May 15 — Day 2

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Workshop Schedule

Registration & Breakfast————7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

8:30 AM

( 30 Minutes )

Morning Greetings

————MCs & Guests

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9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Keynote Presentation
( 75 Minutes)

The Benefit of Trauma-Informed Residential Services

————Dr. Joseph Spinazzola


This keynote address will discuss the benefits of trauma-informed residential services from several perspectives and will provide a discourse on the transition from punishment-based outpatient to relationship-based services.
 

Biography:

Joseph is a trauma-specialty psychotherapist, trainer and consultant in private practice, was a clinician, researcher, clinical supervisor, and national trainer for the Trauma Center for over 18 years, including 12 as its Executive Director. Dr. Spinazzola is an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University, a member of the Forensic Panel, and Executive Director of the Foundation Trust. A recognized leader in the area of complex traumatic stress, Dr. Spinazzola founded the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and  served as a co-author for both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ expert guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD as well as the forthcoming joint guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD from Division 56 (Trauma) of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Spinazzola also served as Co-Principal Investigator of the Developmental Trauma Disorder National Field Trials. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults. Dr. Spinazzola is a lead national trainer in the ARC model as well as the lead developer of Trauma Drama, an intervention utilizing improvisational theater, cooperative play and transformative action to reset developmental trajectories for youth and young adults impacted by maltreatment, neglect, exploitation, discrimination and other forms of life adversity. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Reaching Across the Abyss: Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect scheduled to be released in summer 2018 through The Guilford Press.

 

10:15 AM

( 15 Minutes )

Short Break

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10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 20
( 60 minutes )

Developmental Trauma Disorder

————Dr. Joseph Spinazzola


Biography:
Joseph is a trauma-specialty psychotherapist, trainer and consultant in private practice, was a clinician, researcher, clinical supervisor, and national trainer for the Trauma Center for over 18 years, including 12 as its Executive Director. Dr. Spinazzola is an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University, a member of the Forensic Panel, and Executive Director of the Foundation Trust. A recognized leader in the area of complex traumatic stress, Dr. Spinazzola founded the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and  served as a co-author for both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ expert guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD as well as the forthcoming joint guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD from Division 56 (Trauma) of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Spinazzola also served as Co-Principal Investigator of the Developmental Trauma Disorder National Field Trials. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults. Dr. Spinazzola is a lead national trainer in the ARC model as well as the lead developer of Trauma Drama, an intervention utilizing improvisational theater, cooperative play and transformative action to reset developmental trajectories for youth and young adults impacted by maltreatment, neglect, exploitation, discrimination and other forms of life adversity. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Reaching Across the Abyss: Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect scheduled to be released in summer 2018 through The Guilford Press.

 
 
 

 
 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 21
( 60 minute )

Dance Therapy

————Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor


Buddha, along with a few members of Blueprint for Life, will teach dance and break down some concepts such as cognitive therapy in a dance circle.
 

Biography:

Blue Print For Life and Blueprint Pathways founder and Executive Director, Stephen Leafloor, has a Masters in Social Work (MSW degree) and over 30 years’ experience in areas such as probation, wilderness programs, street work with at-risk youth, residential group homes, child protection and community outreach. Stephen has also been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences on social work and how to engage youth. Ashoka, one of the world’s most prestigious organizations for international outreach, appointed Stephen an Ashoka Fellow for Canada. He has also been made a Making More Health Fellow for an international working group on health issues. In 2011, Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, presented Stephen with an award for his outreach service, and in 2016 he received the Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General, David Johnston. Zoomer Magazine named Stephen one of Canada’s Top “45 Over 45” in 2012. In addition to his community work, Stephen continues to be an active participant in Hip Hop culture as a dancer. He has performed for James Brown, rapper Ice-T, Grandmaster Flash, Black Eyed Peas, Public Enemy and George Clinton. His dancing has been featured in assorted music videos on Much Music, and in a number of documentaries. He has performed privately for the Kirov Ballet of Russia, and opened for La La La Human Steps at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Stephen has also acted as a consultant and trainer for Cirque du Soleil.

 
 
 

 
 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 23
Session 38
( 60 minute )

MOVED TO SESSION 38

Youth Culinary Arts Program: Challenging Trauma through Resistance and Resilience

————Gio Dolcecore, MSW, RSW and Faye Archer Wilson, M.Ed, C.C.C.


The Youth Culinary Art Program (Y-CAP) is a no-fee employment training opportunity available to young adults at risk or experiencing homelessness. This introductory workshop explores how Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP), a trauma-informed approach, is used as a healing tool for these individuals. First, the experience of trauma in relation to the historical and contemporary contexts of racism, homophobia and transphobia, classism, and other determinants of health will be explored. Second, the practice of AOP and Trauma Informed Care (TCI) will be discussed and described as they relate to responding to young adults who have experience with poverty, homelessness, violence and victimization. Third, trauma’s impact on childhood development, cognitive development, and the development and practice of emotional regulation will be emphasized. Finally, the use of resistance and resilience as empowering therapeutic tools for practitioners and caregivers will be shared.
 

Biography:

Gio is a registered social worker and mental health clinician for Wood’s Homes in Calgary, AB. Gio offers therapeutic counseling to all youth-based Housing First Programs, specializing in homelessness and poverty. Gio uses narrative approaches and specializes in trauma, grief and loss, and diverse genders and sexualities.

Faye Archer Wilson: Faye is a certified counselor and mental health clinician with Wood’s Homes in Calgary, AB. Faye works alongside Gio to provide mobile mental health supports to young people connected with Housing First programs. Specializing in trauma and social justice, Faye uses emotion-focused and integrative approaches.
 

 
 
 

 
 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 23
( 60 minute )

A Compassionate Response to Cyclical Behaviour

————Layna Aschenmeier


Cycles are everywhere. They are part of our everyday experience in our external and internal environments. Our brains also experience cyclical patterns that continue despite harmful outcomes to ourselves and others. In this workshop we will explore how connecting to a sense of embodied support and resources can help break cyclical patterns of behaviour that do not serve our healthiest self. This type of support and resources is not just words or things we say to ourselves - but is a deep sense within ourselves that we can reference in times of stress when our most rational self is offline. We will explore a theoretical model of understanding brain development that can inform us when assessing and treating harmful behaviours. 
 

Biography:

Layna is a Métis Social Worker who is a graduate student at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency. She works at Alberta Health Services and Aboriginal Counselling. She has a small private practice where she focuses on providing a trauma-sensitive model of support. 

 
 
 

 
 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 24
( 60 minute )

“They Don’t Give Up On Me” Edmonton Youth Housing First: Transitioning from Project to Program

————Tamara Woldegebreal and Suzanne Kassian


This presentation will explore the lessons learned from Edmonton’s Youth Housing First pilot project transitioning to program implementation. The presentation will briefly discuss the program design prototyping process, prioritization and referral management and the case management model (Critical Time Intervention). The strengths-based, client-centred program model will be reviewed with a discussion about the successes and challenges during and after the transition.

 
 
 

 
 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 25
( 60 minute )

Youth Speak Out

————Cody Murrell and three youth


Youth Speak Out is a panel comprised of 3 youth (ages 15-24) who have been clients of Children’s Services. They present on their experiences, the good/bad, in a constructive way that assists professionals in understanding their experiences and critically thinking about their practice (what works/doesn't work).

 
 
 

 

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Session 26
( 60 minute )

Police & Youth Engagement Program (PYEP): An Ethnocultural Perspective

————Helen Rusich, Andrew Jimaga, Timiro Mohamed, Luna Ghebermicael


 

11:30 PM

( 60 Minutes )

Lunch Break

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12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Keynote Presentation
( 75 Minutes)

They Come For The HipHop - But Stay For The Healing

————Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor


Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor will take you on a journey overcoming his own trauma and rebuilding his life through Hip Hop. From his early days dancing for the likes of James Brown, Public Enemy and Ice-T to his innovative approach working in Indigenous communities, blending their own culture with modern day Hip Hop elements. Engagement techniques will be explored and stories shared. Finding creative ways to build resiliency with youth and create pathways for healing is at the core of this work which has grown to included working in over 50 remote communities, urban centres and many of Canada’s maximum security youth facilities.


Biography:

Blue Print For Life and Blueprint Pathways founder and Executive Director, Stephen Leafloor, has a Masters in Social Work (MSW degree) and over 30 years’ experience in areas such as probation, wilderness programs, street work with at-risk youth, residential group homes, child protection and community outreach. Stephen has also been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences on social work and how to engage youth. Ashoka, one of the world’s most prestigious organizations for international outreach, appointed Stephen an Ashoka Fellow for Canada. He has also been made a Making More Health Fellow for an international working group on health issues. In 2011, Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, presented Stephen with an award for his outreach service, and in 2016 he received the Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General, David Johnston. Zoomer Magazine named Stephen one of Canada’s Top “45 Over 45” in 2012. In addition to his community work, Stephen continues to be an active participant in Hip Hop culture as a dancer. He has performed for James Brown, rapper Ice-T, Grandmaster Flash, Black Eyed Peas, Public Enemy and George Clinton. His dancing has been featured in assorted music videos on Much Music, and in a number of documentaries. He has performed privately for the Kirov Ballet of Russia, and opened for La La La Human Steps at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Stephen has also acted as a consultant and trainer for Cirque du Soleil.

 

 
 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 27
( 90 minutes )

Workshop of Superheroes and Villains

————Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor


A fun brainstorming interactive way of engaging professionals on Edmonton’s future.
 

Biography:

Blue Print For Life and Blueprint Pathways founder and Executive Director, Stephen Leafloor, has a Masters in Social Work (MSW degree) and over 30 years’ experience in areas such as probation, wilderness programs, street work with at-risk youth, residential group homes, child protection and community outreach. Stephen has also been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences on social work and how to engage youth. Ashoka, one of the world’s most prestigious organizations for international outreach, appointed Stephen an Ashoka Fellow for Canada. He has also been made a Making More Health Fellow for an international working group on health issues. In 2011, Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, presented Stephen with an award for his outreach service, and in 2016 he received the Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General, David Johnston. Zoomer Magazine named Stephen one of Canada’s Top “45 Over 45” in 2012. In addition to his community work, Stephen continues to be an active participant in Hip Hop culture as a dancer. He has performed for James Brown, rapper Ice-T, Grandmaster Flash, Black Eyed Peas, Public Enemy and George Clinton. His dancing has been featured in assorted music videos on Much Music, and in a number of documentaries. He has performed privately for the Kirov Ballet of Russia, and opened for La La La Human Steps at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Stephen has also acted as a consultant and trainer for Cirque du Soleil. 

 
 
 

 
 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 28
( 90 minute )

Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems

————Arlene Eaton-Erickson


LGBTQ2S+ young people are vulnerable. Studies show that they are overrepresented in the youth homeless population and have higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, suicide and contracting sexually transmitted diseases. The Office of Child and Youth Advocate recently released a Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ young people involved with child intervention and youth justice systems. Through listening to young people and stakeholders we learned about what is working and what can be done better. This presentation will outline the findings from this report. It will give attendees an opportunity to learn from the experiences of LGBTQ2S+ young people in government care and gain concrete tools to apply to their practice in order to better serve this population. There will be opportunities for small group discussions and questions throughout the presentation.
 

Biography:

Arlene has been a social worker for 21 years and is currently the Manager of Systemic
Advocacy, Evaluation and Research with The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate
(OCYA).  She has been with the OCYA for twelve years in a number of different roles. Prior to
this she was with Child and Family Services (Human Services) as a front-line worker and
supervisor from 1996-2004, with a focus of her work being on high risk youth. Arlene is also a
sessional instructor with the University of Calgary (Faculty of Social Work) and Grant
MacEwan University.

 
 
 

 
 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 29
( 90 minute )

Communicating Effectively with Youth Experiencing Chronic Trauma

————Peter Smyth, MSW, RSW and Heather Peddle


High-risk youth are “the disconnected.” Many of these youth have had negative experiences
with “the system,” perceiving that their needs were not met and that their relationship with
case workers and service providers was problematic. Impacting this is a lack of understanding that a vast majority of high-risk youth come from traumatic childhoods and lack connections during their childhood and adolescent years. They have also experienced much trauma through no fault of their own. This impacts their brain development and social functioning which can lead to challenges with engaging youth, and the youth reaching out for help and support. However, adults tend to focus on negative behaviours rather than examining how their own practice can be a barrier to making much needed connections. The workshop explains outlines the impact of early trauma on children and youth and highlights the need to shift from punishment-consequence interventions to a relationship-based practice. Here we will focus on avoiding the pitfalls through- Language: how strong of a message our words have, Messaging vs Interpretation: What we say and what youth hear are sometimes different, and avoiding the 3 traps of : Power struggles, zero tolerance, and 3 strikes. From this we will explore how to pull youth in with a focus on resiliency.
 

Biography:

Peter Smyth: Peter oversees the High Risk Youth Initiative with Edmonton & Area Child & Family Services Region. He developed a practice framework and philosophy incorporating non-traditional intervention methods to better meet the needs of complex, troubled and street-involved youth population. He has written a book, book chapters and articles about issues confronting youth. He provides consultation, training and workshops on engaging and working with youth. Peter is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work, and at the MacEwan University Social Work Program. His book High Risk Youth: A Relationship-based Practice Framework, was released in 2017.

Heather Peddle: Heather Peddle has been with Edmonton Region Child and Family Services for the past three years focusing on youth, but her experience with youth engaged in high-risk lifestyle spans 18 years. During her nine years with Edmonton John Howard Society, Heather worked in the REE*START program including in the role of coordinator.  Heather is involved in various community initiatives and committee’s aimed at supporting practice that is creative and reflective of the changing and unique needs of high-risk and at-risk youth. Heather continues to support the integration of a trauma-informed, harm reduction, and strength-based practice in her work with youth.
 

 
 
 

 
 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 30
( 90 minute )

Mindfulness Practices for Youth Impacted by Trauma

————Larisa Jeffares and Nicole Wiens


A 90 minute workshop designed to support educators, health-care providers, first responders and human services workers to understand the impact of trauma on brain development and how mindfulness can be used as a tool to re-wire the brain and release the effects of trauma. Workshop participants will engage with this topic through discussion, questions and hands on experience with a variety of mindfulness practices. They will leave with a better understanding of trauma and mindfulness and will be provided with a mindfulness toolkit that they can begin using with their youth immediately.
 

Biography:

Larisa Jeffares: Larisa holds her Bachelor of Arts degree from MacEwan University in Child and Youth Care Counselling, her diploma in Child and Youth Care from MacEwan University, her instructional certificate in teaching adults to meditate, Lifestyle Meditation and her Level 2 Reiki Certificate. Larisa has extensive experience working with children, youth and families. Professionally, she has worked for seventeen years with at risk youth and their families in various capacities. She has been a child and family services case worker with Inner City Connections (ICC) and the High Risk Youth Unit (HRYU). Larisa has also been an assessor for Protection for Sexually Exploited Youth and for Northern Alberta Child Intervention Services. She has worked in Boyle Street Community Services as an adult outreach worker. She is a steering-committee-member for the Allies (4) Youth Conference. Most recently, she has created a mindfulness coaching company called Wolf Willow Well-being. Wolf Willow Well-being supports people who have experienced any form of trauma using a variety of mindfulness practices, Reiki and nature as a classroom. 

Nicole Wiens: Nicole has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University College of Alberta and a Bachelor of Education degree from University of Alberta. Nicole understands the importance of mindfulness both as a personal practice and as a teaching tool, and incorporates these practices into her classroom and work with individual client. Her personal goal is: “To live life fully and help others do the same in any way that I can”.

 

 
 
 

 
 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 31
( 90 minute )

Calgary Youth Advisory Table - influencing policy, improving services and creating awareness about youth homelessness

————Shane Rempel, Suzanne Leacock, and two youth presenters


The Youth Advisory Table (YAT) provides the opportunity for youth who have experience with homelessness to share their perspectives, be consulted on their knowledge of the issues of homelessness and have this knowledge influence policy, improve services and create awareness about youth homelessness. The YAT is a subsidiary of the Youth Sector Committee, which is comprised of a number of stakeholders and organizations in the youth-serving sector in Calgary. The Youth Sector collectively advocates on the needs of youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness. We hope to have 2-5 youth attend to present on a panel. This presentation will focus on the following areas:

  • History and creation of the YAT & the stories of what brought the youth to YAT
  • Role of the YAT within the Calgary Youth Sector and larger community
  • Youth Panel where youth will discuss how they joined the YAT, what they have been able to accomplish and what this experience means to them personally


Biography:

Shane Rempel: Shane is a co-facilitator of the Youth Advisory Table, and System Planner for youth housing and support programs with the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Also Co-Chair of Calgary’s Youth Sector who is responsible for Calgary’s Plan to End and Prevent Youth Homelessness. Active participant in collective impact initiatives to work with community partners and stakeholders to end and prevent homelessness in Calgary.

Suzanne Leacock: Suzanne is an Addiction Counsellor at Alberta Health Services, Youth Addiction Services and has worked with high risk youth, families, and community partners who work with these youth for over 20 years. Her current role as a Safe Communities Mobile Counsellor includes both client work. consultation and community capacity building.

 
 
 

 
 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 32
( 90 minute )

The Effect of Early Experiences on Brain Development, Learning, and Health

————Dr. Nicole Sherren


Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies to affect our life course trajectory, for good or for ill. This has profound implications for all of the policies, programs, and services that support children, youth, and families. In this session, you will learn how brains are built: what kind of experiences promote healthy brain architecture, what kind of experiences derail it, and how these experiences get “under our skins” to affect learning, health, and social outcomes across the life span.
 

Biography:

Nicole is the Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation. She has a PhD in Neuroscience with expertise in experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain plasticity. Nicole joined the Palix Foundation in 2007 to focus on mobilizing scientific knowledge into policy and professional practice.

 
 

3:30 PM

( 15 Minutes )

Short Break

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3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 33
( 60 minutes )

Words Matter

————Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor


Biography:

Blue Print For Life and Blueprint Pathways founder and Executive Director, Stephen Leafloor, has a Masters in Social Work (MSW degree) and over 30 years’ experience in areas such as probation, wilderness programs, street work with at-risk youth, residential group homes, child protection and community outreach. Stephen has also been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences on social work and how to engage youth. Ashoka, one of the world’s most prestigious organizations for international outreach, appointed Stephen an Ashoka Fellow for Canada. He has also been made a Making More Health Fellow for an international working group on health issues. In 2011, Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, presented Stephen with an award for his outreach service, and in 2016 he received the Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General, David Johnston. Zoomer Magazine named Stephen one of Canada’s Top “45 Over 45” in 2012. In addition to his community work, Stephen continues to be an active participant in Hip Hop culture as a dancer. He has performed for James Brown, rapper Ice-T, Grandmaster Flash, Black Eyed Peas, Public Enemy and George Clinton. His dancing has been featured in assorted music videos on Much Music, and in a number of documentaries. He has performed privately for the Kirov Ballet of Russia, and opened for La La La Human Steps at Canada’s National Arts Centre. Stephen has also acted as a consultant and trainer for Cirque du Soleil. 

 
 
 

 
 

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 34
( 60 minutes )

Fair is Not Equal: Restorative Practices in a Traditional High School

————Anne Lambert


The ACCESS program is a multifaceted in-reach program located in Jasper Place High School in Edmonton. Learn about the centre’s philosophy and how they empower youth to transition and connect to a traditional school system. Program Leader Anne Lambert also runs community conferencing within her school and catchment area as an alternative to the expulsion process. Participants will learn about the philosophy and set up of the program; successes and challenges when advocating for students. 


Biography:

Ann has 22 years with Edmonton Public School Board working with high-risk students in all 4 divisions. She was a presenter at the Alberta Restorative Justice Conference 2016. 

 
 
 

 
 

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 35
( 60 minutes )

The Circle of Courage Leadership Program

————Veronica Graff with Kyle Woods, Mason Scarthe, Tyree Papin, Sierra Cardinal, Jalisa Taypotat, Jared Pruden.


Veronica Graff, Indigenous Advisor with Edmonton Public Schools, since 2012 the Circle of Courage Leadership Program has supported Indigenous students from M. E. Lazerte High and Londonderry Junior High Schools. The Circle of Courage model is based on the principles of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity. The presentations will: (1) describe the program; (2) examine the relationship between program objectives, activities and outcomes; (3) share promising practices and lessons. The presentation offers an empirical contribution to understanding educational initiatives that are having a positive impact on Indigenous students and families. Indigenous share how the program has supported them in their families, culture, education, and communities. Information on how to implement the Circle of Courage program in various school settings, and how to utilize the model to support education and culture of Indigenous students will also be shared.

 

 
 
 

 
 

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 36
( 60 minutes )

Therapeutic inclusive framework building: relationships with youth, supports, and family

————Jennifer Tokar, Jenn Bolin, and Sabeen Gill


We will provide exposure to different therapeutic modalities when engaging with youth struggling with high risk lifestyles. A hands-on presentation where you will have the opportunity to challenge thinking patterns and create more awareness of how we work with youth. 


Biography:

Jennifer Tokar Mobile Addiction Counsellor Alberta Health Services Youth Addiction Services Edmonton - Jennifer has 18 years’ experience working with those who struggle with substance use, mental health trauma as well as homelessness. She has worked with adults and young adults in a variety of capacities and roles. She has worked at Henwood Treatment Centre, Catholic Social Services FASD programs, George Spady, Calgary Drop In and Rehabilitation Centre, Capital Health, Boys and Girls Club, Youth Residential Treatment Program, Youth Stabilization Program, PChAD and currently she is a Mobile Addiction Counsellor for Alberta Health Services Youth Addiction Services Edmonton.  Jennifer has a strong belief in social justice as well as harm reduction and has engaged in a variety of volunteer activities in the community.

Jenn Bolin has worked with children, youth and families experiencing trauma, mental health challenges and substance use for over 16 years and for the past 5 years has been a Mobile Addictions Counsellor with Youth Addiction Services. In that time, Jenn has worked supporting numerous programs in the community, including mental health collaborative programs, justice programs and currently has been the addictions counsellor at the Stollery Children’s Hospital for 3 years and the addictions counsellor for PSECA (Protection of Sexually Exploited Children’s Act) for 4 years.

Sabeen Gill is an Outpatient Counsellor with Youth Addiction Services. In this role she supports youth and families who are struggling with substance use concerns and mental health challenges. She holds a B.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Alberta and a M.Ed in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. Her professional experiences include working as an Educator for Alberta Health Services, a Personal Development Facilitator for Norquest College in the Edmonton Remand Centre, Counsellor at Calgary Counselling Centre and also supporting individuals who experience homelessness at the Calgary Drop In Centre. Sabeen also teaches in the Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Practitioner Program at Norquest College and is passionate about helping adult learners build their professional capacity. Services, Addictions and Mental Health

 
 
 

 
 

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 37
( 60 minutes )

Collaboration in Wraparound from All Sides: Partner and Participant Perspectives

————Holly Hallborg and Carolee Israel Turner


Two cities. Two unique collaborations. Both delivering the same high fidelity wraparound process for youth at risk of gang involvement. Representatives from WrapED (Edmonton) and Real Me (Calgary) will talk about their projects that have the same funder, use the same process, and yet are very different. Partnership will be the focus of the presentation: what collaboration looks like in both cities - what works well, what has been challenging, and what the key learnings have been to date. Further, the voices of immigrant and Indigenous youth will be shared and elevated to demonstrate how collaboration helps deter them from criminal and gang activity. Both projects work with youth who are at risk of or engaged in gang activity. WrapED works with primarily Indigenous, immigrant and refugee youth. Real Me works exclusively with immigrant youth. Both projects are set up differently, but use the high fidelity wraparound process.


Biography:

Cheryl Shinkaruk: Cheryl is the Manager: Programs & Projects with Edmonton Catholic Schools. She holds her Masters of Education, along with certification in Social Emotional Learning supports within the school setting. She has a passion for supporting students through a holistic approach.

Tammy Woroschuk: Tammy is a Registered Social Worker and Manager-Social Work for ECSD. Tammy has completed her graduate level practicum with Cheryl on the topic of social and emotional learning.

 
 
 

 
 

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 38
( 60 minutes )

Youth Culinary Arts Program: Challenging Trauma through Resistance and Resilience

————Gio Dolcecore and Faye Archer Wilson (Wood’s Homes)


The Youth Culinary Art Program (Y-CAP) is a no-fee employment training opportunity available to young adults at risk or experiencing homelessness. This introductory workshop explores how Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP), a trauma-informed approach, is used as a healing tool for these individuals. First, the experience of trauma in relation to the historical and contemporary contexts of racism, homophobia and transphobia, classism, and other determinants of health will be explored. Second, the practice of AOP and Trauma Informed Care (TCI) will be discussed and described as they relate to responding to young adults who have experience with poverty, homelessness, violence and victimization. Third, trauma’s impact on childhood development, cognitive development, and the development and practice of emotional regulation will be emphasized. Finally, the use of resistance and resilience as empowering therapeutic tools for practitioners and caregivers will be shared.


Biography:

Gio is a registered social worker and mental health clinician for Wood’s Homes in Calgary, AB. Gio offers therapeutic counseling to all youth-based Housing First Programs, specializing in homelessness and poverty. Gio uses narrative approaches and specializes in trauma, grief and loss, and diverse genders and sexualities.

Faye Archer Wilson: Faye is a certified counselor and mental health clinician with Wood’s Homes in Calgary, AB. Faye works alongside Gio to provide mobile mental health supports to young people connected with Housing First programs. Specializing in trauma and social justice, Faye uses emotion-focused and integrative approaches.

 
 
 

 
 

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Session 39
( 60 minutes )

Mentoring Relationships—Creating Connections for Youth In Care

————Showna Blanchard and Michelle Draper-Anderson


Three mentoring organizations in Alberta are working together with an advisory group to
provide mentoring programs by creating and fostering meaningful relationships between
volunteer mentors and vulnerable youth. The project focuses on implementing best practice approaches around volunteer engagement including volunteer recruitment, screening, training, matching and support. The three agencies are working closely with their communities in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary to ensure that mentoring has a strong role in the continuum of services available to the children and youth in care. Evaluation of the project has been a key element that has walked alongside the agencies to capture the success, challenges and outcomes that have occurred. The panel of presenters will share lessons learned, innovative practices and the power of collaboration.

 

 
 

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Closing Connection
( 30 Minutes )

Connect, Collect and Celebrate!