Pre-Conference Workshops

We are offering two pre-conference workshops that will take place on Thursday, October 9th 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Each workshop is an additional $55. Click here to register!

Pre-Conference A
Engaging Parents in School Health Activities and Programs
Speakers: Shannon L. Michael, PhD, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Riley Steiner, MPH; and Sandra Leonard, MSN, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Partnerships between schools and parents can improve the health of adolescents. Participants will learn key strategies and actions to increase parent engagement in school health. The presenter will also provide participants the opportunity to reflect on their current practices, share challenges and successes, and discuss ways to integrate effective parent engagement strategies and actions into their current work.

Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how parent engagement positively influences adolescent health outcomes
  2. Identify key strategies and actions to increase parent engagement in school health
  3. Explain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s staff development training on parent engagement in school health

 

Pre-Conference B
Eye to Eye – Discussing Sensitive Topics with Youth
Speakers: Students from the Oregon School-Based Health Youth Advisory Council

Adults and teens don’t always speak the same language, particularly when it comes to discussing sensitive topics. This creates a disconnect for youth, who are very concerned with confidentiality, approachability, and the quality of communication they receive. Based on the highly effective Adolescent Health Care Communication Project, this training presents youth as experts and is done in two parts. Part A youth discuss the importance of confidentiality, a non-judgmental attitude, and body language and speech that resonate with teens. Part B is a hands-on session that gives participants an opportunity to practice their interpersonal skills as youth trainers role-play a teen "character" presenting issues common to their peers. After performing their characters the youth trainers offer feedback to the providers on the questions asked, body language, listening skills, information provided, and confidentiality, along with other important forms of communication.

Level: Introductory

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn and practice skills that increase effectiveness of communicating with youth about sensitive topics
  2. Describe verbal/body language that creates barriers to open conversations
  3. Identify assumptions that impact interactions with youth