Summer Symposium 2018

The Trans4m Center Presents
Strengthening Self – Trans4ming Others
First Annual Summer Symposium

The symposium is a blend of equipping us with enhanced knowledge and skills as well as having the opportunity to look inward.  With enhanced skills and a better understanding of ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually we can better help those we are dedicated to serving.  Each topic and speaker has been selected to give participants the opportunity to gain new information, identify new ways to apply previously gained knowledge and to grow personally.

 Brené Brown reminds us, “What we know matters, but who we are matters more.” The laws of nature are such that we cannot give what we do not possess and so much of the symposium is dedicated to helping each of us personally thus making us stronger professionally.

Each session will be a plenary and although you have the option to come to individual sessions we encourage you to take advantage of all 15 sessions.  We are committed to making this an enriching experience that stretches your brain and replenishes your being!


Reigniting Your Passion for the workplace and your life

Monday, July 9, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Jill Darling

Do you work around a lot of negative people?  Could your job be leading to burnout?  Have you forgotten how to have fun both in your personal life and work life? Everyone faces challenges in life, and every person, organization and team has to overcome negativity and adversity to redefine who they are and reignite their passion. This exciting and fun workshop will explore ten “rules” for approaching life and work that leads to true accomplishment.


Adverse childhood experience study – we still need to know

Monday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Kathy Daley, BFA, ICPS, ACPS

From Oprah on 60 Minutes and KPJR Film’s Resilience – the Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, ACEs are in the news. Some of us have had this information for the past decade, so what do we still need to know?  How have ACEs had an impact on the trauma-informed movement? Do we need to be concerned with how toxic stress hurts kids?

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on a person’s future. ACEs have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and early death. As the number of ACEs increase, so does the risk for these outcomes.

How does this really relate to the work we do? Dr. Daniel Sumrok, director of the Center for Addiction Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine has stated: “Addiction shouldn’t be called ‘addiction.’ It should be called ‘ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking.’ Ritualized compulsive comfort-seeking (what traditionalists call addiction) is a normal response to the adversity experienced in childhood, just like bleeding is a normal response to being stabbed. The solution … is to address a person’s adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).” Wow, I hadn’t thought of ACEs in that light. Have you? It is important that we continue the conversation about how we can help others move from hopelessness to hope.


healthy living: Your links to personal and professional success

Monday, July 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Todd Whitthorne, President, ACAP Health/Shareholder

Most everyone knows what they should be doing to be healthy.  The challenge, in today’s stress-filled world, is how to make that happen.  Todd will share proven tips and strategies to permanently embrace healthy habits and help you understand the importance of finding your why.  You will also learn how to slow down your biological clock.


Trauma-informed care: making it personal

Monday, July 9, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Cathey Brown, CEO/Founder, M.Ed.

Experiencing secondary trauma and juggling multiple, often competing demands can lead to burnout, turnover and diminished services.   Participants will be given the opportunity to reflect upon how these realities affects their personal and professional lives.  We will also discuss the importance of identifying and incorporating personal and organizational practices that help mitigate the risks and improve self-care rhythms to better serve their various audiences and strengthen our organizations and communities.   

This is a highly interactive workshop. Participants will be given the opportunity to reflect and complete a personal map that will assist in identifying personal risk factors and warning signs as well as protective factors for personal, professional and organizational trauma.  We will also identify and discuss self-care basics and develop a self-care action plan.  


mindset matters!

Tuesday, July 10, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 
Krystal Skaggs, MS

Have you ever thought about the difference between a “growth mindset” and a “fixed mindset”?  What do they really mean? Where do they come from? Are we born with them?  There is a significant difference between students with a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. In this workshop, we will explore the difference between them. We will also explore the implications they have on successful learning and the ability to change and grow while we explore a variety of strategies.

Stupid People I’ve hired

Tuesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jan Langbein, CEO/President, Genesis Women’s Shelter

This workshop focuses on recognizing the difference between management and leadership, incorporating ways not only to get the right people on the bus but also in the right seat. Have you ever wondered how a corporate culture can impact Organizational Leadership? Jan will share over 25 years of experience of Organizational Leadership which apply to a nonprofit with 5 or 50 employees. Participants will leave with more tools in their toolbox as well as procedures on hiring, training, and maintaining the best staff for their agencies.


Compassion Fatigue: A Dangerous Symptom Impacting Helping Professionals

Tuesday, July 10, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Darius Campinha-Bacote, PsyD

The aim of this session is to discuss the vast implications that individuals in helping professionals incur as a result of their work. Specifically, the term Compassion Fatigue (CF) will be defined, cultural implications of CF will be addressed, and strategies on how to treat CF will be identified.

Why is this discussion important? As providers, we focus on delivering services and client care, but rarely do we focus on the care of ourselves. When clinicians have caseloads that are full of individuals who have experienced traumatic events, it is hard for us to not hold on to these traumatic stories. As Stebnicki (2007) shared regarding an ancient Native American teaching “each time you heal someone, you give away a piece of yourself until, at some point, you will require healing.”  This speaks to the need to not only address the CF that nearly all helping professionals experience and to find ways to treat this “dangerous symptom.”


making your leadership style “work” for you and others!

Tuesday, July 10, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Cathey Brown, CEO/Founder, M.Ed.

There are thousands upon thousands of books, articles and definitions written about leadership.  This session will focus on each participant’s individual leadership style and identify ways to work with others in their organization to accomplish common goals.

Each of us has a unique way of influencing others to get the job done and each of us usually behaves in a certain way – thus our “leadership style”. Our behavior as a leader follows recognizable patterns.

There is no ONE right style.  Each one has both strengths and weaknesses.  And just because we may have a dominant style does not mean we can’t use other styles we possess when doing so is better for others and the situation.   Understanding our Leadership Style gives us the opportunity to increase awareness of our behavior patterns and better understand how our style impacts others based on their style and the circumstances. 

After taking a self-scoring inventory we will discuss four leadership styles and apply them to various scenarios.  This is a highly interactive workshop!


adolescence: the Craving for Calm

Wednesday, July 11, 8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 
Karen Williams, MSSW

Adolescence is a time of vast changes in the brain, plus the hormonal upheaval of puberty, plus the growing expectations and impatience of adults.  Research shows that just by being an adolescent the effects of distress are multiplied by 10 fold.  Even without any additional stress from the family, school or community, the adolescent is faced with a growing anxiety. If the adolescent also lacks basic coping habits or adult support, his/her risks for substance abuse and other forms of self-harm multiply.  Learn what’s happening and some simple techniques that can help youth get a grip. 


trauma-sensitive & compassionate Schools Movement

Wednesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Karen Williams, MSSW

Educators know that distress and trauma can interrupt learning, but they can’t know when a distressful or trauma-inducing situation will arise in a child’s life.  Therefore, schools across the country are making proactive changes in their classrooms and in their schools.  This workshop will review these changes.


youth as resources

Wednesday, July 11, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Brent Blackburn, CPS

In this workshop, we will explore attitudes and perceptions of working with young people. Participants will complete an inventory designed to give adults who work with young people an opportunity to consider their approach to their work. We will also explore how best to engage young people in your organization and best practices for building successful youth/adult partnerships.


do you have a true color?

Wednesday, July 11, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Kathy Daley, BFA, ICPS, ACPS

Do you like to take personality tests? Are you the person who clicks on every little survey that pops up on Facebook? Do you get your pen out when you see a questionnaire in a magazine to check off your answers?

This workshop will use a scaled down version of a popular color personality test to identify our unique blend of four colors. As we unveil our dominant color, as well as our unique spectrum of colors, we will engage in small group discussion, interactive activities, and self-reflection. We will explore our unique personalities as well as our commonalities and differences across the color spectrum. Once you learn your color and that of your co-workers, you will have a better understanding of why people behave the way they do!

Caution: We may not always play well with other personality colors!?! Come gather as we learn to better understand the qualities of each color. 


When Crisis hits your school – working with affected students 

Thursday, July 12, 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jill Darling

This interactive workshop will focus on the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) process as it relates to students affected by school and community tragedies.   A hands-on role play reviewing the NOVA process, as well as discussion on how to handle teen suicide, drug related deaths, vehicular deaths, murders, cancer/medical related deaths, and staff member deaths.  Care will be taken to examine the far reaching impact of school related tragedies and how to deal with the affected teens and staff members.


The Multi-Generational Workplace

Thursday, July 12, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Kathy Daley, BFA, ICPS, ACPS

Believe it or not, multi-generational workforces have been shown to be more productive and have fewer turnovers than those without age diversity. Generational diversity has great potential. People from different generations can grow and learn from one another as they are exposed to one another’s ideas and experiences. The new perspectives they gain can spark new ideas and prompt new ways of working. Whether you text, tweet or actually talk on your mobile or office phone, remember that each of the generations should be valued for the diverse skills, mindsets, and perspectives they bring to the workplace.

This workshop will discuss the 6 strategies for multi-generational harmony: 1) Establish respect, 2) Be flexible and accommodating, 3) Avoid stereotyping, 4) Learn from one another, 5) Tailor your communication style, and 6) Don’t overlook the similarities.


Strengthening self – transforming others: We are in this together

Thursday, July 12, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Cathey Brown, CEO/Founder, M.Ed.

Often quoted and highly esteemed researcher, author and speaker Brené Brown writes in Rising Strong, “We don’t have to do it all alone.  We were never meant to.” 

Hopefully during the last 4 days you have come to realize that there are many like-minded people with you on your journey and that although our work is hard it is not meant to be accomplished alone!

Another favorite author and teacher of mine is 20th Century management “guru” Peter Drucker.  Two of his observations have impacted my journey and I think will resonate with you as well.  First, he believed that “it is not business, it is not government, it is the social sector that may yet save society.”  And secondly, “the bottom line of a non-profit is a changed life.”   

These are solid guiding principles for those of us who work to help make the world a better place.  We address society’s most pressing issues while witnessing traumatic events and human suffering. Our work is rewarding but it is also challenging.

The focus of this symposium has been a blend of looking inwardly as well as equipping us with enhanced knowledge and skills. As we conclude we will take time for personal and corporate reflection.  We will notice what we have heard and discussed and reflect upon our personal key “take-away’s”.  We will identify a next step or two we can commit to taking and, even though it may require courage, reinforce in each other that we are braver then we think we are! 

“Courage is contagious.  A critical mass of brave leaders is the foundation of an intentionally courageous culture.  Every time we are brave with our lives, we make the people around us a little braver and our organizations bolder and stronger.”  Brené Brown