Pre-Conference Institutes

(P1) ACE’s and Your Health:  Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to: risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death. As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes. The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of preventing them before they happen. The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later life health and well-being. Come and learn about ACE’s, what your ACE score means and what you can do with this knowledge to be proactive and build resilience in living your best life possible!
(P2) Developing  a Comprehensive Transition System of Care for Older Youth:  Spend a day with one of the highly respected veterans in the field of independent living. Learn how to develop a continuum of successful independent living services from pre-independent living preparation for foster youth to a variety of living arrangement options for teens going out on their own. Mark Kroner has been passionately involved in the Independent and Transitional Living fields for over 30 years as a 21 year program director, life skills trainer, national advocate, researcher and consultant. He has trained thousands of professionals nationwide and will share his ideas on training, housing, funding, permanency outcomes and getting the whole system involved. If you are starting an independent living program or are looking for ways to enhance your existing program, then this institute is for you.
(P3) Burnout/Renewal & What to do When Your Buttons Get Pushed:  Caregiver burnout is rampant in professions where it seems that no matter what we do, we can never get it done. Whether it our children’s disturbing behaviors, our co¬workers/spouses (and their disturbing behaviors) or the agency and state’s ever-shifting, never-ending demands… it seems that someone always wants more than we can give. This pragmatic and inspirational workshop is about thoughtfully cultivating the internal resources key to thriving (rather than just surviving) the ongoing chaos inherent in the helping act.
While the work can be exhausting, more often than not, our own issues and countertransferences… buttons… are the major stumbling blocks we’re actually up against. It’s important to come clean with what’s activated within us. In fact, there’s no way out of the reactive prison if we think someone else put us in one. This workshop focuses on the core reactivity inherent in most interpersonal conflicts, struggles and dramas; the underlying shadow of our own unresolved dilemmas.
(P4 – Youth) Explore San Antonio: Experience the city’s rich history when we visit some well-preserved landmarks and attractions including the River Walk and the Alamo.