KIDS IN CRISIS: Wounded Hearts

Dr. Kimberly Fielding Trauma-Informed Culture Consultant and Trainer, Systems Change Initiator and Child Welfare Advocate

Keynote Topic: Trauma Informed Care 101

Dr. Kimberly Fielding is an expert in bringing Trauma-Informed Care to schools and other human service organizations. You will learn to make educational decisions that can help students who are struggling with incidents of trauma including: trauma caused by natural disasters, divorce, sexual abuse, physical abuse, rape, substance abuse, mental illness, incarceration, severe medical events, loss of loved one, immigration, homelessness, food insecurity, pregnancy, etc.

About Kimberly: Dr. Kimberly I. Fielding was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her travel adventures in adulthood have taken her to 48 continental states, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. She has also lived in a dozen states! These experiences have helped develop her admiration for diverse traditions, perspectives and challenges people face across the nation.

Professionally and personally speaking, Dr. Fielding enjoys bringing out the best in each person she encounters. Dr. Fielding has earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work. She also holds a doctorate in Education.

Dr. Fielding's overall philosophy and passion radiates systems thinking. She strives for, and focuses effort and energy towards systems change. For example, Dr. Fielding has played major roles in various program development projects such as; volunteer programs in Denver, a university social work distance education program which ended up receiving academic accreditation, and also the development of a non-profit agency that served children and their families involved with state custody issues. Her most recent efforts titled her as the Project Director for a four-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Carrie Caruthers Bright Futures Board of Directors

Keynote Topic: But for the Love of Others...

Prepare to be moved and inspired by the words of Carrie Caruthers as she shares the journey of a little girl who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles through the love and support of complete strangers. Her touching message resonates with audiences and clearly illustrates "The Power of One" and the difference people can make just by paying attention and taking action.

About Carrie: Carrie Caruthers has been a leader in the business community of Kansas City and its surrounding area for nearly 20 years. She has worked for American Century Investments for 17 years and leads the Risk & Fraud Controls department, specializing in project management, risk awareness, fraud detection and anti-money laundering regulations. She is the past chair for Bright Futures Harrisonville where she served at launch and over the past three years. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Bright Futures USA. Carrie has been recognized by her company with many awards, including the highest designation, Circle of Honor. In 2015, Carrie received a national award, Angels in Adoption, for her individual and combined contributions and volunteer work over the last 20 years with children of all ages in her community and surrounding areas. Carrie is a proud mother of three; 14 year old twin sons Colin and Sean, and 10 year old daughter, LeAine.

Nanette Ward Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition

Keynote Topic: Sex Trafficked Youth – What You Need to Know to Identify and Prevent Our Children From Being Sold

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Children are lured, tricked, and forced into the commercial sex industry in large cities and small towns in every state across our country. This session will address traffickers and forms of trafficking where youth are targeted, risk and trafficking indicators in youth, the impact of social media use by youth, and trafficking prevention.

About Nanette: As a founding member of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition, Ward served on the board from its inception in April 2008 to May 2014. While on the board, she was co-chair for 3 years and involved in all aspects of the coalition's work: training, outreach, collaboration, client services, policy, and prevention. Her professional background includes 8 years as human rights investigator/community educator for the City of Columbia Human Rights Commission and 13 years in the disability field, with experience in direct services, group facilitation, training, community outreach, and advocacy.

Amy Weber Director/Writer of A Girl Like Her

Director and writer of critically acclaimed film, A Girl Like Her will join us for a Q&A session following the showing of the film.

A Girl Like Her is an American found footage drama film directed by Amy S. Weber. The film stars Lexi Ainsworth as Jessica Burns, a 16-year old bullied high school student who attempts suicide. The movie was originally titled The Bully Chronicles but the title was later changed.

Jessica Burns is a 16-year- old high school sophomore who is constantly tortured by her ex-best friend, Avery Keller, the stereotypical popular girl. The movie follows the events that happen after Jessica tries to commit suicide by overdosing, and what it does to a community.

About Amy: Amy is the founder of Radish Creative Group and a former educator, who has dedicated her career to making a difference in the quality of business, education and human life. In 1995, Amy walked away from her prominent advertising producing career to explore her life’s purpose, leading her directly into the University classroom. As an educator, she was inspired to bring the worlds of education and film production together to serve a greater purpose. Radish Creative Group was formed to produce some of the most respected educational programs for youth around the world, catching the attention of MTV, The CW, HBO and Nickelodeon.

Amy’s commercial work has been recognized by Emmy twice as well as Best in Show at Mobius and her educational documentaries have earned over 40 Telly nods. The natural next step for Amy was a feature, but she opted to take a less traditional path in order to make it happen. She called upon some of her most talented and resourceful friends in the local industry to help make her vision, Annabelle & Bear, into a reality, even with less financial support than most low budget independents. They answered her call in a way she could have never imagined. Her story quickly became a beacon of hope for many Michiganders facing challenging times, hailing her as an inspiration.

In March 2015, Amy debuted her second full-length feature, A Girl Like Her, in theaters. This highly-acclaimed, revolutionary film, exploring the bully's perspective, is the result of Amy's passionate crusade meant to empower kids of all ages to find their voice and to live as their truest selves. Amy's extensive knowledge and experience as an educator has led her to this life-changing mission. A Girl Like Her is unequivocally Amy’s proudest work to date. Her passion to make a positive contribution in the lives of young people drives her in ways that most people wonder if she ever sleeps. This film is just one of many endeavors that she is committed to for improving the lives of youth.

She hopes to continue her development of quality films and programs and to collaborate with creative minds that share her vision and passion for making a positive impact on the world.

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