Hopes and Dreams Conference 2022

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Hopes & Dreams Virtual Conference

April 6-7, 2022

Supporting the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Needs of Our Children, Youth and Families as a Result of the Pandemic

Join us for our 2022 Hopes and Dreams Virtual Conference. Our virtual trainings will focus on topics related to new diagnosis, early intervention, elementary and secondary education, advocacy, transition, and mental and behavioral health. Participants will explore these issues and challenges, gaining valuable information that can be incorporated into their everyday life.

April 6th Keynote Speaker: Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D.Dr. Barkley has authored more than 20 books and has made appearances on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, and many others. He recently retired from his position as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He is also a retired Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and subsequently worked as a Professor of Psychiatry and Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. Learn more: www.russellbarkley.org

April 7th Keynote: The Science of Happiness Through the Art of Gratitude

Zoe WingardThrough this interactive workshop, we will look at the science behind happiness and how the art of gratitude can combat fear and anxiety. Participants will learn how adopting the practice of gratitude daily can reduce stressors and anxiety in students, families, and professionals to improve social and emotional health for educational success. During the workshop, participants will be able to experiment with some of the strategies given and discuss application within different settings.
Attendees will also hear directly from a youth with mosaic Down syndrome and how increased anxiety and fears over the past several years have affected her life. She will also discuss how embracing gratitude has improved decision-making and her own life and educational experiences.

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Continuing Education Units

All workshops approved by SC Department of Social Services for recertification hours. Please submit the certificate to your licensing worker.

FOSTER CARE CREDITS: All workshops are approved by SC Department of Social Services for recertification hours. Please submit the certificate to your licensing worker.

EARLY INTERVENTION: Approved for Early Intervention Credentials – see titles in agenda on our conference webpage for specific approved trainings. For any BabyNet service providers or service coordinators (EIs) that want to receive training hours (EI credential) for the conference need to notify Suzanne Wingard. Suzanne will provide us, the Team for Early Childhood Solutions, with the list of people that indicated that they want training hours for the conference and we will add an evaluation to each person’s SCEILS account. The person will need to log into SCEILS and complete the evaluation. The evaluation will ask for the names of the workshops that the person attended and how these workshops will impact his/her work within BabyNet.

AHEC: This program is approved for 0.1 CEU’s (10.0 clock hours) of continuing education by Mid-Carolina AHEC, Inc. and meets the SC AHEC Continuing Education Best Practice Standards. Participants must attend 90% of the program to receive a certificate of attendance. No partial credit will be given.

COUNSELORS & THERAPISTS: This program has been pre-approved for 10.0 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

NURSING: Mid-Carolina AHEC is an approved provider of nursing professional development by South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This nursing continuing education activity approval # 2110-022PR-088 has been approved for 10.0 hours.

SOCIAL WORKERS: This program has been approved by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners for 7.5 clock hours of social work and 2.5 clock hours of NON – social work continuing education.

CERTIFIED ADOPTION INVESTIGATORS: All workshops (except for Overview of Medicaid and TEFRA Eligibility) are approved by SC Department of Social Services for recertification hours.