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Trauma Informed Care: Understanding & Responding to Trauma Reactions in Youth
Dr. Beale will introduce how brain research has influenced our field in the last decade. Reflecting on the work of Bruce Perry regarding key brain concepts, we’ll review how factors like poverty, neglect and trauma make it very difficult to intervene successfully with our clients. By increasing our understanding of their reactivity, reviewing strategies to manage crises, and following a specific sequence in treatment, providers will learn how to support and heal wounded brains.
Lunch (on your own)
Secondary Traumatic Stress: Strategies for the Helpers
Utilizing guidelines from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Dr. Beale will define Secondary Traumatic Stress/Compassion Fatigue. She will identify strategies to build resiliency and address Compassion Fatigue, first at the organizational level, then at the personal level, for both prevention and intervention in working with adolescents.
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OMNI’s Board of Ambassadors Presents
Breaking the Barriers to Success
You must experience this valuable workshop!
Friday, January 31, 2014
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
OMNI Youth Services Offices
1111 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Register Online HERE or call Margaret at 847.353.1536
Breaking the Barriers to Success is a dynamic participatory workshop that will increase your productivity by helping you break through your potential limiting barriers.
By attending this workshop you will gain:
You will learn:
Your Presenter: Mike Patterson, On Track Leadership. Inc.
Mike Patterson is a national speaker and trainer whose clients include Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, schools and volunteer organziations. Mike’s corporate experience combined with his enthusiasm and inspirational speaking style combine to make a presentation you will not soon forget! Mike is also past president of OMNI’s Board of Directors and co-chair of OMNI’s Board of Ambassadors.
What Others Say About Mike Patterson’s Trainings
“My team was on a real high after breaking through their personal fears and barriers!” -Mary Stuart, Regional Sales Manager, Serono Pharmaceuticals
“Your talks made the sales staff realize that we can all ‘be more’ and ‘do more’ with the right approach using your tactics to achieve the results we want. Numerous sales reps have thanked me for the offering because the strategies and tactics can be applied to both personal and professional goals.” -Ginny Poole, District Sales Manager, Abbott Laboratories
“What an impact you made on our managers, supervisors and key employees during your high-energy presentation. Your professionalism, program materials and dynamic delivery of information will change careers and create long lasting impact.” -Nancy Margiano, Director of Sales Training & Development, Assistant VP, PFP Services
“Your session blew away all expectations. Of all the outstanding monthly sessions that the AU Sales Institute has had the privilege of hosting over the last six years, yours ranks among the very best.” -Shawn Green, Director of the AU Sales Institute
Join us at OMNI Youth Services this summer to participate in an exhilarating and creative summer of self-expression as we create theatre based on the issues and ideas you contribute! Hone your skills as an actor or experience acting for the first time! Meet new people and enjoy fun rehearsals and field trips!
What: The Summer Theatre Workshop will serve as the training period for the members of the REALITY Theatre Troupe for the 2013-2014 school year. We will develop and polish performance skills through theatre games, improvisation and ensemble building exercises. We will identify and explore issues relevant to today’s teenagers, and will write and create material for performances based on our own stories. We will shape this material into performance pieces which we will present at local schools throughout the upcoming school year. We’ll take a few exciting field trips as well.
Who: Interested teens, grades 9-12, who must pledge to be completely substance free (i.s. cigarettes, alcohol, drugs) and to make healthy life choices. NO PRIOR THEATRE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! You just need a desire to participate!
When: Six-week session will be held SUNDAYS from June 23-July 28th. 4pm-7pm
Where: OMNI Youth Services, 1111 W. Lake Cook Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
There is no audition needed to participate in the summer program. Staff will conduct an informal skills assessment at the first cast meeting. Participants in the summer session will have “returning cast member” status at the Fall Auditions for the 2013-2014 REALITY Theatre Troupe.
If you cannot participate in the complete session due to family travel, job, camp or other obligations, you are still encouraged to attend when you can. Please discuss with REALITY staff.
To register for the REALITY Theatre Summer Program or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janet Jesse at 847.353.1706 or email@example.com
The Summer Theatre Workshop will be led by Melissa Jacobs Estes, the artistic director of REALITY Theatre. Melissa comes to OMNI with over 28 years experience as a high school theatre teacher and director. She will be assisted by Smantha Gassel, a recent graduate in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Janet Jesse will serve as the Workshop’s administrative coordinator. Janet has years of experience as a not-for-profit executive coordinating fine arts programs and events for high schools, Girl Scouts and other youth groups.
Public-private partnerships can transform communities and change lives. The partnership between The Allstate Foundation and OMNI Youth Services is an example of how two organizations can come together to deliver sustainable change. For nearly 30 years Allstate has supported OMNI’s mission of partnering with parents and the community to develop responsible youth and strengthen families.
“Allstate is committed to the safety and wellbeing of future generations and our support of OMNI helps to ensure that all youth have the opportunity to overcome challenges, walk down the aisle at graduation, learn valuable skills, stay safe and enjoy life’s greatest successes,”said Shayna Schulz, vice president at Allstate. “We partner with OMNI because they have a staff dedicated to getting superior results and helping change the life-trajectory of local teens.”
Over the years, support from corporations such as Allstate has been instrumental in filling unmet community needs in essential services,” said Jay Meyer, executive director of OMNI Youth Services. “In the face of challenging economic times, this funding enables us to provide high quality, life changing counseling and support services customized for each young person we serve. Together, OMNI and Allstate have positively affected more than 46,000 teen lives.”
Contributing to OMNI’s success with young people is its Journey Wilderness Therapy Program which enriches the counseling experience by actively involving the teen in action, treatment and reflection. Of those participating in OMNI experiential programing last year, 92% of teens achieved 80% of their treatment goals, an 85% improvement over state-wide averages for completion rates. Additionally, 79% decreased or ceased their substance use altogether, a 126% improvement over state-wide averages for decreasing/eliminating usage.
Visit the OMNI website www.omniyouth.org to hear testimony from actual clients.
About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
OMNI Youth Services Wins National Award for Being a Healthy Place to Work! Last October, the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) named OMNI as the recipient of the 2006 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) for the state of Illinois. The PHWA is designed to recognize organizations that make a commitment to programs and policies fostering employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance and productivity.
Originally printed in the Chicago Sun Times
Even though coach Rico Gonzalez admitted that he was unsure how his New Heights Boxing Program would fair, his deep faith in boxing’s ability to positively influence kids’ lives never wavered. That’s why he turned the two-car garage behind his Wheeling home into a boxing gym five years ago. Gonzalez, himself, is living proof that the discipline and work ethic needed to succeed in the boxing ring provides a distinct alternative to the destructive influences of street life. And he said the boxers that need this discipline the most — the ones who are battling drug and gang influences — deserve this opportunity.
It’s been five years since Rico Gonzalez turned the two-car garage behind his Wheeling home into a boxing gym. From day one, Gonzalez has stressed education and demanded discipline. Boxing was just his tool. Overcoming street influence was always more important than outlasting an opponent. Now that small garage, home of thriving competitors in every weight class, is not big enough. With the help of the Wheeling and Prospect Heights police departments and Omni Youth Services, Gonzalez started the New Heights Boxing Program in February.