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2022 Breakout Sessions

Power of Play as a Tool to Heal Trauma

Breakout Session #1
Janeece Warfield, Professor, Wright State University School of Professional Psychology
While we know very well that young children learn through play, sometimes we miss the opportunity to use play as a way to heal trauma. Hear an overview of how play can be used with very young children from birth to age five and their families to help build strong connections and create safe places for children to thrive.



Self-Regulation and Nature Connections Inspired With Music

Breakout Session #2

Luke Graner, Rhythm Coach & Regulation Consultant, Be Rhythmic 
Doug Horvath, Outdoor Education Coordinator and Naturalist, Five Rivers MetroParks

Join us in grounding ourselves with rhythms and explore simple ways to make sounds that connect us with the world, before going together on an adventurous musical ramble inspired by nature. Let's explore how sounds can let children explore and regulate themselves. Please bring a few three-inch blades of grass, some spoons and your other favorite rhythm instruments or good drumming items and a sense of humor and adventure. It will be fun.

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Honoring Children’s Voices: Story Dictation and Dramatization

Breakout Session #3
Jennifer Adams, Ph.D., Wren Works Consulting
Honor the voices of young children by capturing their words on paper. Then, support language development and prioritize social and emotional growth by dramatizing the stories as a learning community. Story Dictation and Dramatization is a powerful trauma-sensitive literacy and language practice. In this session we will discuss the theory supporting this emergent literacy practice and share practical wisdom about implementing a sustainable routine.


Storytelling 101

Breakout Session #4
Bridget Flaherty, LORE Storytelling
Te’Jal Cartwright, What’s the Biz
Te'Jal will share a story and then Bridget will explain the brain science behind stories, how to craft a story using the story arc, and five major story components. Then participants break into pairs and share a story with one another with an exercise called "The Pair Share."

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Conscious Discipline, the Brain, and the Stories

Breakout Session #5
Anita Craighead, Conscious Discipline and Curriculum Coaching Specialist, Preschool Promise
Participants will discuss how to help children develop more positive stories by taking Dr. Perry's research and putting it into classroom practice through the use of Conscious Discipline's powers, skills and structures. Practical Conscious Discipline strategies, interconnected with the Neurosequential brain model, will be shared to promote regulation and relationships in the Preschool classroom. Those who are newer to Conscious Discipline will probably find this session helpful.

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Resilience through Storytelling

Breakout Session #6
Grace Schoessow, MS, OIMHP-III, ECMH-C, Social Emotional Learning & Development, Director, Greene County Educational Service Center (GCESC)
John Kinsel, GCESC Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant and Reflective Supervisor
Lillian McCree, Family & Community Partnership Liaison, GCESC
“Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I'll believe. Tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” (Native American Proverb) Join us in exploring the power of storytelling to heal the heart and create connections essential for learning. Telling one’s story is a powerful reflective practice that informs the journey towards resilience and emotional wellness. In this session, you will experience the empowering process of claiming and telling one’s narrative and engage in practicing the sister power of listening, which enhances shared understanding and curiosity about personal and cultural identity. Leave feeling inspired to be an instrument of empowerment through the practice of storytelling.


Story Books to Help Children Cope

Breakout Session #7

Lindsay Green, Social Emotional Learning and Development Training Coordinator, Greene County Educational Service Center (GCESC)
Beth Smith, GCESC Early Childhood Mental Health Supervisor
Catherine Guimaraez, GCESC Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Kayla Hairston, GCESC Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
During this session, discover ways to use read-aloud storybooks and oral storytelling to help children identify their emotions in the process of coping with traumatic events. It can be intimidating for adults to help children work their way through complex emotions. As caregiving educators, we may worry that our words aren’t comforting or that our answers to questions could be re-traumatizing. The Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Team will share storybooks selected with care to begin deeper discussions as you learn the needs of children in your care and discuss strategies for creating the space and time to listen to stories. This session will inspire and equip you as the educator/listener to flip roles and provide safe and supportive opportunities for children to become the storyteller.


A New Model for Early Learning: Building Resilient Brains from the Inside Out

Breakout Session #8
Shannon Cox, Superintendent, Montgomery County Educational Services Center (MCESC)
Jessica Davies, Director of Social Emotional Learning Services, MCESC
Dave Paxton, Chief Clinical Officer, The Village Network
Learn how the Montgomery County Educational Service Center has partnered with Dr. Bruce Perry and the Neurosequential Network, and The Village Network, to create the first Neurosequential Model (NM) Preschool in the world. This unique early learning center is grounded in cutting-edge neuroscience to support the social, emotional and educational growth for our students, staff and families. The goal of NM is to educate staff, students and families in basic concepts of neurosequential development and then teach them how to apply this knowledge to the teaching and learning process. NM is not a specific “intervention;” it is a completely new way to educate school staff in how to effectively use that knowledge to change children’s life trajectories, especially those students with adverse childhood experiences.

Recommended Resources:
Neurosequential Network https://www.neurosequential.com/

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Trauma-informed Responses to Young Children

Breakout Session #9
Joy Miceli, Psychologist, Dayton Children's Hospital
Kari Bump, Mental Health Therapist, Dayton Children's Hospital Child Advocacy Center of Warren County
This session will focus on basic physiological responses of the young brain to trauma and how they manifest in young children physically, emotionally and behaviorally. Guidelines and strategies for responding to these behaviors will be discussed.


Trauma-Informed Care in Education

Breakout Session #10
Trey Clements, Education Department Instructor, Sinclair Community College
Lucy Salgado, Director, Bombeck Center, University of Dayton
Attendees will receive an overview of the Trauma-Informed Care in Education Certificate being offered at Sinclair Community College in the Fall 2022, and will be introduced to applicable trauma-informed approaches and practices for PreK-5 classrooms.

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Fostering Creativity

Breakout Session #11
Shon Curtis, Freelance Photographer, and Kathleen Houston, Parent and Educator
Participants in this breakout session will reimagine what efforts and skills are necessary to guide children through their creative processes, ultimately promoting positive academic experiences.


Grief & Grace

Breakout Session #12
Quanita Roberson, Founder, Nzuzu Consulting
In a time when we are all surrounded by grief, there is a need to learn more about what our personal relationship to grief is and how it affects the way we are able to be with ourselves, our students, our colleges and the larger community. Learning how to grieve well teaches us how to live well.

Recommended Resources: 
The Wild Edge of Sorrow, by Francis Weller


Music Therapy as a Healing Intervention

Breakout Sessions #13
Sarah Miller, Board Certified Music Therapist
Attendees will learn more about music therapy and the benefits of using music therapy with early learners. Specific applications of music therapy and how music therapy can support academic concepts will be discussed (developmental method), along with how music therapy can aid in the restoration of the learner (psychodynamic approach.)


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Child Mental Health, A Collective Obligation

Breakout Session #14
Robbie Brandon, RN, Executive Director, Sunlight Village, Inc.
This session will increase participants’ understanding of the importance of working collectively to address the mental health needs of our children and families, especially in underserved communities. We will explore mental illness versus mental health, the impact trauma has on children and families and the ways we can collectively encourage prevention and support healing.



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