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The Essence of Adolescent & Surviving Family: The Chaos of Addiction

Presented by Bill Beacham, Ph.D.

Course No. 3015, July 11, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Course No. 3016, July 11, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grapevine 6

This is a dynamic, fast paced and comprehensive look at the ESSENCE (Emotional Spark-Social Engagement-Novelty-Creative Exploration) of adolescent Brain development and “ Why Kids Get Sicker-Quicker”. Understand the 5-15 Rule and how young people become dependent so quickly. We’ll explore and discover the intensity of families navigating chemical dependency and its dysfunction. We will utilize the “Family Sculpturing” technique to demonstrate the Healthy Family moving into the Chaos of Addiction. Understand the Roles Kids play to Survive and or Thrive! Come join the Family Enable, Hero, Scapegoat, Mascot and the Lost Child for an unforgettable workshop filled with surprises and Aha’s…

Overview of Domestic Hate Groups and the Radical Antigovernment Movement: Sovereign Citizens

Presented by Sarah Viets

Course No. 4001, July 11, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Course No. 4002, July 12, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grapevine B

Part I: Domestic Hate Groups

This training block will assist officers in identifying the major categories of radical right domestic extremist groups active in the United States today, their areas of operation, beliefs, tactics and symbols.

The major categories of radical right hate-based domestic extremists are Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, black separatists and racist religious-based groups

Part II: The Radical Antigovernment Movement: Sovereign Citizens

This training block on the radical antigovernment movement, specifically sovereign citizens, will assist officers in identifying the basic beliefs, tactics and terminology of the sovereign citizen movement and the potential threat this movement can pose to law enforcement.

The Brain and Addiction

Presented by Nancy Pommerening & Joann Felton

Course No. 3001, July 11, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Course No. 3002, July 12, 2017, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Grapevine A 

Do you struggle with teaching kids the process of addiction? This presentation will include lessons on the brain and addiction that can be used for grades 5-12 that is simple, and easy to teach.

In addition the presenters will demonstrate a lesson that you can use, from the National institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) curriculum called “Brain Power”, a science-based curriculum that teaches how drugs affect the brain. The NIDA curriculum being presented also explains the process of addition and covers nicotine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, GHB, RX/OTC and other drugs.

Talk Saves Lives and More than Sad

Presented by Jennie Bullard

Course No. 4003, July 11, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Grapevine 1-2
Course No. 4004, July 12, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Grapevine A

More Than Sad & Talk Saves Lives are two Programs offered by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, presented together for the DARE Conference. These programs teach educators to recognize the signs of mental health distress in students, identify the risk factors often leading to suicide, and options/resources to refer them for help. This program complies with the requirements for teacher education on Suicide Prevention in many states.

High School Curriculum Training

Presented by Lloyd Bratz, D.A.R.E. America Regional Director

Course No. 2001, July 11, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 NN
Course No. 2002, July 12, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Course No. 2003, July 12, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 NN
Grapevine 3

This workshop will certify current DARE instructors to teach each of the three new high school curriculum components: REAL Messages, myPlaybook and Celebrating Safely. These curricula are designed to be delivered by DARE Officers at the high school level utilizing simple yet effective techniques and through a combination of in-class and on-line lessons provide students with relevant information for making responsible decisions.

Marijuana Myths, Facts, and the Rise of Big Marijuana

Presented by Kevin Sabet

(Opening Ceremony)
Course No. 1000, July 11, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Grapevine C/D

Harnessing more than two decades of experience in policy, Dr. Sabet, 37, combines humor with science, wit with clarity, and pragmatism with inspiration in this lively presentation. He will talk about the perils of Big Pot — the big tobacco of our time, as Dr Kevin Sabet will argue. Dr. Sabet will go through the latest developments over the battle to legalize marijuana, and will review the latest science about the drug. Dr. Sabet’s presentation is based on his book “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana.” In his presentation he will provide an overview of the current drug policy trends in the United States, and debunk some of the most cited myths about marijuana use, for instance: marijuana is harmless and non-addictive, and legalization will solve the government’s budgetary problems.

Current Licit and Illicit Drug Trends; Today’s Youth

Presented by Marc Gonzalez

Course No. 3003, July 12, 2017, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Grapevine 1-2 
Course No. 3004, July 12, 2017, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Grapevine C/D

This course will review pharmacological classes of licit and illicit drugs and the various methods that all drugs of abuse are manipulated, mixed and administered for their abuse potential. After reviewing the physiological changes involved in addiction, many technical terms will be simplified for a better understanding of why these drugs are abused. Investigation and under the influence videos will illustrate many of the concepts taught to reinforce learning.

Verbal Judo

Presented by Robert Benavidez

Course No.4005, July 12, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Course No.4006, July 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Grapevine 6

Allow D.A.R.E. instructors to utilize a proven form of communication that has been used in law enforcement as well as the private sector. Students will be introduced to techniques and communication phrases that will enhance their ability to de-escalate potential problem students.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Presented by Greg Holtmeyer

Course No. 3005, July 12, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Course No. 3006, July 12, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Grapevine 3

Childhood sexual abuse is a topic that most prefer not to think about or discuss. While there have been many studies concerning children and women that have been sexually abused, the study of males that have been sexually abused is still grossly inadequate. Greg holtmeyer will give a first hand and in-depth look at the most under reported crime against males. The long term effects of sexual abuse of males is misunderstood even by many counseling professionals. Greg will go into detail of the long term effects, treatments, and resources available.

Helping Children Cope With Loss

Presented by Lt. Paul Shepard and Eileen Zatta

Course No. 3007, July 12, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Course No. 3008, July 12, 2017, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Grapevine B

The presentation is to help Public Safety Officers who work with children on a regular basis (DARE Officers, School Resource Officers, etc…) assist children who experience loss through death. Every day in throughout the country Public Safety Officers work with children as part of their regular duties.

When a child losses someone due to death caused by accidents, illness or intentional acts (homicide or suicide) they may seek out an Officer to help them deal with that aftermath. The training will help the Officer relate to the child and give some tools the Officer can use assist the child through the effects of the loss.

Popular Culture: The Noise it Creates

Presented by Paul LeBaron

Course No. 3011, July 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM(SPANISH)
Course No. 3012, July 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM(ENGLISH)
Grapevine 3

This class will help participants understand popular culture and how it is impacting our youth. Those who attend will be amazed at the messages being sent to our youth today, both implicitly and explicitly. Throughout the course you will hear Paul say, “it is not enough to know WHAT your kids are listening to … you must know ABOUT the things your kids are listening to.” This course will help you expand your knowledge of today’s popular culture, gain a better understanding of millennials, their unique language and way of thinking.

The objective of the course is to improve communication between adults and youth by identifying the “noise” that is generated from popular culture that makes such communication difficult. The presentation will offer examples from music, television, movies, the Internet and video games that impede communication between youth and adults. A communication model will be used to demonstrate how popular culture competes for the loyalty and attention of young people and challenges the positive messages of parents and educators. Current social media trends will be discussed. Examples of increasing violence, sex appeal and drug use in popular culture will be explored. This presentation contains ADULT THEMES and is not suitable for young people, but is a must see for all parents or anyone who works with youth.

America’s PrepareAthon

Presented by Eric Goldman

Course No. 4007, July 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Course No. 4008, July 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grapevine B

America’s PrepareAthon! is a national community-based campaign that moves individuals from awareness to action by preparing for relevant hazards through group discussions, drills, and innovative communications-related products. The campaign increases the number of individuals who understand which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage, and help their community do the same.

America’s PrepareAthon! takes a Whole Community approach to disaster preparedness with registered preparedness actions at the grassroots level across the Nation. The campaign offers easy-to-implement resources to help individuals, organizations, and communities practice simple, effective actions. Preparedness actions can be scaled from individual actions to community-wide events.

Attendees will gain an understanding of how to participate in America’s PrepareAthon by learning how to conduct and implement one-page Preparedness scenarios with their own stakeholders. For example, FEMA recently developed twelve one-page scenarios, ranging from Active Shooter Preparedness to how to prepare for hurricanes, wildfires, and severe winter weather. While all of these scenarios will be addressed, particular emphasis will be on the Active Shooter scenario.

Be a Hero! Teaching Safety & Healthy Choices

Presented by RETRO BILL

Course No. 4009, July 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Course No. 4010, July 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grapevine A

RETRO BILL is a favorite with D.A.R.E. Officers, School Resource Officers, Crime Prevention Partners, Educators and Character-based Children’s Advocates Worldwide. His informative, demonstrative and entertaining course is instructed by someone who really knows kids K-12th, as RETRO BILL is one of the most “in-demand” K-12th grade Motivational Speakers in the United States and Canada!

Through the effective use of humor, props and visual teaching techniques, RETRO BILL inspires & motivates Officers, Crime Prevention Presenters, Educators and Children’s Advocates to be the best role-models they can be, and on how to “WOW” and “CONNECT” with students from K-12th Grade. In addition to time-proven techniques, RETRO BILL always provides new and engaging ways to boost the effectiveness of classroom visitations and overall interaction with elementary, middle and school students!

RETRO BILL advises on creative & effective ways to connect with students regarding a variety of topics, including: bullying, conflict resolution, gangs, internet safety, social media, goal-setting and the dangers of drugs, alcohol, gangs and tobacco. Attending DARE Officers receive a FREE copy of the Award-Winning “DARE Safety Tips starring RETRO BILL” DVD.

Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction 2017- Trending in Our Communities Toward Heroin

Presented by Lisa McElhaney

Course No. 3013, July 13, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Course No. 3014, July 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grapevine 1-2

The past decade has brought a strong focus on the substance abuse epidemic raging across the U.S. and the number of overdose victims. The approaches that have ensued to battle this epidemic have produced a variety of very good actions to address misuse and abuse activities, but some approaches are missing their mark.

This course examines the current state(s) and national concerns regarding this severe epidemic and present the varied approaches to address the problem.

Bullying 101: What Every DARE Officer Needs to Know

Presented by Carrie Boedeker-Larson and Ernie Gibson

Course No. 3009, July 13, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Course No. 3010, July 13, 2017, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Grapevine 6

This presentation will be a guide to what schools are using as definitions, practices, and how it impacts students.

Attendees will learn the definition of bullying, the difference between normal conflict and bullying, understand bullying, be able to define types of bullying, be able to identify the characteristics of students who bully and those who are being bullied, discuss cyberbullying, learn why schools are addressing it, the effects of being bullied, and the impact it has on students.

“Change Is Funny That Way!”

Humorous Insights by a former HR Professional on Dealing with Change

Presented by Tim O’Shea

Course No. 1001
July 13, 2017, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Grapevine C/D

Why do we resist change? Why do we immediately assume the worst has happened? Why do we want to fall on the floor and cry like a toddler whenever something is different?

This, and many other questions, will be answered in this entertaining program about common—and often hilarious—assumptions people make when faced with change, and how that can sometimes lead us into making not-so-smart decisions…like being convinced by an infomercial to buy a blanket with sleeves or a beer mug you wear on your head.

With an entertaining style and good-natured humor, Tim O’Shea draws from his background as an HR professional to provide key insights into dealing with change:

  • Why we respond to change the way we do
  • Why we make assumptions and how to avoid them
  • A practical process for managing emotions during times of transition and uncertainty
  • And having a sense of humor helps!