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2019 National Training Seminar

Jul 23-25 2019 - Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel - Washington DC

Distinguished Lecture Sessions

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A Conversation with Military Connected Youth: Insights from a Childhood of Service
Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

PhD, Professor; Director, Center for Families, Director, Military Family Research Institute and Executive Director, Family Impact Institute at Purdue University

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth bio. 

Patricia Lester

Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Division of Population Behavioral Health, Director of the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, and the Medical Director of the Family STAR (Stress, Trauma and Resilience) service at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. 

Patricia Lester bio.

This session joins two leading researchers and a panel of military-connected youth for an important conversation about experiences during their family's military service. Most significantly the discussion will highlight how growing up as a military-connected child relates to each student's current strengths, hopes and aspirations.    

Depression and Anxiety in Children and Youth: An Overview of Medical, Psychological and Academic Implications
Michael Faran, MD, Ph.D.

Director, Child and Family Behavioral Health System-Program Management Office, United States Army Medical Command, Madigan Army Medical Center

Michael Faran bio. 

Paul K. Ban, Ph.D.

Director of Outreach, Child and Family Behavioral Health System-Program Management Office, United States Army Medical Command, Madigan Army Medical Center

Paul K. Ban bio.

Dr. Patti Johnson, Ph.D.

Deputy Chief, Child and Family Behavioral Health System-Program Management Office, United States Army Medical Command, Madigan Army Medical Center

Dr. Patti Johnson bio.

Kendon Johnson, Ph.D.

Counseling Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS),
DoDEA, Americas Southeast District

Kendon Johnson bio.

Col Eric Flake, M.D.

Program Director,  Department of Defense (DoD) Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship, Joint Base Lewis McChord,
and Founder, DoD Autism Center JBLM CARES

Col Eric Flake bio.

Childhood anxiety and pervasive depression in youth are concerns for educators and parents alike.  A panel of experts who work with military-connected children will share diagnostic and treatment information, along with the beginnings of Information Guides that can be shared among parent, military and educator groups.

Supporting Transitions- A Panel of School Personnel
Patricia Bradley Ewen

Education Policy Advisor for the Partnership
and Resources Division within the
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)


Patricia Bradley Ewen bio.

Jennifer Dailey-Perkins

Education Partnership and Resource Specialist within the
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)


Jennifer Dailey-Perkins bio.

Military-connected students often face the realities of acclimating to new schools, acquiring new relationships and coping with parental deployments while maintaining academic expectations. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) through their Partnership Grant Program partners with U.S. public schools to support school environments that are supportive transition experiences and encourage education continuity  In this distinguished lecture, DoDEA grantees will showcase age-appropriate, evidence-based best practices in transition support to K-12 military-connected students. Grantees will describe their transition support goals, model, services and impact of their implementation model on students and their community.  The lecture will conclude with dialogue between grantees and attendees regarding the importance of transition support on student impact.

Understanding the Experiences and Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Military-Connected Children
COL Keith Lemmon, MD, FAAP

Chief, Department of Soldier and Community Health and Medical Director, School Based Health System Adolescent Medicine/Pediatrics, Madigan Army Medical Center

COL Keith Lemmon bio.

KJ Ward

Editorial Consultant, Writer, and Co-Creator,
Born and Raised and LGBTQbrats.com

KJ Ward bio.

The barriers to health and wellbeing, the search for acceptance, and the path to empowerment that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth experience, in general, are well documented. The unique experiences of youth who are both military-connected and LGBTQ, however, are under-researched. This session poses hypotheses related to this intersection and explores perspectives on the landscape of resources and how to best support young people and their families. 

Sesame Street for Military Families: Recognizing and Preventing Bullying
Sabrina Huda, M.A.

 Project Director, U.S. Social Impact,
Sesame Workshop

Sabrina Huda bio.


For over a decade, Sesame Street for Military Families (SS4MF) has worked to support children and families through the challenges of relocations, deployments, and transitions. While helping families navigate times of separation and change, we have found that these unique experiences can lead to another big challenge – bullying. Moving to a new neighborhood and building new friendships requires a lot of resilience and courage. When children face bullying behaviors from peers – whether physical aggression, name-calling, or exclusion – they need support from trusted adults to help recognize and handle bullying. Join us for a practical look at how we can intervene when we recognize that a child is experiencing bullying, and how we can prevent bullying behaviors by helping children learn to express their emotions differently.  Come join us for an interactive session with free Sesame resources and some extra surprised and giveaways you won’t want to miss!

Impact Aid & Why it is Good for Military Connected Students
Dr. Keith Mispagel

Superintendent, Ft. Leavenworth Unified School District #207

Dr. Keith Mispagel bio.

Hilary Goldman

Executive Director,
National Association of Federally Impacted Schools

Hilary Goldman bio.

Are those Impact Aid forms Important?  Why should I fill them out?  Come to this session to find out the answers to these questions and more. We will discuss the purpose of Impact Aid and the problem it is intended to address.  Public school districts educate more than 80 percent of military connected children.  The leaders of these districts take their jobs seriously and are proud to support the mission of their neighboring installations.

Take Action! Four Military Life Issues that Impact Military Kids & What YOU Can Do about Them
Jennifer Akin, MPA

Applied Research Analyst, Blue Star Families

Jennifer Akin bio.

Shannon Razsadin

Executive Director,
Military Family Advisory Network

Shannon Razsadin bio.

“Support military families! Support military kids!” -It’s a rallying call we all here often, and you are here because you care about and want to support military kids…. But what does “support our kids” actually mean?  This conversation will outline four major military life events, discuss emerging trends impacting each event, and illustrate how they affect military kids. It will offer actionable solutions for parents, teachers, administrators, and state policy-makers to help alleviate unnecessary burdens on military families and help the set the conditions for military students to thrive.

Supporting Military Students: An Introduction to the Military Interstate Compact
Lindsey Dablow

MIC3 Training and Operations Associate

Lindsey Dablow bio.

Col (Ret) John I. "Don" Kaminar

Arkansas State Commissioner and MIC3 Chairman

Don Kaminar bio.

In 2006, the Council of State Governments’ (CSG) National Center for Interstate Compacts (NCIC), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, national associations, federal and state officials, State Departments’ of Education, and school administrators drafted the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Compact provides for the uniform treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states by addressing key educational transition such as: eligibility, enrollment, placement and graduation. The Commission, composed of fifty member states and the District of Columbia, work in concert to help ease the transitions of military children as they transfer interstate between public and Department of Defense schools.  In this introductory session, learn how the Compact works, state structure and implementation, rules and regulations, and how the Compact supports military students.