Adolescent Health Conference Workshops

 

Workshop #1

Why Do they Act That Way?

About the Session

In WHY Do They Act That Way? nationally renowned, award-winning psychologist Dr. David Walsh explains exactly what happens to the human brain on the path from childhood into adolescence and adulthood. Revealing the latest scientific findings in easy-to-understand terms, Dr. Walsh shows why moodiness, quickness to anger and to take risks, miscommunication, fatigue, territoriality, and other familiar teenage behavior are so common—all are linked to physical changes and growth in the adolescent brain.  But this workshop goes beyond the well-known issues of hormones and peer pressure.  Dr. Walsh explains the changes in teens’ brains and show parents and anyone who works with kids how to use this information to understand, communicate with, and stay connected to their kids. 

The Presenter

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Dr. David Walsh

Mind Positive Parenting

Love Notes Curriculum Workshop

About the Session

Are you currently or will you in the future facilitate the Love Notes curriculum? If yes, we invite you to join this session! Facilitators of the Love Notes curriculum will come together to review evaluation results and student feedback from the previous year, review curriculum content and new videos, discuss strategies for overcoming common challenges in facilitating the curriculum, sharpen facilitation skills for enhancing interactivity, and discuss the STI rates in SC.

The Presenters

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Cathy Guidry

Dibble Institute

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Tina Gaudiano

Middle Tyger Community Center

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Vonne McClain

Whitlock Flexible Learning Center

Listening to Teens: What They Want Adults to Know

About the Session

Connect in collaboration with Way to Wellville conducted two listening campaigns by training young adults to listen to their peers.  Come HEAR from Spartanburg County Teens on what they want adult to know and how they believe we can make Spartanburg a better place for young people to thrive. 

The Presenters

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Polly Edwards-Padgett and Samantha Overton

Mary Black Foundation and Way to Wellville

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Tiranny Petty

Youth Advocate

Healthy Relationships: How to Talk to Teens

About the Session

Improve your ability to describe what healthy relationships look like. Understand the nuances of boundaries and consent, and learn teaching techniques for these topics. Identify signs of dating abuse, and gain skills in helping teens

The Presenter

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Jennifer O’Shields

SAFE-Homes Rape Crisis Coalition

Demystifying and Destigmatizing Adolescent Sexual Health Discussions

About the Session

Learn about the risk factors for HIV/STI transmission. Understand the importance of getting tested and discover how to destigmatize sexual health discussions. Review how to educate youth on the condom/barrier method.

The Presenter

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Loree Bishop

Piedmont Care

Step Up or Step Back: Youth Engagement Techniques and Tools for Success

About the Session

Get ready to work!  In this hands on session, we will dive into real tools, techniques, technology, and strategies  that providers can use to raise their game with young people.  Fast paced, applicable, and highly interactive!  This will be the session that they will be talking about all Conference long.  Follow the music and the laughter - we can’t wait for you to join us!

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Eric Rowles

Leading to Change

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Molly Chappell-McPhail

BirthMatters

Circles of Sexuality: Understanding Human Sexuality in its Broadest Sense

About the Session

In this session participants will discover a helpful model for understanding human sexuality in its broadest sense using five interconnecting circles that each represent an important component of our sexuality. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how sensuality, intimacy, sexual orientation/gender identity, sexual health and reproduction, sexual behaviors and practices influence sexual power and agency.

The Presenters

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Shemeka Thorpe

The Minority Sex Report

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Tanya Bass

Southern Sexologist

Workshop #2

Mental Health During the Teen Years: Nurturing Resiliency

About the Sessions

Increase your understanding of the developmental stages of teenagers and common mental health issues they face. Appreciate the legal and ethical issues specific to working with teenagers (informed consent, confidentiality, boundaries, etc.). Review evidence-based approaches to working with teenagers and community-based support to provide wrap-around services with indicated.

The Presenters

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Sara Katherine Wade

EMERGE Family Therapy

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Julie Dillon

EMERGE Family Therapy

Nu-CULTURE Curriculum Workshop

About the Session

Are you currently or will you in the future facilitate the Nu-Culture curriculum? If yes, we invite you to join this session! Facilitators of the Nu-CULTURE curriculum will come together to review evaluation results and student feedback from the previous year, review curriculum content and discuss strategies for overcoming common challenges in facilitating the curriculum, and sharpen facilitation skills for enhancing interactivity.

The Presenters

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Vicki Young

Spartanburg School District 7

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Keith Hill

Spartanburg School District 1

SC Laws, Consent, & Minor's Rights to Accessing Health Care

About the Session

Gain an understanding of the laws impacting teen health in SC, including:

  1. Erin's Law

  2. Responsibilities as mandatory reporters

  3. Teens' rights to privacy and the limits on those rights, including reproductive healthcare, mental healthcare, substance abuse treatment; rights to access and to decline care

  4. Consent, how it changes with the age of both parties, and specific statutory rules relating to school employees and students.

The Presenters

Andrea Moore and Suzy Cole

Village Legal Hub

Emerging Drug Trends, Concerning Fads, and Resources Specific to Spartanburg

About the Session

Learn how early substance use initiation impacts brain development and educational outcomes. Identify the four core risk factors for substance use initiation. Recognize top youth drug trends and methods of concealment. Distinguish between isolated behaviors and fads. Discover free local resources for teens, parents, schools, and service providers in the community.

The Presenter

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Taylor Dockter

The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health

Step Up or Step Back: Youth Engagement Techniques & Tools for Success

About the Session

Get ready to work!  In this hands on session, we will dive into real tools, techniques, technology, and strategies  that providers can use to raise their game with young people.  Fast paced, applicable, and highly interactive!  This will be the session that they will be talking about all Conference long.  Follow the music and the laughter - we can’t wait for you to join us!

The Presenters

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Eric Rowles

Leading to Change

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Molly Chappell-McPhail

BirthMatters

Combatting Adultism through LGBTQI Youth Involvement

About the Session

Learn how to support youth and create social change in a culture that overwhelmingly values adult perspectives.

The Presenters

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Ivy Gibson-Hill

Gender Benders

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Wynston Sanders

Campaign for Southern Equality & Gender Benders

I Want to Take You Higher: Increasing Your Students’ Health-Related Fitness

About the Session

This workshop’s audience is PE teachers. The behavioral patterns established during adolescence help determine young people’s current health status and their risk for developing chronic diseases during adulthood. According to the most recent published data from the SC FitnessGram project, the percentage of students achieving the Healthy Fitness Zone declined with increasing age, and students who failed to achieve the Healthy Fitness Zone for weight status also tended to perform at lower levels for the other test items. Given the important effects of weight status and cardiorespiratory fitness on the current and future health of students, it is a serious concern that over one-third of South Carolina students were found to be overweight or obese, and nearly one-half failed to achieve the Healthy Fitness Zone for cardiorespiratory fitness. Join us to learn strategies to help improve your students’ health-related fitness

The Presenter

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Lisa Perry

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Workshop #3

LGBTQ+ Youth and Creating Safe Spaces

About the Session

Increase your knowledge and awareness of modern issues faced by LGBTQ+ youth, including statistics specific to Spartanburg County. Understand the importance of acceptance of LGBTQ+ youth, and how LGBTQ+ youth benefit from the support and advocacy received from community. Learn how to create safe spaces for diverse youth.

The Presenters

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Deb Foreman

PFLAG of Spartanburg

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Tanna Thompson

PFLAG of Spartanburg

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Jeffrey Lamb

Spartanburg School District 5

Systems Involved Youth (DSS/DJ) and Connecting Them to Resources

About the Session

Learn best practices for working with youth in systems, find out how Spartanburg is doing to ensure youth are being authentically connected to resources, supports, and opportunities, and understand tools available for making referrals for youth.

The Presenters

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Meredith Talford

FACT FORWARD

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Haley Wicker

Mary Black Foundation

Sex Positive Approaches for Young People of Color

About the Session

There are distinct sexual health disparities among adolescents of color. In order to address reduce these disparities, we must use sex-positive approaches in conjunction with risk reduction messages. In this session, we will define sex-positivity and sex-positive approaches, discuss sexual health disparities among adolescents of color, and brainstorm ways to incorporate sex-positive approaches in everyday practice.

The Presenters

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Shemeka Thorpe

The Minority Sex Report

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Tanya Bass

Southern Sexologist

Developing Rapport with Youth

About the Session

Learn how to engage with youth by learning the difference between mentoring, coaching, and teaching and when to use each technique to build rapport with youth.

The Presenters

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Vernisha Crawford

Bringing You Excellence, Inc.

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Andrea Johnson

Bloom Upstate

Out of School Time: The Profile of the South Carolina Graduate and Youth Economic Mobility

About the Session

Learn about the importance of Out-of-School Time (OST) and the benefits of participating in a high-quality program. Recognize the economic and educational disparities in Spartanburg County, as well as the correlation between economic mobility and K-12 educational outcomes. Evaluate current barrier to accessing OST opportunities and learn more about the OST framework for Spartanburg County.

The Presenters

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Travis Wharton

Wharton Consulting

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Savannah Ray

Spartanburg Academic Movement

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Meghan Smith

Spartanburg Academic Movement

Building Mental Fitness in Adolescents -- Our Eyes On Suicide Prevention

About the Session

School educators, counselors and helping professionals will learn:

  1. Recent national and local research about building mental fitness in adolescents

  2. Risk and protective factors for suicide

  3. Evidence-based programs available for schools

Each participant will walk away from the session with: a toolkit of evidence-based strategies for building resilience in youth, three models for suicide prevention in a school setting, and three mindfulness programs that can be implemented immediately.

The Presenter

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Robyn Hussa Farrell

Mental Fitness