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Excited to kick off the 2018 National Youth-At-Risk East Conference? Check out our pre-conference workshops! Join Dr. Steve Parese and Hotep as they discuss tools to help in crisis management, and how to address the poverty mindset. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Steve Parese

Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

“Calm Down!” Crisis Management Skills for Educators of “At-Risk” Youth
Staff who work with challenging youth are often called upon to handle a wide range of confusing and frustrating behavior problem. It can be tempting to react to all misbehavior with strict discipline, but a “one size fits all” approach is often ineffective and alienates students with whom we must build helping relationships.
During this practical, highly interactive 3-hour pre-conference workshop with author and international speaker Dr. Steve Parese, you will:
1. Discuss a logical decision-making model for responding to three different types of problems.
2. Explore interventions with deliberately misbehaving youth.
3. Examine the impact of high stress, low self-esteem, and prior trauma on emotional misbehavior with youth.
4. Identify four predictable phases of an escalating crisis, including specific strategies for each phase.
5. Practice three levels of active listening de-escalating emotional youth.

Dr. Steve Parese began his career as a wilderness counselor and special educator, working with special needs youth in a variety of settings in NC, FL, and MD. Since leaving his teaching position at George Washington University in DC, Steve has become a well-known international speaker, and is the author of more than a dozen curricula. He specializes in cognitive behavioral and crisis intervention for youth, as well as workforce development for challenging adults. Steve lives in rural NC, where he is active in his community and church, and spends his free time renovating his 110-year-old home.


Sunday, March 4, 2018
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Addressing the Poverty Mindset

While many use the words poor and poverty synonymously, they are very different. Poor is a financial condition of having little money. However, poverty is a mindset; a system of beliefs, attitudes, and perspectives. Schools that serve low-income communities tend to face similar and pervasive issues that are actually a result of a poverty mindset. This workshop clarifies what true poverty is, why it exists, how it secretly impacts our schools, and, most importantly, what we can do to change it permanently!


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