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Dr. James Kok
How to Become a Happier Person
Looking at the Average Man or Woman
God is Love. Love is God.
Dr. James Kok has been an ordained minister for 50 years and is the founder of Care and Kindness Ministries, which presents conferences throughout the United States to train and motivate people in the Vision of Care and Kindness. His book, The Miracle of Kindness, is the virtual textbook for this vision. He speaks extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
Dr. Kok was Director of Care Ministry for the Crystal Cathedral Congregation of Garden Grove, CA for 29 years. As a certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, he trained churches, pastors and telephone counselors in care methods.
He writes for the Care Capsule and is the author of six books. The most recent one, Transform Belief Into Behavior has just been released.
A Caring Adult Friend
Andrew Gross works for DMACC Des Moines Area Community College) as a Literacy Specialist. He has been an educator during his entire professional career. He has served students from upper elementary to adults in rural, suburban and inner city settings in public and non-profit institutions. He has been a student of the Search Institute’s 40 developmental assets since 1997 and served as President of the Iowa Asset Building Coalition from 1999 through 2002. He completed a trainer of trainers for the Search Institute and has facilitated a number of training sessions across Iowa; from “Introducing the 40 Developmental Assets” to “Incorporating Developmental Assets Across the Community.” In 2002, Andrew developed a curriculum entitled “Preventing Bullying through the Asset Lens.”
Andrew received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his Masters and Specialist’s degrees from Drake University.
The Joy of Forgiveness
Sandy Hoenig has facilitated workshops and retreats on the Joy of Forgiveness. She has 40 years of experience as a primary teacher and elementary counselor and spends time volunteering in the community. She holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Drake Universigy and is a nationally certified counselor.
Understanding And Supporting “The Hidden Disabilities”
There are 70,000 children in Iowa with disabilities that require support through special education. There are countless others with mental illness that we don’t know about. Most of these children have “high incidence” disabilities like speech problems or learning disabilities, while some children with behavior problems have Autism or an Emotional Disturbance.
This session will discuss “Hidden Disabilities,” general strategies to promote positive behavior, and why practices like yelling, spanking, and taking away privileges are not enough. By the end of the session, participants will have information to help their awareness and tolerance of the struggles families face when raising an infant, toddler, youth, or teenager with a “hidden” disability.
Martin J. Ikeda, Ph. D., BCBA-D, is a licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He currently is the Clinic Director of the Clive Clinic of The Homestead (Altoona, Iowa), where he works as part of a team providing innovative solutions for people with Autism. Dr. Ikeda has been the State of Iowa’s Director of Special Education, an administrator in Iowa’s Area Education Agency System, and started in Iowa as a School Psychologist. With 20 years’ experience in supporting people with disabilities, Dr. Ikeda’s mission is to promote awareness and equity for people with disabilities.
Language of Caring
Mazie Johnson, Executive Director of the Arc of Iowa and Project Director for the Lifespan Respite Coalition,graduated from The University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a certificate in Critical Cultural Competence. Before joining The Arc of Iowa, she worked in older adult advocacy, with an emphasis on the joining of aging and disability resources across Iowa.
The Arc of Iowa is an advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They preserve and protect their fundamental rights through advocacy and action in support of legislation for civil rights, employment, housing and supports.
Children: Safe, Strong & Free
Renae Jones, MS, Prevention Coordinator, is a community educator on the injury prevention team at Blank Children’s Hospital Center for Advocacy and Outreach. Renae teaches personal safety education for school staff, parents, and school-aged children. Renae has a MS in Mental Health Counseling from Drake University and is currently working toward becoming a licensed mental health counselor.
How to Provide Kindness and Caring to Someone Who Is Grieving
This is an interactive session. Cindy will share stories and encourage others to share what they have found most helpful and least helpful during their own personal grief journey. (Sharing is optional, of course.) Come learn how life-affirming caring for one another following a death can be!
Cindy Meek, Program Coordinator at Amanda’s House, has over 20 years experience working with grieving families in Iowa. She develops and facilitates year-round grief programs such as Camp Amanda, 8-week peer support groups, Family Nights, Fun Days, holiday support, and school and church visits. A small staff and hundreds of trained volunteers and donors make it possible for Amanda the Panda’s Center for Grief and Loss to care for over a thousand Iowan families a year, all free of charge.
Do Nice Candidates Always Finish Last?
Kathie Obradovich has been covering government and politics in Iowa for more than 25 years. As political columnist for the Des Moines Register, she covers presidential politics and the Statehouse. She is a regular reporter on Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" and a frequent guest on other state, national and international news programs. She's on the faculty of Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. From 2003 to 2009, Kathie was political editor at the Register and lead editor for the nationally recognized Iowa Poll. Previously, she was a reporter, editor and Statehouse bureau chief for the Lee Enterprises newspapers in Iowa. Kathie is an Iowa native and a graduate of Iowa State University.