Summit Kickoff
November 15th 10 am – 12 pm

Top TIPS to Support Children in Times of Uncertainty and Stress

Learn concrete strategies to support young children when they are faced with BIG and SMALL life events such as returning from summer break, divorce, loss, stressful or traumatic events, or starting school for the first time. This training will provide 10 trauma-informed practices that can help children feel safe, regulate big emotions, and prevent behaviors associated with stress reactions.

Attendees will have an opportunity to win a copy of one of Julie’s books.

The kickoff speaker, Julie Kurtz is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Optimal Brain Integration®. Julie trains and speaks on trauma, resilience and social-emotional resilience building across the country. She is also the co-author of several books on the topic of trauma and resilience.

*DECAL Bright from the Start credits and stipends are not available for the kickoff event.

The Summit
November 19th OR December 3rd
8:30 am – 2:30 pm EST

The program is the same on both dates. Select your preferred date on the registration form.

STIPEND FOR EDUCATORS

Child Care Programs Serving Infants through Pre-K: Directors, Assistant Directors, Teachers, Assistant Teachers, and Family Child Care Learning Home Providers:

You may qualify for stipend if you register for and attend the entire summit.

Attendance will be tracked, and workshop completion will be verified. The number of stipends available is limited and dependent on funding.

DECAL Bright from the Start credit hours and CEUs (social work, LPC, and MFT) are available for completion of summit workshops. A maximum of 4 hours will be awarded.

Summit Topical Tracks

Summit workshops are organized by topical tracks. You can attend workshops in a single track, or you can attend workshops in different tracks based on your interests. The choice is yours. Workshops are in blocks by the time offered. You may only attend one workshop per block. Materials that we have permission to share will be available for all workshops.

Childhood Adversity, Trauma, and Resilience

Creating a community response to early childhood trauma begins with a solid knowledge base. Workshops in this track focus on foundational knowledge about childhood adversity, the effects of trauma on children and their caregivers, and the importance of resilience and positive childhood experiences to counteract the effects of trauma.

Classroom Strategies

Early care and learning professionals need to know what they can do to support the recovery and well-being of children in their care. Workshops in this track focus on trauma-informed teaching and classroom strategies to meet the needs of children.

Staff Self-Care and Well-Being

Working with children and families who have experienced trauma can take an emotional and physical toll on professionals. Workshops in this track focus on self-care and improving the well-being of early care and learning staff and others who serve in a helping role.

Leadership and Collaboration

Leadership and collaboration are critical to the goal of creating a community response to childhood trauma. Workshops in this track focus on the role of early childhood leaders and community partners in creating trauma-responsive organizations, building cross-organization collaborations, and leading change in their respective organizations and community.

Family Engagement

An essential component of trauma-responsive early childhood programs is effective family engagement. Workshops in this track focus on programs and strategies that help create partnerships with families and support families in building resilience and increasing positive interactions with their young children.

Summit Agenda

Summit Timeline

8 - 8:30

Virtual Doors Open

8:30 - 8:50

Summit Opening

9:00 – 10:30

Session 1 Workshops

Childhood Adversity, Trauma and Resilience

Building Resilience with Riley the Brave: It’s a Brain Thing!

Presenter:

Jessica Sinarski

Brave Brains

Classroom Strategies

Community Resiliency Model: Supporting the Parent-Child Dyad

Presenters:

Dr. Jordan Murphy

Emory University School of Nursing

Dr. Linda Grabbe

Emory University School of Nursing

Staff Self-Care and Well-Being

Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices

Presenter: Nov 19th

Dr. Crystal McClendon-Gourdine

Center for Optimal Brain Integration®

Presenter: Dec 3rd

Dr. LaWanda Wesley

Center for Optimal Brain Integration®

Leadership and Collaboration

Top 5 Trauma Responsive Strategies for Supervisors

Presenter:

Julie Kurtz

Center for Optimal Brain Integration®

Family Engagement

Strengthening Family Relationships and Engagement with Developmental Milestones

Presenter:

Bridget Ratajczak

GA DECAL

10:30 – 10:45

Break/ Exhibitors/Resources

10:45 - 12:00

Session 2 Workshops

Childhood Adversity, Trauma and Resilience

Old Enough to Grieve: Helping Young Children to Cope with Grief and Loss

Presenter:

Liz Carson

Kate’s Club

Classroom Strategies

Introduction to Mindfulness and Resiliency in Early Care and Education Settings

Presenters:

Audrey Idaikkadar

Resilient Georgia

Molly Lieberman

Loop It up Savannah

Staff Self-Care and Well-Being

Community Resiliency Model: Self-care and Wellness Skills for Early Childhood Professionals

Presenters:

Dr. Jordan Murphy

Emory University School of Nursing

Dr. Linda Grabbe

Emory University School of Nursing

Leadership and Collaboration

Trauma-Informed Leadership

Presenter:

Lori Chelius

Origins Training and Consulting

Dr. Andi Fetzner

Origins Training and Consulting

Family Engagement

Trauma-Responsive Family Engagement in Early Childhood

Presenter:

Shawn Bryant

The Teaching Excellence Center

12:00 – 12:45

Lunch/ Exhibitors/Resources/Networking

12:45 - 02:00

Session 3 Workshops

Childhood Adversity, Trauma and Resilience

Supporting the Mental Health of Infants and Toddlers in Classroom Settings

Presenter:

Emily Graybill

Georgia State University School of Public Health

Raynell Washington

Georgia State University School of Public Health

Classroom Strategies

Behavior Communicates, Are You Listening?

Presenters (November 19th):

Esther Duggan

GA DECAL

Emily Graham

GA DECAL

Presenters (December 3rd):

Alicia Prather

GA DECAL

Cathy Lotspeich

GA DECAL

Staff Self-Care and Well-Being

Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress: Help for the Helper

Presenter:

Debra Ross

Georgia State University School of Social Work

Leadership and Collaboration

Building a Trauma-Responsive Community Through Collaboration

Presenters:

Irene Barton

Cobb Collaborative

Terri Woodruff

Anna Shaw Children’s Institute

Suzanne Harbin

Community Foundation of Northwest GA

Family Engagement

Family Engagement, Our Role & Responsibility - The Trauma Staircase in Early Childhood

Presenter:

Shawn Bryant

The Teaching Excellence Center

2:00 – 2:30

Summit Closing

Comments from Attendees of the 2021 summit

“All the presentations from the different speakers were awesome. A lot of great information learned today that I will start using with in my classroom.”

“The speakers were awesome. They knew what they were talking about. They were clear and you could understand what they were talking about. This was awesome today. Well worth my Saturday. I learned a lot.”

“I attended both sessions, November & December. They were both awesome. I am looking forward to attending next year’s summit.”

“I appreciated the variety of presenters and choices of discussion topics. Many of the presenters I have had the privilege of hearing in past conferences, and I was pleased to see new presenters available to learn from. It was an interesting summit and I appreciate having the opportunity for learning credits on such an important topic. I am glad for the virtual platform that allows us to attend from all over.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you’ll need to register for this online event. Simply follow the link at the top of the page and submit your information. Then you’ll receive an email confirming your registration for the event.
The DECAL Summit and Kickoff Event are open to Georgia’s Early Care and Learning Community. This includes any professional who provides services to or supports those who provide services to infants through Pre-K age children and their families. This also includes community partners who provide services and support for this population. These are free virtual events.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
You may use any device (smart phone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer) that has internet access.
You do not need to change your registration date. Log in November 19th OR December 3rd with your email address to attend the summit. Go to https://decalsummit2022.vfairs.com/ and click on “Log in to the Event.”
No. We are not able to offer BFTS credits or CEUs for the kickoff event on November 15th.
You can receive a maximum of 4 hours for attending the three workshops offered at the summit. Once the summit is over, your attendance will be calculated and your certificate with your training hours will be emailed to you within two weeks.
Your summit certificate will be emailed to you within two weeks after the training and will include your training hours and the conference code so that you can upload and receive credit in the GA PDS system. You can only upload one summit certificate with the total number of hours you completed for the summit.
If you are seeking core social work, related licensed professional counselor, related licensed marriage and family therapist, FVIP Georgia Approved Trainer and SCEIs/Babies Can’t Wait CEUs, you will receive a workshop certificate by email for each workshop you attended in its entirety. The total would be a maximum of 4 CEUs for attending three workshops.
To qualify for a stipend, you must meet the following criteria:
  1. Work in a child care program serving infants through Pre-K and be a director, assistant director, teacher, assistant teacher, or family child care learning home provider.
  2. Register for and attend the entire summit and meet the attendance requirement for the three workshops offered at the summit. Attendance will be tracked, and workshop completion will be verified.

Note: The number of stipends available is limited and dependent on funding. Attendees who qualify may only receive one stipend, but are welcome to attend both summit dates, if they choose to do so. The same program will be offered both dates.

A member from the DECAL Scholars program will contact you by email after the summit to request additional information to process your stipend. Check your email inbox or spam folder for an email from support@decalscholars.com. You can also visit the DECAL Scholars exhibit booth during the summit to ask additional questions.
It will take 3-4 weeks to process and mail your check after you have submitted all the information requested by DECAL Scholars.
Contact the help desk by clicking on the orange support button that will allow you to send a chat message to request assistance. If you are unable to reach support, email decalsummit@gsu.edu or decalsummit@getvfairs.io