Laughing, Loving, and Leading Your Kids 3-12-16

Date: March 12, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Clinton County RESA, 1013 South U.S. 27, Suite A, St. Johns, MI 48879
Contact: Nicole,, 989-224-5241

This conference is for all parents and other people who love and care for kids including: Foster Parents, Grandparents, Adoptive Parents, Childcare Professionals, Teachers and YOU. Participants will receive a certificate for 4.5 training hours.  The cost is $25.00 per person and lunch is included.  Limited scholarships are available for Clinton County Parents.  The registration deadline is MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016. REGISTER EARLY, SPACE IS LIMITED! Questions? Call MSU Extension at (989) 224-5241.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting at 989-224-5241 by February 29, 2016 to make arrangements. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.



8 - 8:30 a.m.: Registration, Refreshments & Networking

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.: Welcome and Overview of the Day

8:45 - 10:15 a.m.: Keynote Speaker

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Session I

12–1 p.m.: Lunch Provided

1 –2:30 p.m.: Session II

2:30–2:45 p.m.: Evaluation

KEYNOTE 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.
How to Speak STRENGTH
Presenter: Maureen Hollocker
A strength-based approach can move your personal, family, and professional life from surviving to thriving! It is more than “positive thinking”- it is an intentional, layered practice. How will you unleash potential and begin the path to greater resilience and better outcomes? Learn 3 steps you can take to be fluent in STRENGTH.

SESSION I 10:30 - 12 p.m.
Workshop #1 Building Protective Factors in Families: A Collaborative Approach
Presenter: Maureen Hollocker
Learn how a Northern Michigan community is improving outcomes for parents and children using Strengthening Families Framework. There will be an overview of their “What Makes Your Family Strong?” campaign with easy to use implementation strategies through community collaboration. See how a strength-based approach to working with families can change not only your outlook, but your outcomes!

Workshop #2 Teaching Concepts About Print Through Read Alouds, Shared Readings, and Guided Reading Groups
Presenter: Amy Verhougstraete
By choosing purposeful text, making thoughtful teaching decisions, and modeling thinking aloud, you can teach young readers the concepts about print they need to know to be readers. Through read alouds, shared readings, and guided reading groups, you will learn strategies that you can use with readers of all ages!

Workshop #3 Mandated Reporting in Children Protective Services
Presenter: Rodney Weisenberger
Attendees will be able to understand the importance of making a referral to CPS, their legal obligations in making the referral and how the referral is handled from beginning to the end of the investigation.

Workshop #4 Helping Children Resolve Conflicts (Repeat Workshop)
Presenter: Mindy Smith
In this session, we will watch a short DVD showing the six steps we should follow when guiding children to resolve conflicts. When implemented and practiced, children learn to resolve conflict on their own, which is what we want them to do before they enter school.

Workshop #5 Discover My Plate-Early Childhood Nutrition
Presenter: Roxanne White
In this session we will discover new and exciting ways to incorporate nutrition and physical activities as a component of early education. These activities can be used in a home, daycare or nutrition classroom setting.

Workshop #6 Social Emotional Development: An Important Life Skill
Presenter: Shannon Lindquist
Positive social-emotional growth builds the communication skills necessary for learning throughout a child’s life. Young children who are socially and emotionally healthy have a greater chance of achieving success in school and in life. This workshop will provide participants an opportunity to learn/review the stages of development and put knowledge to work through small group discussions. Participants will be provided with resources to develop their own Social Emotional development tool kit.

SESSION II 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Workshop #7 A Way with Words: The use of Personal Journals to Support Young Children’s Social-Emotional Development
Presenter: Kathleen Walters
It has been my experience that children’s use of personal journals to express thoughts and feelings contributes to their social-emotional well-being. As children begin to understand basic literacy concepts, they are able to participate in documenting their ideas, thoughts and feelings through dictation, storytelling and drawing. This session will include a brief description of my thesis research followed by an interactive workshop that includes discussion and small group activities designed to train providers in the appropriate use of personal journals to support children’s social-emotional development.

Workshop #8 Taking The Scary Out of Parenting and Caring for Chronically Ill Children
Presenter: Marie Barks
Parents may have feelings of guilt and anger when their children are diagnosed with a chronic illness. Parents need to educate themselves about the ins and outs of their child’s illness in order to advocate and communicate the child’s and family’s needs. Parents and child care providers will also be given strategies to use with chronically ill children in regards to making choices, parenting techniques and getting needed supports.

Workshop #9 Child Care Home Business Tips
Presenter: Janet Pletcher
A child care program in a home setting is a special type of business-but it is still a business. Appropriate record-keeping procedures and financial planning will help make your child care home business successful. Learn strategies to keep your business and your home finances in order.

Workshop #10 Helping Children Resolve Conflicts (Repeat Workshop)
Presenter: Mindy Smith
In this session, we will watch a short DVD showing the six steps we should follow when guiding children to resolve conflicts. When implemented and practiced, children learn to resolve conflict on their own, which is what we want them to do before they enter school.

Workshop #11 How to Respond to a Child in Trauma and Why Your Response Matters
Presenter: Lauren Vitek
This workshop will explore how trauma can affect a child’s behavior, thinking and development. It will provide practical and useful tools for caregivers on how to respond to a child who has experienced trauma and why their response to the trauma is important. Other topics include, but are not limited to: the disclosure of abuse, navigating systems, and obstacles to parenting/caring for a child in trauma.

Workshop #12 Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Presenter: Dorothy Munn
Young children are curious, excited, interested in exploring the world around them and eager to try new things. Discover ways that parents and child care givers can encourage that sense of inquiring through hands-on science activities. Participants will learn how to help children explore science and will take home lots of new ideas.

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