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Courageous Conversations: Uniting Parents, Educators, & Healthcare Providers

When:

September 29, 2018

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where:

Bozeman Health Conference Center - Meadowlark & Bitterroot Rooms

Cost:

This is a free event.  Parents, Educators, and Healthcare providers of any kind are highly encouraged to attend. 

During the event, there will be an opportunity to donate to a local charity meeting the needs of special need families within the Gallatin Valley.

What the Conference Will Cover:

  • Forging Meaning: When Parenthood Suddenly Looks Totally Different Than What You Imagined.
  • Understanding the Emotional Health of Special Need Parents and the Role of Self-Compassion in the Well-being of Parents & Professionals.
  • Effective Communication Strategies for Better Health Outcomes
  • Parent and Professional Panel Discussion

Learning Outcomes : After attending Courageous Conversations, you’ll be able to:

  • Communicate effectively, for better health results
  • Find a meaning and identity in a new reality of parenthood
  • Reduce stress, overwhelm and a sense of powerlessness
  • Understand the emotional health of special need parents 
  • Have strategies to help families meet their emotional needs
  • Understand the role of self-compassion for parents and professionals
  • Experience less stress and burnout as healthcare professionals
  • Increase patient/parent satisfaction


Meet our Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Rachel Callander

 "Rachel is a  TEDx  presenter, speaker, trainer, award winning artist and the author of the Outstanding Book of the Year Award 2015 IPPY New York,  Super Power Baby Project . This exceptional book celebrates the lives and abilities of children with chromosomal or genetic conditions, and was inspired by Rachel's late daughter Evie, who was born with a very rare condition herself.  In the two and a half years of Evie's life, Rachel learnt a lot about the use of language in the health system, and has spent the subsequent years continuing to explore the impact and implications of how it is used by health professionals - To positive and negative effect.  This book is Evie's legacy, as is Rachel herself, and both have much to teach us about ourselves, and how we negotiate conflict, grief, hope, uniqueness, celebration, and a meaningful life.  Rachel is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around Australia and NZ.  Her audiences are mostly made up of health professionals, and she speaks about the need to communicate using open hearted language, especially at diagnosis.  She teaches how the first words used at diagnosis critically shape how a parent perceives their future:  The words can allow the parent to be their best, and find meaning even in pain; or they can create anger, mistrust, frustration, and can break down the crucial relationship between the parent and the health professional.  It's a conversation about empowerment - For the patient, and for the health professional."

"Rachel is a TEDx presenter, speaker, trainer, award winning artist and the author of the Outstanding Book of the Year Award 2015 IPPY New York, Super Power Baby Project. This exceptional book celebrates the lives and abilities of children with chromosomal or genetic conditions, and was inspired by Rachel's late daughter Evie, who was born with a very rare condition herself.  In the two and a half years of Evie's life, Rachel learnt a lot about the use of language in the health system, and has spent the subsequent years continuing to explore the impact and implications of how it is used by health professionals - To positive and negative effect.  This book is Evie's legacy, as is Rachel herself, and both have much to teach us about ourselves, and how we negotiate conflict, grief, hope, uniqueness, celebration, and a meaningful life.

Rachel is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around Australia and NZ.  Her audiences are mostly made up of health professionals, and she speaks about the need to communicate using open hearted language, especially at diagnosis.  She teaches how the first words used at diagnosis critically shape how a parent perceives their future:  The words can allow the parent to be their best, and find meaning even in pain; or they can create anger, mistrust, frustration, and can break down the crucial relationship between the parent and the health professional.  It's a conversation about empowerment - For the patient, and for the health professional."

To learn more about our Keynote Speaker Rachel Callander go to: http://www.rachelcallander.co


Rachael L. Dunkel, LCPC, LAC

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Rachael is a mental health and addiction counselor practicing in Bozeman Montana.  She earned certification as an addiction counselor through Montana State University in 2012 and a Masters degree in mental health counseling from Walden University in 2014.  Since completion of certification she has been working with individuals addressing trauma, mood and addictive disorders within the Bozeman Community.   Rachael’s clinical practice is psycho-dynamically oriented with an emphasis on attachment.  She is as Certified Daring Way Facilitator, is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing and in the Power of Self-compassion.  As a special need parent herself, Rachael has been passionate about addressing the emotional health of special need families.  She has spoken to groups of individuals and families on the benefits of self-compassion as a tool for coping with the unique challenges of raising a child with special needs. In addition, she has recently implemented a no-cost therapeutic program offering mental health counseling within Mosaic Rehabilitation Center in Belgrade Montana.  Rachael’s mission is to continue bringing focus to to this underserved population and help develop programming that meets the needs of these families. 

Courageous Conversations: Uniting Parents, Educators & Healthcare Providers

September 29, 2018

Courageous Conversations: Uniting Parents, Educators & Healthcare Providers

The Courageous Conversations conference was inspired by a connection of hearts and a shared story between two women.

Rachael L. Dunkel, owner of Bridger Peaks Counseling in Bozeman MT & Rachel Callander, world renewed speaker and award winning author of Super Power Baby Project connected on their shared journey through special need parenting and the impact of limiting language during diagnosis.  Together they've worked to bring a message of empowerment and hope to all who are involved in caring for children with unique challenges within the Gallatin Valley.  

This event is sponsored by:

Montana Project LAUNCH

This event was paid for under grant number 5H79SM061545-03 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.