Training Institute 2018:

Youth Voices Matter: Collaborating with Youth to Promote Healthy Relationships

Highlights from the Day:

Overview of Events & Workshops

Natalie Moore

Natalie Y. Moore is WBEZ’s South Side Reporter where she covers segregation and inequality.

Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Natalie is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. She is also co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang and Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.

Her work has been published in numerous publications including Essence, Ebony, the Chicago Reporter and the Chicago Tribune. She currently writes a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Presenter: Candice Norcott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, Biological Sciences Division Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

Practitioners will learn specific strategies to continue providing needed therapeutic interventions while demonstrating to students they hear their voices by incorporating their ideas in your practice. This workshop will focus on providing concrete behavioral health services to students and understanding some specific mechanisms underlying the relationship between trauma and decisions.

Presenters: Carmen Holley, LCSW, & Claudio Rivera, Ph.D., Center for Childhood Resilience, Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Research shows that preventive behavioral health improves positive behavior and reduces negative behavior in children and adolescents. The Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR) approaches behavioral health within a broader philosophy that promotes mental wellness, health, and resilience. This workshop will provide updated strategies that focus on listening to youth voices and responding with effective and current interventions.

Moderator: Branden A. McLeod, Ph.D., MSW

Youth voice is challenging the status quo. Our youth are elevating the decibel and bringing dialogue to the forefront. A formidable panel of youth from urban and suburban schools will engage in a conversation about critical youth leadership and ways that school-based practitioners can support their development. Moderated by Dr. McLeod, this youth panel will energize workshop participants through this discourse which will inform practitioners from their perspective about social, emotional and environmental issues which can be used as a dynamic, sustainable approach of interweaving youth viewpoint into practice.

Presenters: Rachel Snavely, MSW & Heather Verdak, MSW Graduates, 2018 Jane Addams College of Social Work

This workshop will introduce Critical Service Learning as a strengths-based, asset-driven, interdisciplinary approach that promotes youth voice and youth empowerment while enhancing social, emotional and academic skill development. This workshop will be an interactive presentation where participants will learn how to use the community web mapping as a tool to engage youth in becoming involved in their school and community.

Presenters: Crystal Winfield-Edwards, LCSW, MA, Options SEL Specialist, Chicago Public Schools, Office of Social & Emotional Learning and Megan Traficano, LCSW, Asst. Principal/Clinical Coordinator, Joseph Academy, Hometown, Illinois

Research has shown that punitive, zero-tolerance approaches to discipline do not prevent or reduce misbehavior and negatively impact learning. Senate Bill 100 eliminates “zero tolerance” policies and requires schools to focus on more positive methods of discipline which provides a unique opportunity for school social workers engage in prevention and intervention at various levels in the educational process. This workshop will introduce restorative practices that can be used to support student development in a safe learning environment.

Presenter: Liza Suarez, Ph.D., Co-Director, Urban Youth Trauma Center, Asst. Professor of Clinical Psychology, Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois at Chicago, Dept. of Psychiatry

Community violence is prominent in the city of Chicago. Discussions about trauma-informed care affords opportunities for youth to emerge as leaders by speaking out against violence and gaining access to mental health care. Anxiety, grief and substance use are a common reaction to trauma exposure that are often overlooked in schools. This workshop will provide concrete trauma-informed strategies for youth in schools.

Our Post-MSW PEL Program

Social work professionals can become eligible for the ISBE PEL School Social Worker Endorsement application process.

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