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2019 Head Start/Early Head Start Home Visitor’s Conference

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2019 Head Start/Early Head Start Home Visitor’s Conference
2019 Head Start/Early Head Start Home Visitor’s Conference

Time & Location

Oct 23, 2019, 9:00 AM – Oct 24, 2019, 4:00 PM

Embassy Suites by Hilton Indianapolis No, 3912 Vincennes Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA

About the Event

THANK YOU to the Conference Sponsor: Community Play Things


                                                    Barcelona A & B Meeting Room

Wednesday, October 23rd:

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration

           10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. “A Practical Look at Consumer Product Hazards in the Home”

Quiana Wilson, Marion County Health Department  

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 2,200 children die at home from unintentional injuries and more than 3.5 million visit the ER for injuries that commonly occur at home.  

Through this workshop learn home visitors will learn how to educate parents on keeping children from potential dangers including, strangulation, choking and tip-overs.  We will look at hazards most often responsible for injuries as well as, the lesser-known dangers. 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Treating Trauma in Children and Adults with EMDR Therapy”

Kara Baertsch, LMHC , certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant   

This presentation will provide information about the use of 

EMDR therapy to treat trauma, including trauma derived 

from Adverse Childhood Experiences, in both children and 

adults.  Participants will learn how trauma affects development and functioning, will understand how EMDR

therapy differs from traditional types of psychotherapy, and will be able to identify children and adults for whom EMDR therapy would be an appropriate referral.

12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.   Lunch included in registration!

12:45 p.m.   Silent Auction Opens – Barcelona C

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Networking Time / Round Table Discussions

Facilitated by:   Kris Mathews, IHSA Conference and Training Committee Chairperson

Round table discussions will be held to discover what

various programs around the state are doing in regards to 

employee retention, combating parents using devices as babysitters and too much screen time, developing and 

implementing staff wellness policies as well as other 

pertinent topics.  

2:45 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.  Break

            3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  “How ISDH is Using Mobile Technology and Community 

Partners to have more Babies Reach Their 1st Birthday”

Nolan Mikowski, Indiana State Department of Health     

Indiana is in the bottom ten of infant mortality rates in the county.  To combat this, ISDH is using mobile technology.  Liv is a mobile app for all Hoosiers that are planning, pregnant and parenting.  This workshop will go through the decision process of Liv, current infant mortality data and how the engagement of community partners has played an integral part in lowering the rate.

5:00 p.m.   Silent Auction closes for the Night 

Thursday, October 24th:

8:30 a.m.   Silent Auction Opens 

9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.  “Bed Bugs and the Home Visitor”

Lawrence Lobdell, Marion County Health Department

Bed Bugs and the Home Visitor is an opportunity for participants to learn effective techniques to aid them in the avoidance of a very old problem that has re-emerged as a significant public health concern.  After completion of this workshop, professionals in early childhood development will be able to continue to provide very important services in homes with confidence and authority without concern of taking home unwanted guests - - aka bed bugs!

              10:30 a.m.   Break

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. “Staff Guidance and Empowerment: Information & Guidance on Common Legal Issues Faced by Parents and Children.”

Carrie Hagan, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Clinical Associate Professor of Law/Civil Practice Clinic

Guardianships, Power of Attorney, Expungements, Driver’s License Issues, Paternity, Employment, Incarceration and

Relationships.  All of these issues affect the families that are served by Head Start and Early Head Start, and all can be complex to navigate and understand.  In this session, a brief overview of process and procedure for each will be provided, along with suggested avenues for families and staff to pursue when needs arise.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.   Lunch included with registration!

  1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.   Final Bids for Silent Auction!

  1:45 p.m.   End of Silent Auction – NO MORE BIDS!

  1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. “Working with Families of Poverty”

Debbie Beeler, M.Ed. – Hoosier Uplands Children’s Services

Using the Dr. Ruby Payne Culture of Poverty model, the 

presentation will help participants understand both

children and adults from poverty and look at the 8 resources

families need to navigate success.  Typically poverty is thought

of in terms of financial resources only, however, the reality is 

that although financial resources are extremely important, an individual must possess a combination of all 8 resources to have a chance to successfully leave poverty.  We will also explore why many choose to stay in poverty.  Participants will

evaluate the role they play in helping families secure the 8 

resources and how to improve outcomes for families. 

   3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  Door Prizes

Pay for Auction Treasures – Cash and Check ONLY!

Closing Remarks

Accommodation Information:

Deadline for Conference Rate is 11:59 p.m. on September 22nd!

For room reservations, contact:  Embassy Suites

3912 Vincennes Road, Indianapolis, IN  46268 at 317-872-7700 

and request IHSA Home Visitors Rate.  Code  H.S.A. – IN Head Start Association

Conference rate is $ 153.00  + 17% tax = $ 179.01/night.

Please remember, Embassy Suites offers a nightly Evening Reception with complimentary snacks and beverages as well as, a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast.  





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