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Youth First 2015
"Building a Stronger Community"

Youth First 2015 will take place on Friday, February 6, 2015
at the Riverside Conference Center in Stafford County.

This Year's Theme & Service Project!
This year's Youth First Conference theme will be "Find Your Strength". As with last year's conference, participants will vote for the vendor that has the best display and that vendor will win the covetedYOFI award.

In addition, the Youth First Partners have decided that this year's service project will be a benefit for the disAbility Resource Center. For more information on this great organization, click here. Participants are asked to provide gift cards of any amount to:
Lowes and Home Depot
Michaels/AC Moore
WalMart /Target
Homecare America on Plank Road (in strip mall by Staples)

These gift cards will be placed on the 'Giving Tree' to be donated to disAbility Resource Center.
If you have questions, email Ben Nagle (ben@officeonyouth.org).

Youth First 2015 Agenda

8:00am - Vendor Registration
8:30am - Participant Registration/Breakfast/Vendor Exhibits
10:15am - Welcome & Introduction
10:30am - 12:00pm- Keynote Presentation
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch & Vendor Exhibits
1:00pm - 1:45pm - Breakout Session Part A
1:45pm - 2:00pm - Break & Afternoon Snack
2:00pm - 2:30pm - Breakout Session Part B
2:30pm - Vendor Prizes/Closing Remarks

Keynote Sponsor for 2015: National Counseling Group

Keynote Presentation:
No Such Thing As a Bad Kid!

"Understanding and Responding to At-Risk Children, Youth & Families Using Positive, Trauma-informed, Strength-Based Theories and Techniques"

Presenter: Charlie Applestein

Strength-based practice is an emerging approach to guiding at-risk children, youth, and families that is exceptionally positive and inspiring. Its focus is on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. It begins with the belief that every young person has or can develop strengths and utilize past successes to mitigate problem behavior and enhance functioning. This presentation will highlight many of the key principles and techniques of this transforming modality. Areas covered include: What is strength-based practice & the power of a positive attitude & culture; the effects of trauma and positive emotions on the brain; strength-based communication principles and techniques - including reframing, using solution-focused questions, positive predicting and inspirational metaphors; self-esteem building & activities for at-risk children and youth; how to help cognitively inflexible young people; the importance of being family centered; why, how, and when to use incentive plans; the importance of controlling personal emotions (i.e. managing number one first); respectful limit setting; and a host of creative cognitive behavioral strategies.

Speaker Bio:

Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. is a nationally prominent youth care specialist and author whose primary focus is on teaching positive, strength-based theories and techniques to professionals who guide at-risk children and youth.
President of Appelstein Training Resources, LLC, Charlie trains and consults throughout the United States as well as internationally, with treatment facilities, foster care associations, parent groups, schools, and juvenile justice programs. 
He has authored three youth care books that are widely used within the field, including No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behavior of Troubled Children and Youth.
Charlie lives in southern new Hampshire with his wife and teenage daughter.


Breakout Session:
“Use the Force, Luke!”

Managing Number One First . . . and Staying Motivated to Make a Difference

Presenter: Charlie Applestein

Working day after day with at-risk children, youth and families elicits difficult feelings that can compromise a professional's performance. This presentation examines the major triggers and provides strategies for self-management that keeps enthusiasm alive. Focal points include: How to respond instead of react when personalizing difficult interactions, the importance of checking one’s baggage at the door, the pivotal role of support in and outside of work, and a new definition for success in working with at-risk populations.

Please email any questions you may have to Ben Nagle (ben@officeonyouth.org).

Special Thanks to Last Year's Sponsors!

Keynote Sponsor
National Counseling Group

Lunch Sponsors
Compass Counseling Services
The Hughes Center

Breakfast Sponsors
Discovery School
Extra Special Parents
Virginia Home for Boys & Girls

Snack Sponsors
Centra Health, Rivermont Schools & Bridges
Dominion Youth Services
Fresh Start
Hallmark Youth Care



Current as of
October 1, 2014

Registration is open!

Vendor Registration

Participant Registration/Breakfast/
Vendor Exhibits

Welcome & Introduction

Keynote Presentation

Lunch/Vendor Exhibits

Breakout Session

Break/Afternoon Snack

Vendor Prizes/Closing Remarks

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