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2012 Wild Child Conference Brochure

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The 2012 Wild Child Conference brochure is now available. It features a complete conference schedule along with details on the speakers and breakout sessions.

Click Here to download the 2012 Wild Child Conference brochure!

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Photos from our 2011 conference

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2011 Speakers

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Keynote Address – Annette Franks, M.Ed., LPC

Annette Franks earned her M.Ed. from Xavier University. She became a licensed professional counselor and then a certified Gestalt psychotherapist. She currently is an advisory board member for the Addiction Studies Institute at The Ohio State University and, previously, a certified alcoholism counselor and executive board member for the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio. She has been in a private counseling and consulting practice since 1989 and also conducts motivational and keynote speaking engagements
on wellness and holistic life balance.

Keynote Address: Understanding Addiction & the Impact on Our Youth and Families Today.

Addiction is a primary, progressive, chronic, and fatal brain disease that affects the majority of our country either directly or indirectly. We will explore the brain disease of addiction and the impact of this disease on our country today as well as what we can do to help.


Event Schedule
7:30 to 8:15 REGISTRATIONContinental Breakfast
8:15 to 8:30 The Honorable Deborah A. Alspach, JudgeWelcome & Opening Remarks
8:30 to 10:30 • Annette FranksUnderstanding Addiction & the Impact on Our Youth and Families Today
10:30 to 10:45 BREAK
10:45 to 12:15 Breakout Session I
12:15 to 1:45 LUNCH (on your own)
1:45 to 3:15 Breakout Session II same as Session I
3:15 to 3:30 BREAK
3:30 to 4:00 Closing Session• Jodi GallowayYou Can Help Kids Succeed
4:00 to 4:15 Wrap-up & EvaluationsCertificate Distribution

Breakout Sessions

Annette Franks, M.Ed., LPC

A Closer Look at the Family Psychological Dynamics of Addiction

This session will explore the psychology of addiction and the roles family members develop to cope with this disease. We will look at the process of denial and the psychological and behavioral differences between healthy family systems and dysfunctional family systems. We will also briefly address intervention strategies in helping families suffering from the disease of addiction.

Orman Hall, Director, Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction

Appointed by Governor John R. Kasich on Jan. 10, 2011, Orman Hall has more than 20 years experience in management, planning, monitoring, and evaluation of public mental health and substance abuse services, and is widely regarded for hiswork around opiate addiction and prescription drug abuse. He holds a Master’s degree in Social Science Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Education, both from Marshall University.

Ohio Trends in Substance Abuse Among Teens

Director Hall will discuss trends in substance abuse among teens in Ohio and the nation, with a focus on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Study done in Ohio, the Fairfield County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Board’s Biannual Youth Survey, and the youth-related findings of the Statewide Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup. He will connect the current opiate epidemic to teen addiction and its portents for the future of drug abuse prevention and addiction.

Jeff Grant, MACC, M.Div., PC/CR

A graduate of Ohio Northern University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Ashland Theological Seminary, Jeff is a former pastor who brings a unique sensitivity to the spiritual life of the client with respect and dignity. He currently is focused on developing a specialty in sexual addiction and has been training with international expert Patrick Carnes and IITAP (International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals) to gain credentialing as a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist.

Sexual Addiction 101

Sexual addiction is a controversial topic today. People wrestle with many questions that the concept of sexual addiction brings to the surface: Is it real? How do we define it? What does it look like in everyday life? This session will take a look at the basics of what more and more professionals are acknowledging is a very real and destructive addiction. We will address assessment as well as options for treatment.

Jodi Galloway, LSW, OCPS-2, Director, Marion-Crawford Prevention Programs

Jodi has over 20 years experience in the field of substance abuse prevention. She has worked in Marion County for the past 17 years, providing adolescent substance abuse prevention programs. As Director of the Marion-Crawford Prevention Programs, she is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of substance abuse prevention programs aimed at middle and high school aged youth. She works cooperatively with area agencies to coordinate positive youth development services and programs.

Kids Speak

Meet a group of young people who represent their schools as part of the Marion County Youth Advisory Board. These young people meet weekly to plan programs and activities to encourage their peers to make positive, healthy drug-free choices. Learn what is important in engaging youth in prevention services and what’s really going on at the high school level.

Closing Session

Jodi Galloway

You Can Help Kids Succeed

The vast majority of people who work with youth are, by nature, asset builders. But in the busy-ness of daily life, it can be easy to forget the things that matter when it comes to working with young people. The asset framework helps us remember these important, positive things. Learn some tips to remind you of the kinds of things you can do as a youth worker to build assets within young people.

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