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2020 & 2021 Event Keynote Speaker

Amy Nelson

Emotional Milestones - Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist

We are so excited to announce our 2020 CCPC Conference keynote speaker!

Amy Nelson is a graduate from the University of Missouri, Kansas City with a master’s degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist.

”I am passionate about motivating and inspiring teachers because I know there is no way that I could heal all of the hurt by myself. I have experienced the power of a good teacher and I believe if there is a small chance that I can unlock, activate and extend the reach of a good teacher -- then I have done good work.”

Amy considers herself to be fluent in two languages: Adult and Child. She founded Emotional Milestones in an effort to inspire passion and awareness in Early Childhood Professionals, leading them to the “ah-ha” moments that grow their capacity for supporting students with mental and behavioral health challenges.

“I am the out of sync child. The quirky kid. The offbeat - - all grown up.”

Coming to our senses, understanding sensory processing differences 

Child Care professionals are called to accommodate and support children with a variety of needs.  Sensory Processing differences are widely unrecognized, since children are developing their need to self-regulate.  Providers can be on the forefront of providing information, resources and supportive services to individuals with sensory processing differences.  This course unpacks the concept of Sensory Processing and how to apply this knowledge.

2019 Event Keynote Speaker

Jessica Griffin

The last eight years Jessica Griffin has been at the elementary level and prior to that at the intermediate level.  Jessica has taught at the primary level and served as an instructional coach.  She holds license in elementary education, special education, teaching English as a Second Language, and building level leadership all from Emporia State University.  She enjoys learning and collaborating with colleagues on implementing trauma responsive practices. Jessica has served as a principal for eleven years in the Emporia Public School System. She has presented at the local and state level on a variety of topics, including the implementation of trauma responsive care within the school setting.

Raising Resilience

How do we begin to make the shift from understanding the impact of trauma, chronic stress, and poverty within our children's' lives to helping them build resilience? Our world has changed and our educational system and caregiver approaches must evolve in order to spark hope and build resilience within our population. We will focus on how to create a true family within your child care program by promoting safety, connectedness, hope, empathy, and commitments.  Our time together will highlight means to build intrinsic motivation, identify methods for effectively managing self, and build psychological safety within our systems.  Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from one another as we share our journey from traditional systems, to trauma responsive practices, to bridging to resilience within our children. 

2018 Event Keynote

2017 Event Keynote

2016 Event Keynote

2015 Event Keynote 

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