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The corner of 12th and Culbertson is currently closed due to construction. The best way to get to the Community Center is by taking 15th St. south and turn east on Culbertson. The Community Center will be on your left in two blocks. 


Kasserian Ingera  Sepati Ingera

In the Masai culture of Kenya and Tanzania, the traditional greeting is “Kasserian Ingera” which means,
“And how are the children?” The response is, “Sepati Ingera,” which means, “All the children are well.”
To the Masai, this means peace and safety prevail, that the priorities of protecting the young, the powerless, are in place, that Masai society has not forgotten its reasons for being, its proper functions and responsibilities.
“All the children are well” means that life is good. It means that the daily struggles of existence do not preclude proper caring for their young.



Featured Speakers


Change Agent Provocateur







MI Consulting

Michelle Lamberson, M.S., has over 8 years of experience in education. She was with The Center for Children and Families as a Trauma-Informed Care Trainer/Coordinator since March 2016. She developed and coordinated trauma-informed training to Yellowstone County school districts, social service agencies, childcare facilities, medical facilities, and child welfare agencies. She also worked with administrative, instructional and non-instructional staff to put into place evidence-based trauma-informed systems to reduce re-traumatization, promote resilience and increase positive academic and non-academic outcomes for students. She helps staff establish a comprehensive trauma-informed approach to address both preventative and responsive measures. She provides training and technical consultation to staff and leadership on evidence-based practices and strategies. Michelle is also an adjunct professor of communications at Montana State University-Billings, teaching Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication. Prior to that she was an educational coordinator and instructor of vocational and life skills training in the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about trauma-informed care and brings energy and enthusiasm to her delivery. Michelle has been a long-time advocate of resilience instruction and practices meditation and mindfulness in her daily life.

Kyle "Guante" Tran Myhre, 2-time National Slam Poetry Champion will perform free to the public Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Worland Middle School Auditorium.


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Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative
high school that has radically changed its
approach to disciplining its students, becoming a
promising model for how to break the cycles of
poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

Viewing at Worland Middle School Auditorium Wednesday, June 12,

4 p.m. Panel discussion to follow.



1200 Culbertson Ave
Worland, Washakie County 82401





8 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

Substance Exposed Infants: A Current Epidemic - Jennifer Davis


According to many reports, substance abuse is on the rise in America particularly related to the overuse of opioids. One victim that is often overlooked is the newborn infant. In NICUs and nurseries across America, infants fall victim to withdrawal symptoms from fetal drug exposure. Infant exposure is a complicated issue that impacts medical stability and initial bonding. We will investigate identification of newborn substance exposure, medical intervention, and best practices for further intervention.

Civil Legal Options for Child Custody Issues and State-wide Referral Services - Kristen Schwartz


This workshop will focus on providing information about the various state-wide legal services in cases of divorce, child custody, and other civil legal matters. Legal Services through WCADVSA, Wyoming Legal Aid, Equal Justice of Wyoming, Guardian Ad Litem Program, and CASA will be discussed. This workshop will also have an overview of legal-related laws recently passed in the Wyoming State Legislature.


9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Child Abuse in Wyoming: Signs, Symptoms and Mandatory Reporting - Jennifer Davis


This informative training will cover the basic definitions, signs and symptoms of various forms of child abuse and neglect, as well as the mandatory reporting guidelines that exist for all Wyoming residents. It will address preventative measures that can be taken by those who suspect or witness a case of child abuse and/or neglect and the basic process of reporting an incident. Whether this information is new, or simply a refresher, it is important to remember for anyone working or coming into contact with children.

Providing Services to Undocumented Children - Kristen Schwartz


It is becoming more difficult to provide services to undocumented children, children of undocumented workers, or “Dreamers” these days. It is also becoming more difficult to understand what we can do for this group under current law. This group of people is far less likely to seek services or report crimes. This workshop aims to give some clarity to those of us who provide services to these families.

Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework: Children's Social and Emotional Competence - Bob Vines


Children’s Social and Emotional Competence is the first of the five Protective Factors. Participants will learn why it is important for children to become socially and emotionally healthy. They will learn the definition of social and emotional competence, the influence of culture and temperament, and everyday actions that build social and emotionally competent children.
Participants will also learn to help children develop a positive cultural identity and interact in a diverse society.


11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Performance by Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre

Keynote address:
“My Brains Are On Fire” by Todd Garrison


Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre will kick off the summit with a spoken word performance - just a taste of what the community will get to see during his public performance Wednesday evening and his workshop after lunch. Kyle uses poetry and art as an entry point into the more difficult discussions such as violence, white supremacy, and power.


“My Brains Are On Fire” - by Todd Garrison
Many children and youth are in a fierce battle, but the enemies are unseen ... they hide in a child’s brain. These enemies are chemicals and hormones, and the kiddos just don’t know how to fight the battle... nor do most of us! Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) may be the most common “ailment” in our communities, yet most often not addressed. Why? Because ACEs are not always obvious. What is obvious are behavior issues... children, youth, and adults unable to slow down, sometimes shutting down, feeling overwhelmed, and often overheating with anger. But here’s the deal - ITS NOT THE BEHAVIOR! ITS THE BRAIN! This presentation will provide knowledge of the ACE Study, how adversity and toxic stress affect a child’s developing brain, and strategies to consider using to help “douse the fire.” Todd Garrison is an ACE Study Master Trainer.


12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.

On Your Own


2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Zooming In: Poetry as an Entry Point into Violence Prevention Work -- Kyle Tran Myhre


Poetry is often about taking big, abstract concepts and “translating” them into concrete images and stories. This process, as useful as it is for poets and other artists, is also deeply connected to activism and advocacy. Where more and more young people understand and can “talk the talk” with regards to rape culture and gender violence, that talk isn’t always connected to organizing efforts or advocacy work. This discussion will focus on what it might mean to “translate” that understanding into action. How do we (especially those of us just starting out in this work) take big, overwhelming issues and problems and break them down into approachable, actionable pieces? How might those of us who have been doing this work make that process more approachable for youth and others just entering into the conversation? What might an arts-informed gender violence prevention practice look like? Spoken word (as practice and culture) offers a few potential entry points into this conversation.

SF93 and Title IX in Wyoming - Jody Sanborn


What does trauma-informed comprehensive primary prevention and school safety programming look like? And how can school administrators and educators provide this type of programming while giving due diligence to Title IX and the Wyoming Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Education Act? In this session, participants will be provided with an overview of mandates around prevention education within K-12 schools as well as strategies for implementation of evidence-based programming and best practices. 

Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework: Concrete Support in Times of Need - Wendy Gauntner


Concrete support in times of need is the second of the five Protective Factors. In this course, participants will learn everyday actions that build concrete support such as responding immediately when families are in crisis, providing information and connections to other services in the community, and helping families to develop skills and tools they need to identify their needs and connect to supports. This workshop is very interactive with several activities.


4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Worland Middle School Auditorium
2150 Howell Ave.
It is at the crossroads of at-risk teens and trauma-informed care that Paper Tigers takes root. Set within and around the campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington, Paper Tigers asks the following questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn? In search of clear and honest answers, Paper Tigers hinges on a remarkable collaboration between subject and filmmaker. Armed with their own cameras and their own voices, the teens of Paper Tigers offer raw but valuable insight into the hearts and minds of teens pushing back against the specter of a hard childhood. Against the harsh reality of truancy, poor grades, emotional pain, and physical violence, answers begin to emerge. The answers do not come easily. Nor can one simply deduce a one-size-fits-all solution to a trauma-informed education. But there is no denying something both subtle and powerful at work between teacher and student alike: the quiet persistence of love. A panel discussion and question period will follow featuring ACEs experts Todd Garrison, Jennifer Davis, Michelle Lamberson, Washakie County Special Education Director Kim Sanford, and Lincoln High School graduate and star of Paper Tigers, Aron Wolf (by video). The 30-minute discussion will be moderated by Bob Vines.

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6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Worland Middle School Patio. Grab a pulled pork sandwich, salads, sides and a dessert and mingle with other conference-goers and speakers while the auditorium gets ready for the Guante performance. The Grace Lutheran Church Women will be our hosts.

Join other conference-goers, presenters, and speakers for a barbecue on the school lawn as the Auditorium gets prepared for the evening performance.


7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Worland Middle School Auditorium
2150 Howell Ave.

Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre is an MC, 2-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator based in Minneapolis. His viral Button Poetry performances, TedxTalk and music videos have been viewed over 10 million times on YouTube. Join Guante for an hour-long performance (including some interactivity and Q&A) that will touch on several topics. Much of Guante’s work is a call to action - encouraging people, especially young people, to become involved in their communities. This performance is free and open to the public. Kids and parents alike are strongly encouraged to attend this inspiring and moving performance by one of the best in the world of spoken word poetry. 




8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

ACEs Are Us - Todd Garrison

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is the most advanced research of all time linking
childhood adversity to many types of negative health and social outcomes in adulthood. It’s
changing mental and physical health approaches; awakening parents - social workers - police departments - judges - and communities about reducing adversity in our children; and informing policy makers on how to create and support positive change for our kids. It is sweeping the country and provoking change in schools – informing teachers on how to create better learning environments, and help our children be more successful. ACEs can have an incredibly negative effect on a child’s ability to navigate day-to-day life! Learning about ACEs and gaining a full understanding of why children do what they do, can absolutely be transformative for our children, for parents, and for us as professionals! This presentation and training on ACEs by Todd Garrison, a Certified ACE Master Trainer, may be the most important training you’ll have this year!

Trauma-Informed Care: Putting Principles into Practice Pt. 1 - Michelle Lamberson


This training is industry specific and focuses on skill-building for professionals who work with
individuals impacted by trauma. This session is geared to those who already understand the concept of ACEs but want strategies to integrate this knowledge into practice. Participants will learn to put trauma-informed approaches into practice, resilience building, and its mitigating effects on trauma. They will also learn strategies to foster healthy social, emotional, and educational relationships through self-regulation techniques, and role play practicing effective communications strategies.

Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development - Wendy Guantner


Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development is the third of the five Protective Factors. In this course, participants will learn the importance of knowledge, how culture influences knowledge, and how to create an environment where parents are comfortable asking for help. Participants will also learn everyday actions that build knowledge such as modeling developmentally appropriate
interactions with children, providing information and issues or concerns, provide opportunities to try out new parenting strategies, and address parenting issues from a strength-based perspective.


9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Discovering Their Super Powers - Kim Accurso


Children exposed to traumatic experiences often struggle to develop positive ways to regulate their emotions which in turn leads to difficulties with learning how to appropriately respond to, play with, learn alongside, and interact with others.  Through this workshop we will examine ways to help children “Discover Their Super Powers”-their abilities to calm their own bodies, take care of their own big emotions, and make choices that will help them and not hurt them.  Participants will leave with some easy-to-implement ideas and strategies for helping children experience  social-emotional success.

Trauma-Informed Care: Putting Principles Into Practice Pt. 2 - Michelle Lamberson


This is the second session of a 2-session workshop. 

Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework: Parental Resilience - Wendy Gauntner 

Parental Resilience is the fourth of the five Protective Factors. In this course, participants will learn what resilience is and what does it look like and how parental resilience fits into the framework. We will also discuss everyday actions that build resilience such as valuing and supporting parents, honoring each family’s culture, responding to family crisis, and how building partnerships with parents benefits everyone.


11:15 to 12:45 p.m.

On Your Own


12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Kailyn Cook


Kailyn Cook first showed signs of sexual abuse when she was just two years old. An exam revealed
signs of sexual abuse but didn’t provide enough evidence about who was doing it. She tried to report
her abuse by a family member again when she was 9 years old, and when she was 14 years old.
Each time, the system failed her. Not until she took matters into her own hands at the age of 16 did she finally receive the help she desperately needed. Kailyn knew from a very early age that the system needed to change, and now she is doing something about it. Kailyn has her B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and a Masters in Public Administration, and is also a graduate of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy. Now she works with victims of crime as a Victim Witness Assistant for the Office of the District Attorney, First Judicial District in Cheyenne. Kailyn was also instrumental in the passage of Wyoming’s SF93 (Child Sexual Abuse and Prevention), by sharing her compelling story with Wyoming Legislators. Kailyn will share her experiences in this keynote address, as well as show the ways the criminal justice system can fail victims, how those in the criminal justice system can improve it, and areas that are improving for victims.


2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Children as Witnesses - Sandra Stevens


This session is geared toward law enforcement and those who work with law enforcement. Sandra Stevens will be sharing her expertise when it comes to utilizing children as witnesses in domestic violence cases. Law enforcement officers will expand their knowledge in gaining more accurate
information when working with children who witness domestic violence in the home. During this 90-minute workshop, Ms. Stevens will share:
• Two 911 calls illustrating how effective children can be as witnesses.
• A 911 video will be shown on why law enforcement must treat children as a critical aspect of case-building by paying attention to initial statements from the children.
• A written report will be reviewed showing officers responding to a domestic violence call where the children were not interviewed.

The Dance of Attachment - Allan Braatan


All children at the core of their beings need to be attached to someone who considers them to be very special and who is committed to providing for their ongoing care. - Daniel Hughes

Attachment and trauma go hand-in-hand in that when attachment is disrupted by trauma, and once disrupted is not repaired, it can develop over time into what now being described as Developmental Trauma. In foster care and adoptive homes, such Developmental Trauma can result in “blocked trust” and “blocked caring” leading to disrupted placements and dissolved adoptions.
This workshop gives an overview of the attachment process, why it is important to human growth and development, and what happens when trauma disrupts the process.

Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework: Social Connections - Bob Vines


The fifth and final Protective Factor is Social Connections. In this session, participants will learn what social connections are, the antidote to social isolation, the important role of communication, and everyday actions that build positive social connections. These actions include helping families value, build, sustain and use social connections, create an inclusive environment, facilitate mutual support around parenting and other issues, and promote engagement in the community and participation in activities.