoptive parent insecurities, discussing common ones such as comparison of biological family, fear of rejection, feelings of inadequacy, and more, while exploring strategies on how to conquer our self-doubt, allowing us to ultimately build confidence in our role as parents.

TBRI® 101 for Adoption Professionals

Speaker: Tana Dukes LMSW

Audience: Professionals

Professionals will learn an overview of the "Connecting" Principle of TBRI®. TBRI® 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.

Cultivating Compassionate Connections: A Guide for Caregivers and Professionals

Speaker: Kristen Hubbard and Jacqui (Abrams) Williams

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals

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What to do While Waiting
for a Match

Speaker: SCDSS Adoptions & Shelby

Audience: Adoptive Families

Flourishing Families and DSS are partnering to provide insight on practical tips to prepare for receiving placement. Learn more about opportunities to connect with other families, getting your feet wet with short term placements, and steps towards understanding how trauma will impact your family. Grow in competence and confidence so that when a child is placed with you, you're ready!

lunch break

11:15am-12pm

Grab lunch and explore the exhibit hall!

12pm-12:45pm

Empowering Keynote session

Empowering: Her story and Empowering Principles Kayla Moffitt

Empowering breakout sessions

1pm-2pm

Sensory Processing
Disorder Simplified

Speaker: Connie Oneill OTRL

Audience: Adoptive Families, Clinicians

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) has become a term used commonly in conversations among professionals and parents. Terms like proprioception, heavy-work, and low registration are frequently being used. But what do they really mean for our kids and families? Let's erase the fancy words and get down to the nitty gritty of what SPD is and what we can do for our kids who are experiencing symptoms.

Wired to Rhythms: Using Rhythmic Body-based Activities for Connection and Regulation

Speaker: Keith Bailey PhD

Audience: Clinicians

Our brains and bodies develop to rhythmic and body-based sensory information. We will explore the science that supports the use of rhythmic activities and relationships for connection and regulation and how we can help caregivers and communities intentionally incorporate these into daily routines and programs.

DSS 101: Things Adoptive Families Should Know

Speaker: DSS Adoptions

Audience: Adoptive Families

Have you ever found yourself struggling with feelings of jealousy towards your child's biological parents? Or maybe you've felt inadequate in your role as a parent to a child who has lived years of life without you? You're not alone. Join Kayla for a comprehensive, interactive session that dives into recognizing foster/adoptive parent insecurities, discussing common ones such as comparison of biological family, fear of rejection, feelings of inadequacy, and more, while exploring strategies on how to conquer our self-doubt, allowing us to ultimately build confidence in our role as parents.

Being a Secure Base for
Your Family

Speaker: Rebecca Moore

Audience: Professionals, Clinicians

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Visual Vestibular Auditory Triad

Speaker: Danielle Dillard OTR/OTD

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals, Clinicians

These 3 seemingly separate systems are interconnected impacting attention, emotional regulation, and connection. This is a very quick and packed dive into the 3 systems, how they are connected, and what you as caregivers and practitioners can do!

Transracial Adoption: Empowering Your Child's Racial Identity

Speaker: Kayla Moffit

Audience: Adoptive Families

Have you ever found yourself struggling with feelings of jealousy towards your child's biological parents? Or maybe you've felt inadequate in your role as a parent to a child who has lived years of life without you? You're not alone. Join Kayla for a comprehensive, interactive session that dives into recognizing foster/adoptive parent insecurities, discussing common ones such as comparison of biological family, fear of rejection, feelings of inadequacy, and more, while exploring strategies on how to conquer our self-doubt, allowing us to ultimately build confidence in our role as parents.

Empowering Families Affected by Parental Incarcerations

Speaker: Jennifer Jones

Audience: Adoptive Families,  Professionals

Join us for an in-depth exploration of effective strategies aimed at empowering families affected by the challenges of parental incarceration. This session will provide participants with valuable insights into fostering resilient family environments and implementing approaches that promote positive outcomes for both children and caregivers.

The Importance of Collaborative Care: How to Best Meet the Needs of Kids and Families

Speaker: Laura Crawford LMSW

Audience: Professionals, Clinicians

I will delve into the key aspects of teamwork, communication, and coordination among professionals from various disciplines to create a holistic approach that meets the unique needs of these vulnerable populations. Gain valuable insights, real-life examples, and practical strategies to enhance your understanding of the challenges and rewards of working together to ensure the well-being and success of kids and families in these critical situations.

Big Diagnoses and the Effect on the Family

Speaker: Brittany Clow LISW CP/S

Audience: Adoptive Families, Clinicians, Professionals

Have you ever found yourself struggling with feelings of jealousy towards your child's biological parents? Or maybe you've felt inadequate in your role as a parent to a child who has lived years of life without you? You're not alone. Join Kayla for a comprehensive, interactive session that dives into recognizing foster/adoptive parent insecurities, discussing common ones such as comparison of biological family, fear of rejection, feelings of inadequacy, and more, while exploring strategies on how to conquer our self-doubt, allowing us to ultimately build confidence in our role as parents.

2:15pm-3pm

correcting Keynote session

Building Resilience: Ways to Help Children Rebuild Healthy Connections and Self-Perceptions After Trauma, Allowing Them to Thrive, Not Just Survive Allison Cooke Douglas

correcting breakout sessions

3:15pm-4:15pm

Challenging the Mindset
on Discipline

Speaker: Paula Boyd MA

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals, Clinicians

With so much information available on parenting, how is a parent supposed to know what is best for their child? The key is connection and knowing your child. By looking through the lens of attachment, we can support their developing brains in ways that promote healthy growth and relationship.

Into The Light - Hope For Healing From Sexual Abuse

Speaker: Pam & Trent Taylor

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals

The topic of sexual abuse is often avoided, but is perhaps one of the most significant issues being faced by many of our vulnerable children. During this workshop, you will hear from adoptee, Trent Taylor, and his adoptive mom, Pam Taylor. This workshop will provide an informative and candid discussion of the realities of healing from sexual abuse.

Treatment of Attachment Trauma for the Adoptee

Speaker: Brittany Clow LISW CP/S

Audience: Professionals, Clinicians

Have you ever found yourself struggling with feelings of jealousy towards your child's biological parents? Or maybe you've felt inadequate in your role as a parent to a child who has lived years of life without you? You're not alone. Join Kayla for a comprehensive, interactive session that dives into recognizing foster/adoptive parent insecurities, discussing common ones such as comparison of biological family, fear of rejection, feelings of inadequacy, and more, while exploring strategies on how to conquer our self-doubt, allowing us to ultimately build confidence in our role as parents.

Staying Energized to Ride the Waves of the Foster Care and Adoption Ocean of Emotions

Speaker: Abby Crooks

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals

It’s going to take very focused effort and purposeful action for us to stay in the “ocean of emotion” that is foster care and adoption and to be ready to fight for the long-term health of our children, our families, and ourselves. The stakes are high for vulnerable children who need us. Together, we will evaluate the impact of foster care and adoption on our emotional and physical health; consider the expectations we have for working with wounded children; and strategize about how we can show up fully for children who’ve been hurt.

Repair is More Important
Than Rupture

Speaker: Kristin Rich LPC

Audience: Adoptive Families, Clinicians

Cracks and fractures are inevitable in relationships, but when they occur with a child from a hard place, they can seem insurmountable. This often leaves caregivers, clinicians, and support networks of these children feeling pressured to maintain an unrealistic level of perfection or contemplate surrender. Neuroscience highlights that ruptures are crucial in human development and are not detrimental when they incorporate a vital element: REPAIR.

Generational Trauma: How Do We Build Resilience?

Speaker: Elaine Swain PhD

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals, Clinicians

Generational trauma affects individuals, groups, and communities. We will define what generational trauma using cultural humility, its impact, and how we can build resilient families and communities.

Where It All Begins: Understanding Trauma and How to Break the Cycle

Speaker: Karen Beaman

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals, Clinicians

Explore trauma and recognize the impact of experiences in our children and ourselves. This session will explore how our responses show up and how we can take control and begin healing. This results in understanding that we can be a source of resilience, and provide safe and engaging spaces for all.

Supporting the Youth with Complex Needs

Speaker: Jennifer Hawes MSW

Audience: Professionals, Clinicians

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Trauma & Neuro Informed De-Escalation Techniques

Speaker: Keith Bailey PhD

Audience: Adoptive Families, Professionals

As we understand how the brain and body works when there is stress and fear, we can begin to incorporate trauma-sensitive and neuro-informed techniques to co-regulate and de-escalate children in crisis situations. The Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) curriculum from Cornell University will be used as the basis for this approach.

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