8th Annual Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice:

June 05 & 06, 2018
Holiday Inn Airport, Des Moines, Iowa

June 05 & 06— 2018

Holiday Inn Airport
6111 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50321 


Holiday Inn Airport is located at
6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321

Room rate is $96.00 per night until May 14, 2018,  when you let the hotel know you are reserving for the Orchard Place Trauma Informed Care Conference.

Parking is available at no cost.


This conference meets the requirements for approval of CEU credits for social workers, mental health counselors and psychologists.

5.25 CLE hours and 5.25 Juvenile hours approved, CLE activity number 294957                           
Foster Parent In-Service hours have been approved 
CEU's for IBC certified professionals have been approved                                                           CEU's for Sexual Assault Advocates have been approved                                                           
Nurses will be awarded contact hours from Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines,  Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #17. Full attendance is required per day.No partial Credit will be given.
June 05, 2018: 5.5 contact hours 
June 06, 2018: 5.5 contact hours 


Orchard Place Trauma Informed Care Project

Blank Children's STAR Center

Broadlawns Medical Center

Catholic Charities Counseling Program

EMDR & Beyond

Mid Iowa Health Foundation

Mosaic Family Counsling Center, Inc.

United Health Care Community and State

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter


Nancy Boggess
Orchard Place


Conference Audience: Professionals who work with children and families including: physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, foster parents, early interventionists, psychologists, educators, business, human resource, medical, and juvenile justice professionals.

Conference Objectives: Upon completion of this conference participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the 4-sources of Resilience.
  • Recognize how to utilize the resources for resilience that exist around them.
  • Utilize both positive and negative emotions to help access resilience.
  • Recognize the importance of both practitioners and clients being aware of the link between historical trauma and current challenges to a thriving lifestyle.
  • Define trauma informed best and/or promising culturally sensitive practices and trainings to be considered to improve outcomes.
  • Discover a better understanding of the importance of being aware of the link between historical and/or intergenerational trauma and current challenges experienced by some African American males.
  • Identify and describe the most commonly observed features of children's play after experiencing a traumatic event.
  • Demostrate improved collaborative therapeutic play skills to increase the child's capacities for trauma recovery.
  • Identify and describe the features of research-informed adult-child therapeutic play that can assist in developing emtional resilience.
  • Identify creative ways to remove emotional barriers for student achievement.
  • Define emotional intelligence and awareness.
  • Recognize the real problem below the surface of misbehavior.


Registration for 2-day conference:  $250 (Student $125)                           (Cost covers tuition, materials and refreshments)

Limited scholarships available.  Please contact Nancy Boggess before 4-20-18 for more information before registering.  Group rates available for 5 or more registering at the same time from the same agency.  Please contact Nancy Boggess to register groups.

An electronic link to speaker handouts will be sent to you by 5-24-18.  Hard copies will not be available at the conference.






DAY ONE  —  Tuesday, June 05, 2018
7:30 – 8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 Opening Remarks
8:15 – 9:45

Christian Moore, LCSW -  Resilience Can Be Taught:   4 Keys to Unleashing Resilience

9:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45 Samuel Simmons, Jr. LADC - Trauma Across Generations, The Impact of Historical Trauma
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch: Provided
12:45 – 2:00 Christian Moore, LCSW - Resilience Can Be Taught!  10 Tools to Motivate ANY Person
2:00 – 2:30 Break

2:30 – 3:45

4:30 - 6:30

Samuel Simmons, Jr. LADC - Acknowledging and Addressing the Invisible Wounds of African American Men and Boys


DAY TWO — Wednesday, June 06, 2018
7:30 – 8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 Opening Remarks
8:15 – 9:45 Georgeanne Wisen-Vincent, LMFT - Play Strong:  A Neuro-Relational Model for Trauma Resiliency Using Collaborative Play Techniques With Children Toward Pervention And Recovery
9:45 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45 Tierica Berry - Unpacking The Emotional Suitcase
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch: Provided
12:45 – 2:00 Georgeanne Wisen-Vincent, LMFT - Play Strong in Practice:  A Hands On Workshop for Professionals to Learn Brain-Based Techniques for Building Trauma Resilience to Help Children Thrive
2:00 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:45 Tierica Berry - MissBehavior:  A Holistic Approach to Redirecting Female Aggression, Emotional and At-Risk Behavior

*For additional information about speakers visit our website at www.traumainformedcareproject.org*

Christian Moore, LCSW is a renowned author, speaker, and licensed clinical social worker who consults with thousands of school districts on lowering drop out rates, improving school climate, preventing bullying, and closing the achievement gap by teaching social and emotional education.  He grew up on the streets near Washington D.C. and struggled with learning disabilities.  Despite being told college was not an option, Christian obtained a masters degree and became a social worker in education, youth corrections, and a homeless program.  He  created the WhyTry organization to address the need for a new approach. 

The breakthrough idea for Christian's presentation is that resilience can be taught.  In fact, it's something we are all born with - from the homeless person on the street to the brightest Harvard professor.  Most of us - including many of our schools' most struggling students - just haven't learned how to access what's already inside.  Participants will learn about the vital skills of resilience found in WhyTry Founder Christian Moore's book, "The Resilience Breakthrough:  27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action."

Samuel Simmons, Jr. LADC has over 27-years experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families with a focus on addressing chemical dependency, interpersonal violence and historical trauma.  He is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota.  He was awarded the 2009 Governor's Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry and in the African American community.  Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma Award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community  and around the country.  In 2017 Sam received the Champions for Children Award for his work in making the world a better place for children from the Minnesota Communities Caring for Children.  He is co-host of "Voices" radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community.  Sam is co-creator of the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference called "Groundbreaking and Visionary".

His presentation will address the link between historical and/or intergenerational trauma and the challenges to effective sustainable change and community engagement particularly in underserved and minority communities.  You will also learn about culturally sensitive practices being used to engage and work with African American males that create an environment of "compassionate accountability" and healing.

Georgeanne Wisen-Vincent, LMFT, RPT-s is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor.  She is the founder of the PlayLA Los Angeles Center for Play Therapy, a training organization for parents and professionals.  Georgie is a lecturer and supervisor of graduate level play therapists at the Loma Linda University Play Therapy Cerfificate program.  She also maintains a private practice at The Center of Connection in Pasadena, California, headed by Tina Payne Bryson, co-author with Daniel Siegel of the successful parenting series "The Whole Brain Child," "No Drama Discipline," and "The Yes Brain".  Georgie earned her MA MFT from Chapman University and Masters in Child-Centered Play Therapy from the University of Roehampton London.  She is a member of the British Association of Play Therapists and the American Association for Play Therapy.

Georgie's presentations will offer a process for developing attunement and reflection of the child's growing insights and problem solving that is happening in the collaborative story-telling process.  Participants will learn to improve their basic ability to play, identify and recognize traumatic play versus recovery play and how to implement the Play Strong strategies that  will create space for brain integration, problem-solving, and hopeful solution formation toward the child's development of a coherent life narrative and improved social and emotional functioning.  You'll also discover how Play Strong strategies can move us toward better emotional regulation ourselves, extending into our professional, helping, teaching and caregiving roles.  Using play as preventative medicine, we can support children in developing the brain power to counteract many types of typical childhood stressors and the challenging behaviors that sometimes arise out of these stressful moments.

Tierica Berry is the founder of A Woman's Standard program focused on helping young women create and achieve higher standards that improve the quality of their life overall.  Passionate about emotional intelligence and women's empowerment, Tierica dedicates her time delivering staff development training and youth presentations.  Focused on "emotional success" she has managed to motive and redirect troubled youth with her engaging and relevant programs.  Her organization services various types of youth institutions from public school districts to youth detention centers.  Ms. Berry has received national recognition for her creative writing program, The Anthology Project,  and her latest initiative Unpacking the Emotional Suitcase.  As a published author of multiple empowerment books, Tierica is determined to make a tremendous impact and leave a lasting legacy.

When young women do not have a healthy way of processing emotions, suppression tends to be a common solution.  Each emotionally, physically, or mentally traumatic experience is packed away in her "Emotinal Suitcase" and carried around wherever she goes.  Over time the suitcase fills up with a plethora of negative experiences and becomes too heavy to carry, too messy to go through, and hopeless to unload.  In this interactive workshop Tierica provides practical steps to help reach students and guide them through the process of unpacking their Emotional Suitcases.