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CYFC Monthly – September 2014

A Fresh Look at CYFC's Resources

It has been nearly two years since we began CYFC Monthly to keep you informed of various aspects of our work through featured articles and event announcements. We also share the great work our partners and related organizations are doing. This month, take a look at some of the resources you may have read about, or perhaps you will discover something new.

Explore the case of Steven, a 15-year-old male with depression through our case study. Children’s Mental Health Case Studies are online, interactive tools that encourage practitioners, instructors, graduate students, and community partners to collaborate together and explore how to respond effectively to children's mental health needs.

CYFC continues to expand the use video to deliver research and inform practice. From top researchers and practitioners discussing the silent population of children with an incarcerated parent, to exploring the science of early childhood development, be sure to check out our YouTube channel.

The Children's Mental Health eReview is a publication that features a summary of recently published research, and an implications section discussing the use of that research in practice and policy settings. This allows for multiple perspectives on a topic. The next article is in the works and should be published late this year.

Children involved in the child welfare system often fall through the cracks in school and experience seemingly insurmountable barriers to achieving academic success. Learn about how Minnesota professionals collaborate across child welfare and education systems through the Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC). Watch the video or read the full report.

As we continue to further our programming around the intersection of education and health, follow along on our website, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook .

Michael Brott
Associate Director

Consortium News

Social & Emotional Learning: Implications for Enhancing Children's Mental Health
CYFC's Cari Michaels along with Elizabeth Hagen recently authored an article published by the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development. Focusing on social and emotional learning (SEL) can help young people develop skills that contribute to academic achievement and career and college outcomes. SEL can also be a powerful instrument for improving children's mental health. Read more about this approach in the Youth Development Issue Brief.

Child Welfare and Education Learning Community (CWELC) Report and Video
In March of 2014 over 300 child welfare and education professionals across the state completed a brief survey put out by the University of Minnesota Extension Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) about barriers to and factors important for collaboration across child welfare and education systems. Well, the results are in! Check out a short video of the findings and the full report.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners: Growing Environments to Foster Learning and Academic Success
Judy Myers and Sara Langworthy have been awarded a University of Minnesota Extension Issues Area Grant to improve the educational successes of students at Bruce Vento Elementary School. They will be working with a team to develop engaging, creative learning environments that increase student academic success, build positive connections between Bruce Vento and its surrounding community and increase family and community access to healthy foods.

Register Now for Lessons from the Field! Secondary Traumatic Stress: Building Resilience for Professionals
Date: October 30, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Cost: Student $20, Greater MN/Live web stream $25, Metro $50
Location: University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center and via live web stream
We invite professionals who work with traumatized children, youth and families to join us for presentations and small group conversations discussing adaptability and health maintenance. Participants will learn to integrate practices that help diminish the negative impact of secondary traumatic stress. Register now!

University & Community Announcements

Interdisciplinary Institute on the Reproductive Health of Incarcerated Women in Minnesota
The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health
Date: October 20, 2014
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $20
Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

Learn to delineate major reproductive health issues, identify best practices and policies to optimize reproductive health and best practices and policies for prenatal and postpartum care and education for incarcerated women. Mary Byrne, Danielle Dallaire, Edward Ehlinger, Wendy Hellerstedt and Rebecca Shlafer will present and participants will review case studies to facilitate discussion about current issues related to the reproductive health of incarcerated women. Registration includes breakfast and lunch.

Parental Incarceration and Child Welfare
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW)

Earn CEHs while learning about parental incarceration through a series of videos created by Rebecca Shlafer, PhD and Ed Morales, MSW. This primer for child welfare workers who have contact with families affected by family incarceration includes: current and emerging trends in the corrections population, the effects of parental incarceration on children's socio-emotional functioning, and the importance of contact between children and their incarcerated parents.

Supporting Students Affected by Incarceration
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Date: November 17, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: Free but registration is required
Location: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Parkway N
St. Paul, MN 55104

About 1 in 6 Minnesota students in public schools have had an incarcerated parent. Among students attending alternative schools and juvenile correction facilities, the proportion is even greater. Learn about the impact of incarcerated parents on students and participate in a discussion focused on finding ways to support these students in the classroom.

Youth Worker Training
University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development

The following events are being offered this Fall and Winter:
Cultural Resilience: A framework for promoting assets
Cultural Resilience: How to find the brilliance in our youth
Youth Work Matters Online

Fall Semester for Professionals
Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health
Dates: November 10 - December 15, 2014

The Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health (MACMH) is offering a series of Children's mental health training seminars throughout the Twin Cities area. Registration includes continuing education hours.

Trauma Informed Care in Early Childhood

Ethics in the Use of Electronic Communication — Untangling the Personal and Professional
Supervision in the Front lines of Complex Trauma
Clinical Work with Gender Creative/Non-Conforming Children: What's Been Learned Over the Last Five Years
The New DSM-5: A Clinical Discussion Through a Developmental Lens

Engaging Multi-Cultural Youth
Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA)
Date: October 15, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: $90, free for YIPA members
Location: TIES, Grand Hall, Falcon Heights, MN

As the population in Minnesota changes, keeping up with new and old cultures can be challenging. This training will address the challenges of engaging youth from Hmong, Somali and Native American cultural groups in Minnesota.

Worker Bridging Education and Mental Health
University of Minnesota Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)
Dates: September 29 - December 1, 2014
Cost: $290-$350
Location: Online

Instructor Leah Hjelseth, M.A. will present the functional behavioral assessment and relationship teaching to explore what causes and sustains maladaptive behavioral patters in children's actions and interactions. Intervention strategies will be offered to address the varying needs of children and how early childhood professional can support the healthy social and emotional development of children.

What Brain Science Tells Us About Helping Adolescents Thrive
MomEnough PodCast

Marti and Erin Erickson are joined by Dr. Laurence Steinberg who explains what science tells us about helping adolescents thrive. Dr. Steinberg has spent decades studying adolescents and has arrived at a more positive view of this difficult period of development. Hear ways of guiding teens into a healthy, happy, productive adulthood.

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