Sessions

2013 UCCU Family Festival Conference Sessions

Keynote Session

9:00AM – 9:50AM  Opening Keynote – Ed Smart

(Grande Ballroom – Sorensen Student Center)

On June 5th 2002, the lives of the Smart family were changed forever when their daughter Elizabeth was abducted during the night from her bedroom. Miraculously, she was rescued nine months later. Through the loss and return of his daughter, Ed Smart passionately sought the passage of the “Amber Alert”, for the protection and rescue of other children. He is a tireless advocate and lobbyist seeking supportive legislation designed to prevent further abductions and to rescue missing children.

  

10:00AM Sessions (sessions end at 10:50AM)

The Four Core Building Blocks of Parenting – Dr. Ron Hammond, PhD (SC 206A)

This presentation will provide information on the four core building blocks of parenting. Focusing on how parents can lead their children toward the goal of becoming independent co-adults, Dr. Hammond will describe how to provide high support and moderate control – reward desirable behaviors while discouraging undesirable ones – provide unconditional, yet appropriate, resultant love – and assimilate children into taking on responsibility early, which leads to confidence and independence in adulthood.

Strengthening the Father-Child Bond - Dr. Erin Kramer Holmes, PhD  (SC 206C)

Research spanning almost four decades has established that active, positive fathering is good for children and fathers. But strengthening father-child relationships to promote healthy outcomes does not occur without effort. Fathers, as well as Mothers, often need support to know how to parent well. Join Dr. Holmes as she reviews what researchers suggest about the role of fathers in promoting healthy child development, some of the barriers that make it difficult for fathers to parent their children well; and what moms and dads can do to support good fathering (whether dad resides with their children full time, or whether they no longer live with their children on a regular basis).

 

Alzheimer ’s disease and Related Disorders - Nancy L. Madsen (SC 206 G/H)

Facts and figures, recognizing the signs and symptoms, community and family resources, meaningful activities at all stages, caregiving options, compassionate communication, and overcoming the stigma of dementia – Nancy will cover it all in this informative and information-rich session. A must for families with aging family members, or those who want to understand this ever-growing health issue.  

 

Taming the Mess – Strategies to Help Your Child Succeed at School – Susan Cox, PhD and Kristin Wright, PhD (SC 213A)

Supporting children’s efforts at school is one of the greatest parenting challenges. Unfortunately, there is no guidebook on how to help your child be successful academically! But there are certainly strategies that every parent can use to help their child find more success in the classroom. In this session, participants will explore some of the most important things that parents can do to support learning (including strategies for students who struggle with ADHD and/or ASD).


Resolving the Conflict – LeeAnn Glade, BA, JD(SC 213B) 

Every significant relationship encounters conflict. We find ourselves expressing differing perspectives, new goals, and desires. Not every conflict will inevitably damage important relationships. But we must be willing to learn new ways to express ourselves and work through conflict using techniques that can actually strengthen and deepen, rather than weaken, bonds. Dr. Glade will lead participants through exercises designed to help determine what is really important in a relationship – or even life at large. Participating in these activities will reveal new paths to help discover new perspectives and use new resources to achieve desired outcomes.

Cooperative Co-Parenting – Cathy Croxton and Dixie Sevison(Centre Stage) 

Ending a relationship is difficult and painful at best, but when children are involved – difficult and painful become understatements. Complex parenting issues can arise out of divorce or separation; custody disputes, parenting with blended families and multiple care-givers, grandparent rights – all take center stage. Few, if any of us, are prepared or informed on how to face these challenges. If you are a parent sharing custody of a child, then this session may be of interest to you. Cathy will investigate how to get past all of the hurt and mistrust, to actually find a way to effectively parent as a unit. You can navigate through these tough situations and make healthy parenting decisions for your children together – even though you are apart.

 

11:00AM Sessions (sessions end at 11:50AM)

 

Infertility: Getting Past the Pain – Tracie Tice (SC 206 A)

At some point in their relationship, most young couples desire to become parents. Sometimes, it’s just not that easy. And for many, it’s simply not possible. This session will explore how you can get through the pain of that loss, and how each of you will grieve differently. It is possible to move forward and grow stronger as a couple and family unit. Tracie will show you tools to help you move on and explore options for attaining the dream of becoming parents in spite of the challenge of infertility.

 

Understanding Teen Dating Violence -Gary Cox (SC  206B)  

This presentation looks at the prevalence and trends in teen dating violence, what that violence entails (physical, emotional, sexual, etc.), who is at risk, and how this problem affects the victims – and why this is a community/public health concern. A brief discussion of learned violent behaviors, the cycle of violence, and the dynamics of violent relationships will help set the foundation for understanding the issue.

 

Engaging Fatherhood - Joseph White, PhD ( SC  206C)

This session will be beneficial for any who are (or love) fathers, potential fathers or grandfathers. Join Dr. White as he challenges men to consider their own strength as fathers, what they bring to the table and the type of father they want to be to their children. Regardless of whether men live with their children or not, they can have healthy relationships with their children – and with the mother of their children. Emphasizing respect and self-awareness, this session reaches into the heart of a father by calling them out to be the father their children need.

 

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others (aka HELP! I’m a Caregiver!) – Nancy L. Madsen  ( SC 206G/H)
Recognizing compassion fatigue as a professional caregiver or a family caregiver is essential. We can’t care for others, if we need care ourselves! Stress and burnout are real, and can adversely affect the lives of the caregiver and those they care for – but the entire community of friends and family surrounding them. Join Nancy as she helps participants understand how to avoid becoming overwhelmed. How to hold effective family meetings; how to collaborate within family dynamics to make the hard decisions; recognizing the rights of self-determination; considerations for home care versus assisted living facility care; finding community supports and more will be covered.

 

The Transition to Sexuality for Couples Who Remained Abstinent Before Marriage – Jeremy Boden, PhD, CFLE and Joyce Starks, LCSW and Nate Cottle, PhD, CFLE (SC  213A )

This discussion will focus on the transition into marriage and sexuality for couples who have abstained from sex prior to marriage. The research from our experts show that many couples can experience a variety of positive, and negative, outcomes including confusion, conflict, disappointment, frustration, guilt and even satisfaction. They will highlight some of the common themes reported from couples, as well as suggestions for singles, newly married individuals and those who have long-established marriage relationships.

 

Suicide Awareness and Prevention – Jeremy Cottle, PhD, LCSW (SC 213B)

Suicide, particularly among teens, is a growing issue in our society today. The pressures on our young people are enormous, and social media provides just one more way to make kids feel vulnerable and inadequate. So, how concerned should we be? Is this really an issue here in Utah Valley? What should we do if we suspect that someone we know is considering this as a way to escape the pain of everyday life? Join Dr. Cottle as he reviews suicide statistics in Utah, warning signs, how to get help and the best methods of prevention.

 

Should I Keep Trying to Work it Out? – Tamara Fackrell, PhD (Centre Stage)

Surprisingly, little research has addressed the important issue of how to decide whether to leave, or to stay in a relationship. For some, the best course of action may be to stay and try to work things out – for others, it may be best to leave. How do you know which is best? When is it really just too late to heal a bruised and battered relationship? How can you be confident in your decisions during difficult, stressful and painful times? The goal of this session is not to counsel people against or for any decision – but to inform and educate on the consequences of either choice. There is a way to be more prepared and confident for any outcome.

 

LUNCH and EXHIBIT FAIR Grande Ballroom and Ballroom Commons Area (12:00PM – 12:50PM)

 

 

 

1:00PM Sessions (sessions end at 1:50PM unless otherwise noted)

 

Communicating with Children (PART 1) – Cathy Croxton (SC  206A) NOTE: This is a 2-part extended session.  Part 1 will end at 1:50PM, with Part 2 following immediately and ending at 2:50PM. Participants are welcome to attend one, or both parts.
We all know that communication is essential – particularly when you are parenting. Parents often find themselves lecturing, correcting, disciplining, telling, explaining, teaching – and trying to listen. So, how do you communicate with kids more effectively? Why don’t they understand what you are trying to say to them? Why do they think you don’t understand them?  How can they misconstrue the simplest interaction so that it becomes a huge issue? How can you help them understand that you’re not ‘nosey’ – just concerned and interested? This interactive session will help parents understand how to talk to their kids, so that they ‘get it’ – and so that you ‘get them’.   

 

8 Proven Skills to Build a Happy Family Relationship and Keep Kids Addiction-Free – Jaynie Brown (SC 206B) NOTE: This is a 2-part extended session.  Part 1 will end at 1:50PM, with Part 2 following immediately and ending at 2:50PM. Participants are welcome to attend one, or both parts.

This session will focus on eight specific skills taught in the Strengthening Families Program that will help any family member create happier relationships. The session will begin with information on brain development and what it takes to learn new behaviors. Then, Jaynie will discuss each of the eight skills, and how they work together to improve understanding, build trust that results in stronger bonds within the family structure, and helps protect the family from the dangers of destructive influences such as addiction.

 

Teaching Kids to ‘Bee Money-Wise’ -  UCCU  ( SC  206C)

Teaching kids the value of money is a challenge for all parents. UCCU has developed a fun, playful and effective way to make it easier, and provide parents a way to communicate important principles of financial management to their kids.

 

Where Do I Turn for Support for An Aging Loved One? – Nancy L. Madsen (SC 206 G/H)

This session will focus on information and resources available through the area Agency on Aging (Mountainland Department of Aging & Family Services). As loved ones age and become more dependent, family members face new and unfamiliar challenges. There is help available. Nancy will review options such as Meals on Wheels, in-home services including home health and personal care services (differences, options, what Medicare will/will not cover), Hospice, Medicare counseling, caregiver support and education, facility living and ombudsman (resident advocate) and more.

 

Attract the Best: A Singles Seminar – Jonathan D. Sherman, LMFT (SC 213 A)

“There aren’t any good men/women out there”, is a frequent lament among singles. Yet, every day Jonathan Sherman sees amazing people who are working hard to be the best they can be. So, he disagrees. There ARE good people out there. But how do you find the great, stable and healthy ones? Although the typical dating pool is more a stinking bog than a sparkling pool – the question isn’t ‘Are there any good ones out there?’ – the real question is, ‘What do I need to know and do to attract the best?’ This session will help you find those answers.

 

In-Vitro Fertilization – Is This an Option for You? – Dr. David Richards, PhD, HCLD (SC 213B)

As many couples struggle with infertility issues, they search for answers. IVF is an assisted reproductive technique that is used to treat multiple infertility issues. Dr. Richards will help to remove the mystery of IVF, and help explain how this process has worked to help thousands of couples have successful pregnancies.

 

Building a Happy Marriage – Darren Johansen, LPC (Centre Stage)

Based on Dr. John Gottman’s book 7 Principles to Make Marriage Work, and Dr. John Van Epp’s Relationship Attachment Model, Daren Johansen will lead participants through a session filled with tips and tools to help couples keep the flame burning. It is possible to be married, and be happy – in spite of the challenges life can offer.

 

2:00 P.M. Sessions (sessions end at 2:50pm)

 

Communicating with Children (PART 2) – Cathy Croxton (SC  206A) NOTE: This is a 2-part extended session.  Part begins at 1:00PM, with Part 2 following immediately and ending at 2:50PM. Participants are welcome to attend one, or both parts.
We all know that communication is essential – particularly when you are parenting. Parents often find themselves lecturing, correcting, disciplining, telling, explaining, teaching – and trying to listen. So, how do you communicate with kids more effectively? Why don’t they understand what you are trying to say to them? Why do they think you don’t understand them?  How can they misconstrue the simplest interaction so that it becomes a huge issue? How can you help them understand that you’re not ‘nosey’ – just concerned and interested? This interactive session will help parents understand how to talk to their kids, so that they ‘get it’ – and so that you ‘get them’.  

 

8 Proven Skills to Build a Happy Family Relationship and Keep Kids Addiction-Free (PART 2) – Jaynie Brown (SC 206B) NOTE: This is a 2-part extended session.  Part begins at 1:00PM, with Part 2 following immediately and ending at 2:50PM. Participants are welcome to attend one, or both parts.
This session will focus on eight specific skills taught in the Strengthening Families Program that will help any family member create happier relationships. The session will begin with information on brain development and what it takes to learn new behaviors. Then, Jaynie will discuss each of the eight skills, and how they work together to improve understanding, build trust that results in stronger bonds within the family structure, and helps protect the family from the dangers of destructive influences such as addiction.

 

Family Financial Management – Jacob Sybrowsky, PhD (SC 206C )

Families face increasing pressure to raise children and balance pressures in an increasingly complicated world. Add in the confusing world of financial systems, and the pressure raises. This session will address the most common financial concerns of families today – how can we save for emergencies, how can we pay for our children’s college, how do we make ends meet and still have a good quality of life? Using a goals-based approach, Dr. Sybrowsky will lead participants through how to make the best possible decisions whatever financial circumstances may be. Understanding and applying these principles can strengthen families by reducing stress and increasing organization and communication.

 

The Legal Matters of Aging – Nancy L. Madsen (SC 206 G/H)

Advanced Directives, Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Guardianship, POLST, etc... these are just a few of the things we should all have in place as we age. But what are they? What do they mean? What are the differences between each, and how does each play-out if a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s is involved? What happens if nothing is done ahead of time? Nancy will help answer the questions and concerns around the legal aspects of aging.

 

Your (Grown-up) Kids Say the Darndest Things About Your Family – Mark Jarvis, PhD, JD (SC 213 A)

Dr. Mark Jarvis works with students every day, and noticed that they make very insightful comments about what family life today is like – and what they wish their parents had done differently. They also talk about their plans for their own current or future families. By taking that input, along with the science of family life – Dr. Jarvis has put together some tips and useful information for attendees who want to foster strong families (their own, their children’s, the community’s, etc.).

 

Adoption and Foster Care Options: Larger Sibling Groups – John Thill (SC 213 B)

The path of Foster Care to Adoption is a tough one - but add to that the dynamic of multiple children entering the home at the same time, and life can be upside down. John will not only share ways to mitigate undo stress – but also highlight the importance of stepping up and providing this wonderful community services. When families open their home and hearts to children in need, everyone benefits – the child, the family and the community at large.