2018 Sessions

Workshop #1:
The Protective Factors Framework: The Antidote to Child Abuse and Neglect

Presenter: Lorraine Cragan-Sullivan
Age group(s): Infants (0-19 months), Toddlers (19-35 months) and Preschool (3-5 years)
Environment(s): home, classroom, and community

 

 

Workshop Description:
The Protective Factors Framework consists of five factors known to help reduce childhood abuse and neglect. These factors include parental resilience, social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children. Learn about the five protective factors and develop a plan to integrate them into your everyday life and work.

 

 

About the Presenter:

Lorraine Cragan-Sullivan has over 20 year of experience working with children and families in diverse settings. Lorraine received her Bachelor and Master degrees in psychology from Marist College and Master of Social Work degree from the University at Albany. Lorraine is employed by the Greenville Health System in the Bradshaw Institute for Community Child Health & Advocacy and serves as the Upstate Community Outreach Program Coordinator for Help Me Grow South Carolina. Help Me Grow is an evidence-based program founded on the fundamental premise that developmental surveillance and screening, along with early detection of children with developmental or behavioral health concerns and their connection to community services improve health outcomes for children. She is a certified trainer in the Strengthening Families’ Protective Factor Framework.

Workshop #2:
Creating Trauma-Informed and Nurturing Interactions and Environments for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children

Presenters: Christopher Wells, M.Ed. and Cathy Joyner, LPC
Age group(s): Infants (0-19 months), Toddlers (19-35 months) and Preschool (3-5 years)
Environment(s): home, classroom and community
 


Workshop Description:

This session will address the potential impact that traumatic events can have on infants, toddlers and young children. These areas will include the potential impact on the brain, and on social, emotional and cognitive development. Strategies to create interactions and environments that help to mitigate the potential adverse impact of trauma and to foster resilience will be identified.

 


About the Presenters:

Chris Wells is the Trauma-Informed Systems Supervisor for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. In this role Chris has been providing consultation and training to staff from DMH and other agencies across the state since 2003. Chris received a bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master in Education in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel. Chris has worked with SCDMH since 1995 and has specialized in treating individuals who have experienced traumatic events.


Cathy Joyner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been with the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center (CDMHC) since 1989. Since 1991, she has served as a clinician to children and families and as a clinician/supervisor for intensive home-based services and Babynet; has supervised two SAMHSA grants, one focusing on treatment of infants, toddlers and their families and the other on treatment for children experiencing physical abuse in their families. Cathy is currently the CDMHC Staff Resource and Development Coordinator. She is a contributing author to three books on the treatment of trauma.

Workshop #3:
Attachment

Presenter: Jessica Sharp
Age group(s): Infants (0-19 months) and Toddlers (19-35 months)
Environment(s): home, classroom and community

 

 
Workshop Description:

In this session, participants will learn about the importance of secure attachments between young children and their caregivers, and the impact of both secure and insecure attachments on children's well-being. Participants will learn how to develop secure attachments between themselves and the children in their care, as well as how to support families in maintaining secure attachments during the transition to child care.

 

About the Presenter:

Jessica Sharp is the Field Manager for the South Carolina Program for Infant/Toddler Care. Her previous early childhood experiences include direct service with children and families as an Infant/Toddler Teacher, and as the Director of a nationally-accredited center, as well as indirect service through her work on community-level educational initiatives for the United Way of Greenville County. Jessica has a BA in Art from Furman University, an MAT in Early Childhood Education from Converse College, and completed PhD coursework in Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina.

Workshop #4:
Resilience Documentary Screening and Discussion

Presenter: Pat Patrick, Director of Families First
Age group(s): Infants (0-19 months), Toddlers (19-35 months) and Preschool (3-5 years)
Environment(s): home, classroom and community


Workshop Description:

Join a showing of the film, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope,” by Karen Pritzker and James Redford. This movie screening focuses on the research around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), and will assist professionals with developing knowledge on prevention and day-to-day actions to build resilience in children and families through schools. This movie compliments Paper Tigers, by providing more scientific insight on how ACEs can disrupt neurodevelopment and impact child mental health and well-being. There will be a facilitated group discussion upon the conclusion of the showing.

 

About the Presenter:

Pat Patrick, MSW, LISW-CP is the Director of SC Families First, a family empowerment movement within the SC Department of Social Services successfully implementing family group decision making models.
Mr. Patrick has extensive experience in child welfare including child sexual abuse prevention campaigns, program development and service delivery to children and families in both residential and community based settings. He currently works with the SC Department of Social Services on several key initiatives, creating and expanding family engagement services and implementing trauma informed practices. As a Master Trainer in the Adverse Childhood Experiences Interface curriculum, he works with communities in raising awareness of the impact of childhood trauma.
He received his BS from the College of Charleston and his MSW from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Patrick is licensed as an Independent social worker of clinical practice in the state of South Carolina and serves on the Board of Social Work Examiners. He is also certified in Plant Based Nutrition and provides consultation to others in transitioning to a plant based diet.

Workshop #5:
Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect for Mandated Reporters

Presenter: Brenda J. Myers
Age group(s): Infants (0-19 months), Toddlers (19-35 months) and Preschool (3-5 years)
Environment(s): home, classroom and community

 

 

Workshop Description:

This training focuses on recognizing signs of child abuse and neglect. The session covers job classifications that are considered to be mandated reporters, how to report abuse and neglect, and Daniel's Law. This training is intended to increase the knowledge of attendees while making them aware of state statutes that guide and protect mandated reporters as well as provide for the safety and well-being of all children.

 

 

About the Presenter:

Brenda J. Myers is a Mandated Reporter Trainer for the Children’s Law Center. Brenda previously served 10 years as the State Coordinator of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program at the South Carolina Department of Education in the Office of Youth Services. She also served as a Paralegal at the Richland County Department of Social Services for 11 years. In addition, Brenda has worked as a caseworker in the Child Protective Services and Medicaid divisions at the South Carolina Department of Social Services. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she earned a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Government International Studies.