Mental Health Symposium July 24th & 25th @ The Edgewood Resort - Alex Bay

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Join us for this two day regional symposium of school districts, mental health workers and support agencies. Local agencies and providers will be available to present and provide awareness.

Conference Registration is available at www.boces.com through the PPD Workshop Catalog. Lunch and Continental Breakfast Included

Anticipated Cost included in CoSER for Jefferson-Lewis BOCES & St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES Component School Districts $125 pp

Block Room Rates are available – Please contact Edgewood Resort at 315-482-9923

Keynote Speaker - Jennifer Nadler

Jennifer Nadler is an international motivational speaker, sexual assault survivor and advocate who speaks on installations of all branches of the military, at state, national & international conferences, on college and high school campuses and for community organizations.

Jennifer shares her very personal presentation in an effort to shed light on this dark topic and give hope not only to survivors, but to their allies, the community and our culture as a whole. She is a speaker’s bureau member for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, as well as for the Office for Victims of Crime. Jennifer is also on the Board of Directors at Vera House, Inc. She has received several honors of distinction including the 2016 “Exceptional Women of CNY Award” from New York State Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter, the 2015 “Visionary Voice Award” for New York State, made possible by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, and the “Makers: Women Who Make America Award” from WCNY. She has been featured in The Syracuse Post Standard, Today’s CNY Woman Magazine, Syracuse Woman Magazine and the television programs Cycle of Health and Insight. She is a professor of English as a Second Language at Onondaga Community College. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Le Moyne College, in Syracuse, NY, where she resides with her family.

Session List and Topics

Topics to Explore:

  • Social Emotional Curriculum
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Safe Zones
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide

Day One July 24, 2018

Session 1:

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Main Conference Room - Keynote Speaker and Lunch: Jennifer Nadler

Session 2:

1:15pm - 2:15pm

North Wing - Opiate/Heroin Epidemic:

Causes and Treatment Options

Agency: Credo Community Center

Presented by: James Scordo & Daniel Pisaniello

Gazebo - Trauma Informed Education:

The impacts of trauma and the possibility of re-traumatization can impact a young person's experience in the classroom. Understand the nature, range of experiences, and the impacts of trauma.

Agency: North Country Prenatal-Perinatal Council

Presented by: Anne Garno

Saloon - SLC Community Services Tool Kit

The “Tool Kit” is a collaboration amongst community partners designed to assist school districts with their students during times of crisis and/or need. Our goal is the optimum utilization of community resources and/or level of care to serve the needs of the students in your districts and, if possible, assist them being able to remain in their home and school environment safely.

Agency: St. Lawrence County Community Services

Presented by: Jay Ulrich and Lindsay Newviine

Session 3:

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Main Conference Room - Social Emotional Curriculum:

Learn how to teach young people emotional literacy skills, about the dynamics of anger, anxiety, happiness, and depression, and learn emotional safety.

Agency: Transitional Living Services of Northern New York

Presented by: Rodger Hicks

North Wing - How Peer Supports Can Improve Outcomes :

This workshop will focus on the variety of peer supports available to students and families in our community, including peers in the special education process, substance use recovery and youth with disabilities. Along the way, we will share personal stories and information about outcomes when peers are utilized to assist with supporting families.

Agency: Northern Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL)

Presented by: Christian Taylor, Jennifer Sibley & Trish O’Donnell

Gazebo - QPR Training:

Basic Suicide Preventon Training

Agency: Jefferson County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Presented by:Jaylynn Yuhas

Saloon - Skills and Knowledge of Opioid Overdoes Prevention:

This training teaches potential opioid overdoes witnesses and community members to understand, recognize, respond to and reverse opioid overdose using a Narcan Kit.

Agency: St. Lawrence County Chemical Dependency Services

Presented by: Sheena Smith

Session 4:

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Main Conference Room - Cultivating Resiliency in Youth:

To share how our SLL BOCES multi-disciplinary team formed to address the topic of the influence of trauma on our students, how we can build trauma-sensitive schools, and how we can try to coordinate local resources in supporting our students.

Agency: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

Presented by: Sue Bouchey and Carolyn McPherson

North Wing - Trauma Informed Care in School Setting:

Overview of Mental Health Conditions effecting youth. Basic strategies for school personnel to utilize and community services to connect with.

Agency: Children’s Home of Jefferson County

Presented by: Michelle Monnat and Joe Lubashevsky

Gazebo - When Grief Comes to School:

After a Suicide: The suicide death of a student or staff member presents many challenges to schools. A post-invention response requires a crisis plan that acknowledges the death, a safe response and recovery plan. This presentation addresses the recommended preparation required to provide a proactive response. Participants will learn the essential elements of developing a crisis plan section that includes a solid suicide response checklist, suicide response policies, and strategies for providing an initial and long-term support for impacted students and staff.

Agency: Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley

Presented by: Mary Jones and Kay DePerno

Saloon - Screening for Depressive Symptoms

Screening for Depressive Symptoms among Adolescents: Discuss DNP project regarding utilization of depression screenings in NYS schools.

Agency: State University of New York Upstate Medical University

Presented by: Brandy M. Baillargeon

Day Two July 25, 2018

Session 5:

8:30am - 9:30am

Main Conference Room - New Advances in Helping Students and Families Heal from Childhood Trauma:

Recent research in neuroscience has uncovered why traditional behavioral interventions have limited effectiveness with children who have experienced trauma and or neglect. Insights into the causes of childhood emotional, behavioral, and social problems and new strategies to help these children will be presented.

Agency: Rubenzahl, Knudsen & Assocs. Psychological Services. & Phillip McDowell LCSW-R

Presented by: Sam Rubenzahl and Phillip McDowell

North Wing - Sexuality and Gender 101:

Promising Practices for Creating a Welcoming Environment - A foundational level workshop on LGBTQ terminology, and best practices including the tools, skills and resources for faculty and staff to create an affirming environment. The Q Center, located in the tri-county area, is an LGBTQ youth program working with local area youth for the past three years.

Agency: The Q Center

Presented by: Hilary Avallone and Elliott Sharrow

Gazebo - Above the Influence:

Above the Influence is a peer-led substance abuse prevention program spanning transition from 8th-9th grade. ATI is part of a New York State initiative supporting schools to implement, evaluate and sustain high quality substance use prevention programming integrated with suicide prevention programming.

Agency: University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry

Presented by: Peter Wyman and Jennifer Heilmann

Session 6:

9:45am - 10:45am

Main Conference Room - Social Emotional Learning:

Strengthening, Student Self-Regulation through, Breath, Body, Mind Practices - It is happening in schools across the nation and the positive outcomes are dramatic. The benefits are numerous and essential to the healthy development of children - so what are these benefits? What is the scientific evidence showing that these strategies are effective? Who are the teachers, facilitators and mentors or can anybody teach this stuff? Many people say they already know what mindfulness is but do they REALLY? What are self- regulation classes? What are the students learning and how does the BBM (breath, body, mind) teacher get buy in? Isn’t there a connection between religion and BBM practices and how is that dealt with? What are the students saying? What are the parents saying? What are the teachers saying? What are administrators saying? How can I bring this to my school and who can I contact for specific training and implementation advice and supports?

Agency: Pivot/Case Middle School

Presented by: Jean Talbot and Carla Vanwormer

North Wing - New Trends in Drugs of Abuse:

Learn about the new trends in drug abuse.

Agency: Pivot Prevention and Health Services

Presented by: Bill Bowman

Gazebo - Childhood Trauma and Lingering Effects into Adulthood/Suicide:

The effects of trauma on a young child and how it impacts adulthood. Understand the dynamics of trauma-informed care and the effects of trauma on childhood development.

Agency: St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center

Presented by: Thomas Pawlin, Kristin Simpson, and Dr. Harris

Session 7:

11:15am - 12:15pm

Main Conference Room - Managing Emotions and Stress Navigation:

Current trends show adolescents are dealing with more mental health issues than ever before. The American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Survey reported these current trends with teens: 30% are sad or depressed because of stress; 31% felt overwhelmed; 35% said stress caused them to lie awake at night. Jenny Morrill, a veteran public school educator, an avid presenter on mindfulness, co-author of Weaving Healing Wisdom, and mindfulness teacher for adolescents and youth, will highlight the powerful use of mindfulness practices while working with young people. Whether in one’s own personal life or professional work, research supports mindfulness as a tool to improve overall health and cultivate new habits of mind. Although mindfulness will not remove stress or upset from a person’s experience, it can create a positive shift and improve an individual’s capacity for functionally engaging in life. Be proactive in dealing with challenges and learn how mindfulness develops lifelong social and emotional skills at any age.

Agency: 3 Marigolds

Presented by: Jenny Morrill

North Wing - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Many of our schools have students with family members who suffer from PTSD. Learn more about PTSD and its impacts at home to better support affected students during the school day.

Agency: Fort Drum Department of Behavioral Health

Presented by: Dr. Todd Benham

Gazebo - Big Tobacco Just Got Bigger:

Twice as many high school students are using electronic cigarettes, as compared to combustible tobacco. Join us in a conversation to learn more about the devious marketing tactics of the tobacco companies, the lies mainstream media tells us about electronic cigarettes, and the culture young adults have created around vaping.

Agency: Seaway Valley Prevention Council

Presented by: Chelsea Bartlett & Joseph Boswell

Lunch On Your Own

Session 8:

1:15pm - 4:00pm

Main Conference Room - Facilitated District Discussions/Planning:

Debrief and Planning Time for your district attendees with your work and discussions facilitated by a Project Director from School Mental Health Resource and Training Center.

Agency: School Mental Health Resource and Training Center: MYANYS

Presented by: Amy Molloy

Gazebo - NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Panel Discussion:

Agency: NYS Homeland Security and Emergency Services

Presented by: Commissioner Roger Parrino

Room Locations

Vendors located in the SOUTH WING

The ARC - Oneida Lewis Chapter NYSARC

Watertown Child & Adolescent Wellness Clinic

Transi�onal Living Services

The Q Center



Seaway Valley Preventon Council

University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry

St. Lawrence County Chemical Dependency

Rubenzahl, Knudsen & Associates Psychological Services & Phillip McDowell LCSW-R Children’s Home of Jefferson County

St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center

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