Foundational

Co‐Regulation and Responsive Relationships

Speakers
Lindsey Ondrak, LIMHP
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 5

Explore the importance of parent-child engagement and social-emotional development in the early years. Parents can offer their children rich, high-quality interactions that shows positive behavioral outcomes, supports emotional repair and develops cognitive functioning. Get ideas on what to look for in parent-child interactions as well as how to better interpret the reciprocity of the relationship.

Intended Audience

All professionals working with children and families.

Bringing Mindfulness and Compassion to Early Childhood Professionals: CHIME

Speakers
Jaclynn Foged, M.S. Lynn DeVries, M.S
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Education
Room
Diamond 10

The CHIME Program provides education and guidance on how to incorporate mindfulness and reflection into your daily routine, teaching and caregiving. Engaging in mindfulness and reflective practice has many benefits for health and well-being, including reduced stress, improved emotion management, increased focus and attention, and enhanced relationships.

Intended Audience

Teachers and directors.

Bridging the Divide in Early Childhood: Practical Strategies for Collaboration with Community and Families

Speakers
Sara Westerlin, Ed.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 9

Collaboration between families, schools and communities can bring the strength of the home and the expertise of the center or school into a strong working partnership (Berger & Riojas-Cortez, 2016). This session will provide stakeholders with possible barriers to effective communication and collaboration between home and school. Participants will learn practical tips and strategies for building positive relationships with the families and community they serve. These strategies will have practical applications to implement immediately following the session.

Understanding Brain Development from the Inside Out

Speakers
Jenny Benson, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Young Child Development
Room
Ruby 6

This session will explore basic concepts of brain development using scenes from Pixar's 2015 movie Inside Out to illustrate key ideas and bring the learning to life.

Intended Audience

Anyone working with or on behalf of young children.

Trauma and Resiliency in Families

Speakers
Mike Vance, Ph.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 5

The session will discuss strategies to develop resilience in patients and their families. We will explore how providers of all levels can strengthen their own resilience to reduce burnout and maintain a quality care relationship with patients.

Intended Audience

All levels of direct care providers.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to identify the 7 C's of resilience.
  • Participants will be able to identify and apply strategies for development of self resilience.

Boosting Your Expertise: Infant Mental Health Endorsement in Nebraska

Speakers
Samantha Bradley, LIMHP Kelli Hauptman, J.D.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 7

The Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health has joined the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Come check out how Infant Mental Health Endorsement®(IMH-E®) might enhance the work you are doing. If you work with young children and their families and have a commitment to their social emotional development and wellness, endorsement might be right for you! IMH-E® is an internationally recognized credential used to demonstrate specialization in the infant mental health field.

Pyramid 101: An Introduction to Transformational Practices that Support Children's Social‐Emotional Development

Speakers
Rosie Zweiback, M.A., Katie Zabel
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 3

The Pyramid Model is not a curriculum but rather a framework for Early Childhood educators to implement throughout the day. It is a positive approach to prevent, teach and respond to challenging behaviors and to support social-emotional development. Join us for an overview and explore the opportunities that are happening around the State of Nebraska and the evidence behind what is working. Practitioners, researchers, administrators and anyone who has pondered how to help children be their best selves in the early childhood setting will appreciate the power of the Pyramid Model.

Nebraska Home Visiting Initiatives Panel

Speakers
Stephanni Renn, M.A.
Audience Level
Foundational
Session Track
Early Childhood Services
Room
Diamond 9

30,0000 Of Nebraskans infants and toddlers live in households where parents struggle to provide consistent, high-quality learning experiences. Evidence shows that families that participate in home visiting programs, which focus on strengthening vulnerable families and children under age 5, are often more self-sufficient and better able to handle the challenges of parenting and to raise healthier, safer children.

Nebraska's Framework and Implementation of Plans of Safe Care

Speakers
Mikayla Wicks
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 6

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act was amended by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) in 2016. The legislation changed some requirements related to Plans of Safe Care and notification to Child Protective Services. Families falling under the new requirements include infants born with, and identified as being affected by, substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and their affected family or caregivers.

Families Thrive: A Framework for Strengthening Families

Speakers
Alyson Goedken Leslie Baker Sydney Shead
Audience Level
Foundational
Room
Diamond 2

Join us in a conversation on how the Families Thrive framework can shift mental models in building relationships and working with young children and families. Families Thrive is a multi-generation, evidence informed approach that integrates the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) Strengthening Families™ and Youth Thrive™ frameworks to strengthen families by enhancing promotive and protective factors.