2021 Ohio County Partners in Prevention Conference by The Ohio County Family Resource Network

8:15 am - 5:15 pm

About this event

8:30 - 10:30 Dr. Robert Sege, "HOPE - Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences

You've learned about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). Now you'll build upon that knowledge to learn about the importance of positive childhood experiences, the research showing their mitigating effects on ACEs, the biologic basis for these effects, the four building blocks of HOPE. and how to incorporate the HOPE Framework into practice.

We will introduce the four building blocks of HOPE and discuss type 1 vs. type 2 thinking. The second hour will include skill building exercises focusing on how to incorporate the HOPE Framework into practice. This part will be highly interactive and include breakout groups and opportunities for sharing.


10:45 - Noon Inclusive Language in Appalachia

Courtney Lanham, MSW. WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

This session will present the concept of inclusive language in Appalachia. Explicit skills and concepts such as Person First Language and Identity First Language will be introduced to navigate being more inclusive.This session will also discuss the importance and impact of language on our thoughts and behaviors.

12:45 - 2pm Advocating for Kids in Care

Pamela M. Woodman-Kaehler,MBA, MSW, LGSW, Foster Care Ombudsman

This session will help participants gain insight to the child welfare system, realize the importance of providing support while a child is in foster care, and acquire approaches to advocate effectively for a child's health, safety, and well-being. The Foster Care Ombudsman is a valuable resource for families and professionals designed to promote and support an empathetic, healing and accountable child welfare system.

2:10 - 3:40 Plans of Safe Care:

Supporting Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure and their Families

Kate Rocke, MSW, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

This session provides an overview of the CARA amendments to CAPTA and provides examples of strategies used to address infants affected by prenatal substance exposure and their families. The presentation discusses how collaborative teams can use the Plan of Safe Care to drive a comprehensive approach to improve family well being and safety. It also highlights resources to support state and community agencies in improving systems and services.

Holly Sroka, RN will provide information on progress towards implementation locally through Wheeling Hospital's Drug Free Moms and Babies Clinic and WVU IMPACT Grant.

3:45 - 4:45 Working with Veteran Families Experiencing PTSD

John Looney, LISCW, BCD, Director of Wheeling Vet Center

Attendees will learn more about what it means for a veteran to have a PTSD diagnosis, how to support those individuals and how to help someone who may be experiencing PTSD symptoms.

*This session is 1 hr Veteran SW credit.

All CEUs are currently pending approval.

Tickets will not be sold for individual speakers. Certificates and CEUs will be provided for those participating in all sessions. Please indicate on registration page which CEU, if any, you will need.


This conference made possible through grant funding with Prevent Child Abuse WV.

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