JJV20/20 Training Event Registration Form - October 2018

October 11-12, 2018 Training Event – Youth Mental Health

Cost to attend is $25 for Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 members, $10 for all students, and $50 for non-members. Additional membership information is available at: https://www.gvsu.edu/juvenilejusticevision2020/join-us-3.htm .

The Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 Executive Team is excited to offer this training on youth mental health. Dr. Lisa Boesky, nationwide speaker and author, will begin the training discussing topics of particular relevance to anyone who works with youth: suicide and mental health diagnoses. To round out the training, Nic Bottomley from Kent County’s 17th Circuit Court and Dr. Jerry Johnson from Grand Valley State University will present on the mental health of sex offenders and creating a more culturally responsive practice, respectfully. Please join us for this interactive, fast-paced and informed training event!


Thursday, October 11, 2018


8:00 a.m. – Conference registration begins


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Welcome and opening by emcee Kevin Bowling, Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 President Sandi Metcalf and the Grand Valley State University College of Community and Public Service


9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Keynote session, Court Involved Youth and Suicide: 10 Ways We Often Get it Wrong , presented by Dr. Lisa Boesky of TroubledTeenExpert.com

Teens involved with juvenile court are at higher risk to die by suicide. In this session, Dr. Boesky will discuss which youth are most likely to kill themselves and whether juvenile justice workers could be held liable if a youth dies by suicide. Participants will learn the latest research on which individuals are most likely to move from “thinking” about suicide to actually making a suicide “attempt”. Dr. Boesky will relay four essential ideas that are important for those who work with youth to know to help identify their potential suicide risk. She will also discuss the formal suicide screening tools available and the potential downsides of using them.

Participants will learn ten ways suicidal youth involved with the justice system are often missed, leading to deadly tragedies. Dr. Boesky will highlight what types of community resources are likely to help suicidal youth versus potentially make things worse and specific tools and language workers can use to help decrease a young person’s suicidality.

Dr. Boesky will suggest ways for individuals to best protect themselves from legal liability when working with court-involved youth who think about suicide or engage in suicidal behaviors. This practical presentation will include photos, case examples (including those related to legal liability), role-play, and audience participation.


1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Plenary session, Over, Under and Misdiagnosed of Court-Involved Youth: The Tragic Results and What YOU Can Do To Help, presented by Dr. Lisa Boesky of TroubledTeenExpert.com

Many court-involved youth have been diagnosed with multiple mental health disorders and prescribed a variety of psychotropic medications to impact their mood or behavior. Yet, these diagnoses are often inaccurate. When youth are over, under or misdiagnosed, they may receive no services when needed, inappropriate interventions, or treatment that can actually make things worse. This problem affects all who work with youth and affects the work done with them. In this session, participants will learn how over, under and misdiagnosis still happens today, the tragic results that can occur, and what specific things workers can do to help. Issues related to trauma, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder will be highlighted. This fast-moving, practical presentation will include photos and case examples.


2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Break


3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Plenary session, Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems and their Mental Health, presented by Nic Bottomley of the 17th Circuit Court

Popular belief espouses that those who act out sexually, either youth or adult, must have something "wrong" with them, are "sick" or are "crazy." Reality often runs contrary to this belief. This presentation will review incident rates of youth sexual offending and sexual offending recidivism in context of overall youth offending and recidivism.  We will look at the "how" and "why" of youth sexual offending and the often confusing and complex interplay between this behavior and the perpetrator's mental health.  This will include discussion of various paraphilias and pedophilia.


 4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Closing



Friday, October 12, 2018


8:00 a.m. – Conference registration begins


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Welcome by emcee Kevin Bowling and the Grand Valley State University College of Community and Public Service


9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Plenary session, Toward Culturally Respectful, Responsive, and Equitable Practice:  Moving Away from the Myth of Cultural Competence , presented by Dr. Jerry Johnson of Grand Valley State University

In this workshop, Johnson will provide ways of thinking and acting to facilitate a culturally respectful, responsive, and equitable practice approach with mental health and co-occurring disorder clients from diverse backgrounds.  Building on a broad, yet specific cultural lens, attendees will participate in developing theory and practice approaches that can be more inclusive and equitable. 


Whether you are working with the courts, law enforcement, MDHHS, private agencies or local organizations that touch the juvenile justice system and at-risk youth, this conference will provide you with invaluable resources, ideas and encouragement.


Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Grand Valley State University School of Social Work is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative-Provider MICEC-0004. This program has been approved for up to 7.5 hours.


Location and Parking:

Grand Valley State University, DeVos Center 122E - Loosemore Auditorium

401 W. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Parking Maps:  Free parking = (20) Seward Parking Ramp (SPL)...A-B5



Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown

The Holiday Inn is located at 310 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. A group block for participants is available for a rate of $109/night. For reservations, call 616-235-7611 and let them know this is for the JJV20/20 Training Event.


Comfort Inn Airport

The address for the Comfort Inn is 4155 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512. The group rate is $75/night. Guests may make their reservations by calling the hotel at 616-957-2080 or via https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/BX23N2


Participants will need to provide their name, type of room, check-in and checkout dates, valid credit card number and any special requests.

Make your reservations now - room blocks expire on September 18th!


Interested in making the most of your trip to Grand Rapids?  Visit www.ExperienceGR.com for information about restaurants, things to do, local events, and more! 


Exhibitor Information:

The exhibitor fee for the October 26-27 training event is $250. The fee includes a 6’ exhibit table, power, company identification sign, electronic attendee list, and two exhibit staff badges.  Please follow the links for a registration form and sample exhibitor hall layout.


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Registrant Information

Registration Information

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 9:00am-11:45am - Keynote Session *

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 1:30pm-2:45pm - Plenary Session *

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 3:15pm-4:30pm - Plenary Session *

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 9:00am-11:45am - Plenary Session *

Book Purchase

Dr. Lisa Boesky is willing to offer discounted copies of her book "When to Worry: How to Tell if Your Teen Needs Help and What to Do About It" for JJV20/20 Training participants. A limited number of copies are available. Participants who purchase a copy at 40% off of list value ($24.95) will pick them up at the registration table on October 11 or 12.

For more information about the book, visit: http://whentoworry.com/books.asp

CEUs Opportunity

Registration Affiliation

Certificate of Completion

I would like a Certificate of Completion made available at the Training Event.

Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 Polo Shirt Purchase

Polo Shirts are $25 each and will be available to purchase through September 28, 2018.  Pick up will be available each day during registration.

Registration Policy

Please Note:  Registration fee includes all instruction materials.

Cancelation Policy: NO REFUNDS will be returned.  If you have paid and are unable to attend you can choose to have your funds applied toward future trainings or memberships. 

Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 reserves the right to cancel any training event having insufficient registrations.  Should this occur, all prepaid fees can be applied to future training fees or membership upon your written request.  Juvenile Justice Vision 20/20 cannot be responsible for any losses resulting from the cancellation of a training event.