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2023 Webinar Accountability, Responsibility, and Decision Making

August 30, 2023

Presented by: Christian H. Bijoux, Founder and Managing Partner of Bijoux Consulting Group LLC. Discussions on race and racism in the workplace is often a delicate task, requiring participants to recognize their own status and privileges (or lack thereof). Given recent calls for racial equity, leaders must prepare to engage in serious and candid conversations about race, yet many remain or feel ill-equipped with the skills necessary to navigate these conversations constructively. This session will present several strategies for engaging in conversations about race and present comprehensive practices and action planning strategies that allows organizational focus on racial inclusion and equity goals. By the end of this session participants will have learned how to think critically about their racial positioning and how to minimize organizational failure at implementing racial inclusion and equity initiatives. Speaker: Mr. Bijoux is the Founder and Managing Partner of Bijoux Consulting Group LLC. Bringing more than ten years of experience in the private and non-profit sector, Mr. Bijoux currently serves as the Program Director for the Dually Involved Initiative in Santa Clara County. He has consulted with public health and advocacy groups and community organizations on program and policy issues related to state and federal youth and young adult programs, as well as enhancing racial equity within organizations. As the Program Director of the Dually Involved Youth Initiative in Santa Clara County—a collaborative initiative through the Department of Family and Children Services, the Department of Juvenile Probation, and the Behavioral Health Services Department designed to provide intensive services for youth and their families through a united case management approach, Mr. Bijoux is responsible for providing system change management, including, but not limited to, identifying and prioritizing system issues and transformation opportunities that improve the success, outcomes, and positive development of youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile legal system.


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2023 Webinar Restorative Justice Nebraska Opportunities

August 16, 2023

Presented by: Casey Karges, M. Div., Executive Director and Sovida Tran, JD, Director of Facilitation and Training, The Mediation Center The presentation is geared toward practicing attorneys and will highlight Restorative Justice and ways Nebraska has been taking a lead in Restorative Justice opportunities for youth in schools, diversion, and probation. Objectives: Educate attendees on the restorative justice options in Nebraska. Educate attendees on the general format of restorative justice dialogues. Share research on Nebraska’s restorative justice processes. Affirm the work of many across the state who are implementing these processes and provide resources for more information. Speakers: Casey Karges, M. Div., Executive Director The Mediation Center Casey Karges has served as the Executive Director of The Mediation Center in Lincoln for the last 16 years. The Mediation Center is one of six centers approved by the Office of Dispute Resolution out of the Nebraska Supreme Court. Casey is trained in Basic, Family, Juvenile, Domestic Violence and High Conflict Mediations, Restorative Justice and is an approved teacher for parenting classes by the State Court Administrators Office. Casey received his Masters of Divinity Degree from St. Paul’s School of Theology and is an Ordained United Methodist Clergy and served as Executive Director of the Nebraska Conference of the United Methodist Church for five years. Casey has served on the Supreme Court’s Dispute Resolutions Advisory Committee as well as President of Lincoln’s Non-Profit Association and President of the Nebraska Mediation Association, Nebraska’s statewide mediation association. Casey serves on the City Golf Committee for the City of Lincoln Sovida Tran, JD, Director of Facilitation and Training The Mediation Center Sovida Tran is the Director of Facilitation and Training, serving The Mediation Center by providing training in conflict resolution to practicing and aspiring mediators, attorneys, and anyone who may benefit from conflict resolution skills. He believes that individuals are uniquely positioned to handle their own conflicts, but they often lack the resources or skills to be able to address their conflicts effectively. He strives to provide those resources and teach those skills to individuals, and then step aside and let the parties that will be most affected by the conflict resolve it in their own unique way. Sovida has trained dozens in statewide trainings in both basic and family mediation, as well as victim youth conferencing. He also maintains a monthly continuing education program for mediators, and partners with the University of Nebraska College of Law’s mediation class. Sovida is trained in a variety of conflict resolution methods including: Basic and Family Mediation, Victim Youth Conferencing, Family Group Conferencing, Specialized Alternative Dispute Resolution (SADR), Special Education Facilitation, and Circle Process. Sovida holds a Juris Doctor with concentrations in Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Law, and Criminal Law from University of Nebraska College of Law.


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2023 Webinar Alcohol Landscape in Nebraska and Related Harms

August 9, 2023

Presented by: Liene Topko, MPH, Policy and Research Coordinator, Project Extra Mile Objective: To help advocates for youth understand the extent to which alcohol impacts the health and safety of youth and the community, the root causes for underage drinking, and the solutions. Speakers: Chris Wagner joined Project Extra Mile in September 2014 following the completion of his Master’s Degree overseas. Between 2002 and 2011, Chris worked on a variety of policy issues at the federal level while employed by the U.S. Senate and two government affairs firms. Chris brings with him a wealth of policy advocacy knowledge and experience from his work on behalf of municipal and state governments, nonprofit organizations and private companies, in addition to a strong personal commitment to Project Extra Mile’s mission. Liene Topko joined Project Extra Mile in December 2017 after completing her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). During her time at UNMC, she worked as a Research Associate where she had the opportunity to refine her research skills, gain insight of public health, as well as work on manuscripts and policy briefs. She is very passionate about making a difference in the community and looks forward to being part of the team at Project Extra Mile.


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Compassion Fatigue Webinar

February 15, 2023
12pm - 1pm Central Time (US and Canada)

Presented by: Jeff Kaiser, Lead Chaplain, Sarpy County Sheriff's Office

Life has many demands. Sometimes when we draw from our well of life, we don't get the necessary time to refill it because of stress, trauma, and personal & professional demands. We end up starting to resent and maybe despise or have no joy in what we use to love to do. We'll talk about what are some of the symptoms of compassion fatigue - emotionally and physically, and more importantly, how we can come out of it! IT IS FIXABLE! We'll go over some tools you can use that to help you from sliding into burnout and finding joy in your journey again!


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Drug Endangered Children Awareness: What Professionals Need to Know

January 18, 2023
10am - 12pm Central Time (US and Canada)

Presented by: Eric Nation & Stacee Reed

Thousands of children across our country go unidentified, and therefore do not receive necessary care and treatment to heal from the negative impacts of parental or caregiver's substance misuse. The presenters will help participants gain awareness about drug endangered children and the risks they face, as well as understand the many opportunities to identify these youth living in dangerous drug environments. Participants will then learn how to apply a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach, incorporating unique and often limited resources within a community to better care for drug endangered children.

Omaha Gangs 101 Webinar

December 14, 2022
12pm-1:30pm Central Time (US and Canada)

Presented by: Lt. Marcus Taylor
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This webinar will provide an overview of Gangs to include What is a Gang?, the level of affiliations, culture, and trends we are seeing in Omaha. You will also be provided an overview of the Gang Unit and what we are doing to create positive changes through prevention, intervention, and community policing.

About the presenter: Lt. Marcus Taylor
Lieutenant Taylor served in the Uniform Patrol Bureau for the first three years of his career primarily in the Northeast Precinct; he has been a member of the Rapid Deployment Force since it’s inception in 2008.  In February of 2008, Lieutenant TAYLOR was accepted into the Criminal Investigation Bureau.  After serving in North Investigations, Lieutenant TAYLOR was transferred to the Special Operations Section and spent 7 years serving within various sections of the Omaha Police Gang Unit and Narcotics Unit; during this time he was lead officer in several joint operations with the ATF, DEA, and FBI.   In 2011, Lieutenant TAYLOR was selected to be a task force officer with the Department of Homeland Security and maintained those credentials for 4 years until he was promoted to the position of Sergeant. In June 2015, he was promoted to Sergeant and served in the Northeast Precinct.  In February of 2016 he was accepted back into the Criminal Investigation Bureau and served as a supervisor within Field Investigations, Assault Unit, and Homicide Unit. In March 2019, was assigned to the Executive Service Bureau Training Academy where he was the Field Training Officer Coordinator and In-Service Coordinator for the entire department.  Lieutenant TAYLOR is currently the Commander of the Gang Suppression Unit and assists on the Officer Involved Investigations Team, Peer Support Team with 15 years of CIT experience,Diversity Committee Chairman, and Rapid Deployment Force Chemical Munitions Team Commander.
Lieutenant TAYLOR obtained his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and Security Administration in the summer of 2011 from the University of Phoenix; he obtained in Bachelors Degree in August 2004 in General Studies with an Emphasis in Health Education; Public Affairs  & Community Service.

October 4th - Dr. Luke Bossard / Family Engagement: Using Mindfulness, Positive Role Modeling and Self-Awareness to Promote Harmony & Growth

October 26th - Michele Lueders & Monica Miles-Steffens / Are You Really Leading or Just Taking a Walk?