Jillian Marino

Session 2: Comprehensive School Health: Engaging Partners and Strategies to support Youth

Jillian Marino is in her fifth year as Principal at John. D. Bracco Junior High School. She has served as an Assistant Principal at Queen Elizabeth, J. Percy Page, Jasper Place, and Eastglen High Schools. Having faced personal challenges involving trauma, her compassion for youth drives her to ensure their needs are addressed. She is also a wife, a daughter, an aunt and a  mother of two children aged 7 and 9.

 

 
 

Karen Drynan, Shawn Johnston, and Rhea Bowman

Session 3: Creating a Policies and Practice Framework for Banning Youth

Karen Drynan: Karen has worked with the high risk youth population for 16 years. A member of the AAYI (formerly OSCMAP) collaboration since 2009.

Shawn Johnston: I am a Registered Social Worker with the ACSW and have a BSW from University of Calgary. My previous positions have ranged from an Adventure Based Counselor in an Adventure Based Counselling Group Home, to a Human Rights Officer with the Alberta Human Rights Commission to a High Risk Youth Social Worker with Kids in the Hall before becoming a Community Building Social Worker with the City of Edmonton.

Jennie McLester and Michell Chaffey

Session 4: Building Professional Capacity around Youth Addictions

Jennie McLester: I have been working with Youth Addiction Services for the past 14 years. In recent years I have been overseeing a Mental Health Collaborative Program in Southwest Edmonton called Connects as well as providing mobile addiction support for Leduc and coordinating the intakes with Youth Intensive Day Treatment.


Michell Chaffey: Michell has been with Youth Addiction Services for over 15 years. She is currently the supervisor of the Youth Residential Treatment Program. She has navigated all areas of treatment from in patient, to collaborating with Mental Health Collaborative projects such as Connects and the Way In. She has also worked in the community as a mobile counsellor as well as the Intensive Day Treatment program. Throughout all her years of service Michell is unshakable in her belief around being client focused, strength based and the youth see her as an advocate through very difficult times in their lives.

Family Justice

Session 5

Kimberly A. Knull, Katherine Hay, and Margo Long

Session 6: Empower Youth: How inserting brief therapy into the continuum of mental health services is helping to improve outcomes for young people

Kimberly A. Knull: Kimberly is a Registered Psychologist and Child and Adolescent therapist. She was a parenting columnist on CBC Radio for 3 years. Her organization, Momentum, helps hundreds of youth each year access low barrier, strengths based, solution focused counselling interventions.

Katherine Hay: Katherine is the program director of AHS Young Adult Services in the Edmonton Zone. She has provided leadership and administrative oversight for three addiction and mental health clinical services currently offered to young adults in the Edmonton Zone of AHS (ie. EEPIC, YAETRS, and YACLS).


Margo Long: Margo is the Executive Director of YESS and a director on the board of the Mental Health Foundation. She has sound knowledge of current events and political party platforms especially regarding child and adolescent mental health.

Keynote: Youth Panel

Speakers to be announced

David Rust

Session 7: Celebrating and Supporting Diversity: What YOU can do to Reduce Risk Factors and Increase Protective Factors for LGBTQ Youth

David Rust is a community consultant and the Lead of the Mental Health Community Action Plan for the Mental Health Continuum Project, and contributor to the City of Edmonton Suicide Prevention Strategy. He has over 30 years of experience in community development, professional and public education, and personal development and mental health and addiction treatment programming for UNICEF, Junior Achievement, and Human Services. Clinical Supervisor for AADAC’s Mobile Services Unit, Provincial Team Lead for Alberta Health Services Mental Health Capacity Building Initiative, and Director of Community Partnerships, The Society for Safe and Caring Schools & Communities. Served as Chair of the Edmonton Inter-Agency Services Association for many years and has also worked in the areas of prevention of sexual exploitation of children and youth, suicide prevention, sexual minority youth, family reunification, and supports for multi-cultural and Aboriginal children and families. Invited to serve on the Council on Alberta Teaching Standards, the Alberta Social Policy Development Initiative Committee, the Alberta Think Tanks on Youth Engagement, and has received such recognition as the Canadian School Mental Health Award, Alberta School Council’s Association Excellence in Learning Partnerships Award, and the Man of Honour Award for community service and collaborative practices.

Jenny Fennessy

Session 8: Rites of Passage: Creating Liminal Space where the light can enter

Jenny Fennessy MBPS has worked with young people presenting with complex needs in a variety of community-based settings. She integrates a multidisciplinary approach in her work integrating elements of community psychology, youth work, expressive arts and outdoor education to empower young people to achieve their personal potential.

Larisa Jeffares and Nicole Wiens

Session 9: Workplace Well-Being: Mindfulness Practices to Care For You

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”.

Deb Bildfell and Avril Frost

Session 10: Transitioning out of care: Sailing to New Horizons

Deb Bildfel: Deb Bildfell is a registered social worker and has been working as a Caseworker for Child and Family Services for 19 years. Deb’s passion has always been to serve youth who have experienced significant trauma and feel disconnected from healthy support. Deb is currently working as an Integrated Transition Specialist, along with Avril Frost.

Avril Frost: Avril Frost is a registered social worker and has been working as a Caseworker for both Justice and Child and Family Services for 35 years. Avril has extensive knowledge when working with Albertan’s who have and needing AISH and Persons with Developmental Disabilities supports. Avril is currently working as an Integrated Transition Specialist, along with Deb Bildfell.

Caroline Gosling (Missal) and Joy Malloch

Session 11: Restorative Practices in Schools - Engaging and Re-engaging Students Through Relationships

Caroline Gosling (Missal): Caroline is an educator with 30+ years experience as a teacher, consultant and principal. She is currently seconded part time to Alberta Education supporting mentoring in schools and the Office of Student Attendance and Re-engagement. Caroline holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. For the past 20 years, Caroline has done extensive work in the field of restorative justice, restorative practices in schools, and creating positive school culture for students and adults. She is a trained Community Conferencing facilitator and a trainer of facilitators.

Candace Lind, Brenda Juby, and Christine Walsh

Session 12: Youth strengths arise from the ashes of adversity: What did youth tell us they need from service providers and how can we practice from a strengths-based approach?

Candace Lind: Candace Lind’s research focuses on youth health promotion, encompassing strategies that are relationship and strengths-based, focus on youth voice, and address the ways in which youth are conceptualized in society - to assist practice and policy development. Her work is informed by social justice and the social determinants of health.

Brenda Juby: Brenda Juby is a Nursing Instructor with an extensive background working with “at risk” youth in schools, communities and youth-serving organizations; from a strengths-based perspective. She teaches undergraduate community health nursing and delivers workshops to educators on effective strategies to infuse a strengths approach into their clinical teaching.

Christine Walsh: Christine Walsh, Associate Dean, Research and Partnerships conducts community-based, arts-inspired and action oriented research to improve the lives of vulnerable populations including people experiencing poverty and homelessness, Indigenous Peoples and youth and adults involved in the criminal justice system.

Derek Collins

Session 13: Vermilion Outreach School: Moving from Trauma Ignorant to Informed

Derek Collins has been an educator for over twenty years, the last 9 years as principle of Vermilion Outreach School. His Masters in Ed. Psych focused on engaging youth. He is a registered counsellor and coordinator of the local food bank.

Koreen Martfeld

Session 14: Complex trauma and Diagnosis: What it is and what it isn’t

Dr. Koreen Martfeld (Ph.D. in psychology, M. Counselling., B.A., B.Ed.) has worked with youth for more than twenty-five years as a registered psychologist, and school and university instructor. Koreen works as a psychologist for Yellowhead Youth Center, teaches at City University, and operates a private forensic psychology practice.

Youth Restorative Action Project - speakers to be announced

Session 15: Restoring Connection and Restoring Justice

Val Hoglund, Tennille Soderberg, and other Multidisciplinary Team members.

Session 16: High Risk Youth Multidisciplinary Consultation Team

Val Hoglund: Constable Val Hoglund has 27 years Service with the Edmonton Police Service and is currently assigned to the Youth Services Section. She has worked with high risk youth for the past five years.

Tennille Soderberg: Tennille has a background in Child and Youth Care and has worked in a number of positions in the community supporting youth and families. Tennille has worked as a Youth Transition Advisor for the REE*START Program for the past five years supporting youth who typically have Children’s Services and/or justice status.

Jacqueline Dagneau and Jessica Karpa

Session 17: Building Capacity for Resilient Brains

Jacqueline Dagneau: Jacqueline Dagneau is a Registered Social Worker with a B. A. degree from Simon Fraser University and an MSc in Social Work from the University of Southampton in the U.K. she has been employed within the human services field for 18 years. Currently she is the Permanency Manager at The Family Centre.

Jessica Karpa: Jessica obtained her Bachelor of Child & Youth Care from MacEwan University in 2015. Shortly thereafter she began her career at The Family Centre. She is currently a Permanency Supervisor for Youth Intervention Specialists at The Family Centre. In her spare time, Jessica volunteers at Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Cheryl Shinkaruk and Tammy Woroschuk

Session 18: What’s so Important about Social Emotional Learning?

Cheryl Shinkaruk: Cheryl Shinkaruk 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 Woroschuk 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.

Keynote: The Circle of Courage

For thousands of years, North American Indigenous cultures nourished respectful and courageous children without employing punitive discipline.  Now, recent youth development research is revealing the essential elements in raising confident, caring children.  Drawing on his research with Drs. Larry Brendtro and Steve Van Bockern in their book, Reclaiming Youth at Risk , Dr. Martin Brokenleg presents the Circle of Courage which offers concrete strategies for creating environments in which all young people can grow and flourish.

Dr. Joseph Spinazzola

Session 19: Intergenerational Trauma

Dr. Spinazzola is the Executive Director of the Trauma Center and Vice President of Behavioral Health and Trauma Services at Justice Resource Institute. Dr. Spinazzola is a Research Professor of Clinical Practice in the Department of Psychology at Suffolk University, and an Adjunct Professor at Richmont Graduate University. He is also a member of and lead examiner for the Forensic Panel. In his 17th year with the Trauma Center, Dr. Spinazzola remains actively involved in all facets of the Center’s work and mission, serving as a clinician, clinical supervisor, senior trainer, and Director of JRI’s Institute of Research, Inquiry and Evaluation. Dr. Spinazzola is the Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network of the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a national initiative to transform large regional and statewide systems of care, and is Co-Principal Investigator of the Developmental Trauma Disorder National Field Trial. Dr. Spinazzola specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults, and is the author of over three dozen peer-reviewed journal publications on traumatic stress and youth violence. Dr. Spinazzola holds particular interest in dissociative coping adaptations in survivors of chronic maltreatment and neglect and in the role of transformative action, play and improvisational theater in the recovery process. He is co-author of the forthcoming book: Reaching Across the Abyss: Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse & Neglect.

Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor

Session 20: Dance Therapy

BluePrintForLife 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 Stephe nan 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 HipHop 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.

Gio Dolcecore and Faye Archer Wilson

Session 21: Youth Culinary Arts Program: Challenging Trauma through Resistance and Resilience

Gio Dolcecore: Gio Dolcecore MSW, RSW 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 Archer Wilson M.Ed, C.C.C 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.

Layna Aschenmeier

Session 22: A Compassionate Response to Cyclical Behaviour

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.

Tamara Woldegebreal and Suzanne Kassian

Session 23: “They Don’t Give Up On Me” Edmonton Youth Housing First: Transitioning from Project to Program

Biographies to be submitted

Cody Murrell and three youth

Session 24: Youth Speak Out

Cody Murrell: Cody Murrell is a former youth in care. Cody now works as a Generalist with Children’s Services. He is a mentor to other youth in care through YSO and is on the council for the ACSW.

Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor

Session 25: Workshop of Superheroes and Villains

BluePrintForLife 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 Stephe nan 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 HipHop 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.

Arlene Eaton-Erickson

Session 26: Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice System

Arlene has been a social worker for 21 years and is currently the Manager of SystemicAdvocacy, 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.

Peter Smyth and Heather Peddle

Session 27: Communicating Effectively with Youth Experiencing Chronic Trauma

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.

Larisa Jeffares and Nicole Wiens

Session 28: Mindfulness Practices for Youth Impacted by Trauma

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”.

Shane Rempel, Suzanne Leacock, and two youth presenters

Session 29: Calgary Youth Advisory Table - influencing policy, improving services and creating awareness about youth homelessness

Shane Rempel: 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 Leacock is an Addiction Counsellor at AHS: 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, Safe Communities Mobile Counsellor includes both client work. consultation and community capacity building.

Dr. Nicole Sherren

 Session 30: The Effect of Early Experiences on Brain Development, Learning, and Health

Dr. Nicole Sherren 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

Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor

Session 31: Words Matter

BluePrintForLife 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 Stephe nan 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 HipHop 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.

Anne Lambert

Session 32: Fair is Not Equal: Restorative practices in a traditional high school

Twenty two years with EPBS working with high risk students in all 4 divisions. Presenter at Alberta Restorative Justice Conference 2016.

Speaker

Session 33

Jennifer Tokar and Christina Murray

Session 34: Therapeutic inclusive framework building: relationships with youth, supports, and family

Jennifer Tokar: Alberta Health Services - Addictions and Mental Health

Christina Murray: Alberta Health Services - Addictions and Mental Health

Holly Hallborg and Carolee Israel Turner

Session 35: Collaboration in Wraparound from All Sides: Partner and Participant Perspectives

Holly Hallborg: Holly Hallborg is the WrapED Project Manager, and has worked at REACH Edmonton since its inception almost 7 years ago. Holly grew up in rural Alberta but has spent time living in Red Deer, Lethbridge, Quebec City and Ottawa before settling in Edmonton. It was during this journey that she became particularly passionate about issues related to vulnerable youth.


Carolee Israel Turner: Carolee has over 20 years experience working in non-profit organizations, the last 16 years being focused on working in justice - specifically domestic and sexual violence, as well as ethnocultural youth gangs. She has a BA in psychology/criminology from the UofC, did post grad work at Mount Royal in Leadership and Non-profit, and is working on her MA in Integrated Studies.

Nathan Gerbrandt

Session 36: Self-Awareness and Emotional Regulation for people with FASD: Helping our brains to be at their best!

Nathan is the Managing Director for Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI). In addition to working with organizations and communities to identify the best resources and training to meet their needs he is the author of the CTRI training, “FASD – Strategies for Supporting”. Nathan is a registered social worker who has provided 1on1 support, rehabilitation work, as a therapist, case manager, school social worker and government service funder. He emphasizes the importance of always looking beyond our own perspective to address the whole person within their context.