First Presenter's Institution

Henderson County Schools

Second Presenter's Institution

N/A

Third Presenter's Institution

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Fourth Presenter's Institution

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Fifth Presenter's Institution

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Location

Session 2 (Plimsoll)

Strand #1

Family & Community

Strand #2

Safety & Violence Prevention

Relevance

The presentation will follow one child's journey who experienced multiple instances of complex trauma. Despite a very high ACE score, she was positively connected to multiple adults, was able to develop resilience, find recovery, hope and purpose. A high ACE score doesn't have to "doom" a child to life long issues because there are things we can do to mitigate the damage.

Brief Program Description

Audience would include any school staff, counselors, social workers, parents and community members. Many children who experience complex trauma struggle emotionally, physically and behaviorally. In this session, participants will learn to never underestimate the impact they can make in the life of a child, that damage from childhood trauma can be mitigated and that relationships, relationships, relationships are the key to everything!

Summary

Alarming numbers of children are experiencing multiple instances of trauma all across the country. In Kentucky alone, the Commonwealth had nearly 22,410 child abuse victims in 2017 giving Kentucky the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of child abuse in the nation.

Many children who experience complex trauma have poor coping skills, difficulty trusting others, difficulty managing emotions, see themselves as "damaged", are easily triggered, vigilant and guarded , have distorted thinking, manipulative and maladaptive behaviors, have difficulty believing that life can be better and are often waiting for the other shoe to drop in many situations.

In this session, participants will be able to follow one child's journey through physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Despite multiple instances of trauma across many settings, this child also had exposure to positive, corrective relationships with multiple adults, learned to turn negative situations into positive ones and learned she possessed many strengths positive coping skills.

Participants will learn that even though a child may have a high ACE score that they aren't doomed to experience long term health consequences. Because of the malleable nature of the brain, adults have the ability to help mitigate the damage of childhood trauma simply by forming strong supportive connections with them. Participants will learn how to communicate to a child that there can be a light at the end of the tunnel and that where we come from has everything to do with where we are, but it doesn't dictate where we are going. Finally, participants will learn to never underestimate the impact they can make in the life of a child and that relationships, relationships, relationships are the key to everything!

Evidence

Research and statistics are cited from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Excerpts are used from a Louisville Courier Journal published March 29, 2019 detailing the 2017 "Child Maltreatment: report from the Children's Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Excerpts about trauma sensitive schools is from https://traumasensitiveschools.org.

Research by (Tedeschi and Calhoun) is presented about Post Traumatic Growth.

Coping skills information is from (Kilburn, E. & Whitlock, J.L).

Resilience is defined by (Masten, 2013)

(Petty, 2014) gives the "Ten Ways to Foster Resilience in Young Children".

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Name

Jamie S. Like

Position Title

District Social Worker/Project AWARE Director

Education/Training

Degree

(If applicable)

Years

Field of Study

University of Southern Indiana

BS

1996

Behavioral Sciences-Psychology

Positions and Employment

1991-1993 Substance Abuse Technician, Southwestern Indianan Mental Health Center, Evansville, Indiana

1993-1997 Caseworker I, Intake Technician & Mental Health Technician, Welborn’s Mulberry Center Psychiatric Hospital, Evansville, IN

1997-1998 Program Development Coordinator, Family Resource Center, Evansville, IN

1998-2000 Case Manager, Family & Children’s Service, Evansville, IN

2000-2001 Case Manager, Family Option, INC, Henderson, KY

2001-2007 Student Assistance Counselor, Henderson County Schools, Henderson KY

2007-Present District Social Worker, PBIS District Coordinator, SCM Instructor, Youth

Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Henderson County Schools, Henderson, KY

Honors and Memberships

2005 Awarded Collaborative Partner of The Year by the Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Children Services

2011-2014 Member of Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline State Leadership Team, Frankfort, KY

Additional Trainings

2012 Authentic Parent Engagement: Train the Trainer, Center for Parent Leadership at the Prichard Committee

2014 Safe Crisis Management Instructor Training, JKM Training, Lexington, KY

2014 Understanding Challenging Behaviors in Autism, Kentucky Autism Training Center

2015 Youth Mental Health First Aid, Train the Trainer for Instructors

2015 Promoting Positive Mental Health in Our Schools and Communities, Green River Education Cooperative, Bowling Green, KY

2015 Creative Interventions for Traumatized Children, Liana Lowenstein, Owensboro, KY

2016 Crisis Recovery Team Training, Green River Educational Cooperative, Bowling Green, KY

2016 Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, CBITS Provider Basic Training Course

2016 Learning Collaborative on Trauma Informed Care for Schools, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children

2017 Trauma Informed Care Learning Collaborative-Train the Trainer, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children

2017 NASP PREPaRE Training, Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning

2017 Trauma Informed Care Learning Collaborative-Train the Trainer, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children

2018 Human Trafficking Basics, The Children’s Advocacy Center, Henderson, KY

2018 Trauma Informed Care Learning Collaborative-Train the Trainer, University of Kentucky

Keyword Descriptors

Complex Trauma, Resilience, Hope, Purpose, Coping Skills, Brain Malleable

Presentation Year

2020

Start Date

3-9-2020 1:15 PM

End Date

3-9-2020 2:30 PM

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Mar 9th, 1:15 PM Mar 9th, 2:30 PM

A Girl Named Sue: A Child's Journey From Complex Trauma to Hope, Healing & Recovery

Session 2 (Plimsoll)

Audience would include any school staff, counselors, social workers, parents and community members. Many children who experience complex trauma struggle emotionally, physically and behaviorally. In this session, participants will learn to never underestimate the impact they can make in the life of a child, that damage from childhood trauma can be mitigated and that relationships, relationships, relationships are the key to everything!