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Our webinars feature Alaska-based presenters sharing their expertise and best-practices for working with and supporting Alaska’s youth in strength-based ways. Trainings are presented for adults working or volunteering with youth, except where noted.

If you have recommendations for topics you would like to see featured, or if you want to present on a future webinar, contact us today.

June 13, 2019 - Developing Trauma Informed Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts

Tribal Youth Webinar 1 of 3

When:  2pm ET; 1pm CT; Noon MT; 11am PT

About:  This presentation will focus on the importance of a trauma informed approach in juvenile justice systems. Presenters will discuss why trauma informed practices are needed and what it means to be trauma informed. Content will cover ways to recognize and respond to trauma in the courtroom and strategies for implementing a trauma-informed approach. The presenters will provide considerations for assessing and referring a youth who has experienced trauma.

After this presentation, participants will: 

  1. Understand the importance of a trauma informed approach in juvenile justice healing to wellness courts
  2. Be able to better identify the presence of trauma in an individual appearing in the justice setting
  3. Learn ways to respond to an individual who may be having a traumatic reaction in the court room
  4. Understand some of the strategies healing to wellness courts can employ when implementing a trauma informed approach
  5. Understand the difference between trauma informed assessments and those that do not specifically assess for trauma along with information regarding trauma responsive referral sources.


Ashley Trautman, MSW, JD; MSW Program Director/Assistant Professor University of Montana School of Social Work, Juvenile Justice Technical Assistance Specialist National Native Children’s Trauma Center.

June 20, 2019 - Introduction to Childhood Exposure to Trauma in Tribal Communities

Tribal Youth Webinar 2 of 3

When:  2pm ET; 1pm CT; Noon MT; 11am PT

About:  The Online Learning Event will focus on describing child traumatic stress as a result of children’s exposure to one or more traumatic events including traumatic loss (grief) and as a result have developed reactions that impact their daily lives. Children or adolescents may react in a variety of ways, such as intense emotional distress and difficulty in self-regulation, behavior changes, problems developing and maintaining relationships, attention and academic difficulties, difficulty sleeping and eating. Older children may use drugs or alcohol and engage in other risky behaviors. These reactions are understood as traumatic stress.  Children and youth who have traumatic stress reactions are at increased risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Professionals working in child serving systems like juvenile justice can have a positive impact for children, adolescents and their families by developing universal strategies and trauma-informed practices.  

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize behaviors in children and youth that may be the result of exposure to traumatic events or grief/loss;
  2. Begin to utilize and apply universal strategies to support children and youth in their professional settings;
  3. Acquire the foundational knowledge to plan and begin to create trauma-informed practices in their agencies/programs.


Marilyn J. Bruguier Zimmerman, MSW, PhD, (Nakota/Dakota/Ojibwe/Newe)

Senior Director of Policy and Programs, National Native Children’s Trauma Center Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, 2 + 2 Program School of Social Work University of Montana

June 27, 2019 - Secondary Traumatic Stress in Juvenile to Wellness Courts, Schools, and Tribal Program Settings

Tribal Youth Webinar 3 of 3

When:  2pm ET; 1pm CT; Noon MT; 11am PT

About:  This presentation will discuss the importance of understanding, identifying and responding to the experience of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) which we define as the emotional impact of working with those who have experienced trauma. Content will include an overview of the difference between primary and secondary trauma and describe a three-stage process for coping with STS. Specifically, presenters will discuss the importance of gaining knowledge about STS, how to recognize it in ourselves and ways to respond. The presentation will conclude by offering a framework for self-care through awareness, balance and connection.

Learning objectives. At the end of this presentation, participants will understand:

  1. The importance of addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress;
  2. Differences between primary trauma and secondary Trauma; and
  3. The three stages in the process of coping with Secondary Traumatic Stress Self-care ABCs .                     


Laura Guay, MSW ; Training and Technical Assistance, Mental Health Specialist

National Native Children’s Trauma Center, University of Montana

Youth Encouraging Alaskans' Health (YEAH) Summit

  • June 26-28, 2019
  • BP Energy Center | Anchorage, AK 99507


Registration closes June 1 at 5:00pm.  There will be NO exceptions!

  • The conference will be held at the BP Energy Center for Alaskan students grade 6-12.
  • LIMITED Travel scholarships are available for students and their chaperones.
  • Participants traveling outside of Anchorage MUST have a chaperone.
  • Participants living in Anchorage do not need a chaperone, but are responsible for their own travel to and from the BP Center each conference day.
  • Lodging will be provided at Residence Inn by Marriott Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University on a first come first serve/needs based basis.  Rooms are extremely limited. -Registration closes June 1 at 5pm. There will be NO exceptions.

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Contact Charlie Ess

Phone:   (907)  865-7356
Email: cess@ruralcap.com

36th Annual Rural Providers' Conference

  • July 8 - July 12, 2019
  • Alaska Pacific University | 4101 University Dr. Anchorage, AK 99508

The theme of this year’s conference is “Spreading the Light Through Trusting Our Traditions”.


The Rural Providers’ Conference (RPC) is an annual gathering designed by rural Alaskans who are substance abuse service providers, youth, Elders and family members interested in celebrating and encouraging the continual growth of the Alaska Native Sobriety Movement. The RPC embraces and unites traditional Alaska Native knowledge and modern treatment and prevention methods to find solutions for alcohol and drug abuse. The conference features ceremonies, talking circles and cultural events. Workshops and general sessions are geared toward clinicians working with rural Alaskans, those in recovery, as well as Elders, youth, and other adults.

The youth are welcomed!

Youth Track agenda coming soon…

Lodging info:

  • Lodging at APU campus dorm – $25 per person/night.
  • Linen NOT provided

Contact Bridget McCleskey

Event Coordinator


Tuesday, July 9

  • Potluck and dance
  • Please BRING a potluck dish to share
  • Featuring Mt. Susitna Singers, Sleeping Lady Inter tribal Drum Group

Wednesday, July 10

  • Fashion/Talent show
  • Everyone welcome!
  • For sign up and details:  Contact Shirley Holmberg at smholmberg@citci.org or call (907) 691-6188 

Thursday, July 11

  • Sobriety Celebration dance
  • This is a NO alcohol event!


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This project was supported by Award No. 2016-TY-FX-K001 awarded to the Rural Community Action Program Alaska Native Youth Training and Technical Assistance Project, by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs.

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