Addressing Trauma and Building Protective Factors for Refugee Families
Roger Sherman, Idaho Children’s Trust Fund Jane Zink, Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children
Trauma is a fundamental fact of life for refugee families. Learn how trauma affects the developing brain and the impacts it can have for a lifetime. These impacts, however, are not fate. In this presentation and discussion, participants will learn how they can help people change their trajectories by exploring the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE) and develop strategies for building protective factors in the families with whom they work.
Healing Encounters: The Need to Pause
Marla Lipscomb & Traci Harrod, Saint Alphonsus Center for Global Health and Healing
As trauma is made to dysregulate, when working with trauma survivors, we can expect to become dysregulated ourselves. Our stress response can have a significant effect on how we respond to a trauma survivor. Participants will have the opportunity to further process our neurobiological response when we feel overwhelmed. Together we will discuss the critical roles our pre-frontal cortex and limbic system play in self-regulation. Dr. Siegel’s hand-brain metaphor will be applied as well as ‘Big T/little t’ concepts of trauma will be explored. Participants will strengthen their awareness of ways that culture and language are oft en the most frequent, unidentified trauma triggers that survivors experience when accessing services. This skill set will assist service providers in self-regulation, a critical form of self-care, in order to better assist trauma survivors when their trauma response has been triggered.
This workshop will provide information on who refugees are, the diff rent agencies involved in the refugee resettlement process, the vetting process, and laws and policies that support refugee resettlement program.
Movement Building Across Communities
Jennifer Martinez & Yara Slaton, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
In these turbulent times, it is essential and necessary for historically marginalized groups to come together to support one another and to organize eff orts towards the same end—collective liberation. Our purpose is to come together to build relationships, alliances, and solidarity; to practice collective thinking on safety and strategy for target communities and issues and identify how we can be showing up for one another.
Employers & Data: Keys to Integrating Refugees into Employment
Anne Kirwan & Allie Levinsky, Upwardly Global
Ever wonder the keys to creating successful employer partnerships? How to create a business case for employing your clients? How to use data to eff ectively engage employers and drive program results? Th is workshop is designed to answer each of those questions. Upwardly Global, a national nonprofi t founded in 2000, is dedicated to eliminating employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees and integrating this population into the professional U.S. workforce. Join us for this workshop and walk away with your own framework for engaging employers and a strong business case to pitch a strategic partnership.
How to Achieve Your Dreams
Michael Alvarado & Patrick Wangoi
This dream list workshop is a transformation process that helps new Americans and established citizens and residents create the extraordinary from the ordinary in order to live their best lives and benefi t our community. Imagine a world fi lled with dreamers and action takers contributing skills and abilities to the best of their abilities. This workshop will provide an opportunity for people to map out goals and dreams well as learn how to encourage others to work toward achieving their dreams.
What Makes a Strong Program: Observations from European School Administrators
Myrna Ann Adkins & Burna L. Dunn, Educational Consultant and Training Specialist
This workshop will share with you observations from European School Administrators who are looking to the United States to provide creative models for the influx of significant numbers of immigrant and refugee students including unaccompanied minors. These observations of strengths will be the starting point for examining our own programs and efforts, and for planning how to increase positive messaging for refugee and immigrant students.
Empowering Refugee Women While Keeping Their Culture
Deeqo Jibril, Somali Community & Cultural Association (Boston) This workshop will cover how to empower refugee women, who are oft en put down by those around them. These women are an especially vulnerable group, however with encouragement and support, they and their families can thrive. We will go over support strategies and how to help this group succeed.
What Comes Next for Willing Hands? Matching Volunteers With Refugee Needs A
D. Paul Moody, Marla Olsen, Sandi Wright, Chad Ward, Elissa McConkie, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
What needs or challenges do you see or hear about in your local community? Learn how to tap into the community to match willing hearts and hands with opportunities to serve, relieve suffering, and foster self-reliance. Learn ways to design workflow for volunteers, and then how to manage volunteers once they are pulled in. Become familiar with the community volunteer registration website JustServe.org. Work with local partner organizations, use their solutions and resources, and involve the beneficiaries as we plan and implement projects to meet needs that are specific to the community. In addition, participants will hear about the work being done in the LDS Charities National and Global Refugee Service.
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: Integrating the Body into Therapy
Caitlin Lanier, Healing Breath Yoga
This experiential workshop is for anyone interested in 1) integrating trauma-sensitive yoga and practical mind-body techniques into work with trauma survivors or 2) in helping with own practices of trauma integration, healing, and self-care.
Cross-cultural Work Environments: Things to Consider
Kathy Tidwell & Rama Deen, Tidwell Social Work Services
With increased cultural diversity in the workforce, it is essential that workers at all levels of agency operations be able to recognize and resolve cross-cultural communication challenges. This workshop will cover recognizing different cross-cultural communication styles, the importance of cultural humility, and offer practice resolving cross-cultural communication challenges in the workplace.
Positive Communications in Challenging Times
David Lubell & Susan Downs-Karkos, Welcoming America
Overcoming the divides that separate us is increasingly important for our communities. While this may be a challenging time to share positive messages about refugees and the many contributions they make to cities and towns across the nation, now is the time to double-down on strategic, inclusive communication approaches to unify communities. This session will explore what the latest research points to in speaking to concerned community members about their changing demographics and will touch on promising communication frames and tactics to take a proactive stance in our changing environment. Learn how to promote shared values and positive stories in a way that reaches those who have been left behind, and how to ensure efforts are not simply speaking to supporters
Healing Encounters: Journey to Ethnomutuality
Marla Lipscomb & Traci Harrod, Saint Alphonsus Center for Global Health and Healing
We all have a deep desire to engage in ways that are dignity giving. Sometimes our unintentional/unconscious thought patterns hinder us from carrying out our good intentions. This workshop will seek to increase our awareness to ethnocentric ways of thinking that create barriers for us to provide equitable services for culturally and linguistically diverse trauma survivors. Barriers such as ‘Us/Them’ thinking, Stereotyping, Infantilization, Unconscious Bias and ‘Non-Compliance’ will be identified and explored. Together, we will journey towards Ethnomutuality. Together, we can make the circle big enough for everyone. (It will be helpful for participants to attend the The Need to Pause workshop, as those principles will be referenced and applied)
Building Bridges Between Unlikely Communities: Case Examples from the Field and Strategies for the Future
Yotam Polizer, IsraAID: The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid
IsraAID draws on 15 years of experience working with refugees all over the world to highlight ways in which humanitarian disasters can be opportunities for building bridges between unlikely communities. With a particular focus on our programs with Syrian refugees in Iraq, Greece, and Germany, we will discuss examples from the field and strategies for helping foster more welcoming local communities for refugees. For example, we will share successful programs we’ve run between local and refugee children in Germany to decrease stigma and foster friendships. Furthermore, as a team of Christians, Jews, and Muslims living and working together, we will discuss ways in which seemingly dissonant communities can come together to provide support for refugees. With every crisis, we see opportunities to build bridges and in this workshop we will share these concrete strategies with participants so that they can take them into their local communities.
Overcoming Burnout: Self-Care for Service Providers
Devandy V Walbridge, LSW
Overcoming Burnout: Self-Care for Service Providers teaches you how to take care of yourself so you can be of better service to others. Stress, personal neglect and workload imbalance are the leading causes of burnout. In this workshop you will identify your top stressors in and out of the workplace as well as your individualized self-care strategies. By implementing your own self-care strategies you will become an effective service provider while improving your personal well-being.
College and Technical Programs: Possibilities and Opportunities
Julie Bu & Petya Stoyanova Johnson, Boise State University
College and technical programs are available to all in our community and oft en the first steps in building a career with a living wage and benefits. This workshop will introduce participants to college and technical program opportunities. We will also discuss changes in the financial aid process, and how to seek out support and mentors for success.
States Take on Immigration: Trends, Tips & Tools
Ann Morse, National Conference of State Legislatures This presentation will include recent legislative trends in the states, policymaker involvement in refugee integration, and civic engagement examples. Bring your ideas and best practices for an interactive session that explores the role government, citizens, nonprofits and other groups will play in today’s ever-changing world of immigration.
Healing Encounters: Restoring Dignity, Choice and Trust
Marla Lipscomb & Traci Harrod, Saint Alphonsus Center for Global Health and Healing
Sometimes, we find ourselves feeling unsure of how to approach a very difficult conversation. Perhaps this uncertainty comes from the realization that for trauma survivors, there are no neutral encounters. And yet, even in the most challenging situations, it is still possible to provide a healing encounter. This belief and understanding can aid us in our commitment to further adapt services to be trauma informed, culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate. This workshop will provide examples of how to apply the Equitable Triad model of care as well as strengthen foundational principles to provide healing encounters in our daily interactions with trauma survivors. These foundational principles can serve as a protective factor for service providers to decrease feelings of helplessness that can lead to burnout. We look forward to exploring ways that each of our services can be infused with restoring dignity, choice and trust.
Standing Together: Building Bridges of Friendship between Muslims and Non-Muslims
Nick Armstrong & Laura Armstrong, Glocal Community Partners Zawar Qazi & Reshma Kamal, Islamic Center of Boise
Muslims in America are facing an increase in hate crimes, targeting, discrimination and the bullying of children. This workshop will explore our awareness of the challenges Muslims currently face in a hostile social environment and of the human tendency to stereotype and create “the other,” reducing those who are different from ourselves to a “single story.” The workshop will also explore what is being done to help promote the building of bridges between Muslims and non-Muslims and ways to advocate and stand together in addressing this social challenge.
Developing Listening Skills for Conflict Resolution and Learning
Myrna Ann Adkins & Burna L. Dunn, Educational Consultant and Training Specialists
The session will be interactive, providing an overview of the key role listening plays in true communication and of the elements that make up the skill of active listening as a backdrop to providing opportunities for the participants to observe and practice these strategies. Interpersonal and community conflicts will be addressed, emphasizing the possibilities for listening deeply for the source of the conflict and discovering ways to respond which can diff use challenges and promote dialog. Listening to the stories of refugees and communities to uncover messages and meaning will also be part of the workshop, with participants working in groups to afford maximum opportunity for practice and skill development.
The Refugee Well-being Project: A Community-University Partnership Model for Mutual Learning and Advocacy
Brandon Baca & Mahbooba Pannah, University of New Mexico
The workshop will involve a presentation and interactive demonstration of the Refugee Well-being Project (RWP), which is an intervention model that builds on the knowledge, skills, and other strengths of newly resettled refugees by engaging refugees and college students in mutual learning and the mobilization of community resources. Through the RWP, refugees both learn from and teach Americans, and refugees’ cultures, experiences, and knowledge are valued and utilized in the promotion of their well-being. The RWP is a model that helps to improve communities’ responsiveness to newcomers and to create more welcoming communities for refugees. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to consider whether and how the Refugee Well-being Project model could be implemented in their local communities.
Bringing Together Law Enforcement and Refugees
Deeqo Jibril, Somali Community & Cultural Association (Boston)
This workshop will go over the skills and strategies Jibril has used to help unite the refugee community with law enforcement. We will also cover why there is a need for these discussions, and how you can create these conversations in your communities. Jibril recently represented the Somali community at the White House summit on the prevention of radicalization and in a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security. She works with the Boston Police Department to bridge the gap between Law Enforcement and the Somali and Muslim Community. She organized the first FBI Somali youth academy as well as the first law enforcement and community Iftar with two hundred people in attendance, including local leaders from the BPD and FBI.
Media, Public Relations, and the Digital Space
Carolyn Holly & Josh Schlaich, Saint Alphonsus Health System
In today’s world, information travels at the speed of light. Not only are news media outlets changing the way they report, but citizen journalism has been on the rise through social and digital outlets. Communications, media relations, and public relations have become vital to not only delivering the right message to the right people, but also protecting you and your organization from misinformation and perception problems. Find out more about the opportunities and challenges in the so-called “information age”, and how you can play a part in creating positive dialogue in the public sphere.
Under the Tent of Abraham
Reverend Kim Cran & Lori Conlon Kahn, First Congregational United Church of Christ Beth Harbison, Becky Groves, Janet Kaufman, Congregration Ahavath Beth Israel Kiki Lyus, Islamic Center of Boise
Last summer, a group of six women from Boise’s Jewish, Christian, and Islamic communities—the three largest Abrahamic faiths--developed an interfaith youth camp. The aim of the camp was to foster the religious identity of the children from these three communities who attended, while engaging in transcultural activities and discussions to foster friendship, understanding, and peace-making. In our session, we will tell a narrative about this camp, lessons learned, and engage participants in dialogue and exercises that enable them to grasp our model and its potential for replication with refugee youth.
Full Circle Exchange: A Holistic Approach to Economic Self-Sufficiency for Refugee Women Sarah Priddy, Stacey Wiese, Mark Priddy, Jeanette Priddy, & Esperance Rulisa, Full Circle Exchange
The Full Circle Exchange Job Readiness Training Program is dedicated to empowering women coming into the United States as refugees, as well as other local women in transition, by providing stepping-stones to self sufficiency and job placement through transitional income, job training skills, education, vital enrichment and emotional readiness. This workshop will discuss our holistic approach to poverty alleviation that emphasizes the need for community and belonging in order for individuals to lower barriers to employment caused by past trauma. By lowering barriers, individuals allow themselves to feel they have the creative capacity, intelligence, and the support to move from situations of dependency and government aid, into self-reliance and empowerment.
How to Fund Your Project: Grant Writing for Success
Diane Demarest, Jannus, Inc.
What strategies have you considered this year to improve your chances of a successful grant? What are your stats as a grant proposal writer? What can keep a grant from succeeding? Learn some tested tips that can help you hit more homeruns with funders. This experiential workshop will help proposal writers understand the most important parts of the grant proposal, what is important to include and not include in each and how to focus on the ‘WHY’. Learn how to dissect the language of the funder and use it to your advantage. Help identify and avoid the most common pitfalls for grant writers. Diane’s years of experience and research might help those who are new to the world of grants and provide refreshing perspectives to the experienced proposal developers.
Idaho Office for refugees
1607 W. Jefferson St. Boise, ID 83702 208.336.4222