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Mar 23

The Power of Collaboration & Connection to Build a Healthier Community – TRAINING COMPLETED


When: Friday, May 20th 2016
8:30am – 4:45pm
Kalispell Hilton Garden Inn (1840 US 93S)
Cost: $99 *Includes up to 6.5 CEU’s, OPI Renewal Units, Healthcare Provider Hours, & Child Care Provider Hours (pending approval)

Course Description:

ChildWise Institute & Intermountain present a Spring Conference 2016 focusing on the power of collaboration and connection to address the most critical public health issue of our time – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Participants will hear from leading experts paving the way with effective and innovative collaborative tools, and learn from Montana community examples how to implement successful and effective collaborative approaches. The conference attendees will participate and connect with a unique network of peers in cross-sector learning groups, share collaborative challenges and gain practical tips, tools and “how-to” knowledge for immediate application in their own practice and community. Based on collective input, Ned Cooney, Facilitator/Consultant based out of Bigfork, will wrap-up the conference by leading attendees through a proven framework to develop their own actionable collaborative “plan” in which to utilize in their target communities. The objective of this conference is to identify, discuss and plan ways to expand community awareness of the impact of ACEs on health and mental health across the lifespan, identify new collaborative relationships (local or distant), and enhance existing ones though a workshop environment to create a plan of future actions.

We are expecting an engaged and lively cohort of professionals representing a broad sector including: Corporate and Small Business Executives, Workforce Development Professionals, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Healthcare Providers, Health Reform Administrators, Juvenile Justice Professionals and Officers of the Court, Chemical Dependency Professionals, Policy Makers, Parents, Foster Parents, Early Care and Education Professionals, Leaders of Philanthropy and the Non-profit sectors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify, discuss and plan ways to expand community awareness of the impact of ACEs and trauma on health and mental health across the lifespan.
  2.  Explore the power of community partnerships and collaborations to address ACEs and build resiliency.
  3. Identify new collaborative relationships (local or distant), and enhance existing ones through a workshop environment.
  4. Understand what trauma-informed care is and why it is important.
  5. Define the essential common activities that communities have used to become trauma-informed.
  6. Understand the purpose of the Consented Referral System and how it can better assist children, families, and individuals who are in need of a referral or multiple referrals to other agencies in the community.
  7. Introduce concepts of Project ECHO model.
  8. Discuss moving toward a trauma-informed community and the strategic framework needed to develop first steps toward a “plan of action”.

Who Should Attend?

Corporate and Small Business Executives, HR Directors, Workforce Development Professionals, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Healthcare Providers, Health Reform Administrators, Juvenile Justice Professionals and Officers of the Court, Chemical Dependency Professionals, Policy Makers, Parents, Foster Parents, Early Care and Education Professionals, Leaders of Philanthropy and the Non-profit sectors.

Featured Speakers:


JaneJane Ellen Stevens, Founder and Publisher of the ACEs Connection Network. ACEs Connection, an online social network that accelerates the global movement toward recognizing the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on our children and youth, shaping adult behavior and health, and reforming all communities and institutions. From schools to prisons to hospitals and churches – they are helping to develop resilience, rather than to continue traumatizing already traumatized people. The network achieves this by creating a safe place and a trusted source where members share information, collaborate solutions and actions, explore resources, and access tools that help them. A journalist for more than 30 years, Stevens focuses on health, science and technology. Her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic. She began reporting about the ACE Study and related research in 2005.

EricDr. Eric Arzubi, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Billings Clinic will give an overview of Project ECHO. ECHO (extension for community healthcare outcomes) model is the first of its kind in Montana. This model is a medical education and care management collaborative that empowers clinicians in remote settings to deliver better care to more people locally. This project puts local mental health and primary care clinicians together with a specialist team at larger medical centers in weekly virtual clinics or teleECHO clinics. Project ECHO shares knowledge, expands treatment capacity and offers peer support to otherwise regionally isolated clinicians.

PaulaPaula Hunthausen, Referral Coordinator, Youth in Crisis Grant Facilitator, Lewis & Clark Public Health will present on the Consented Referral System (CRS) implemented to ensure individuals and families are connected to the support services they need. CRS is a secure, web-based system for sending and receiving referrals and is administered by Lewis and Clark Public Health on behalf of and for the benefit of communities throughout the state. CRS is quick and easy to use. Who is Eligible to use CRS? It’s available statewide to social service agencies, both public and private, Schools, Medical and Mental Health providers, and any agency or individual offering a needed support service to families, children, and adults. CRS encourages continuity and coordination of care between agencies which translates into better care for clients. It also provides reports an agency can use to evaluate service delivery.

NedNed Cooney Facilitator/Consultant has been serving Montana organizations as an independent consulting practice since 2005. Ned specializes in organizational development and facilitation for nonprofits, community groups, public agencies, and businesses. Since 2012. Ned has served as facilitator for the Flathead Best Beginnings Community Council.

Most of his career has been in the nonprofit sector, as executive director, program staff, volunteer, and board member. Now, Ned serves many organizations by following his passion for helping people learn and make better decisions together. Ned’s company specializes in organizational planning, board education and development, program development, funding strategies, support for executives and board members, and meeting and retreat facilitation.

Ned is lucky to live in Bigfork, Montana with his lovely wife Cathy. Ned is a former member and Board Chair of the Board of Directors of the Montana Nonprofit Association and has served as a member of MNA’s Nonprofit Public Policy Council since its start in 2006. Ned is adjunct faculty at Flathead Valley Community College in nonprofit and board development topics, and formerly taught in the Nonprofit Management Certificate program at University of California, Riverside.

NathanNathan Stahley, holds a BA in Business Management and currently coordinates a community grant-based project focused on the development of systems for trauma response and education in Yellowstone County. He works on behalf of the Alliance (Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare, and RiverStone Health) in conjunction with Healthy By Design, a community-wide coalition. Nathan is passionate about public health and previously worked as a Prevention Health Specialist at RiverStone Health, the local health department. While his current focus is coordinating local trauma-informed care efforts rooted in the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, he has also worked on suicide prevention and tobacco prevention. He currently chairs the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley and is a certified Gatekeeper Instructor in Question Persuade Refer (QPR), national best practice training for suicide prevention.


Friday May 20, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Jane Ellen Stevens – Keynote Address “ACEs Connection”
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Small Group Discussion/Activity
11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. Paula Hunthausen – Consented Referral System
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Nathan Stahley – The Billings Alliance
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Dr. Eric Arzubi – Project ECHO
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Small Group Discussion/Activity
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Ned Cooney – Now What? From Understanding to Vision through Action

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