BRIDGING HEARTS & MINDS
A Conference of It's About Childhood & Family, Inc.
Storer Auditorium - Onondaga Community College
A 2 Day Symposium for Educators, Clinicians, Parents, and Child Care Providers
May 3 - Conference PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE
May 4 - Workshops with Jon Erwin
TOPICS - Trauma, Mindfulness, Yoga, SEL, Mindset/Grit/Motivation, Social Justice, Restorative Practices, and More
up to 12 CEUs available (Psych, SW, LMHC, NBCC/Counselor, MFT, CASAC)
Catherine Cook-Cottone Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist, and a Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor. She is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at SUNY at Buffalo. Dr. Cook-Cottone researches embodied self-regulation and psychosocial disorders. Aligned with her research, she teaches classes in counseling with children and adolescents, yoga, mindfulness interventions, eating disorders, and history of psychology. She also maintains a private practice. Working with adults, adolescents, and children, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of: anxiety-based disorders (e.g., PTSD and Generalized Anxiety Disorder), eating disorders (including other disorders of self-care), and development of emotional regulation skills. She specializes in constructivist therapies that facilitate neurological, emotional, and dialectic integration including narrative, bibliotherapeutic, and creative approaches. Her latest book is Mindfulness and yoga for self-regulation: A primer for mental health professionals (2015).
Robert Spicer M.S. Ed. is a national trainer and speaker on restorative justice practices. Prior to working at Community Justice for Youth Institute, Mr. Spicer worked at Christian Fenger H.S., first as the Chief Dean of Discipline, Restorative Justice and Code Switching, and then as the Culture and Climate Coordinator, where he effectively implemented restorative justice practices to sustain a safe and stable school climate. Mr. Spicer received President Obama’s National Volunteer Service Award in 2013, and his work was featured in the eight part docudrama “ChicagoLand.”
Cathy Cave has over 30 years working in human services invested in the movement to shift mental health, substance abuse, first responder, education and other systems’ services to become trauma-informed. In the mid-1990s, she coordinated New York State’s Annual Mastering the Key Connections Conferences; presenting state-of-the-art clinical training for trauma treatment and collaborative models for engaging survivors in healing approaches and systems change. She has partnered with domestic violence, sexual assault, mental health and peer run advocacy organizations to incorporate trauma-informed approaches in service delivery, training and supervision. She served 7 years in the executive staff position as the Director for Cultural Competence at the New York State Office of Mental Health, addressing disparities elimination and inclusion of cultural considerations into services and supports. She is recognized for her work in the integration of cultural competence and trauma-informed approaches, has consulted with many national technical assistance centers and brings her experiences with survival, leadership and organizational development to all that she does.
Noel Hunter Psy.D. specializes in psycho-social approaches to severe emotional distress. She has authored a number of chapters and articles on the link between trauma and various anomalous states, stigma and negative attitudes towards patients, and the need for recognition of states of extreme distress as meaningful responses to overwhelming life experiences. She is on the Board of Directors for both the Hearing Voices Network - USA and the International Society for Ethical Psychiatry and Psychology, and is a passionate advocate for alternatives to the current mainstream biomedical approach to human suffering.
Jonathan Erwin M.A. has over 25 years in education, first as a middle and high school English teacher, then as a staff development specialist, and finally as an author and independent consultant. Mr. Erwin is a former faculty member of Elmira College and Lock Haven University in PA. He is a senior faculty member with The William Glasser Institute and ASCD author. Mr. Erwin has conducted workshops throughout the United States and Canada as well as in Europe, South America, and Australia.
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