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CRESC - Mental Health Symposium

This two day conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Jonesboro, AR and will offer CRESC educators the opportunity to learn the best practices related to mental health for themselves and for their students. Sessions include: Empathy in Action; Trauma-Sensitive Classroom; Trust, Inside & Out; Understanding & Addressing Children and Adolescent Grief Issues; Youth Mental Health First Aid; Your Mental Health; Self-care Mindfulness; Root Issues of Student Behavior; ACEs; Resiliency; De-escalation



Day I - All Day Session
(Tuesday, July 16, 2024 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM)
Session ID: 523029
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID - Caraway AB Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Arkansas AWARE
Seats Filled: 30 / 30
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:

This course from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing covers how to identify, understand, and respond to mental illness and substance use disorders. This fulfills the requirement for School Counselors and SROs.

(LUNCH: 11:45 - 1:15)


This session is full.
Day I - Afternoon Session
(Tuesday, July 16, 2024 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM)
Session ID: 523025
Trust, Inside & Out - Arvest I Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Cook Center for Human Connection
Seats Filled: 29 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:
This interactive session includes hands-on group rotation activities, lively discussion, and breakout sessions. Your group will learn how to de-escalate conflict, spot the signs of distress, and more about stress induced learning loss. We will emphasize healthy practices appropriate for teachers and students, in or out of the classroom, such as: boundaries, gratitude, and managing stress.

Day II - All Day Session
(Wednesday, July 17, 2024 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM)
Session ID: 523044
Root Issues of Student Behavior - Arvest II Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Dave Opalewski
Seats Filled: 48 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:

This workshop will explore the unmet needs behind behavioral challenges and how we as educators can more effectively respond to these challenges in a more understanding, caring, and compassionate manner stimulating positive behavioral change.

(LUNCH: 11:45 - 1:15)


Day II - Afternoon Session
(Wednesday, July 17, 2024 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM)
Session ID: 523048
De-Escalation - Arvest VII Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Arkansas AWARE
Seats Filled: 29 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:
De-escalation strategies are critical in the management of challenging student behavior. This training is applicable to all ages and is a key skill-set that every educator needs. 
Day 2 - Session I
(Wednesday, July 17, 2024 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM)
Session ID: 523035
Empathy in Action - Arvest I Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Cook Center for Human Connection
Seats Filled: 4 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:
We work together to refocus on building our support network through mindfulness practices and strategies. We will delve into the dynamics of today's educational landscape. School counselors, school social workers and school psychologists recognized as crucial champions in nurturing student well-being, will embark on an interactive journey. Our goal is to empower counselors and their colleagues with the essential tools, strategies, and insights necessary to construct a resilient and effective mental health support system within their schools--a unified force we can aptly term our 'Mental Health Army.' This session promises an enriching exploration of practical approaches to bolster the well-being of our students, our parents, and our faculty. As a community we innovate together while we consider the ever-evolving landscape of education.
Day 1 - Session 1
(Tuesday, July 16, 2024 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM)
Session ID: 523017
EMPATHY IN ACTION - Arvest I Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Cook Center for Human Connection
Seats Filled: 30 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:

We work together to refocus on building our support network through the mindfulness practices and strategies. We will delve into the dynamics of today's educational landscape. School counselors, school social workers and school psychologists recognized as crucial champions in nurturing student well-being, will embark on an interactive journey. Our goal is to empower counselors and their colleagues with the essential tools, strategies, and insights necessary to construct a resilient and effective mental health support system with their schools--a unified force we can aptly term our 'Mental Health Army.' This session promises an enriching exploration of practical approaches to bolster the well-being of our students, our parents, and our faculty. As a community we innovate together while we consider the ever-evolving landscape of education. 

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Day 1 - Session 2
(Tuesday, July 16, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Session ID: 523020
Trauma-Sensitive Classroom - Arvest I Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Cook Center for Human Connection
Seats Filled: 30 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:
Trauma-Sensitive environments create safe havens for students and safe working environments for educators. Research shows almost all educators encounter trauma-affected students, whether they know it or not. This session focuses on student emotions, safety & security and adverse childhood experiences, along with strategies to help students de-escalate and regulate emotions and behavior. A positive school culture builds resilience for all students and improves learning outcomes.
Day 1 - Session 3
(Tuesday, July 16, 2024 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM)
Session ID: 523027
Understanding & Addressing Children and Adolescent Grief Issues - Arvest II Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Dave Opalewski
Seats Filled: 15 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:
This workshop will explore basic grief theory as it applies to the unique characteristics of adolescents and children, including specific issues they face and approaches in supporting them through the grief process. Interactive group activities, discussions and role play methods will be included in the presentation. 
Day 2 - Session 1
(Wednesday, July 17, 2024 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM)
Session ID: 523031
Your Mental Health - Arvest I Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Cook Center for Human Connection
Seats Filled: 23 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:
This interactive session includes hands-on group rotation activities, lively discussion, and breakout sessions. Your group will have a greater awareness of scaling problems, classroom connections, and logical consequences. We will emphasize healthy practices appropriate for teachers and students, in or out of the classroom, such as: extending empathy, self-care, and preventative measures.
Day 2 - Session 2
(Wednesday, July 17, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Session ID: 523033
Self-care & Mindfulness - Arvest I Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Cook Center for Human Connection
Seats Filled: 24 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:

Self-care is seen as the foundational work required for physical and emotional well-being. Together, we will share resources, take a mental health pause, discuss myths about self-care, share mindfulness techniques and work through practical ways to improve self-care in your professional and personal life. Participants walk away with a personalized self-care plan.


Day 2 - Session 3
(Wednesday, July 17, 2024 8:00 AM - 9:45 AM)
Session ID: 523046
ACEs - Arvest VII - INSTRUCTOR(s): Arkansas AWARE
Seats Filled: 14 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:
Early trauma impacts the brain and bodies of children. How can we help and how can we effectively educate students who have experienced adversity? 
Day 2 - Session 4
(Wednesday, July 17, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM)
Session ID: 523047
Resiliency - Arvest VII Conference Room - INSTRUCTOR(s): Arkansas AWARE
Seats Filled: 11 / 50
Location:CRESC Offsite Location, Offsite Location

Important Breakout Information:
This course prepares adults to build resiliency in themselves and in youth. 


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