Professional Development Workshops
POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Date: Wednesday, August 19th
Presenter/s: Lisa Hansen and Jessica Rzepecki
Suggested Audience: Super Intendents, Principals, K-12 teachers, Counselors
A discussion on implementing the eight key Department of Health & Human Services Positive Youth Development standards.
Lisa Hansen believes there is a hidden pandemic destroying our youth. She is convinced that startling surge in suicide of youth and young adults is linked to the current child exploitation epidemic. She faced her own dilemma as she was stuck in anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts due to her childhood trauma of sexual abuse, sex trafficking and domestic abuse. She is the Education Director for Sold No More and primary author of the, Power Over Predators program, addressing sexual abuse, exploitation, child sex trafficking, Internet safety, sexting & sextortion, cyberbullying, pornography, suicide prevention and safe, supportive relationships. Power Over Predators is being used nationally to teach children how to protect themselves from abuse and give them hope for a free and healthy future.
Jessica Rzepecki has been an adolescent educator in Pima County since 2011, working as a middle school classroom teacher, site technology coordinator, and at-risk youth program coordinator. She holds a BAE History from the University of Arizona, MA Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University, and is currently pursuing a PhD Psychology with an emphasis in integrating technology, learning, and psychology. Jessica is currently the Instructional Designer for the Power Over Predators program, used nationally to educate youth about abuse and exploitation and empower them to build a free and healthy future
Date: Wednesday, September 16th
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Presenter/s: Lisa Hansen and Erin Merryn
Audience: Superintendents, Principals, K-12 teachers, Counselors, School Nurses, Teachers Aids, PTO Members
An overview of the various types of abuse comprising a review of the latest statistics on the abuse epidemic as well as necessary steps for effective prevention and mandatory reporting procedures.
Erin Merryn is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and child abuse advocate and activist. She earned her MSW from Aurora University. For six years of her childhood she was sexually abused keeping her secret locked away in her childhood diary.
Eryn is the author of Stolen Innocence, Living for Today, and An Unimaginable Act. She is the founder of Erin's law, now passed in 35 states, which requires public schools to teach personal body safety on the prevention of child sexual abuse.
INTERNET SAFETY/DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP
Date: Wednesday, October 21st
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Presenter/s: Lisa Hansen and Colleen Hansen
Audience: Super Intendents, Principals, K-12 teachers, Counselors, School Nurses, Teachers Aids, PTO Members
An awareness to the dangers of online exploitation and how predators behave, including steps for students to practice positive online social responsibility.
Colleen Hansen formerly served the Department of Justice, as one the first Victims Specialists. Her degrees are in Social Work and Child Development. Colleen became a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate with Victim Witness Services of Coconino County. She has worked with a myriad of agencies at the federal, state and local level including non-governmental and Sovereign Nations. Colleen was a member of the FBI’s Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team, where she has traveled providing Victim Services to many major cases across the nation. Colleen is especially known for her work with victims of violent crime to include Human Trafficking. She is currently the Executive Director for Hands of a Friend, a shelter for women in need of care from domestic abuse and sex trafficking.