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February 2020

Youth Mental Health First Aid

February 28, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, 4715 S 132nd Street
Omaha, NE 68137
Free

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
(for adults who interact with young people):

A FREE training about common mental health challenges, misconceptions, and how you can lend a helping hand to a person in need of support!

Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

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March 2020

Trauma and Resiliency in Families

March 4, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Project Harmony, 11949 Q St
Omaha, NE United States
Free

Description:

The purpose of this training is to provide child welfare professionals with foundational knowledge about trauma and its effect on children and families as well as explore strategies that are trauma-informed in working with populations with a history of trauma.

Participants will:

  • Be able to define trauma and describe how it differs from everyday stress
  • Learn how to view behaviors and interactions with children and families through a trauma lens
  • Identify the impact trauma may have on childhood developmental tasks
  • Understand the role of resilience on buffering the effects of traumatic events
  • Be able to describe ways they can help children and families experiencing traumatic stress reactions
Learn more & register »

Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care

March 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Project Harmony, 11949 Q St
Omaha, NE United States
Free

Description:

What is Compassion Fatigue? Who does it affect? Why should you care? How do you deal with it? This workshop will answer these questions and build skills in the participant to identify, consider, and manage symptoms of compassion fatigue. Participants learn in an experiential environment that provides opportunity for reflection and analysis on their own symptoms of compassion fatigue through use of self-assessments and group discussion. At the conclusion of the session, participants will be provided with a self-care activity that provides the opportunity to relax and recharge.

Participants will:

  • Be able to define the 3 elements of professional quality of life
  • Identify characteristics that contribute to or provide resilience from compassion fatigue
  • Create a self-care plan for implementation following the training
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Gang and Youth Violence

March 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Project Harmony, 11949 Q St
Omaha, NE United States

This training, delivered by Omaha’s newest youth violence prevention program – YouTurn – provides unique insight into gangs, violence, and Omaha’s highest risk youth. Through presentation, videos, case studies and panels/Q&A with credible messengers, learn about this important topic and the work YouTurn is doing.

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Framing ACEs (webinar)

March 31, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free
The Iowa ACEs Coalition hosts quarterly learning opportunities to delve deeper into the science related to ACEs and opportunities to respond. Anyone is welcome to attend!

Framing ACEs

How we talk about an issue often matters more than what we say. To build understanding and support for our efforts, we should consider the ways in which our audience processes information into organizing ideas, or frames, and how we can present new frames.

This webinar will give an overview on how you can frame messages about your issue or organization for more effective communications. We’ll walk you through:

  • Why framing matters and how it works
  • Research-based messages for talking about child development, toxic stress, and two-generational approaches
  • Other models you can apply for talking about your organization or in telling stories
  • Effective examples of framing issues related to ACEs
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April 2020

ACEs and Prenatal Strategies (webinar)

April 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
This webinar will share updated research on how ACEs and stress can be transferred from parent to child, Iowa data on the stress pregnant mothers are facing today, and opportunities to prevent ACEs in future generations.

How a child develops is the foundation for a prosperous community in the future. Starting even before birth, a child’s brain architecture is being constructed through an ongoing process that continues into adulthood. But many children experience stress early on that damages the early developing architecture of their brain and can undermine their ability to reach their full potential.​ Not only can early experiences of adversity impact individuals’ lives, they also can impact future generations. Our experiences may be woven into our children’s and even our grandchildren’s genetic code.

If we are going to reduce trauma and improve health outcomes today, and in the future, we need to start at the beginning. The VERY beginning.

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Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care (webinar)

April 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Project Harmony, 11949 Q St
Omaha, NE United States
Free

NOTE: This is webinar version of our live classroom training using Zoom Web Conferencing.

Description:

What is Compassion Fatigue? Who does it affect? Why should you care? How do you deal with it? This workshop will answer these questions and build skills in the participant to identify, consider, and manage symptoms of compassion fatigue. Participants learn in an experiential environment that provides opportunity for reflection and analysis on their own symptoms of compassion fatigue through use of self-assessments and group discussion. At the conclusion of the session, participants will be provided with a self-care activity that provides the opportunity to relax and recharge.

Participants will:

  • Be able to define the 3 elements of professional quality of life
  • Identify characteristics that contribute to or provide resilience from compassion fatigue
  • Create a self-care plan for implementation following the training
Learn more & register »

Juvenile Justice Trauma Training (webinar)

April 22, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Project Harmony, 11949 Q St
Omaha, NE United States
Free

NOTE: This is webinar version of our live classroom training using Zoom Web Conferencing.

Description:

This training is designed specifically for those that work with juveniles who are involved in the Juvenile Justice System. Participants learn what trauma is and its impact on these youth, as well as develop awareness of the unique experiences that juveniles encounter by virtue of being involved in the system and the effect(s) these experiences have on their traumatic stress reactions.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to view youth behaviors through a trauma lens
  • Understand the role of resilience in buffering the effects of traumatic events
  • Create a draft trauma-informed safety plan and understand how to use it with youth
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May 2020

Mental Health Summit, 2020: After The TRAUMA, The REAL Battle Begins!

May 4, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Description

After The TRAUMA, The REAL Battle Begins

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater Omaha Chapter (NC100BW, GOC) presents to you Mental Health Summit, 2020 on May 4, 2020 @ Milo Bail Student Center on the University of Nebraska – Omaha campus. The purpose of Mental Health Summit, 2020 is to bridge the mental health gap between awareness and disparity by providing educational sessions that impact adolescence, adults, families, professionals and the community at large. The training sessions are strategically planned with hopes of minimizing stigmatization and increasing community consciousness associated with the African-American mental health paradigm.

One of the most important growing concerns in our country is the lack of understanding surrounding mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness month. The NC100BW, GOC is implementing our third summit in effort to continue to educate and bring awareness as it relates to community mental health concerns. MHS, 2020’s focused theme is TRAUMA. Trauma is the underlying cause of many of our mental health concerns dating back to our ancestors Trans-Atlantic voyage. It is silently pervasive yet impacting overtly. The summit will address trauma in a comprehensive way, stimulating thought and engaging the audience in processes that affect behaviors which lead to mental health struggles, with trauma being the root cause.

Mental Health Summit, 2020 will overarchingly discuss the trauma subject from an enslavement perspective, knowing that slavery was the catalyst for much of African – American trauma. Who better to broach the subject than the author of POST TRAUMATIC Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Dr. Joy Degruy.

Ms. Joy Angela DeGruy (keynote) holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. Dr. DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc.

Dr. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery. She has over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of intergenerational/historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies and evidence based model development. Dr. DeGruy has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters and authored her seminal book entitled “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.”

This one day summit will provide one plenary session and nine break-out session options on topics such as Community Trauma Priorities in Working with African Americans (AA), Trauma Research/Assessment and Quality Improvement with AA or Communities of Color, Trauma Informed Care/Adverse Childhood Experiences Focusing on African-Americans, Issues in Caring/Healing for Miltary Veterans and Sexual Assault Victims, Emotional Emancipation, and several other topics too vast to name here.

The primary target audience for this summit is our local Omaha community (adolescence, adults, and families), healthcare providers, nurses, behavioral/mental health practitioners, counselors and social workers. The summit will also offer credentialed continuing education contact hours for mental health professionals, nurses, counselors, drug and alcohol professionals and social workers in the Omaha area. This summit will benefit those interested in learning more about the mental health paradigm and how those concerns impact the African-American community. The conference will also benefit those who have a desire to advocate on behalf of black women and girls.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Greater Omaha Chapter is partnering with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Psychology Department in hosting Mental Health Summit 2020!

Learn more & register »

Trauma and Resiliency in Families

May 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Project Harmony, 11949 Q St
Omaha, NE United States
Free

Description:

The purpose of this training is to provide child welfare professionals with foundational knowledge about trauma and its effect on children and families as well as explore strategies that are trauma-informed in working with populations with a history of trauma.

Participants will:

  • Be able to define trauma and describe how it differs from everyday stress
  • Learn how to view behaviors and interactions with children and families through a trauma lens
  • Identify the impact trauma may have on childhood developmental tasks
  • Understand the role of resilience on buffering the effects of traumatic events
  • Be able to describe ways they can help children and families experiencing traumatic stress reactions
Learn more & register »
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