Conference Program

(This is the current schedule. It is subject to change.  Just sayin')

April 13 – Saturday

8:30am- 9:00am Registration/Coffee/Breakfast
Sign in. Fuel up on coffee, tea and treats. And meet the other SPACE travelers
9:00am- 9:15am Introduction
Billy Kaplan will try to be witty and succinct as he welcomes everyone to the two-day journey to SPACE (try not to look bored).
9:15am- 10:15am Parenting as Performance: Improv in the House!!!!!
It’s a little known fact that Improv theater and therapeutic parenting have a lot in common. Be entertained and learn as an Improv troop guides us through exercises which help us listen, make our partners looks good and celebrate failures.  You’ll get a whole new perspective on the art of therapeutic parenting.
10:15am- 11:30am Parent Communities
This is a chance for you to discuss… whatever… with each other and professionals in small groups as you build community and connect more intimately.  It is an opportunity to share personal stories, talk about your experiences/reactions to the conference, ask questions, share successes and support each other.
11:30am- 12:30pm Lunch
We’ll provide the buffet lunch with lots of yummy options. You provide the conversations and make connections with other parents!!!  Lake Michigan will provide AMAZING views!
12:30pm- 2:00pmparenting_space2012_register

Break Out Sessions #1

Foundations of Attachment – Wendy Kovacs
[Highly recommended for first-time conference participants]
Before being able to effectively work with traumatized children it is important t understand how the trauma has impacted their brains and bodies. This session focuses on these foundations of trauma and will introduce participants to the attachment cycle and explore causes of missed attachment.  Typical biological and chemical responses to trauma will be explored, along with basic developmental stages that are often missed when trauma is present.
Get in the Support Zone: Where You’re Not Alone – Toni Hoy
As therapeutic parents, we must break the parenting mold that we were raised in and learn a vastly different style of parenting. In addition, we have to stand alone when other parents judge or mock us out of misunderstanding. We have unique worries regarding our child’s illness and his future, as well as our own ability to navigate a difficult and unknown path. We need the support of other parents who know what it is like to walk a day in our shoes; yet, we find every excuse in the book for not getting support. What is preventing you from getting the support you know you need? Learn that it’s ok to need a different type of support than other parents need. Learn why you are not seeking support, how to get support, and most importantly, how to get the right support.
Power Play - Karen Doyle Buckwalter, MSW, LCSW &  Marcia Ryan, BS, RTC
The ability to be playful with children and adolescents can not only diffuse a tense situation but also allow parents to develop a deeper connection with their child. It can be challenging to find ways to be playful with resistant or challenging children and teens. Combining a variety of therapeutic techniques including Theraplay® and Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI), this workshop will give parents practical hands-on skills for bringing more fun and less stress into their families.
2:00pm- 2:15pm Break
How about a stretch? Or a quick walk to the lake?  Maybe you’d like something to drink or a little something to eat?  This is it – your fifteen minutes of fame!
2:00pm- 4:00pm Reiki Room Open for free sessions
2:15pm- 3:45pmparenting_space2012_register

Break Out Sessions #2   

Introduction to SPACE  – Billy Kaplan
[Highly recommended for first-time conference participants]
This workshop will provide an approach to therapeutic parenting that uses the acronym SPACE. SPACE is a way of engaging in therapeutic parenting by providing Safety, Structure, Supervision and Support, and by being Playful, Accepting, Curious and Empathic.  While there is no “magic pill” to heal the wounds of children who were traumatized in early childhood, utilizing SPACE has helped many parents to give their children great opportunities for healing.
Accepting Our Selves - Amber LeFevour
We all come to parenting with our own “stuff.”  And sometimes that “stuff” gets in the way of parenting our traumatized children with the therapeutic touch we would like to provide.  In this workshop, we’ll turn the looking glass around and see the issues that prevent us from connecting with our children.  We will learn to practice Acceptance of ourselves, our history, our baggage, and our triggers, so that we can positively and enormously improve our ability to reach our children.
Neuro-reorganization Part 1 – Emily Beard
This presentation is an introduction to neurological reorganization. Neurological reorganization addresses the neurodevelopmental root of emotional, behavioral, academic, and physical concerns. It is a non-invasive, comprehensive, movement-based approach that replicates the typical developmental sequence all infants should complete in about the first year of life. Frequently, children with neuropsychiatric concerns did not have the opportunity to complete the developmental sequence or it was interrupted by trauma or abuse and, hence, do not have the wiring in place to support healthy functionality. Neurological reorganization addresses these gaps and serves an important role in a child's overall healing. This introductory presentation will explore what is neurological reorganization, what causes functional deficits, and the signs and symptoms of both normal and abnormal function.
ICARE: Helping Your Child Overcome ADHD - Rick Simon
So much of Parenting in SPACE is about helping children improve their ability to self-regulate. This workshop looks at a challenging set of dysregulation problems, the ones associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Children with ADHD have trouble sustaining concentration, controlling impulses, organizing tasks, and tolerating frustration. Their ADHD can be particularly troublesome at school, where it often results in learning delays, disciplinary problems, social difficulties, and eroded self-confidence. It can also disrupt home life, sparking conflict and amplifying family stress. This workshop will present ICARE, an attachment-based approach that parents can use to help their children overcome the learning and behavioral obstacles created by ADHD and to relieve the stresses ADHD places on family life. During the workshop, participants will explore the science of ADHD, the importance of routine, the impact of attitude, the power of acceptance, and the value of advocacy.
3:45pm- 4:00pm Wrap Up
No, no. Not RAP-up as in Christine sharing a new version of the Pee song while Billy does beat-boxing.  More like an transition from the workshops to the evening’s fun.
4:15pm- 5:00pm *Zumba! – Rosemary Spizzirri
*Meditation – TBA
*Unguided Walk on the State Park Trails
5:30pm- 6:00pm Pre-dinner Adult Beverages
Come “schmooze” with other parents and the professionals participating in the conference.
6:00pm- 6:30 pm Dinner
Another astounding buffet meal overlooking the Lake. Enjoy!!!
6:30pm- 7:15 pm Facing our Fears as Parents of Trauma - Lindsay Crapo
As parents we too are challenged everyday as we hold our children’s hands and walk though their fears with them. There is no doubt that we too are affected by the fear, rejection and pain our child reflects and sometimes projects to us. How we deal with that, how we are prepared and armored in dealing with our own issues, past and fears makes all the difference in coming to the table of healing. This night will be full of laughter and tears as we get messy beautiful, and reach down deep and talk about what we can do for ourselves to be stronger, better and more present for the little people that need us most.
7:15pm– 8:45pm General Mayhem 
Go ahead… ask the House Calls Counseling staff and the other “professionals” anything you want (well, anything about attachment, trauma, parenting, etc.).  We’ll do our best to give you an answer.
8:45pm– 9:00pmparenting_space2012_register Wrap-up and Closing Songs (Billy & Christine)
From Christine’s  “Pee Song” to Billy’s “Hey Lena,” sing along on some attachment-focused favorites and enjoy some new ones.

April 14 – Sunday

8:00am– 9:00am Registration/Coffee/Breakfast
*Yoga – ???????????
*Meditation/Mindfulness – Rosemary Spizzirri
9:00am- 10:30am

Break Out Sessions #3

The ARC Framework: A Practical Toolkit For Parents: Rick Simon
Strong, secure Attachments give children the inner resources they need for self-Regulation. In turn, regulation gives them the resilience and focus they need to build their daily Competencies - the learning and behavior skills that help them function successfully at school, at home, and in social situations. This workshop will explore the ARC Framework, a practical, powerful toolkit for helping parents help their children develop healthier Attachment, achieve greater self-Regulation, and learn new Competencies. In addition to presenting background information and recent research, the workshop will provide specific, useful tools parents can use to implement the framework in their children’s lives.
Neuro-reorganization Part 2 – Emily Beard
This presentation discusses how to be successful with a program of neurological reorganization. It is strongly recommended that you first attend the introduction to neurological reorganization to gain familiarity with the concepts discussed. Neurological reorganization addresses the neurodevelopmental root of emotional, behavioral, academic, and physical concerns. It is a non-invasive, comprehensive, movement-based approach that replicates the typical developmental sequence all infants should complete in about the first year of life. Frequently, children with neuropsychiatric concerns did not have the opportunity to complete the developmental sequence or it was interrupted by trauma or abuse and, hence, do not have the wiring in place to support healthy functionality. Neurological reorganization addresses these gaps and serves an important role in a child's overall healing. This presentation will discuss the components of a program of neurological reorganization, walk participants through a functional neurological exam, provide examples of neurodevelopmental activities, and discuss strategies for how to succeed with an at-home program of neurological reorganization.
Dads of Trauma Annual Meeting – Billy Kaplan
While much has been done to support our beloved Trauma Mamas, there has been a lack of supports for our beloved DOTs (Dads of Trauma). This workshop will provide a safe, nurturing, male-only environment in which dads can share their inner-most feelings and thoughts about being the fathers of children with trauma, and the husbands of mommas of those kids. (Ok, really, we’ll just sit around, smoke cigars, tap a keg and talk about sports – just don’t tell the wives!).
Building Structure with Behavioral Management – Jim Kling
This interactive training will provide effective, concrete techniques for parents working with children and adolescents who exhibit moderate to severe behavior problems.  This training will contain practical applications of techniques that participants can use with children and adolescents to help them regain control over their environment.
10:30am- 10:45pm Break
How about a stretch? Or a quick walk to the lake?  Maybe you’d like something to drink or a little something to eat?  This is it – your fifteen minutes of fame!
10:45am- 12:15pmparenting_space2012_register

Break Out Sessions #4

Keeping the Couple-flame Burning – Wendy Kovacs
Do you ever feel like your relationship with your partner plays second fiddle to your role as a parent? The you are not alone! Couples often get so wrapped up with daily life streses that they lose sight of how to maintain their relationship within the family! But your partner relationship is the basis of your family life, and holds the family together. This workshop will explore six characteristics of strong couples, along with examples of how to increase these characteristics within your relationship.
Self-Care Workshop - RoseMary Spizzarri & Caitlin Travers
 With so much going on in your everyday life as a therapeutic parent, it’s easy to forget one of the key components of the SPACE model – Support. An essential (and perhaps most challenging) part of Support for therapeutic parenting is taking care of your SELF, first and foremost; without that piece of the model, the truth is you may be a less effective therapeutic parent! In this workshop you’ll learn from House Calls Counseling professionals why Support and self-care are so important, you’ll learn some self-care techniques that are easy and effective, and most importantly, you’ll have a chance to talk to fellow parents to learn about what they’re doing to care for themselves. In other words, you’ll get the Support you need and deserve!
Zen and the Art of Curiosity – Billy Kaplan
This workshop will help participants “become one” with curiosity.  It will provide guidelines for practicing the art of curiosity, then it will use video clips to help participants to see examples of success and failures of curiosity in the movies.  And we’ll explore those movie-failures to discover how the characters could have responded… had they understood SPACE!!!
Parenting the Theraplay Way - Donna Gates
Adopted and foster children often need a different kind of parenting, and these parenting skills may not come naturally to even the best parent. In this workshop a Theraplay expert who understands neurological and developmental issues that might be challenging your child will give you specific ideas and techniques to help you bring joy, fun and laughter back home to your family. They will share with you what you need to know about attachment and trauma, and how parenting the Theraplay way will address your child’s challenges. You will see activities being used with other families, and you will practice them to give you confidence to try them at home. This workshop will address such issues as: how to help your child feel more comfortable accepting your guidance and leadership, how to nip behaviors in the bud without being punitive, how to get away from constant rewards and threats of consequence, how to discipline your child in a way that is effective and fosters learning rather than making the child feel ashamed and vengeful, how to integrate playful, reciprocal interactions to enhance your child’s sense of well‐being and self‐esteem, and how to foster a feeling of connection and joy between your child and you that will last beyond the time of the actual activity/event.
12:15pm- 1:15pm Lunch (provided onsite)
More buffet food. More friends. More lake views.  Oh yeah!!
1:15pm- 2:15 pm Parent Communities: Preparing for Launch: Improv in SPACE
In this last session of our Parent Communities, we will come full circle and play some improvisational games in which practice PACE using scenes that seem oh-so-familiar to many of us.  It’ll be participation by choice – no pressure – so “taking a role” or being in the “audience” are both great ways to participate.  We will also wrap-up on our experience at the conference.
2:15pm– 2:30 pm Break
Last time for some great conversation and refreshments this year.
2:30pm– 4:00pm 10,000 Questions with Billy Kaplan and Christine Moers
4:00parenting_space2012_register Closing

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