Broken Lives: Conference on Addiction & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Broken Lives: Conference on Addiction & Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Event on 2016-05-19 08:30:00
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Deb Evensen Deb Evensen, MA, an outspoken advocate for those living with FASD, is a master teacher and behavior specialist with more than 40 years experience teaching children, adolescents and adults. She has been a pioneer in discovering practical solutions that work for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. She brings the unique perspective of one who has spent thousands of hours helping to find solutions within schools and communities across North America facing FASD.   Also Presenting Liz Kulp and Sam from Live Abilities talking on FASD and their journey with addiction.  Liz Kulp is a powerful speaker who shares her personal story of living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS).  Her mission is to encourage understanding of persons living with this hidden disability and prevent alcohol use during pregnancy.  Get the inside scoop on FASD with Liz Kulp's lively presentations and question and answer sessions. Treatment centers, agencies, community organizations First responder groups, police, fire, FEMA and para-medics Youth groups, colleges, schools Churches, faith based organizations     Frank LaMere and John Maisch, "Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian Documentary" About the Film: Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian is both a story of brave men and women on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who have found empowerment through sobriety and those still struggling to overcome their alcohol addiction. Set in the weeks leading up to the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s historic vote to repeal its ban on alcohol on August 13, 2013, the documentary follows the journey of four alcoholics living on the streets of Whiteclay, Nebraska, less than 300 yards from their homes in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. A must-see film for anyone interested in stories about beating the odds in one of the poorest places in the country, Sober Indian | Dangerous Indian explores the harmful effects of alcohol abuse on tribal reservations including high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, cirrhosis, teen suicide, and high-risk sexual behavior.  John A. Maisch John A. Maisch is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Maisch previously served as an Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General (1996-2001) and General Counsel for the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (2008-2012). Maisch was raised in Nebraska, and his parents were born and raised in South Dakota. He has sought to raise public awareness about the alcohol epidemic impacting women and children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation since 2012. Frank LaMere Frank LaMere runs the Four Directions Center and is a long time activist for the rights of Native Americans.  He has always fought for the children and is instrumental in enforcing ICWA in many states.  He has long been an activist to attempt to stop the flow of liquor from Nebraska to Pine Ridge.  Frank brings a passionate voice to the issues being faced in Whiteclay every day. Dr. Mark Garry Dr. Mark Garry is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.  He has been working for the Center for Disabilities of Sanford School of Medicine for the past 11 years completing FASD evalutaions on hundreds of children and young adults.  He previously served as Director of Behavioral Health at Sioux San IHS Hospital in Rapid City for 8 years where he completed FASD evaluations and research at the reservation hospitals and clinics.  Graduating from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, he trained in psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where he also served as Cheif Resident in Psychiatry.  He is the receipient of numerous academic awards in psychiatry including recipient of Services for his work setting up telepsychiatry services for rural American Indian Youth. Kari Scovel PhD Kari Scovel PhD, earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of South Dakota in 2000. For the past 16 years she has been in private practice in the Rapid City Area. Throughout her career Dr. Scovel has been in leadership positions in the South Dakota Psychological Association and has earned multiple awards for outstanding service. She is Past President and currently the Public Education Coordinator for the State of South Dakota for the South Dakota Psychological Association. She has been given the Outstanding Faculty Award In Counseling and Human Resource Development in 2004 and 2008. She also works both at Sanford Center for Disabilities and Rapid City Regional Hospital for Behavioral Health as a consultant. She performs neuropsychological, personality, cognitive and forensic assessments. She also does counseling for individuals, couples, families and group. She offers coping with chronic pain groups. Dr. Scovel has been teaching at South Dakota State University, West River Graduate Center since 2000. She has been involved in teaching Practicum, Prepracticum and Statistics. Her research interests include fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, autism spectrum disorder, chronic pain and neuropsychology. Jennifer Ponce Jennifer Ponce has worked as a sexual and domestic violence advocate for eleven years. She currently works for the DOVES Program as the Special Projects  Coordinator. In her time as an advocate, she's supported and empowered victims of sexual and domestic violence and has traveled throughout the Panhandle of Nebraska to talk about healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, the elements of unhealthy relationships, domestic violence, and sexual violence.     Barbara Blum Barbara Blum was born in Gary, Indiana and grew up in NW Indiana.  She attended Manchester college, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with an emphasis on education.  She married in 1972 and had one daughter.  She is now a proud grandmother of 2 beautiful grandchildren.  Ms. Blum currently resides in Chadron, NE.  Ms. Blum has been a life-long professional educator, having taught in the school system for over 45 years, in addition to teaching at Red Cloud Indian School and is currently a full-time substitute teacher at the Pine Ridge Job Corp in Chadron, NE. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Thursday May 19, 2016 8-8:30 Registration 8:30-8:45 Opening remarks from SNAAP and Roots to Wings and Hope Center 8:45-9:30 Frank LaMere on Whiteclay 9:30-10:15 Barbara Blum, Developmental Specialist Chadron Job Corp 10:15-10:30 Break 10:30-12 Dr. Mark Garry & Dr. Kari Scovel, FASD and Mental Health 12-1:30 Lunch on own 1:30-5:30 Deb Evensen, FASD educator 5:30-7 Dinner Break 7-9 Showing of Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian and Panel Discussion (John Maisch, producer & director and Frank LaMere, activist) Friday May 20, 2016 8-8:30 Registration 8:30-9:30 Liz Kulp & Sam, Live Abilities 9:30-10:15 Barbara Blum 10:15-11:15 Jennifer Ponce, DOVES 11:15-12 SNAAP and Roots mission and vision 12-1:30 Lunch on your own 1:30-5:30 Deb Evensen, FASD educator 5:30-6 Closing Remarks Contact Nora at or Barbara at

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