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Speaking Information
Invite Jolene to speak!

Are you looking for a speaker for a special needs gathering,
writers’ conference, or church event? Jolene offers a variety of
speaking topics to choose from for your special event.

Speaking
Topics

Trauma and PTSD

Much of the information in these workshops is based upon Jolene’s book, Does My Child Have PTSD? What to Do When Your Child Is Hurting from the Inside Out

Church Events

Faith-based topics perfect for parenting or women’s ministry events including spiritual disciplines, finding joy in difficult circumstances, and Scripture memorization

Special Needs Ministry

These workshops are designed to provide a complete two day training for children’s ministry staff and volunteers or other groups interested in launching a special needs ministry.

Special Needs Parenting

Practical tips on time management, paperwork, advocacy, and maintaining friendships for parents of kids with special needs

Writing Workshops

Jolene covers a variety of topics about the book writing process for both fiction and non-fiction, interviews, queries and proposals, organization, marketing, and more!
I was blown away by how informative and helpful Jolene’s session was. Mom who attended MOPS 2010 Convention

Mothers of Preschoolers International Convention, Orlando, FL

Jolene’s message was so fresh, tender, humorous, and practical. She guided women to connect with our church through attendance and Bible study. Rene Russell

Women’s Ministry Events Coordinator Deerbrook Covenant Church, Lee's Summit, MO

2020 Upcoming Events Schedule

April 24-25, 2020

Inclusion Fusion Live! 2020 • Bay Village, OH

CANCELLED 

Bayview Presbyterian Church
25415 Lake Road
Bay Village, OH 44140

A Ministry Leader’s Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children

The Effects of Stress on Caregivers and What they Can Do About It

Time: TBA

June 4-5, 2020

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Winterset, IA

Winterset Community School District 
110 West Washington Street
Winterset, IA 50273

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

June 18-19, 2020

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Johnston, IA

Heartland Area Education Association
6500 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

June 25-26, 2020

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Ottumwa, IA

Great Prairie Education Association
2814 N Court St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

July 23-24, 2020

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Johnston, IA

Heartland Area Education Association
6500 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

June 27-28, 2020

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Johnston, IA

Heartland Area Education Association
6500 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

July 20-30, 2020

A Social Worker's Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Council Bluffs, IA

Halverson Center for Education
24997 Hwy 92,
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Professional Development/Recertification Class for Social Workers
(Must attend both days to receive credit)
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

OCTOBER 1–3, 2020

Good For All Conference • West Des Moines, IA

Valley Free Church
4343 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265
How the 5 Love Languages® Can Make Your Neighborhood a More Loving Place 
Times TBD

2020 Past Events

January 24, 2020

Transcending Trauma Seminar • Des Moines, IA

Sponsored by Crossroads of Iowa

Grand View Student Center
Grand View University
2811 E 14th St.
Des Moines, IA 50316

They Do Remember: The Impact of Early Medical Trauma on Young Children

Time: TBA

February 18, 2020

Eastview Christian Church Special Needs Parent Care Group • Normal, IL

Normal Campus
1500 Airport Road
Normal, IL 61761 

The 5 Love Languages for Kids with Special Needs and Disabilities

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

March 9 and 10, 2020

Evangelical Free Church Central District Conference • West Des Moines, IA

Valley Free Church
4343 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265

How the 5 Love Languages® Can Make Your Church a More Loving Place

Date: Tuesday, March 9
Time: 2:15–3:45 in East Central Station B

April 4, 2020

Engage Conference • Fayetteville, AR

Fellowship Fayetteville
3447 AR-112
Fayetteville, AR 72704

10:00–10:50: Inclusive Events Panel

1:50–2:40: The 5 Love Languages for Families Raising Kids with Special Needs

2019 Past Events

January 21, 2019

Johnston Community Schools District Inservice

5608 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131

Trauma Basics for Elementary Educators
Trauma Basics for Secondary Educators

January 26, 2019

They Do Remember: The Lifelong Impact of Childhood Trauma One Day Workshop

Kirion First Baptist Church
107 Clover Street
PO Box 220
Kiron, Iowa 51448

8:30–9:00 AM: Registration and rolls
9:00–10:15 AM: A Brief Look at Childhood Trauma and Its Causes
10:30 AM–12:15 PM: How Trauma Changes the Behaviors and Brains of Children
12:15–1:00 PM: Working lunch/Round Table discussion
1:00–2:00 PM: Health Effects and Faith Implications of Childhood Trauma

March 2, 2019

Engage Conference • Fayetteville, AR

Fellowship Fayetteville
3447 Arkansas 112
Fayetteville, AR 72704

9:30am – 8:30pm

9:25 AM -10:25 AM: 10 Ways to Care for Families of People with Special Needs
12:45 PM- 1:45 PMThe 5 Love Languages for Kids with Special Needs and Disabilities

March 8, 2019

That All May Worship Conference • Virginia Beach, VA

8:30 AM–2:00 PM

Church of the Holy Family
1279 North Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

The Art of Supporting Families with co-presenter Rosemarie Hughes

April 5 & 6, 2019

Inclusion Fusion Live • Bay Village, OH

Bay Village Presbyterian Church
25415 Lake Rd
Bay Village, OH 44140

Saturday, April 6

9:45 AM-11:00 AM: How to Become a Special Needs Ministry Master Chef with co-presenter Katie Wetherbee

1:30 PM-2:45 PM: The 5 Love Languages for Families of People with Special Needs

April 15 & 16, 2019

Flame Women's Event • O’Neill, NE

Faith Community Church
515 N 10th Street
O’Neill, Nebraska

Monday, April 15:

5:30 PM: Evening of pampering for special needs moms
6:00 PM: Banquet followed by keynote 

Tuesday, April 16:

7:00 PM: Stronger Together: Multigenerational Living with co-presenter Anne Philo Fleck

May 13, 2019

Help-a-Heart Support Group • Urbandale, IA

6:30 PM: Meal

6:45-8:00: Reconciling Dreams and Overcoming Grief

New Hope Assembly of God Student Campus
6800 Townsend Ave
Urbandale, IA

May 30, 2019

Wonderfully Made Family Camp Volunteer Training

6:00 PM: Meal

6:30-8:00 PM Reconciling Dreams and Overcoming Grief

Dave Martin Chapel
Hidden Acres Christian Center
3837 Union Road
Dayton, IA 5053

June 13 & 14, 2019

Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop

Riverview Conference Center
439 N. Division Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa

2:35 PM-3:50 PM: 5 Simple Word Tricks with co-presenter Anne Fleck

 Click here for more information and to register.

 

June 20-21, 2019

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Johnston, IA

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Heartland Area Education Association
6500 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

July 25-26, 2019

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Johnston, IA

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Heartland Area Education Association
6500 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

August 5 & 6, 2019

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Ottumwa, IA

Great Prairie Education Association
2814 N Court St.
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

July 29-30, 2019

An Educators Guide to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children • Johnston, IA

Professional Development/Recertification Class for Educators
(Must attend both days to receive credit)

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Heartland Area Education Association
6500 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

October 24-25, 2019

Wonderfully Made Conference • Overland Park, KS

Grace Church
8500 W. 159th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223

Keynote: Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities

Whether you’re new to the five love languages or a longtime fan, this workshop offers strategies for identifying the primary language of a child with special needs and ideas for adapting how to speak the love languages to children with a wide variety of abilities and disabilities, including typical siblings. As an added bonus, those attending will learn inexpensive and easy ways caregiving spouses can use the love languages with one another. This workshop’s content is based on Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages® for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities, which she co-authored with Dr. Gary Chapman. 

Workshop: The Effects of Stress on Caregivers and What They Can Do About It

This workshop examines how continual stress affects the physical and mental health of caregivers, explains why managing caregiving stress is crucial, and offers simple strategies from caregiving parents who have learned to manage and lower their stress levels. The workshop is based on survey feedback from over 1,400 caregiving parents and interviews with many of the family members who completed the survey.

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