H3 Conference 2018
Sponsored by Aetna of Kentucky
Saturday, October 27
Highview Baptist Church
7711 Fegenbush Ln, Louisville, KY 40228
2018 H3 Keynote
We Can Do Hard Things | Kristin Berry
Foster and adoptive families often feel isolated and ill-equipped to support our children. We face past trauma, attachment difficulties and tricky family relationships each day. We can feel discouraged and ready to quit. We can be encouraged on this journey. With support, strong community and resources, we can become the parents our children need us to be.
2018 H3 Breakout Sessions
Beauty: An Impetus for Soul Care | Sean Brooks
This session will survey the nature of beauty understood from a medieval perspective and how that understanding encourages and provides resources for the crucial work of caring for other’s souls.
Firm Foundations: Having a Marriage that can Withstand the Storms | Maria Gocke
Marriage is hard. Parenting is hard. Adoptive parenting and having a healthy marriage—I promise it’s not impossible! We will discuss five important factors to ensuring your marriage is a firm foundation for your home and your family.
Promoting Sibling Attachment and Unity | Erin Orr
This breakout session will provide parents with practical ideas for ways to help siblings develop attachment and unity. The PEACE Plan for conflict resolution will also be discussed.
How Trauma is Encoded in the Brain and How to Bounce Back | Marybeth Orton
This presentation will address traumas experiences as the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and what we know about how trauma is encoded in the brain. Understanding this process causes increased compassion for children’s behaviors that don’t seem to resolve with various behavior modification strategies. Resiliency building (bouncing back) will be briefly addressed as well.
How the Senses Behave | Jennifer Brown
Knowing the difference between a sensory tantrum and a behavior meltdown can be very difficult. In this session, we will discuss sensory needs in children and how they can affect behavior. We will gain tools to address behavior and strengthen family bonds instead of leading to power struggles.
Talking With Your Children About Adoption | Channing Knighton
Knowing how and when to approach conversations about adoption with your child can be a challenge for every foster or adoptive parent. In this session, participants will learn practical tips to guide and equip parents to have healthy, honest and helpful conversations with their child about their adoption story in a way that cultivates healthy identity development and secure attachment.
Parenting with Connection—Practical Tips, Tools and Strategies for Adoptive and Foster Parents | Renee Witkowski
Parenting a child who has experienced trauma is difficult, challenging and a long term calling. A connected approach to parenting helps children learn to trust, develop healthy relationships and use the gifts that God has given them. Emphasizing a high structured and high nurtured lifestyle and type of engagement with your child takes time and intentionality. In this workshop, you will learn the theory behind connected parenting and learn practical strategies that you can immediately implement in your family to reduce misbehavior and increase closeness.
Help! My Adopted Child is Struggling in School | Joan Miller & Jennie McKindles
This workshop’s goal is to identify common student needs and provide ways for their parents to advocate for them.
Tech Wisdom—Healthy Relationships | Dr. Karen Hutcheson
Dr. Hutcheson will provide helpful information related to navigating the complicated landmines that our kids are facing in the digital age. Dr. Karen will provide tools for shepherding the hearts and minds of kids and teens related to technology, as well as provide important information related to keeping your kids safe. Kids who come from different stories, particularly institutionalization, have a greater risk of being exposed to sexuality or being sexualized. You don’t want to miss this informative breakout by international adoption expert, Dr. Karen Hutcheson.
Equipping Minds with Games | Dr. Carol Brown
The brain can change, as the latest research on neuroplasticity has proven. You can put this research into practice by learning specific brain-training games and exercises that have been proven to increase working memory, processing, attention, long-term memory retrieval, executive functioning, and communication skills. Dr. Brown has developed a curriculum that uses cognitive development exercises and games to make learning possible for children and adults of all abilities.
Reaching the Heart of Child | Marcia Ryan
This presentation will help parents, caregivers and professionals have a better understanding of how to utilize TBRI® and Theraplay® approaches to increase emotional connection with children.
Creating a Safety Plan | Kristin Berry
You’ve been investigated. A child in your home has acted out against another child. Your home cannot function as it used to. You need to institute a safety plan to ensure everyone (including you) is safe. But how? We will walk through key steps to formulating and instilling a safety plan in your home.